Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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Leaked docs raise question of Pope’s personal role in new Vatican financial scandal





Tue Feb 20, 2018 - 12:14 pm EST


John-Henry Westen


ROME, February 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Leaked documents obtained by LifeSiteNews connect the Pope himself to a new Vatican financial scandal and raise serious questions about his global reputation as the “pope for the poor.”

LifeSiteNews has obtained internal documents of the U.S.-based Papal Foundation, a charity with a stellar history of assisting the world’s poor, showing that last summer the Pope personally requested, and obtained in part, a $25 million grant to a corruption-plagued, Church-owned dermatological hospital in Rome accused of money laundering. Records from the financial police indicate the hospital has liabilities over one billion USD – an amount larger than the national debt of some 20 nations.

The grant has lay members of the Papal Foundation up in arms, and some tendering resignations. Responding to questions from LifeSiteNews, Papal Foundation staff sent a statement saying that it is not their practice to comment on individual requests.

Speaking of grants in general, the Papal Foundation said their mission has not changed. “The grants to help those in need around the world and of significance to the Holy Father are reviewed and approved through well-accepted philanthropic processes by the Board and its committees,” it said.

Lay membership or becoming a “steward” in the Papal Foundation involves the pledge “to give $1 million over the course of no more than ten years with a minimum donation of $100,000 per year.” Those monies are invested in order to make a perpetual fund to assist the Church.

However, the majority of the board is composed of U.S. bishops, including every U.S. Cardinal living in America. The foundation customarily gives grants of $200,000 or less to organizations in the developing world (see a grant list for 2017 here) via the Holy See.

Monday, February 19, 2018

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UK appoints a “minister of loneliness” to tackle the “hidden epidemic” that affects nine million Britons




Friday, January 19th 2018 - 09:32 UTC




PM Theresa May described loneliness as “the sad reality of modern life” affecting millions of people.



Britain appointed a “minister for loneliness” on Wednesday to tackle what Prime Minister Theresa May described as “the sad reality of modern life” affecting millions of people. Tracey Crouch, a junior minister for sport and civil society, will take on the role as part of a broader strategy to combat loneliness in Britain.

“For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life,” May said.

“I want to confront this challenge for our society and for all of us to take action to address the loneliness endured by the elderly, by carers, by those who have lost loved ones - people who have no one to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences with,” the prime minister added.

More than nine million people say they are always or often lonely, out of a population of 65.6 million, according to the British Red Cross.

The charity describes loneliness and isolation as a “hidden epidemic” affecting people across all ages at various moments in their life, such as retirement, bereavement or separation.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

James Carafano: Amnesty Proposal Gets "Everything Exactly Wrong"

Statements


Feb 15, 2018


The Heritage Foundation's Dr. James Carafano, vice president of the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, released the following statement Thursday regarding the policy implications of the "Immigration Opportunity and Security Act:"

“Compromise is not about getting everything exactly wrong. Unfortunately, that is exactly what the misnamed ‘Immigration Opportunity and Security Act’ does. Amnesties are bad immigration policy –they undermine the rule of law and create a magnet for further illegal migration.

“This legislation would likely result in a greater amnesty than the 1986 amnesty, which created a massive stimulus for further illegal border crossing and unlawful presence. This act offers toothless border security and internal enforcement promises, and fails to address key public safety issues, like sanctuary cities. What weak promises are made offer little hope for improvement, however, as we all know both parties have shown no hesitance in breaking promises of future enforcement time and time again.

“It is far past time to put teeth into existing enforcement measures, secure our southern border, end chain migration and diversity visa programs, and take a meaningful step to restoring Americans’ faith in the rule of law.”



The Aussie Invasion: Hillsong Hits America's Shores


February 18, 2018


By James Arlandson


The Australians in the form of the global Hillsong churches, are coming. Actually, they are already here.

Let's take stock.

Just after Memorial Day weekend 2016, the massive Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN) invited Hillsong church to begin its own channel, calling it the Hillsong Channel. I have been watching them since then and lead global pastor Brian C. Houston's preaching for a number of years now on his own half-hour show. He is better than most TV preachers. For starters, his accent is charming, and he's needlessly a little defensive about it. He elides the "r," as in chu'ch, just as one example. It doesn't sound exactly British, but it is not American, either. It's proudly Australian. Houston is also positive – and here he is unusual for a man of English heritage. In my experience, Aussies, Kiwis, and Britons can be sour and negative among church folks. In contrast, Americans are optimistic and bubbly. And so his upbeat slogan fits an American outlook: "Your best is yet to come!" Finally, to match the slogan, he has a nice smile. Americans like big smiles.

The imaging and edits at Hillsong Channel are first-rate. The creative team behind their promos – cool trombones and syncopated drumbeats, guys! – is modern and upbeat. Their montages of white horses, people on beaches or in church with their hands raised, of the Christ statue in Brazil, of people smiling and dancing and leaping and hugging, and solemn worshipers – are all marvelous and attractive. It projects the youthful cool factor. And of course, their worship ministry, their mainstay, is of the highest quality. It is also a huge money-maker – $300 million is one figure thrown around. Their original programs are deep, but simple enough for the new convert to understand.

Is Hillsong political in the American sense? As far as I can tell from its TV broadcasts, it is not, and that's one of its most attractive features. I heard Pastor Houston only barely refer to Trump shortly after the election, and he merely said he was surprised that people reacted so strongly one way or the other. Wise. The Aussies appear to be blissfully naïve about such matters. Now we can watch them without feeling tense or angry.

I got a shock when for the first time I recently visited Hillsong, L.A., right in the degraded city center next to the tall showcase skyscrapers. In the foyer, I saw posters stapled to wooden sticks as if they could be used for marches. February is Black History Month, so the images on the posters were of black leaders throughout American history, like Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King, Jr. – and even extra-controversial and hard-left Jesse Jackson. I didn't look closely enough to see if hate-filled Malcolm X or anti-Semitic Muslim Louis Farrakhan were included. It is a good thing to honor men like Douglass and King (though one wonders whether King could withstand scrutiny in the current climate of anti-sexual harassment, since he committed adultery often enough). King's personal foibles aside, he and Douglass contributed nationally to improving black life. Fine.


Biodegradable Seed Starting Pots and Mini Greenhouse, Garden DIY Hack





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R.I. State Police urge officers to bring concealed weapons to church





Rhode Island State Police Capt. Derek Borek shares best practices at an active shooter preparedness session Saturday at St. James Church, in North Providence. [The Providence Journal / Sandor Bodo]



By Jacqueline Tempera
Journal Staff Writer




Saturday Posted Feb 17, 2018 at 11:07 AM Updated Feb 17, 2018 at 7:24 PM




NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island State Police are encouraging law enforcement officers to carry concealed weapons when they attend church services, Capt. Derek Borek said at an active shooter preparedness session Saturday morning.

More than 100 clergymen, greeters, ushers, and parishioners from churches across the state packed the hall at St. James Episcopal Church for the presentation. Borek taught the crowd of mostly seniors how they could stop — or at least slow down — deadly shootings in their own parish halls.

“If someone comes in here shooting,” Borek said, gesturing toward the door, “what are our options? What can we do?”

They could run out the door, a man suggested. But the trooper countered: “Do we know what we’re running into? How many people do you think we can get out of here in 15 seconds?”

“I’m not telling you what’s right or wrong,” Borek said. “I just want to get you thinking.”


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Selfie pay: Security fears as facial recognition set to revolutionise payments



A LEADING privacy group has warned that so-called selfie pay is another massive step towards a “Big Brother” society.


By Paul Harper / Published 3rd February 2018




Facial recognition ID is predicted to replace cash and cards in future as a standard form of payments.


Just last week it emerged MasterCard customers will be able to pay for their shopping by using a selfie from April next year.

Mark Barnett, from Mastercard, said: “Biometric technologies perfectly meet the public’s expectation for state-of-the-art security when making a payment.

"This will be of great benefit to everyone: consumers, retailers and banks.”





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Mary Ann Glendon resigns from Vatican Bank oversight board





Mary Ann Glendon, who resigned from the IOR's Board of Superindentence Feb. 16, 2018.
Credit: Harvard Law Records (CC BY 2.0).



Vatican City, Feb 16, 2018 / 03:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Prominent American professor Mary Ann Glendon has resigned from the Board of Superintendence which oversees the Institute of Religious Works, the so-called Vatican Bank.

“Professor Glendon has expressed a desire to devote more time to other Catholic causes, and the IOR wishes her all of the best for the future, both personally and professionally,” the institute said Feb. 16.

The statement thanked the 79-year-old Glendon for her contributions, especially in the process of defining its legal framework.

The Massachusetts-born Glendon served as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See under President George W. Bush from 2008-2009. She is a professor at Harvard Law School with an expertise in international human rights, comparative law, and constitutional law.

Under Pope Francis, Glendon was a member of a papal commission set up to ensure transparency at the Vatican Bank and make recommendations for its future from June 2013 to May 2014. She then served as a member of the IOR’s Board of Superintendence beginning July 9, 2014.



Catholic Inquisition and The Torture Tools by Former Priest Richard Bennett




Catholic Inquisition and The Torture Tools by Former Priest Richard Bennett



Published on Mar 7, 2007


Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals
A Vatican City priest baptized Nazi who were hiding in seminaries and then they were able to secure International Red Cross passports to allow them to flee to Argentina.
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Most people have some knowledge of the holocaust. The 6 years of torture and atrocities that the Jews suffered under Hitler and the Nazis during the Second World War. While in no way downplaying the terrible events of the holocaust, such a massacre does not compare to the severity to the torture and murder that took place under Papal authority during the 605 years of the Inquisition. From the beginning of the Papacy, until the present time, it is estimated by credible historians that more than 50,000,000, men and women have been slaughtered for the crime of heresy charged against them by Papal Rome. This Video contains actual photographs of some of the instruments of torture that were used. Since we consider this Video on the Inquisition one of the more important message that we have given, please make it known to others, and if possible post the link on your own website.


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Friday, February 16, 2018

Vatican investigator to meet with Chile abuse victim in NYC



By Associated Press

February 17, 2018 | 12:22am



Juan Carlos Cruz
AP


A Vatican sex-crimes investigator is meeting in New York with one of the key victims in the Chilean abuse scandal.

Saturday’s meeting between Archbishop Charles Scicluna and whistleblower Juan Carlos Cruz will take place at a Roman Catholic church in Manhattan.

Scicluna is investigating accusations against Bishop Juan Barros, a protege of Chile’s most notorious predator priest, the Rev. Fernando Karadima.

Cruz and two others have said Barros witnessed the abuse Karadima inflicted on them and ignored it. Barros has denied seeing or knowing of any abuse.

The scandal has tarred the reputation of Pope Francis. Francis angered many when he appointed Barros a bishop in 2015.





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Magnitude-7.2 earthquake slams south, central Mexico



By The Associated Press MEXICO CITY — Feb 16, 2018, 7:42 PM ET




The Associated PressPeople stands in the street as an earthquake shakes Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake has shaken south and central Mexico, causing people to flee buildings and office towers in the country's capital, and setting off quake alert systems. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)



A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook south and central Mexico Friday, causing people to flee buildings and office towers in the country's capital, where residents were still jittery after a deadly quake five months ago.

Crowds of people gathered on Mexico City's central Reforma Avenue in Mexico City as well as on streets in Oaxaca state's capital, nearer the quake's epicenter.

"It was awful," said Mercedes Rojas Huerta, 57, who was sitting on a bench outside her home in Mexico City's trendy Condesa district, too frightened to go back inside. "It started to shake; the cars were going here and there. What do I do?"

She said she was still scared thinking of the Sept. 19 earthquake that left 228 people dead in the capital and 369 across the region. Many buildings in Mexico City are still damaged from that quake.

Mexican Civil Protection chief Luis Felipe Fuente tweeted that there were no immediate reports of damages from Friday's quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey put its preliminary magnitude at 7.2 and said its epicenter was 33 miles (53 kilometers) northeast of Pinotepa in Oaxaca state. It had a depth of 15 miles (24 kilometers).

The epicenter is a rural area of western Oaxaca state near the Pacific coast and the border with Guerrero state.

The Oaxaca state civil protection agency said via Twitter that it was monitoring the coastline.

In the Condesa neighborhood, which was hit hard on Sept. 19, frightened residents flooded into the streets, including one woman wrapped in just a towel, but there were no immediate signs of damage.

"I'm scared," Rojas Huerta said. "The house is old."



"Transgender Woman" Breast-Feeds Baby After Hospital Induces Lactation



By Ceylan Yeginsu

Feb. 15, 2018



The study’s authors, Zil Goldstein, left, a nurse practitioner, and Dr. Tamar Reisman of Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York.



When a transgender woman told doctors at a hospital in New York that she wanted to breast-feed her pregnant partner’s baby, they put her on a regimen of drugs that included an anti-nausea medication licensed in Britain and Canada but banned in the United States.

Within a month, according to the journal Transgender Health, the woman, 30, who was born male, was producing droplets of milk. Within three months — two weeks before the baby’s due date — she had increased her production to eight ounces of milk a day.

In the end, the study showed, “she was able to achieve sufficient breast milk volume to be the sole source of nourishment for her child for six weeks,” according to the journal.

Dr. Tamar Reisman and Zil Goldstein, a nurse practitioner, of the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York, say the case illustrates that, in some circumstances, modest but functional lactation can be induced in transgender women who did not give birth or undergo surgery.



New 'The Community': 5 Things We Know About Fringe Christian Sect


Who is Korean pastor David Jang, what is the Community and how are they connected to the latest round of layoffs at 'Newsweek'?



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By Elizabeth Yuko

3 days ago


Last week, several high-ranking editors and veteran reporters were fired from Newsweek, following a January 19th raid of their New York City office by the Manhattan District Attorney as part of an investigation into the publication's finances. The nearly 85-year-old magazine, as well as the International Business Times, are both owned by the Newsweek Media Group, which reportedly has connections to Olivet University – a small, evangelical Bible college in San Francisco – as well as a fringe Christian sect known as "The Community."

The extent of the relationship between the media organization, the university and The Community – or the ties to controversial Korean pastor David Jang, who is the founder of both the school and the sect – is not yet clear. (Newsweek Media Group and Jang did not respond to emails requesting comment; a representative for Olivet University tells Rolling Stonethat their institution was founded by Jang "and is affiliated with a group of evangelical Christians. Like millions of other Evangelical Christians worldwide, Olivet is associated with and shares the beliefs of Evangelical Christians. Recent media reports which attempt to portray a business as a religious business due to the beliefs of their owners is a practice which is plainly discriminatory.")

Yet details continue to emerge on what, exactly, is involved with membership in this Christian group that has been described as having some of the characteristics of a cult. Here's what we know about The Community so far.

It's been around for more than 25 years.

In a 2014 investigative feature, Ben Dooley at Mother Jonesreported that Jang founded "the Community" in 1992 based on the idea that, instead of Christians focusing on their reward in heaven, they should create heaven on earth via institutions that "will remake the world in the image of the church." So far, it seems Jang has attempted to accomplish this by founding Olivet University in 2000, and launching several online publications including Christian Today and Christian Post. In 2006, he took a more secular approach when he founded IBT Media, publisher of the International Business Times, which acquired Newsweek in 2013.

4,762 Seventh-day Adventists in Switzerland donated USD 13.3 million




4,762 Seventh-day Adventists in Switzerland donated USD 13.3 million



Zürich/Schweiz, 15.02.2018 / APD

4,762 Seventh-day Adventists lived at the end of December 2017 in Switzerland. The number of members has increased by 110 people in one year. Adventists in Switzerland celebrate in 54 congregations and six groups the divine service on Saturday (Sabbath), the biblical day of rest. According to the communications department of the Adventist Church in Switzerland church members donated USD 13,3 million, an average of USD 2,800 per person, for the Adventist church worldwide and nationally. This amount does not include donations for the needs and tasks of the local churches.





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According to Herbert Bodenmann, media spokesman for the Adventist church in Switzerland, membership development is not consistent, but is depending on the region. In German-speaking Switzerland, the number of members has decreased in 2017 by two persons, whereas in French-speaking Switzerland and in the Italian-speaking part of the country the membership has increased by five percent or 112 persons. On the one hand, this was due to Adventists who had moved to Switzerland from abroad (transfer growth) and on the other hand to people who had joined the Church through baptism or confession of faith (conversion growth).

Thursday, February 15, 2018

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What Will You Give Up for Lent?



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Ash Wednesday in New York City, 2001.
CreditGreg Miller


By Rick HamlinFeb. 14, 2018

Lent is here, and as a practicing Christian, I know the question is inevitable: “What are you planning to give up?” It’s a tougher decision than it sounds; I look with awe at a woman who gave up sarcasm one Lent. Now, that would be a real hardship.

Lent is the penitential season in the Christian calendar that traditionally runs from Ash Wednesday to Easter. It is 40 days long, not counting Sundays because Sundays are feast days (that woman could indulge in sarcasm on Sundays), and it marks the 40 days and nights Jesus spent in the wilderness before he began his ministry.

Forty is one of those biblical numbers that means a long time and is linked to periods of trial, like the 40 days and nights that the torrential rains floated Noah’s ark, and the 40 years that the Israelites wandered in the desert after escaping the pharaoh’s clutches.

You can see why the idea of giving up stuff is linked to this period — “fasting” as Jesus did in the desert. Indeed, many people give up certain foods, going without chocolate or red wine or desserts. A little bit of self-imposed suffering to mark the season and a reason to kick up your heels with chocolate eggs and jelly beans when Easter finally rolls around. Even if you’re not a Christian, the idea of going without for 40 days is not so bad. Call it a diet.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

3 arrested after SUV crashes main gate of NSA headquarters; 3 injured


Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY

Published 8:22 a.m. ET Feb. 14, 2018 | Updated 2:18 p.m. ET Feb. 14, 2018



There is an ongoing investigation involving three people who have reportedly been shot outside NSA headquarters. Buzz60



(Photo: WUSA-TV via AP)


Three people, including a police officer, were hospitalized Wednesday in a bizarre incident at the super-secret National Security Agency after officers apparently opened fire on a black SUV carrying three men as it breached the main gate, the FBI said.

While authorities have not determined why the car crashed through the entrance before ramming a concrete barricade, FBI Special Agent in Charge Gordon Johnson told reporters the bureau does not believe the incident was terrorism-related.

“There is no indication to think this is anything more than an isolated incident,” he said.

The FBI said authorities arrested the two passengers and the car's driver, who also was injured and hospitalized. Two others — a civilian and a police officer — sustained non-life threatening injuries in the ordeal that unfolded at 6:55 a.m.

The FBI said they believe none of the injuries was from gunfire.

It was unclear why the car, believed to be a rental with New York tags, was traveling on the road that leads exclusively to the NSA facilities, located on the grounds of Fort Meade between Washington and Baltimore.


“We are trying to talk to them to understand why they were here,” Johnson said. It does not appear that any law enforcement agencies were chasing the vehicle before it reached the security gate, he added.

“This vehicle did come onto the NSA’s compound unauthorized,” Johnson said. “NSA police responded accordingly.”

Although an NSA spokesman said earlier Wednesday that weapons were discharged in the incident, Johnson declined to speculate, pending a conclusion of the investigation. Photos of the car show bullet holes in the windshield that appeared to be from shots fired from outside the vehicle, rather than from inside.

Video footage by a chopper from WRC-TV shows police surrounding a handcuffed man sitting on the ground near the SUV.

At least 17 dead in Florida school shooting, officials say




At least 17 dead in 'horrific' Florida school shooting, suspect had 'countless magazines'

By EMILY SHAPIRO
Feb 14, 2018, 6:30 PM ET





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Coming upSuspect in Florida high school shooting in custody



A gunman opened fire at a South Florida high school today, killing 17 people and sending students running for their lives, according to two law enforcement officers on the scene.

-- At least 14 victims were taken to hospitals from the incident at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the Broward Sheriff's Office said, though their conditions were not immediately clear.


-- The suspect, 19-year-old Nikolaus Cruz, was taken into custody off campus. He slipped out of the school after the shooting by blending in with other students who were trying to escape, according to two law enforcement sources and an eyewitness.


-- Cruz had "countless magazines" and was believed to have an AR-15 rifle, the sheriff said.


-- The sheriff said Cruz had attended the school but was expelled for disciplinary reasons.


-- Students were seen sprinting out of the school with their hands up as authorities with guns drawn swarmed the area. Other students were seen lined up one by one, leaving the area in an orderly fashion. Some students were hysterical, reported ABC affiliate WPLG.




WPLGStudents are evacuated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.





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First responders report after reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018.

Retired Idaho priest charged with sex exploitation of child, child porn




Feb 8, 2018
by Catholic News Service


Students walk into St. Mary's Catholic School in Boise, Idaho, Nov. 2, 2015. Retired priest Fr. W. Thomas Faucher, who was recently charged with sexual exploitation of a child, distributing sexually exploitative material involving children and drug possession, had served as pastor of St. Mary's Parish in Boise. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)


BOISE, IDAHO — The arrest of a retired Boise Catholic priest on multiple charges of sexual exploitation of a child, distribution of child pornography and drug possession has shocked Catholics in the statewide Diocese of Boise.

"When I first heard of these allegations, I was absolutely stunned," Boise Bishop Peter Christensen said in a statement Feb. 6. He said that "there are no excuses" for the behavior described in the charges.

Fr. Thomas Faucher, 72, was arrested Feb. 2 and charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, two counts of distributing sexually exploitative material involving children and two counts of drug possession. "All of the charges, except one of the drug counts, are felonies. If convicted, he faces a lifetime in prison," reported the Idaho Statesman daily newspaper.




Tuesday, February 13, 2018

How to be successful in Hollywood while keeping your faith

"China is the best implementer of Catholic social doctrine,’ says Vatican bishop


posted Tuesday, 6 Feb 2018


Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo (STR/AFP/Getty Images)


The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences praised the 'extraordinary' Communist state

“Right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese,” a senior Vatican official has said.

Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, praised the Communist state as “extraordinary”, saying: “You do not have shantytowns, you do not have drugs, young people do not take drugs”. Instead, there is a “positive national conscience”.

The bishop told the Spanish-language edition of Vatican Insider that in China “the economy does not dominate politics, as happens in the United States, something Americans themselves would say.”

Monday, February 12, 2018

Vatican: Only the Roman Catholic Church has authority to interpret Scripture


On Feb 12, 2018


One Of Satan’s Method Of Deceiving Is Keeping People In Ignorance.

Why Would The Roman Catholic Church Prevent People From Getting The Knowledge Of The Bible For Themselves?

It’s Because They Want To Keep People In Ignorance So They Can’t Comprehend The Errors Of The Roman Catholic Faith.

A Careful Study Of Scriptures Would Reveal All The Deceptions Of The Roman Catholic Church And People Would Know The Truth.

Here’s What The Catholic Church Says:

CCC 100, “The task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the Magisterium of the Church, that is, to the Pope and to the bishops in communion with him.”

With This Deception, Millions Are Kept In Ignorance. They Follow Blindly.

On The Other Hand, What Does Jesus Say About Bible Study?

“John 5:39 SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”

The Bible Speaks Directly Opposite To The Deceptions Of The Roman Catholic Church:

“Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

“Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

“2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

To Understand The Will Of God Concerning You, You Must Study His Word And Obtain Personal Knowledge To Know And Perform Your God Given Duty.

God’s Word Is Not A Mystery, That Must Be Only Interpreted By A Fellow Man Excepting Others. That’ll Be Dangerous And Devilish.

Before You Study The Word Of God, Pray For Understanding And The Holy Spirit Shall Grant You Understanding.

The Bible Was Written For You And Me And Not For Any Particular Fallible Man To Interpret For Us.

The Roman Church Still Holds This Dangerous Doctrine And Would They Not Ban And Burn Bible Again (As In Dark Ages) When They Regain World Power? Yes They Will.

And Now The Wicked Working Of Printing So Many Diluted Versions Of The Bible, Traces To Rome.

Also Read: The Truth About The Jesuits And Their Venom.

God Is Calling All His People Out Of This Religio-Political System Which Is Leading Many To Perdition.
Will You Heed This Call And Be Saved?

“Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 18:5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.”


Satan well knew that the Holy Scriptures would enable men to discern his deceptions and withstand his power. It was by the word that even the Saviour of the world had resisted his attacks. At every assault, Christ presented the shield of eternal truth, saying, “It is written.” To every suggestion of the adversary, He opposed the wisdom and power of the word. In order for Satan to maintain his sway over men, and establish the authority of the papal usurper, he must keep them in ignorance of the Scriptures. The Bible would exalt God and place finite men in their true position; therefore its sacred truths must be concealed and suppressed. This logic was adopted by the Roman Church.For hundreds of years the circulation of the Bible was prohibited. The people were forbidden to read it or to have it in their houses, and unprincipled priests and prelates interpreted its teachings to sustain their pretensions. Thus the pope came to be almost universally acknowledged as the vicegerent of God on earth, endowed with authority over church and state. GC 51.3


The detector of error having been removed, Satan worked according to his will. Prophecy had declared that the papacy was to “think to change times and laws.” Daniel 7:25. This work it was not slow to attempt. To afford converts from heathenism a substitute for the worship of idols, and thus to promote their nominal acceptance of Christianity, the adoration of images and relics was gradually introduced into the Christian worship. The decree of a general council (see Appendix) finally established this system of idolatry. To complete the sacrilegious work, Rome presumed to expunge from the law of God the second commandment, forbidding image worship, and to divide the tenth commandment, in order to preserve the number. GC 51.4


God’s word has given warning of the impending danger; let this be unheeded, and the Protestant world will learn what the purposes of Rome really are, only when it is too late to escape the snare. She is silently growing into power. Her doctrines are exerting their influence in legislative halls, in the churches, and in the hearts of men. She is piling up her lofty and massive structures in the secret recesses of which her former persecutions will be repeated.Stealthily and unsuspectedly she is strengthening her forces to further her own ends when the time shall come for her to strike. All that she desires is vantage ground, and this is already being given her. We shall soon see and shall feel what the purpose of the Roman element is.Whoever shall believe and obey the word of God will thereby incur reproach and persecution. GC 581.2



GC: The Great Controversy





Keep car sales closed on Sundays


Howard Splittgerber, Carlisle, Letter to the Editor

Published 2:27 p.m. CT Feb. 12, 2018



(Photo: Kelsey Kremer/The Register)


I am a 20-year veteran of the new car sales business who has worked in a state where Sunday sales are allowed. When I moved to Iowa, I was very pleased when I learned the state prohibited auto sales on Sunday. I am speaking for all of us in the car business when I say we dread working on Sundays. Most of us are men and women who love our families and want to be with them as much as we can, especially on Sundays. There is a saying in business: If you can't be profitable in six days a week, seven days a week is not the cure.

As far as the customer goes, they will find a way to buy in the evenings or on Saturdays. With the internet at their fingertips and digital cameras able to email photos of the trade-ins, it is easier than ever to get the best deal right from your own home and just go to the dealership and pick up your purchase. Let's leave Sunday as a day of rest for us in the car business who work way too many hours already.

— Howard Splittgerber, Carlisle





Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Holy Spirit – Person or Force? Bill Hughes

Oxfam to face UK government review over Haiti sex worker scandal

Bermuda Outlaws Gay Marriage, Less Than a Year After It Became Legal


FEB. 8, 2018




Tourists in St. George’s, Bermuda, in 2015. Credit Tony Cenicola/The New York Times



Bermuda has forbidden same-sex marriage, only nine months after legalizing it, in what advocates for gay and lesbian rights called a disappointing setback.

Same-sex marriage became legal in Bermuda, a British overseas territory, in May as a result of a ruling by the island’s Supreme Court.

But the unions are unpopular with some voters.

In 2016, Bermudians voted against same-sex marriage in a referendum, and after the court ruling in May, the territory’s legislature drafted a bill banning same-sex marriage but giving all couples legal recognition as domestic partners. Parliament adopted the Domestic Partnership Act in December, and on Wednesday the territory’s governor, John Rankin, signed it into law.

The British prime minister, Theresa May, said Britain was “seriously disappointed,” but the Foreign Office said on Thursday it would be inappropriate to block the measure.

Same-sex marriage became legal in England, Wales and Scotland in 2014, but it is not permitted in Northern Ireland. The issue has been divisive in Britain’s overseas territories, which control their own internal affairs but rely on Britain for defense and for representation in the international community.

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With $30b in wealth, why is the Catholic Church struggling to pay for justice?


February 12 2018 - 11:04AM


Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar, Chris Vedelago


Catholic church Photo: Mark Stehle



After a lifetime contributing to the Catholic Church, Neil Ormerod could give no more.


Following a Sunday mass in 2014, the Australian Catholic University theology professor told his parish priest he no longer trusted the church to use its resources in a way Jesus Christ would approve.

The trigger for his rebellion was the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2014 - in particular, Cardinal George Pell’s testimony about the church’s brutal legal assault on John Ellis, a former altar boy abused by a priest in the 1970s.

When Ellis finally confronted the Sydney archdiocese in 2002, then led by Pell, it offered him $25,000 in compensation, which he rejected.

The church then dismissed Ellis’s proposal for a $100,000 settlement, instead spending $800,000 fighting him in court, successfully arguing it could not be sued because it did not exist as an entity.

The church threatened to pursue Ellis for its legal costs.

"That money was the accumulated wealth of generations of good faithful Catholics who gave with the best will in the world," says Ormerod. "It was used in an immoral attack on an abuse survivor and church member."

Ormerod’s faith in God remained strong, but his belief in the institutional church was severely shaken. The church leadership had forfeited its right to his support.



Neil Ormerod no longer trusts the church to spend its wealth morally. Photo: Wolter Peeters


What about the wider community’s assessment of the church and its finances?

While the Catholic Church may not exist legally, it has nonetheless accumulated staggering wealth through a huge property portfolio, insurance and investment arms, and its own internal banks.


And while it’s facing a crisis of trust, governments continue to exempt it from almost all rates and taxes, and tip billions of dollars annually into its vast network of schools, hospitals, health, employment and welfare agencies.

In return, the church allows minimal insight into its finances, and has fought government attempts to prise open its accounts.

What exactly is the Catholic Church in Australia? And what should we now make of the privileges afforded to one of the richest and most powerful, but most secretive and troubled, institutions in the country?

Saturday, February 10, 2018

False alarms highlight weaknesses in national alert system









Weather junkie John Grosso knew it was highly unlikely a monster wave was barreling toward the Connecticut coast. Still, when a tsunami warning appeared out of the blue on his phone Tuesday, he felt a twinge of fear. His co-workers, who got the same alert, asked whether they should evacuate.

It turned out to be a false alarm, a computer glitch. The damage? An erosion of trust.

“Now I have to check every single time, God forbid, there’s a tornado warning, a tsunami alert, pick your poison,” said Grosso, 25, a social media manager from Stamford. “I have to look at it and go, ‘Is it a test? Was it sent in error?’ And I could be wasting precious time in case it was real.”

Last month’s bogus ballistic missile warning in Hawaii and, now, this week’s tsunami snafu have highlighted trouble spots and prompted calls for change in the nation’s increasingly complex system for alerting Americans about dangerous weather, active shooters, kidnapped children, plant explosions and other emergencies.

Both incidents have prompted calls for reform, including better training for emergency workers in charge of sending alerts.

More than 1,000 federal, state and local government agencies have the ability to issue emergency alerts through an array of federally managed communications networks. It is a patchwork system that usually works as intended but can wreak havoc when it doesn’t.

In the Senate, legislation introduced this week in response to the false missile alert would establish standards for state and local agencies’ participation in the national alert system, require federal certification of their incident management systems, and recommend steps for avoiding false alarms.

Additionally, the Federal Communications Commission has ordered wireless providers to do a better job of targeting emergency alerts to only those in the affected area, with a geographic “overreach” of no more than one-tenth of a mile.

Aside from the false alarms, emergency agencies have been criticized for sending alerts to too many people or too few. In Alaska, for instance, a tsunami warning triggered by an undersea earthquake in January reached residents of Anchorage even though the city wasn’t in danger. In Northern California wine country, where wildfires killed dozens of people in October, some residents complained that authorities failed to send an emergency alert to their phones.

“The emergency alerting system is really a whole collection of systems, and there are various places where it can break down,” said Dan Gonzales, a scientist at RAND Corp. who studies emergency alert systems. “With so many organizations involved, it’s difficult to make it foolproof.”

The risk of too many false alarms, Gonzales said, is that “people will ignore warnings if they believe they’re not accurate or not relevant.”

That was on vivid display Tuesday when AccuWeather, the private forecasting service, took what was intended to be a routine, monthly National Weather Service test message and sent it as a real warning to subscribers up and down the East Coast, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

Katia Del Negro, 33, was at home in New York City when she got the alert, her surprise quickly turning to skepticism.

“I definitely got a bit concerned when I saw that many people along the East Coast received the alert,” she said. “But at the same it seemed so weird, so I thought something was off, thinking back about what happened in Hawaii not long ago.”

AccuWeather, based in State College, Pennsylvania, blamed the weather service, saying the government agency miscoded the test message. That caused the company’s computers to interpret it as real and push it to subscribers’ cellphones, according to AccuWeather.

The weather service insisted its message was coded properly.

Daryl Herzmann, a systems analyst in the agronomy department at Iowa State University, said the message contained a “T″ flag, indicating test. But the weather service also recycled a tracking number it used in a previous tsunami warning, probably confusing AccuWeather’s computers, he said.

The weather service has been recycling tracking numbers for years, said Herzmann, who runs an environmental data project that compiles information from the weather service.

Weather service spokeswoman Susan Buchanan had no comment on Herzmann’s observation. She pointed to an earlier statement that said the agency is “working with private sector companies to determine why some systems did not recognize the coding.”

It was human error, not a computer problem, that caused last month’s panic in Hawaii. A state worker mistook a drill for a missile attack and sent an emergency alert to cellphones and broadcast stations. It took nearly 40 minutes for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to figure out a way to retract the alert. The worker was fired and the agency chief resigned.

“This cry of wolf damaged the credibility of alert messaging, which can be dangerous when a real emergency occurs,” Lisa Fowlkes, an FCC official, said Tuesday during a House committee hearing on the nation’s emergency messaging system.

Jeremy DaRos, of Portland, Maine, who lives near the water and got the erroneous tsunami alert, said he is concerned that people won’t take seriously the emergency alerts they get in an actual crisis.

“People need to trust the alerts they’re pushing out,” he said. “This is important stuff, and to have two incidents in the span of a month is just unacceptable.”




Mae Brussell - Opus Dei, Knights Of Malta, Vatican Death Squads.

The new surveillance capitalism


Corporate giants have created an entirely new surveillance capitalism. And we're too hooked to care

by John Naughton / January 19, 2018 /


Published in February 2018 issue of Prospect Magazine




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The “dust of exploded beliefs,” the English aphorist Geoffrey Madan once wrote, “may make a fine sunset.” We’re beginning to see that glow over the internet which, if you count back to the design phase in the autumn of 1973, is now over four decades old.

From the moment the internet first opened for semi-public use in January 1983, it evoked utopian dreams. It was easy to see why. Cyberspace—the term coined by the novelist William Gibson for the virtual space behind the screen—really did seem to be a parallel universe to “meatspace,” the term invented by Grateful-Dead-lyricist-turned-essayist John Perry Barlow for the messy physical world that we all inhabit. Cyberspace in the 1980s was a glorious sandpit for geeks: a world with no corporations, no crime, no spam, no hate speech, relatively civil discourse, no editorial gatekeepers, no regulation and no role for those meatspace masters whom Barlow called the “weary giants of flesh and steel.”

But then, gradually, the internet was commercialised and those two parallel spaces merged to create our networked world, in which the affordances of cyberspace combine with surveillance and corporate control. Of course, the internet has brought huge benefits in terms of access to information and efficiency of communication: try imagining our home or work lives without it. But there are serious worries. The online world is populated by several billion mostly passive addicts of devices, apps and services created by a handful of corporate giants. Prying governments and giant companies have acquired the capacity to surveil our every move, both on the internet and, now that so many devices have built-in GPS, in the real world too. Through their ability to monitor our searches these companies—as well as the governments they co-operate with—are able to see our innermost thoughts and desires. (Yes, even our desires: what people search for on Google is incredibly revealing.)

It all creates the potential for unprecedented manipulation, and—rather suddenly—worries are piling up about how that network technology is disrupting our society, warping our children’s development, our politics and our lives. Even the digital evangelists are having second thoughts. In November 2017, Sean Parker, the first President of Facebook, accused the social network of exploiting “vulnerability,” with “God only knows” what effects on “our children’s brains.” In the same month, Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook Vice-President, said social media firms had created “tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.”


Jesuits Embrace Moral Equivalency; Economic Inequality and Abortion Are ‘Equally Senseless’



AP/Eric Gay

by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.19 Jan 2018



In a new statement released to coincide with the March for Life against legalized abortion, the U.S. Jesuits have embraced the argument of moral equivalency between abortion and other social ills.

“As we Jesuits survey our culture, we cannot help but see abortion as part of the massive injustices in our society,” the text states. “A spirit of callous disregard for life shows itself in direct assaults on human life such as abortion and capital punishment. There are less direct but equally senseless ways we undermine life, through violence, racism, xenophobia, and the growing inequality of wealth and education.”


 James Martin, SJ

 @JamesMartinSJ


Being "pro life" means defending the lives of the unborn

and the sick

the poor

the homeless

the aged

the mentally challenged

the inmate

the refugee

and the person or people you hate.

Being pro life means reverencing all human life.

Because it's all from God.



The document allies the Jesuits with a movement among progressive Catholics in the U.S. to water down the singular evil of abortion by “contextualizing” it as just one injustice among many facing the nation. The former archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, is credited with creating the “seamless garment” moral theory, which approached all social evils as part of a unitary whole rather than addressing them individually.

A consistent ethic of life “joins the humanity of the unborn infant and the humanity of the hungry; it calls for positive legal action to prevent the killing of the unborn or the aged and positive societal action to provide shelter for the homeless and education for the illiterate,” Bernardin wrote in 1984.

Bernardin argued that his approach “will not erode our crucial public opposition to the direction of the arms race; neither will it smother our persistent and necessary public opposition to abortion,” but in point of fact, that is exactly what happened.

By introducing a series of elements that could not garner unanimous support, purveyors of this approach debilitated the Catholic pro-life effort in the United States by splintering the movement into factions. Those who had been united in their monolithic opposition to the evil of abortion found themselves divided on other issues such as capital punishment, healthcare, welfare, gun control, national defense and the minimum wage.

Moral theologians in the Catholic tradition understand that only negative moral precepts that forbid intrinsically evil acts (such as the prohibition against killing the innocent) can be formulated as “exceptionless moral norms” to which all must adhere. Whereas “help the poor” and “educate the ignorant” admit of limitless approaches and strategies (none of which is morally binding on all), “do not abort babies” is a simple injunction that demands universal acceptance.

A question of time- volunteering, social and civic engagement in a connected society



Breakfast meeting-Thursday 22 February


Volunteering, social and civic engagement are a fundament of democratic societies and the social cohesion of a society. It, however, also depends on common free time and this seems to be increasingly limited. At the same time, social media allows for new forms of participation not requiring synchronised rest time, such as Hashtag activism. Yet, can these new forms compensate for the “traditional” ways of commitment? Is digitalisation undermining or facilitating civic engagement? And if there is a lack of civic engagement, what can the EU do to help countering this development?

To address these issues, the EP Interest Group on work-life balance will hold on Thursday 22 February 2018 a breakfast meeting on “A question of time –volunteering, social and civic engagement in a connected society”.




We would like to discuss the necessity of re-synchronising our private and working life in a digitalised society and reflect on possible ways. How will these developments affect volunteering and civic engagement and what does this mean for social cohesion? Could new forms of social media compensate - at least partially - the lack of common free time?


Thursday 22 February 2018


08h00-09h30 at the EU Parliament



Event hosted by MEP Thomas Mann & MEP Evelyn Regner

Discussion:

Prof. Dr. Paul-Stefan Roß, Cooperative State University Stuttgart, Faculty of Social Science

Gabriella Civico, Director of the European Volunteer Center

Chris Van Droogenbroeck, Belgium Trade Union LBC-NVK, Commerce Sector

The meeting will be held in English. We are looking forward to a lively discussion!

Download the invitation

Please register by Wednesday 15 February 2018 :

REGISTER HERE



COMECE Conference on "Promoting the Christian Heritage of Europe"





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Communications Officer

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Press Release, 01/02/2018

COMECE organised a conference on 31 of January in Brussels on the theme of “Promoting the Christian Heritage of Europe” as a contribution to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.




“The Church has a spiritual dimension but it is also a key actor in developing culture – said Fr. Poquillon op, COMECE General Secretary. It is the oldest structure still existing in Europe based on a faith expressing itself in different ways. It is a clear example of unity in diversity, like the EU wishes to be, and exactly like all of you arrived here from every corner of Europe in order to reflect about EU’s cultural diversities”.

He particularly referred to Pope Francis addressing the participants of the (Re)Thinking Europe Dialogue in Rome last October, when he diagnosed that “Europe has a kind of memory deficit” and that “to become once more a solidary community means rediscovering the value of our own past, in order to enrich the present and to pass on a future of hope to future generations.”

In his address, H.E. Mons Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, exposed the challenges of developing culture in a context of religious illiteracy, highlighting the risk to lose keys of interpretation of our own culture. He praised the European Year as an opportunity for encounter and invited Catholic bishops in Europe to promote it as a tool for Evangelisation.

The Boat

Lifelong Worship Debuts First Album and Music Video


9 February 2018 | Alisa Williams




Lifelong Worship, the music ministry at Florida Hospital Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Orlando, has just released its debut album and first music video, “A Mighty Fortress.”

The album celebrates the diversity of God's people through the vehicle of music. Production for the second music video has already begun on a bossa nova rendition of the classic hymn "Take My Life and Let It Be." The album is available for preview and purchase on iTunes and Amazon Music.





The Lifelong Worship team filming their first music video.

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The Antichrist and the Protestant Reformation


February 11, 2014


Antichrist Appeals


The Protestant Reformation in the 1500s literally changed the course of history. It helped move Europe out of the Dark Ages and led to the rise of true religious freedom. It’s original principles eventually found expression in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America which teaches that when it comes to religion, the governments of earth have no right to control the conscience.

True Protestantism teaches salvation by grace through faith in Jesus (Eph. 2:8) and the supremacy of the Bible above the visible church (2 Tim. 3:16) – above traditions, pastors, priests, popes and kings (See D’Aubigne’s History of the Reformation of the Sixteen Century , book xiii, chapter vi, pp. 520-524). It also teaches the priesthood of all believers (2 Pet. 2:9, 10) and that all people everywhere can be saved by coming directly to our loving heavenly Father through His only Son, Jesus Christ (John 14:6). “There is o­ne God, and o­ne mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5).

What did the major Protestant Reformers teach about the Antichrist? Whether you agree with them or not, it’s important to realize what they taught. The following quotations are not intented to foster ill will toward any human being, for this would be contrary to teaching of Jesus Christ (John 13:34, 35), but rather to simply present what some of the most influential Christian leaders who have ever lived believed about “the little horn” (Daniel 7:8), “the beast” (Revelation 13:1), and “the man of sin” (2 Thessalonians 2:3) – about Antichrist.

Martin Luther (1483-1546) (Lutheran): “Luther … proved, by the revelations of Daniel and St. John, by the epistles of St. Paul, St. Peter, and St. Jude, that the reign of Antichrist, predicted and described in the Bible, was the Papacy … And all the people did say, Amen! A holy terror siezed their souls. It was Antichrist whom they beheld seated o­n the pontifical throne. This new idea, which derived greater strength from the prophetic descriptions launched forth by Luther into the midst of his contemporaries, inflicted the most terrible blow o­n Rome.” Taken from J. H. Merle D’aubigne’s History of the Reformation of the Sixteen Century , book vi, chapter xii, p. 215.

Based o­n prophetic studies, Martin Luther finally declared, “We here are of the conviction that the papacy is the seat of the true and real Antichrist.” (Aug. 18, 1520). Taken from The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, by LeRoy Froom. Vol. 2., pg. 121.


Leadership Summit Tackles Church Unity






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Andrew McChesney

Editor, Adventist Mission


FEBRUARY 7, 2018

Speaker after speaker cites John 17 at the two-day summit in Portugal

The article below was provided by Andrew McChesney, editor of the Seventh-day Adventist Mission Quarterly, who is in attendance at the Seventh-day Adventist global leadership summit being held in Lisbon, Portugal. Leadership summit attendees have been reflecting on various reports and presentations centering on unity. ~ Adventist Review Editors



By: Andrew McChesney, adventistmission.org


A Seventh-da Adventist leadership summit emphasized that unity is needed to finish the church’s mission of spreading the gospel and overwhelmingly endorsed the unity described by Jesus in John 17.

Unity is a key issue among church leaders as the General Conference, the administrative body of the world church, contends with several units that are not in compliance with voted policies. The General Conference’s Unity Oversight Committee, which is looking into the matter, is to present a document on the next possible steps to nearly 300 church leaders at the Annual Council meeting of the General Conference Executive Committee in October 2018.

“All unity has to be based on a theological foundation,”


Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson, opening the 11th annual Global Leadership Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, declared that “real unity … comes from a heart-felt submission to God and to our fellow church members as we work together being instructed by the Holy Word, the Spirit of Prophecy, and the Holy Spirit.” Read the full transcript of Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson’s speech here.

“The resulting unity far supersedes any privately held convictions after items have been carefully reviewed by the world church and decisions have been taken,” Wilson said in a keynote address. “It far supersedes any legal ‘rights’ that might be exercised. Moral and spiritual obligations to God, to His church, and to His united mission far outweigh any legal or independent opinions of a member or an organization within the general church body.”

Pope Francis Gets His ‘Mess’




Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica in 2013. (Reuters photo: Stefano Rellandini)



by Benedict Kiely

February 9, 2018 4:00 AM


Crises and scandals have gathered at the Vatican in the past month. This pontificate is spreading chaos and confusion.


We are all familiar with parody Twitter accounts; someone called Donald J. Trump has a really rather good one going at the moment. When I read the words of a senior Vatican official recently, on the Twitter feed of the Catholic Herald, it seemed just so obvious. A Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorando, according to the report, the chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences — it sounds like a job of soul-destroying tedium but is in fact a rather significant position — had described the one country in the world that, in the bishop’s words, was “best implementing the social doctrine of the Church.” That would be the People’s Republic of China.

China is the country that had a remarkably successful try at enforcing a one-child policy, promoting massive abortion (a figure of more than 300 million has been suggested) — sex-selective, with boys highly favored for birth, girls for elimination — enforced sterilization, and execution of criminals. And, of course, the one-party state persecutes the Church and imprisons human-rights advocates. Bishop Sánchez, who said he had been to China and seen all this good work in person, so it must be true, probably wouldn’t agree with Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, who recently protested the imminent decision of the Vatican to recognize the government-sponsored, quisling “Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.” That move would be at the expense of the members of the “underground” Catholic Church, which has stayed loyal to the Vatican and suffered persecution for decades. Zen said that the Vatican, and by that he means Pope Francis, was “ready to surrender to the Chinese Communist Party” — again, perfectly fine if it excelled at implementing the social doctrine of the Church.

The China policy, being overseen by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state — Cardinal Zen described him as a “man of little faith” — is just one example of the confusion and chaos battering the Catholic Church today. Parolin has called Pope Francis’s document Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love — no sniggers, please) a “paradigm change” in the life of the Catholic Church. Paradigm shifts imply a rupture. Critics of the The Joy of Love — they include several cardinals and bishops — say that Pope Francis has called into question the indissolubility of marriage. That would certainly be a paradigm shift for the Catholic Church, given the words of Jesus about divorce in the Bible.



Friday, February 09, 2018

What If They Held a Faux-Filibuster and Nobody Came?


Minority Leader Pelosi talks (and talks) DACA


By Andrew R. Arthur on February 8, 2018



Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took (D-Calif.) to the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday and spoke for more than eight hoursto argue for regularization of the status of aliens granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). According to the Washington Post:


The 77-year-old Pelosi stood for more than eight hours, reading multiple personal stories from "dreamers" and citing Bible passages. Her speech ranked as the longest given by a member of the House of Representatives in at least a century, possibly ever, focusing on an issue that has vexed Democrats for months.

...

At one point, she lamented that she didn't have a rosary, so Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.) gave her one. Pelosi read passages from the Gospel of Matthew found for her by Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), a former Jesuit missionary.


Technically, it was not a filibuster, which is strictly a Senate procedure. As the Washington Examiner explains, however:


[B]oth Pelosi and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., are both permitted to talk at length on the floor because of their leadership status. Both of them often request one minute to speak, but go on for several minutes, a privilege afforded to them because of their status.

The triggering factor for this unusual act was the passage by the Senate of a two-year budget agreement that did not include a provision for DACA beneficiaries.

Senate votes to end government shutdown, House votes next


By ALI ROGIN and DEVIN DWYER

Feb 9, 2018, 1:58 AM ET





WATCH: Paul spoke on the Senate floor tonight, holding up a vote on a budget deal.


The Senate passed a sweeping budget deal in the early hours of Friday morning - but not before the government technically ran out of money at midnight Thursday, triggering the second shutdown in less than a month.

The Senate, which began voting at 1:30 a.m. Friday, approved the deal 71 to 28.


Thursday, February 08, 2018

Ellen White Accurately Predicted Rome will regain would (world) control



Last updated Feb 5, 2018



The Prediction

For centuries papal Rome was involved in immorality, corruption, wars, torture, murder, and intrigue. Most Protestants and some Catholics of yesteryear therefore concluded that the papacy had to be the antichrist of prophecy, and with that opinion Ellen White agreed.


Ellen White identified the deadly wound of the beast (Rev. 13:3) as being the papacy’s loss of power in 1798 at the hands of Napoleon Bonaparte. The later healing of that wound she predicted would be the papacy’s regaining of its lost supremacy, and she claimed that Rome was actively trying to regain her lost power:


The Roman Church is far-reaching in her plans and modes of operation. She is employing every device to extend her influence and increase her power in preparation for a fierce and determined conflict to regain control of the world, to re-establish persecution, and to undo all that Protestantism has done.—Great Controversy, pp. 565, 566, bold added.

God’s word has given warning of the impending danger; let this be unheeded, and the Protestant world will learn what the purposes of Rome really are, only when it is too late to escape the snare. She is silently growing into power. . . . Stealthily and unsuspectedly she is strengthening her forces to further her own ends when the time shall come for her to strike. All that she desires is vantage ground, and this is already being given her. We shall soon see and shall feel what the purpose of the Roman element is. Whoever shall believe and obey the word of God will thereby incur reproach and persecution.—Ibid., p. 581.

Really? Is the Vatican bent on regaining control of the world and rekindling persecution?

Before we continue, one thing should be pointed out. Daniel 8:24 says that the little horn’s “power shall be mighty, but not by his own power.” Through the centuries the papacy controlled the minds of men by getting others to do her bidding. While her power was indeed “mighty,” it was only so because of the might of the kings and nations that supported her. Thus, any regaining of its previous power would likely involve control of world leaders and their policies, not direct ownership of the entire globe.

How was this fulfilled?



The first Catholic priest in the United States to be reinstated because of a loophole in the church’s zero-tolerance policy on sexual behavior with minors is headed back to Michigan, the Archdiocese of Detroit said Tuesday. . . .

In February, the Vatican reinstated the priest to active ministry, saying the charge against him — sex with a 16-year-old boy in the 1970s — wasn’t a crime under church law at the time. That ruling cast a national spotlight on Bjorklund because it opened a major loophole in the get-tough, zero-tolerance policy on abusers that Catholic bishops in the United States adopted in 2002.—“Accused priest heads to Michigan,” bold added.

When was a priest having sex with a 16yr old boy NEVER a crime?


Lev 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Unless according to Catholic Church, a man can sleep with a boy but not a man? Wait, are priests not to be celibate? Whichever way you look at it….well…it wasn’t a crime in 1970s for priests to sleep with boys.


In [the] eyes [of groups like “Adventists, Baptists and Evangelical sects”], their regard and respect for democratic principles impose upon them the obligation—the religious, as well as the civil and political obligation—to defend every person’s right to be wrong. Every person must have the right not only to believe in Hell of the Damned and Heaven of the Saved. Every person must literally be assured the right to choose Hell over Heaven. That obligation carried to that extreme not only sets the Minimalists apart from John Paul; it sets them against him, as well.

It sets them apart from the Holy Father, because democratic principles can never take precedence over divine revelation. No one can be forced to believe in Heaven or Hell, or to choose the one over the other. Nevertheless, it is axiomatic for John Paul that no one has the right—democratic or otherwise—to a moral wrong; . . . .—p. 287. The Keys of This Blood: The Struggle for World Dominion Between Pope John Paul, Mikhail Gorbachev & the Captialist West by Vatican insider Malachi Martin.

“Malachi Martin served three popes as diplomat and spy, speaks seventeen languages, is a renowned Biblical scholar and a professor at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute. He helped translate the Dead Sea Scrolls.—Decline and Fall of the Roman Church.


Martin thus calls freedom of conscience an extreme, and says that groups that advocate such a freedom are “against” the pope. In other words, Martin claims that, similar to the popes of yesteryear, today’s papacy still does not believe in freedom of conscience, and would not allow such a freedom to be a part of the new world order it seeks to create.


“The papacy contrived murder and massacred on the largest and also on the most cruel and inhuman scale,” he wrote, referring to the Inquisition. “They were not only wholesale assassins, but they made the principle of assassination a law of the Christian Church and a condition of salvation.”—“Lord Acton—Political Power Corrupts.” Lord John Acton, a Roman Catholic


Boastful huh?