Monday, July 27, 2015

Career Diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentis Is Charge D'Affaires In Havana

JULY 27, 2015 5:11 AM ET


Some other news, the U.S. now has an embassy in Cuba. The embassy does not yet have an ambassador. And if Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has his way, there will not be one. McConnell has vowed to block any potential candidate. There is a career diplomat who was chief of mission there, and for maybe sometime to come as a matter of fact. His name is Jeffrey DeLaurentis. And as NPR's Carrie Kahn reports, he is our man in Havana.

CARRIE KAHN, BYLINE: There's a joke that Fidel Castro supposedly told back in the 1970s that is in vogue again on the island these days. When asked when the U.S. and Cuba would resume diplomatic relations, Fidel reportedly said, when the U.S. has a black president, and the world has a Latin American Pope. There are some in diplomatic circles that would add to that list - Jeffrey DeLaurentis the current head of the now reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana.

CARLOS ALZUGARAY: Jeff is definitely the kind of person you send to a country when you want to work with that country.

KAHN: Carlos Alzugaray, a former Cuban diplomat, says when he heard that DeLaurentis was appointed last August to head up the then U.S. intersection in Havana, he thought to himself, something must be up. Alzugaray was unaware at the time that secret negations between the longtime enemies were underway to resume diplomatic ties.

ALZUGARAY: He knows what he's doing. He's well-trained diplomat. He's someone who knows how to present better the U.S. position.

KAHN: And get the Cubans to listen, says Alzugaray. DeLaurentis has had to get the Cubans to listen at many different and difficult times. This is his third posting in Cuba, his first tour of duty was in the early 1990s as the island was plunged into the severe economic crisis following the collapse of the Soviet Union. He returned in 1999 as the head of the economic and political section of the mission, as the countries engaged in long fight over a young boy named Elian.


KAHN: Thousands in Havana have regularly occupied the concrete plaza in front of the tall, brown, concrete U.S. mission to protest the international custody battle over Elian Gonzalez. The 6-year-old boy rescued in the Florida Straits from a hand-made boat. Vicki Huddleston, the head of the U.S. Interest Section at the time, credits DeLaurentis' skilled diplomacy with diffusing the situation, which ended with Gonzalez's return home. Huddleston says the Cubans trust him when he tells them the U.S. is going to do something.

VICKI HUDDLESTON: They'll believe it. They will know the United States is doing this because Jeff doesn't make up things. He doesn't exaggerate. He's telling it like it is.

KAHN: And he does it in a very quiet way. DeLaurentis, now 61, gives very few interviews and declined repeated requests by NPR. He did give a talk to a Model U.N. Conference in 2013, encouraging the young students of international diplomacy not to get discouraged.


JEFFREY DELAURENTIS: Multilateral diplomacy of the kind you will be tackling here the next few days is difficult. It can be frustrating, even maddening.

KAHN: He said reaching agreements with adversaries is like playing multidimensional chess. And avoiding a checkmate in Cuba may just be Jeffrey DeLaurentis's biggest career challenge yet. Carrie Kahn, NPR News.

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Pope likely to alter economic message in the U.S., Vatican adviser says

By Daniel Burke, CNN Religion Editor

Updated 12:24 PM ET, Sun July 26, 2015

Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo is chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

(CNN) Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo has steered the Pontifical Academy of Sciences since 1998, but it's likely that his profile has never been more robustly public than now.

For the past year, Sanchez Sorondo has teamed with scientists and political leaders to help research, promote and defend Pope Francis' stern and sweeping condemnation of current environmental and economic trends.

Most recently, the archbishop, who, like Francis, hails from Buenos Aires, convened a conference of more than 60 mayors and other local politicians this week at the Vatican.

Sanchez Sorondo spoke with CNN on Friday about the controversy swirling around the Pope's economic and environmental statements, how Francis will likely recalibrate his message this September when he visits in the United States and the leak of the pontiff's environmental statement this summer.

Some of the archbishop's answers have been edited for length and clarity.

Q: Some people might be surprised to hear that the Vatican has a science academy. What is your mission?

A: Yes, that's true, people are often surprised to hear about us. You can see a lot about our mission on our website, but the basic idea is that the church believes that understanding human beings and the Earth requires not only faith but also reason, and not only philosophical reason but also scientific reason.

Q: You just hosted a major conference at the Vatican for mayors and other political leaders around the world. What was the conference's main accomplishment?

A: Part of it was, as the Pope said in his address to the group, to bring awareness that climate change and human trafficking -- a new form of slavery -- are human emergencies.

Some attendees, like California Gov. Jerry Brown, spoke very passionately about protecting the environment. Others, like many mayors in Italy, have more awareness of a new form of slavery, so it was important for them to be able to learn from each other.

Q. It seems like the Vatican is partnering with quite a few people -- the Jewish feminist Naomi Klein, for example -- that would not be seen as traditional church allies. What is the strategy behind that?

A: We understand that in this globalized world we all need to work together. As the Pope says in his encyclical, "Laudato Si," the Earth is our common home.

And as we move towards setting new (United Nations') sustainable development goals, we also understand that one of our key priorities is improving social inclusion.

Q: According to a new poll, the Pope's popularity has declined in the United States by quite a bit recently, mainly because many conservatives are upset with his messages on climate change and income inequality. Is this a cause of concern to you or to others in the Vatican?

A: The Pope said not only in his last document but also in the others, for example "Evangelii Guadium," that we need to work not only to make profits but also to respect the human person.

I would say that this was also very clear in your (the U.S.) Constitution and the great leaders of your country wrote many times about the common good and justice. But many people say, including some economists, that these values are not so present at the moment. I am not sure if that is true, but that is what I have read.

Q: Some American Catholics say they are tired of being scolded by the Pope about doing more for the poor and the disenfranchised. What would you say to them?

A: The project of the Pope is to come back to the Gospel, particularly Christ's first sermon, the Sermon on the Mount. It is very clear in that speech that Christ expects us to help those who suffer, especially the poor.

So, the best attitude to receive the Pope's teachings is to understand that he is a religious leader and the essence of his message comes from the Gospel, not from one ideology or another.

And so, if our economic systems are not oriented toward the human person but only concerned with profits, he wants to confront the system and change it. This, by the way, is common to all the popes, it comes directly from the so-called social teachings of the church.

Q: In Latin America, the Pope delivered a sharp speech against capitalism, calling the relentless pursuit of profits the "dung of the devil." A lot of people are wondering, will he bring a similar message to the United States this September?

A: I don't know if the Pope wants to repeat that kind of speech. It was very specifically for the World Meeting of Popular Movements. These are people who are very poor: They don't have a house, they don't have work, the don't have land. I think, in your country, people don't have the same needs, so maybe he will speak in another way.

Q: Some prominent Catholics say the Pope should not preach or teach about matters like the environment and economics.

A: I know, I know, and they are very important persons -- some of them are campaigning to become president. But this is a mistake because when the Pope speaks in this area, about creation or nature, he goes back to St. Francis and to the beginnings of the Bible, when God's first gift to mankind is the Earth and all of its creations.

So, this idea that it is not "Christian" to speak of the beauty of creation and about our role to be stewards of that beauty is just insane.

Q: Have you been surprised by any of the reactions to the Pope's statement on the environment, "Laudato Si?"

The majority of reactions were very positive. Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Archbishop Justin Welby of the Anglican Church wrote a very nice article in The New York Times on the same day the encyclical was published.

A small minority was against it, and of this minority we can say that the underlying reason was because these people live off of oil, and it's clear that the encyclical teaches that the use of this material is not the best thing for the question of climate change and that we need to find new ways to produce energy.

Q: So you are saying that most of the opposition to "Laudato Si" came from the oil and gas industries?

A: Yes, I think so. Because as the Pope says in the encyclical, 90% of the scientific community agrees that climate change is a problem today, and that this (use of oil and gas) is a cause of global warming.

Q: The encyclical was leaked a few days before it was to be published. Did this annoy you?

A: This is a problem typical of journalism, and journalists need to abide by the rules. (The document was embargoed.) The journalist was punished, also, by being banned for a time from the Vatican press room.

Q: The journalist was punished, but what about the person who leaked the document? Was there an investigation into that?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you know who it was?

A: It's very easy to know who it was.

Q: Can you tell me who it was, and whether they will be punished?

A: No, I am sorry. That is not my responsibility.


Why is Russia Sending Bombers Close to U.S. Airspace?

Mon, July 27, 2015

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Two Russian bombers intercepted by U.S. fighter jets off the California coast on July Fourth could be seen as having raised a metaphorical middle finger to the United States. according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command, they said "Good morning, American pilots.


Moret & Battis: Jade Helm - Ukraine - Pope - UN post 2015 Agenda are one integrated Jesuit operation

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The war declaration of Pope Francis. By Abel Struksnes

Published on May 4, 2015

The pope has started a rhetoric war against extremists, fundamentalist and terrorists. He hopes that all forms of fundamentalists will come to an end. Also in the Middle Ages the papacy persecuted people that had another faith than the Catholic Church, an the Bible says that this power will reign again in the last part of this world history, and that the deadly wound will be healed. Therefore we will soon see more of the terrible persecution of the Catholic Church against Bible believing people – under the motto of peace. History is being repeated! But the faithful people of God that have Sola Scriptura as their anchor in life will be the victorious ones, even though they now will face a terrible persecution.



Militia of the Immaculata

Militia of the Immaculata

The Militia of the Immaculata (MI) is a worldwide evangelization movement founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe in 1917 that encourages total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary as a means of spiritual renewal for individuals and society.

The MI movement is open to all Catholics over 7 years old. It employs prayer as the main weapon in the spiritual battle with evil. Members of the Militia Immaculata also immerse themselves in apostolic initiatives throughout society, either individually or in groups, to deepen the knowledge of the Gospel and our Catholic Faith in them and in others.

Marian consecration is a formal act of self-giving that does not stop at Mary, but is Christ-directed. It is really consecration to Jesus. The MI's mission is "To Lead Every Individual With Mary to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus."

By joining the MI, members become willing instruments of Our Lady, the woman foreshadowed in Genesis 3:15. She leads them to personal sanctification, the conversion of Church opponents and ultimately the universal reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The Militia of the Immaculata began on October 16, 1917, around a table at the Conventual Franciscan seminary in Rome. Maximilian Kolbe gathered six like-minded young friars before a statue of the Blessed Virgin and drafted a charter that would establish one of the most influential Marian apostolates ever. The charter still serves as a blueprint of spiritual progress for MI members today.

Since these humble beginnings, the MI has spread throughout the world and is today present on five continents and in forty-six nations. Official membership now nears four million. For more information, click here: Militia of the Immaculata

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Pope Begs Forgiveness For Sins And 'Offenses' Of Church During Conquest Of Indigenous America

Pope Francis formally apologized this past Thursday for "the sins and "offenses" committed by the Catholic Church against indigenous peoples during the colonial-era conquest of the Americas." In the same trip to Boliva that the pope was reportedly to take place in the chewing of coca, the pope asked forgiveness from the indigenous groups and Bolivia's first-ever indigenous president, Evo Morales.

Francis admits with regret:
"Grave sins were committed against the native peoples of America in the name of God...I humbly ask forgiveness, not only for the offenses of the church herself, but also for crimes committed against the native peoples during the so-called conquest of America... I also want for us to remember the thousands and thousands of priests who strongly opposed the logic of the sword with the power of the cross. There was sin, and it was plentiful. But we never apologized, so I now ask for forgiveness. But where there was sin, and there was plenty of sin, there was also an abundant grace increased by the men who defended indigenous peoples."

The crowd's response: wild and cheerful applause. "We accept the apologies that are more than we could have hoped for from a man like Pope Francis," says indigenous leader, Adolfo Chávez. It is clear that the power of forgiveness transcends religious belief, and can touch even those who have been mistreated for centuries.

This powerful apology was significant for many reasons. Many native cultures held much well deserved disregard for the church when thousands were slaughtered in the name of "God" during the conquest of indigenous america. The native spiritual teachings and medicines were also demonized, causing a deep-rooted misunderstanding by christians as to the values and benefits the native cultures had to offer. This is a step in the right direction in unifying the world religions to understand all people as one, and to garner respect for traditions older than time itself.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Pope Francis' approval rating nosedives among conservatives


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Pope Francis is not as popular a pontiff as he used to be in the United States — especially among conservatives — according to a new Gallup survey out Wednesday.

A larger share of American Catholics say they don’t have a favorable view of their church’s spiritual leader. A little more than seven in 10 (71 percent) have a favorable image of Francis, a drop of 18 percentage points from last year.

The drop is even more marked among conservatives, 72 percent of which viewed him in a favorable light in 2014. This year, just 45 percent have a positive opinion of him.

Many conservatives and Republicans balked at Francis’ environmental encyclical delivered last month, which called climate change “one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”

“I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinal or my pope,” GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush told supporters at the time.

Liberals and moderates are also less satisfied with the pope than they were last year. Among liberals, Francis’ favorability rating dropped from 82 percent to 68 percent; among moderates, it dropped from 79 percent to 71 percent.

Still, 59 percent of Americans surveyed said they have a favorable view of the pope, but that is sharp decrease from last February, when 76 percent held a favorable view of the Argentinian, who was elected to succeed Benedict XVI in March 2013.

Francis’ favorability numbers are better than those of his immediate predecessor, though they are not quite up to par with Pope John Paul II, who at one point in 1998 enjoyed a favorability rating of 86 percent, according to a Gallup poll conducted in the days following Christmas.

The latest poll comes as Francis prepares to make his first visit to the United States in September, where he will travel to New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. While in the nation’s capital, he will become the first pope to address a joint session of Congress, and Jumbotrons will be set up outside the Capitol for an expected overflow crowd.

Generally, popes have received a bump in approval ratings among Americans when they visit the country. As Gallup notes, John Paul II benefited from trips to the U.S. in 1993 and 1999, and Benedict XVI earned his best favorability marks following a 2008 visit to the country.
The latest poll was conducted via landlines and cellphones from July 8-12, surveying 1,009 adults nationwide. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.



Obama administration restricts investigative powers of inspectors general

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The Obama administration formally announced that inspectors general will have to get permission from their agency heads to gain access to grand jury, wiretap and fair credit information — an action that severely limits the watchdogs’ oversight capabilities, independence and power to uncover fraud.

An opinion, issued by theDepartment of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel, says the Inspector General Act of 1978 — which was written by Congress to create the government watchdogs in order to help maintain integrity within their agencies — does not have the authority to override nondisclosure provisions in other laws, most notably in regard to grand jury, wiretap or fair credit information.

Retired general calls for revival of concentration camps

July 23, 2015 By Nichi Bei Weekly Staff

A retired general and former Democratic presidential candidate called for reinstituting World War II-era concentration camps for “disloyal” Americans, Wesley Clark said in a July 17 interview with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts.

Clark advocated in the interview — which followed the July 16 mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tenn. that left five people dead — for using concentration camps to help fight Muslim extremism. Multiple news outlets have described Muhammed Youssef Abdulazeez as the shooter.

“If these people are radicalized and they don’t support the United States and they are disloyal to the United States as a matter of principle, fine. It’s their right and it’s our right and obligation to segregate them from the normal community for the duration of the conflict,” Clark said.

“We have got to identify the people who are most likely to be radicalized,” Clark said.

The Japanese American Citizens League, a national civil rights organization, issued a statement calling Clark’s comments “troubling.”

“The true character of a nation is evident during troubling times when our security, real or imagined, is threatened. In 1942, the threat of an internal enemy was made to appear real when our government knew otherwise through findings from the FBI and other intelligence agencies,” the JACL said, citing the mass hysteria during World War II, which led the U.S. government to imprison some 120,000 persons of Japanese descent in American concentration camps.

“This action ignored due process and equal protection, rights guaranteed by our Constitution,” the statement said.

The group went on to add that, “the threat of terrorism is real, but we must remain circumspect about the solutions we pursue. The apology to Japanese Americans says that we owe it to ourselves, to our own sense of honor that we do not go down a path that jeopardizes the rights of Americans. A response of mass segregation was wrong in 1942, and is no more right today.”


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David Mould responds to Ted Wilson's re-election in San Antonio to the post of President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Elder Wilson's sermon on July 11th is critiqued in light of the Pope's anticipated visits to the U.N. and the U.S. Congress in September 2015. Highlighted in this presentation: the influence of Winston Churchill's perseverance on the presenter.


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Friday, July 24, 2015

Jerry Brown places hope for climate change action in church

Jerry Brown places hope for climate change action in church

Former Jesuit seminarian once said rituals of seminary were ‘dry and remote’ to him

Brown says Pope Francis will influence millions of people

Effort comes amid decline in Christianity in United States

California Gov. Jerry Brown, right, delivers his speech flanked by the head of the pontifical academy of Science, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, during a conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change at the Vatican on Wednesday. Dozens of environmentally friendly mayors from around the world are meeting at the Vatican this week to bask in the star power of eco-Pope Francis and commit to reducing global warming and helping the urban poor deal with its effects. | Alessandra Tarantino The Associated Press



Jerry Brown walked away from the seminary as a young man because, he would write decades later, “the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience no longer made sense to me.”

The rituals of the novitiate, Brown said in 1988, “had become dry and remote in comparison to the freedom and exhilaration I expected to find in the world.”

Brown would return to religion in later years. And now in his fourth term as governor – and in his signature initiative, climate change – Brown is placing hope in the church.

For two days at a climate summit in this center of Christendom, Brown repeatedly called for the “moral dimension” to help coalesce support for policies to reduce carbon emissions ahead of global talks in Paris in December. In speeches and interviews, he affixed his agenda to that of Pope Francis, whose recent encyclical on climate change focused public attention on the issue.

Francis, Brown said, “will influence tens of millions – and maybe hundreds of millions of people – so that’s important.”

In the United States, home to more Christians than any other country, congregations are in decline. The proportion of the U.S. population that identifies as Christian fell nearly 8 percentage points, to just less than 71 percent, between 2007 and last year, according to a survey released in May by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center.


Gov. Jerry Brown

The percentage of Americans who describe themselves as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” has increased to nearly 23 percent. In California, that percentage is even higher – 27.

“It’s a major downward spiral,” said Phil Zuckerman, a sociology professor at Pitzer College. “We’ve seen more and more people walking away from religion and disaffiliating, more so than ever in our nation’s history.”

For the church – and for Brown’s hope for its influence in the climate change debate – the movement toward disaffiliation holds significance. Filled pews in American churches once provided captive audiences for the church, and “politicians really had to be careful how they voted on a certain issue,” Zuckerman said.

“You don’t have an equivalent of that in the secular world,” he said.

Brown stood in the Sistine Chapel before its opening to the public on Wednesday, admiring Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment. Earlier this week, he attended a private mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, and one of his first meetings in Rome was with Adolfo Nicolás, superior general of the Jesuits.

In an interview, Brown said they talked about the “role of the Jesuits in dealing with climate change, like the pope, in promoting the encyclical.”

He said, “I think they’re going to do that.”

Brown left Sacred Heart Novitiate in 1960, on the eve of the Second Vatican Council. In an effort at modernization in the 1960s, the church expanded its activism in politics in America. Bishops called for economic reforms and a nuclear freeze, and they lobbied in California for improved treatment of migrant farmworkers.

In 2003, Sacramento Bishop William Weigand, who has since retired, publicly urged then-Gov. Gray Davis to “have the integrity” to stop receiving Communion unless he abandoned his support of abortion rights. Anti-abortion activists sponsored advertisements targeting Davis and other Catholic Democrats.

“Ten or 12 years ago there was a real effort on the part of some bishops to build up a Catholic voting bloc,” said Charles Reid, a canon law expert at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. “That effort has more or less just faded.”

Earlier this month, California lawmakers pulled a bill that would have allowed doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients amid vocal opposition from the Catholic Church, among other groups. But religion comes up so rarely at the Capitol that when the state Senate approved a resolution last week formally praising Francis’ encyclical, lawmakers found themselves in an uncommon debate about the role of the church in public affairs.

The resolution called for lawmakers to convene hearings to consider the implications of the document and to seek testimony from religious leaders, among others.

“That’s pretty rare,” said state Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber. “State officials, environmental organizations, business groups and the general public, that’s the way we normally do business. But accepting the doctrine of any given denomination as the basis for a legislative hearing, I think that clearly is mixing church and state.”

Francis is hugely popular in the Christian world, but Brown’s faith in the encyclical will test the influence of the church on public policy.

Brown spent much of the week deriding Republicans who are skeptical of climate change, calling them “troglodytes” and purveyors of misinformation. But Brown said “there are not that many authoritative voices in a skeptical world,” and that the pope is one to whom “people are going to listen.”

“First of all, I think the priests will talk about it at Sunday Mass,” he said. “I think they’ll talk about it at Catholic schools, so that does have an influence. … We’re not talking about an election next year, we’re talking about getting more people on the side of de-carbonizing the economy.”

In an essay in 1988, Brown wrote that after leaving the seminary and finishing his first two terms in office, he “recaptured my faith” while observing a religious service in Chiapas, Mexico. Village elders, he wrote, had expelled their priest years beforehand and performed a “mixture of Christianity and native pre-Columbian ritual.” He also studied Zen Buddhism in Japan.

Brown’s acquaintances say he is Catholic. But Brown flinches at discussing his religious practices – deflecting the question with a joke.

“My wife thinks I’m very Catholic,” he said. “But that’s because she’s a Presbyterian.”

He added, “You’d have to say I’m a rather independent thinker in both political and religious matters, but I am steeped in the tradition of the Catholic Church and the Jesuit order.”

Pressed on the point by a local reporter Wednesday, Brown suggested it is the confinement of a label – not religion – that he resists.

“There’s a whole train of doctrines and beliefs, and I don’t want it to be understood that I’m ready to underwrite everything,” he said.

Like many Catholic Democrats, Brown supports abortion rights and same-sex marriage. He frequently cites Scripture, and he routinely grants pardons around Christmas and Easter, major days on the Christian calendar. In Mexico last year, he urged politicians to heed the “religious call … to welcome the stranger” in addressing a surge in border crossings of thousands of young immigrants from Central America.

But Davis, Brown’s former chief of staff, said despite occasional flare-ups, “I don’t think religion has played a prominent role in California politics for quite a while. … I don’t think the electorate cares that much about it.”

Davis said religion did not figure prominently in Brown’s first administration, from 1975 to 1983, though he recalled Brown visiting the San Francisco Zen Center and a seminary once when “he just felt like going by.”

“He had almost this salon the first time around,” Davis said. “Everyone from Buckminster Fuller to Amory Lovins, who were both prominent environmentalists, and then you’d have somebody who was a big nuclear advocate, so we’d have all these people come by about 6:30 and we’d have something from Frank Fat’s, takeout food, and we’d stay there until 11 or 12 just talking about things.”

Davis said there are now practical reasons for Brown to embrace the church. Despite the state’s advances on environmental issues, he said, California “cannot go it alone … and there’s no more persuasive global advocate than Pope Francis.”

Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, said in an email that “America needs to rediscover the concept of justice together with freedom, which is at the basis of all religious traditions.”

But he said Americans “are still, at their core, a people of faith and a people of strong morality,” and that “moral beliefs still guide us in everything we do and say, whether we are conscious of it or not.”

Brown said the effect of Francis’ encyclical, and of his own efforts on climate change, will likely unfold gradually. He acknowledged some people will not be persuaded.

“But some of their children will,” Brown said. “It’s like turning a ship in the ocean. It turns slowly, and the pope is another gust of influence here turning us in the right direction.”

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The Religious Origins of the Sanctuary Movement

Cliff Kincaid — July 24, 2015 

Thanks to Donald Trump, the major media are being forced to cover the illegal immigration movement, such as the proliferation of “sanctuary cities” across the U.S. that attract criminal aliens, give them legal protection, and let them back out on the streets to commit more crimes. But the really taboo topic is how these sanctuary cities grew out of a movement started by the Catholic Church and other churches.

Over 200 cities, counties and states provide safe-haven to illegal aliens as sanctuary cities, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reports. What has not yet been reported is that the Catholic Church, which gave President Obama his start in “community organizing” in Chicago, has been promoting the sanctuary movement for more than two decades.

What’s more, in April, a delegation of U.S. Catholic bishops staged a church service along the U.S.-Mexico border and distributed Communion through the border fence. At the same time, Pope Francis said a “racist and xenophobic” attitude was keeping immigrants out of the United States.

No wonder the pope’s approval ratings have been falling in the United States. Overall, Gallup reports that it’s now at 59 percent, down from 76 percent in early 2014. Among conservatives, it’s fallen from 72 percent approval to 45 percent (a drop of 27 points).

“Few people are aware that this extreme left branch of the Catholic Church played a large part in birthing the sanctuary movement,” says James Simpson, author of the new book, The Red-Green Axis: Refugees, Immigration and the Agenda to Erase America.

Simpson says Catholic Charities, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and its grant-making arm, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, are prominent elements of the open borders movement.

The sanctuary movement has its roots in the attempted communist takeover of Latin America.

With the support of elements of the Roman Catholic Church, the Communist Sandinistas had taken power in Nicaragua in 1979. At the time, communist terrorists known as the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) were threatening a violent takeover of neighboring El Salvador. President Ronald Reagan’s policies of overt and covert aid for the Nicaraguan freedom fighters, known as the Contras, forced the defeat of the Sandinistas, leaving the FMLN in disarray. In 1983, Reagan ordered the liberation of Grenada, an island in the Caribbean, from communist thugs.

Groups like the Marxist-oriented Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) were promoting the sanctuary movement for the purpose of facilitating the entry into the U.S. of illegal aliens who were supposedly being repressed by pro-American governments and movements in the region. The U.S. Catholic Bishops openly supported the sanctuary movement, even issuing a statement in 1985 denouncing the criminal indictments of those caught smuggling illegal aliens and violating the law. Section 274 of the Immigration and Nationality Act prohibits the transportation or harboring of illegal aliens.

Two Roman Catholic priests and three nuns were among those under indictment
in one case on 71 counts of conspiracy to smuggle illegal aliens into the United States. One of the Catholic priests indicted in the scheme was Father Ramon Dagoberto Quinones, a Mexican citizen. He was among those convicted of conspiracy in the case.

Through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, an arm of the Bishops, the church has funded Casa de Maryland, an illegal alien support group which was behind the May 1, 2010, “May Day” rally in Washington, D.C. in favor of “immigrant rights.” Photographs taken by this writer showed Mexican immigrants wearing Che Guevara T-shirts, and Spanish-language communist books and literature being provided to rally participants.

An academic paper, “The Acme of the Catholic Left: Catholic Activists in the US Sanctuary Movement, 1982-1992,” states that lay Catholics and Catholic religious figures were “active participants” in the network protecting illegals. The paper said, “Near the peak of national participation in August 1988, of an estimated 464 sanctuaries around the country, 78 were Catholic communities—the largest number provided by any single denomination.”

A “New Sanctuary Movement” emerged in 2007, with goals similar to the old group. In May, the far-left Nation magazine ran a glowing profile of this new movement, saying it was “revived” by many of the same “communities of faith” and churches behind it in the 1980s.

One group that worked to find churches that would provide sanctuary to immigrants in fear of deportation is called Interfaith Worker Justice, led by Kim Bobo, who was quoted by PBS in 2007 as saying, “We believe what we are doing is really calling forth a higher law, which is really God’s law, of caring for the immigrant.”

But conservative Catholic Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute saysInterfaith Worker Justice is run by “committed Marxist socialists,” and that Bobo is “highly active and involved with the Democratic Socialists of America,” a group which backed Obama’s political career.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

David Gates - What you must do, do quickly.

David Gates

Published on Jul 22, 2015

Before flying to South America, Uncle David shares an urgent message regarding world financial decisions.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

'Minions' The Movie 7-10-15: Androgynous Global-Slave Programming..."Because You're A Minion", Says ZWO


'Minions' the movie...from "Illumination Entertainment" begins July 10, 2015 definition of a minion: "a servile follower or subordinate of a person in power"

No male, no female in the new transgender world order...only 'minions'.

Think it is a coincidence that Zio-Hollywood has over the past few years introduced the 'cuddly' little characters called minions in the "Despicable Me" movies, now being followed-up with a full length movie all their own called, what else, "Minions". The movie is to be released July 10, 2015 [link]. The basic plot of the movie reveals the whole ball-o-wax: The 'minions', who live only to happily serve an evil master, find themselves without an evil master to serve, so they set off on a quest to find a new evil master to serve. That's it. Minions seeking an evil master to serve - how blatant does the new-world-order brainwashing get? And, make no mistake, your children are the direct target.

Minions are "an androgynous mass of servile worker-drones". Minions are mindless, genderless, with no individuality - all dress the same, all look the same, with the exception that instead of two eyes some have only a single 'illuminati eye-of-horus' - to be expected of course coming from "Illumination Entertainment". This clip is not the actual trailer for the July 10 movie though, but is an early advertisement, and does make very clear the 'illuminati-philosphy' behind IlluminationEntertainment's "Minions":

"Because you're a minion..."

Zio-Hollywood's "Minions": unisex worker-drones existing only to serve their "evil master"
aka societal brainwash/global-citizen programming of the youth; screenshot from above video

What is all this really about? The answer is actually very simple:

*From the Jewish Talmud: "Only the Jews are humans, the Non-Jews are not humans, but cattle" (non-Jews aka "goyim" = human cattle) - Kerithuth 6b page 78, Jebhammoth 61a

“When the Messiah comes, all will be slaves of the Jews” - (Erubin 43b)
*As for the Talmud quotes, the truth is quite otherwise; see Zionism and Bible prophecy - scroll down [follow links, connect dots]

Be very much aware and be not programmed, young or old. Recommend deprogramming where needed.Rev. 18:4

[post excerpted from here & here]
7-10-15 follow up: McDonald's New Happy Meal 'Talking Minion' Toy Curses A Blue Streak - McDonald's Officially Denies

Amos 6:1 'Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!'

by tom m. at 1:15 PM


Compromise: Cuban Embassy opens in Washington D.C.

Cuba has not changed ONE IOTA, yet the U.S. has accomodated the New Word Order goals of the U.N. and the Vatican. In fact, next month, AUGUST (as in Caesar Augustus), Secretary of State and Skull and Bones member, John Kerry will 'fly' to Habana to raise the U.S.of A. flag over the American Embassy which opened yesterday 7/20/2015;  the same day the CUBANS opened their own embassy in Washington D.C.

All these changes are being made in preparation for The Pope's rebound visit to the Western Hemisphere this September... starting in the Jesuit stronghold of Castro's (no reflection on the noble brethren of Cuba) Concentration Camp Island; Then, the Bishop of Rome will proceed to Washington D.C. in blatant violation of the Constitution's Establishment Clause, there he will brief the President, then Bergoglio will speak to a joint session of Congress, an unprecedented UNWARRANTED act... then to the U.N. at NYC, then Philadelphia for the FAMILIES SUMMIT...
Everything is being prepared for his whollyness.

NOW, the mean old Uncle Sam made nice with poor little Cuba...

He's making a list, he's checking it twice,  he's gonna find out who's naughty or nice, Santa Jorge is coming to pound...



Sunday, July 19, 2015

Franklin Graham: End All Muslim Immigration to America

Sunday, 19 Jul 2015 11:08 AM

The Rev. Franklin Graham on Friday called for the banning of all Muslims from entering the United States following the shootings in Chattanooga that left four Marines and a Navy sailor dead.

Noting that the shooter, 24-year-old Muhammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, immigrated with his family from Kuwait,Graham wrote on his Facebook page:"We are under attack by Muslims at home and abroad. We should stop all immigration of Muslims to the U.S. until this threat with Islam has been settled."

Every Muslim that comes into the United States has the potential to be radicalized, Graham said, adding, "they do their killing to honor their religion and Muhammad."

He pointed out that during World War II, the United States didn't allow Japanese or German immigration.

"Why are we allowing Muslims now?" he asked. "Let your Congressman know that we've got to put a stop to this and close the flood gates. Pray for the men and women who serve this nation in uniform, that God would protect them."

Some have noted that Graham's tone is far different than that of his father, the Rev. Billy Graham, now in his 90s.

Franklin Graham had been known more for his humanitarian efforts as he headed up the group Samaritan's Purse, but that seemed to take a turn during the presidency of Republican George W. Bush, notes Religion News Service columnist Jonathan Merritt in a piece in The Atlantic.

Franklin Graham has called Islam a "very wicked and evil religion," which caused the Pentagon to rescind an invitation for him to speak during the National Day of Prayer, Merritt notes.

Graham was criticized by some Christians after his Facebook post, but others stood with him.

"This post is so disappointing. Is that what Christ would do? Shut people out because of fear?" one commenter wrote. "He has already defeated the grave. And we are called to share the love of Christ with these people. You have a big platform here Mr. Graham, perhaps you should use it to tell the truth in grace and love."

But other commenters said, "Amen," and, "Agree 100%!


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Come out from among them, now!

Out of the cities, is my message at this time. Be assured that the call is for our people to locate miles away from the large cities. One look at San Francisco as it is today would speak to your intelligent minds, showing you the necessity of getting out of the cities....

The Lord calls for His people to locate away from the cities, for in such an hour as ye think not, fire and brimstone will be rained from heaven upon these cities. Proportionate to their sins will be their visitation. When one city is destroyed, let not our people regard this matter as a light affair, and think that they may, if favorable opportunity offers, build themselves homes in that same destroyed city....

Let all who would understand the meaning of these things read the eleventh chapter of Revelation. Read every verse, and learn the things that are yet to take place in the cities. Read also the scenes portrayed in the eighteenth chapter of the same book.

Manuscript Releases, 1518 (May 10, 1906); Last Day Events, p.95.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Lancashire Bishops condemn proposed Sunday trading hours extension

OPPOSED: The Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev Julian Henderson, on Remembrance Sunday

Thursday 16 July 2015

LANCASHIRE’S three Anglican Bishops have joined forces to condemn the proposed extension to Sunday trading hours.

The county’s top three Church of England clergy say they are “concerned” by the plan announced by Chancellor George Osborne in last week’s budget to allow shops to stay open longer on the Sabbath.

While I am sure that promises will be made to safeguard such people, inevitably over time pressure will be brought upon them and those wishing to keep Sunday clear of work will be disadvantaged in the employment market.
 Rt Rev Julian Henderson

The Bishops of Blackburn, Lancaster and Burnley oppose the idea and say it will erode even further what should be “a special day of the week.”

Happy Sabbath

A return to Catholic Action

By Father Bruce Nieli|



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

On Thursday night, November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced his executive action limiting deportations of undocumented immigrants to the most criminal cases, thereby providing freedom and hope to some 5 million people. In doing so he not only launched a process of compassion to many persons seeking a better life for themselves and their families, he also dramatically challenged Congress to pass a law encompassing broader immigration reform. Such focused confrontation from a base of power to call forth social responsibility from political leadership is something that Obama learned as a community organizer in Chicago. It was the fruit of a once powerful movement known as Catholic Action.

Chicago has been a fount of community organizing since the Great Depression, when the Catholic Church united with organized labor in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the city’s south side.
With the strong support of Cardinal George Mundelein and his auxiliary bishop, Bernard James Sheil, the Back of the Yards Council provided a voice for the immigrant communities of that impoverished neighborhood. They collaborated with community organizer and activist Saul Alinsky, whose friendship with Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain and collaboration with Catholic Church leaders would enrich subsequent community organizing efforts. (Even Archbishop Giovanni Montini, the future Blessed Pope Paul VI, would confer with Alinsky on community organizing in Italy.)

This example of grassroots social justice, of collective listening to the cry of the poor, would have the principles of Catholic Action as its philosophical and theological base. The future U. S. president was a student and practitioner of this philosophy and theology. It is no accident that Obama’s first office was located in a Catholic church.

I pray for a return to Catholic Action. My own first contact with Catholic Action came in 1972, during my seminary internship year at our Paulist mother house, St. Paul the Apostle Church on Manhattan’s West Side. I was part of the parish team hosting a rally in our spacious church basement for Cesar Chavez and his United Farm Workers. Chavez was quick to point out that among the 2,000 participants there that day was a “saint,” Dorothy Day.

Both Chavez and Day had been heroes of mine throughout my formation in the culturally formative 1960s. So when one of the UFW members addressed our parish Cursillo group the next morning and mentioned that both he and Chavez were cursillistas, I was motivated to experience the movement myself, even though I’d been a bit hesitant up to that point.

I would later meet the Cursillo founder, Eduardo Bonnin. As a young man in Spain in the 1940s, Bonnin, I learned, belonged to something called “Catholic Action.” He and a group of other young men, disturbed by the absence of young adults in church participation, made a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James of Compostela along the famous Camino de Santiago. After a profound conversion experience, they came up with the Cursillo method of transforming society through small communities of committed Christians.

The term “Catholic Action” described both a movement and a mentality. As a movement, Catholic Action had its beginnings in the latter part of the 19th century, when people proactively took measures to counteract the anti-clericalism running rampant, especially throughout Europe. As the church entered the 20th century, Catholic Action became more of an organized movement in which laypeople, collaborating with members of the hierarchy, worked to bring Christ and the social teachings of the Catholic Church into the greater society. Joseph Leo Cardijn, a Belgian priest and later cardinal, was the godfather of the movement. In 1919 Cardijn founded the Young Trade Unionists, which later became the Young Christian Workers—the quintessential model for Catholic Action.

Peter Maurin, who cofounded the Catholic Worker movement with Dorothy Day, penned an essay in 1933 titled “Blowing the Dynamite,” which captures the philosophy of Catholic Action. Cardijn referred to Maurin’s thought as “the purest spirit of the Gospel.” Maurin wrote:

Writing about the Catholic Church, a radical writer says: “Rome will have to do more than to play a waiting game; she will have to use some of the dynamite inherent in her message.” To blow the dynamite of a message is the only way to make the message dynamic. If the Catholic Church is not today the dominant social dynamic force, it is because Catholic scholars have taken the dynamite of the church, have wrapped it up in nice phraseology, placed it in an hermetic container and sat on the lid. It is about time to blow the lid off so the Catholic Church may again become the dominant social dynamic force.

It would be this “blowing the dynamite” approach to proactive Catholicism that would characterize the highly diverse groups coming under the umbrella of Catholic Action. These would include, in addition to the Young Christian Workers, the Young Christian Students; the aforementioned Cursillo movement, itself giving birth to numerous parish and youth encounters; RENEW International; the Legion of Mary; Sodalities; the Christian Family Movement; the various community organizing groups like COPS (Communities Organized for Public Service) in San Antonio, whose founder, Ernesto Cortes, would later train the young Barack Obama in Chicago; and Friendship House in Harlem (an early influence on Thomas Merton).

Cardijn also designed what would become the predominate methodology of Catholic Action, summarized by the three titles see (observe), judge, and act. This approach would make its way into Pope John XXIII’s 1961 encyclical on Christianity and social progress, Mater et Magistra. “There are three stages which should normally be followed in the reduction of social principles into practice,” he wrote. “First, one reviews the concrete situation; secondly, one forms a judgment on it in the light of these same principles; thirdly, one decides what in the circumstances can and should be done to implement these principles. These are the three stages that are usually expressed in the three terms: observe, judge, act.”

To put it another way, we see the reality around us—with all of its problems and challenges—with the eyes of Christ. We discern a response to these problems and challenges with the mind of Christ, using scripture and the teachings of the church. And we implement our responses in action as the body of Christ.

In addition to being a movement, Catholic Action is also a mentality. The move to bring Catholic social teaching into the public square motivated Catholics like Msgr. John A. Ryan of the Catholic University of America, whom many have called the prophet of the New Deal, and Paulist priest John J. Burke, founder of the National Catholic Welfare Conference, the precursor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In fact, the current Catholic Campaign for Human Development began with the guiding principles of Catholic Action.

Even Hollywood has felt the influence of the Catholic Action mentality. Movies of the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, including Boys Town, The Keys of the Kingdom, Going My Way, and On the Waterfront, highlighted the role of the socially conscious Catholic priest.
For a contemporary example of a priest directly formed by Catholic Action, take the prophetic and spirit-filled Msgr. Thomas Kleissler, whose influence permeates current Catholicism. In his recent autobiography, Beyond My Wildest Dreams: From Local Ministry to Worldwide Mission (RENEW International), Kleissler describes a boyhood experience that took place at the school library one rainy day. He recalls picking up a pamphlet about Father Cardijn and the Young Christian Workers, where he learned the approach of “observe, judge, act.”

That approach, along with a lifelong passion for justice and service to the poor, would dominate Kleissler’s work as a priest, from leadership in the Christian Family Movement to active participation in the civil rights movement. It also led him to found (with Msgr. Tom Ivory) RENEW International, a process that perhaps more than any other would build up the church out of base communities of parishioners committed to ongoing personal conversion to Jesus and connecting faith to everyday life.

To put it mildly, Catholic Action helped to place the foundation for lay involvement in church life that was so prominent in the Second Vatican Council, but there has been a subsequent lull. Now is the time for a revival and renewal. Hopefully the new evangelization of St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis can spark such a revival and renewal. Certainly the caring witness of Pope Francis, and his magnificent apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel, provide reasons for hope.

America today is desperately in search of a way to embrace the motto e pluribus unum, “one out of many.” It is precisely Catholic Action, both as a movement and a mentality, that offers the best opportunities to unite the polarized pro-life and pro-poor camps.

Recently I participated in a unified effort in Texas coordinated by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Brownsville. The purpose was to serve immigrant children and families coming across the U. S.-Mexico border from Central America in a desperate flight from poverty and threats of ruthless gangs and drug traffickers. There at the Rio Grande, at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas, were volunteers from all walks of life and ideologies. We came from the faith communities, the medical profession, various levels of government, the legal profession, the local food bank, and even the bus station.

We were there working together to meet the basic humanitarian needs of God’s precious children. There, in a border town filled with a cross section of the human race, I rejoiced to see a return to Catholic Action.

This essay appeared in the July 2015 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 80, No. 7, pages 36–38).
Image: Joseph Leo Cardijn, Cesar Chavez, and Dorothy Day, all public domain.

Father Bruce Nieli, C.S.P., is a Paulist evangelist and missionary based in Austin, Texas. He is a former director for evangelization of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


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