The purpose of this News Commentary Section is to assist the faithful in recognizing the signs and lies of These End Times. Somehow, many self appointed Shepherds of These Times are trying to convince the faithful that the Apocalypse will be, using street slang, "a piece of cake" for them and "hell" for all others. They are led to believe that if they "do this" and "do that" they do not have a thing to worry about (of course, so long as that between the "do this" and the "do that" they send in a donation).
Others lead the faithful to believe that "All Is Well" and will continue to be, of course, as long as those donations keep coming in...
Wrong! For either case scenario to be true, the Old and New Testament has to be invalid. Logically, if the Holy Scriptures are invalid there is no use for "Shepherds", is there? So what is their function besides collecting money?
Spending it, of course!
Now, let us focus on the real world and
the news about its
philosophies and half-baked theories. With the assistance of
Holy Spirit of God, Who cannot be falsified, the disoriented faithful
be able to understand what is truly taking place and why.
statements on the collapse of the
Soviet Union and its effects on Russians, at home and abroad, come as
the country is awash in nostalgia just two weeks before the 60th
anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe — a conflict Russians
call the "Great Patriotic War."
Putin, who served as a colonel in the KGB, has resurrected some communist symbols during his presidency, bringing back the music of the old Soviet anthem and the Soviet-style red banner as the military's flag.
Last December, the Congregation reopened
one particularly high-profile case, against the Rev. Marcial Maciel,
the elderly founder of the Legionnaires of Christ. Maciel is accused of
abusing years ago eight men who had been young priests in the
Legionnaires, and some of them had tried for years to have the
Congregation hear the case.
David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, criticized Ratzinger for hurting many victims with his 2002 comments, but praised him for reopening the Maciel case. "That was, in fact, action, not words. So we want to give him credit where credit is due," he said.
Cardinals described the atmosphere of the
vote as more like a spiritual retreat than a political event. They
recalled the wonder and solemnity of an experience played out beneath
Michelangelo's majestic fresco of the Last Judgment.
"You take Christ as your witness that you will pick the best man, and then you look up at the 'Last Judgment,'... And 115 people do that, one right after the other, each with a very personal awareness that he is standing alone before God."
The conclave disproved the dictum that front-runners do not become pope.
ROME, April 12 -- After two decades of contact and dialogue with the Islamic world under Pope John Paul II, the Vatican is rethinking an outreach program that critics say is diluting Catholicism and has brought almost no benefits to beleaguered Catholic minorities in Muslim countries.
The late pontiff undertook the drive as
part of a broad effort to
open channels to other religions. He applied a personal stamp by
stepping into a mosque in Damascus and meeting with Muslim groups more
than 60 times. He also visited a synagogue in Rome and Jerusalem's
"There may be a greater insistence on religious liberty," said Fitzgerald, the church's point man on Islamic relations. "But I don't think we're going to go to war. The times of the Crusades are over. . . . I don't see any fundamental change in the way the church has been dealing with these questions."
Justo Lacunza Balda, who heads the Pontifical Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies, a Vatican research group, said criticism was focused on the lack of reciprocal goodwill gestures in many Muslim countries. "Humanly speaking, it is of course important to see some payback," he said.
The North American said he is especially
concerned about the issue of secularity, especially in Europe. "I look
at the church in northern Europe, and it seems like a mess,” he said.
“Aside from pockets of life, especially among the young, it doesn't
look like we've succeeded in getting through to secularized
culture. We've got to find someone who can dialogue with secularity,
because in fits and starts it's becoming the culture of the world.”
The European cardinal had a simple solution. “A new St. Francis would change Europe in a few years,” he said. “We need a church that's transparent, evangelical, close to the gospel. Europeans are actually very open to a ‘pure’ Christ, without power, without riches. A Christ who is a winner will not convert Europe, but a Christ who is a loser has a chance.”
" With eight
days to go before Cardinals enter a conclave to
choose a successor, top churchmen are battling to limit media
musings about the possible identity of the next pope for fear
that this might influence the secretive election process."
"Let's not be uselessly and all too humanly curious to know who he is ahead of time," Ruini said in a homily at the second of nine daily Masses of mourning for John Paul.
"Instead we must be ready to welcome in our prayers, our trust and our love he who the Lord wishes to give us," Ruini, who was John Paul's vicar of Rome, told the packed basilica.
"As far as I can see, there are no
clear favorites and
probably no firmly fixed alliances," German Cardinal Karl
Lehmann told the Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz newspaper in an
interview published on Saturday."
"After the conclave, they want to present a new pope to the world. They will stand united behind this man, and they do not want people to know about the arguments, divisions and politicking that went on before he was selected."
"A cardinal considered a candidate to
succeed Pope John Paul II delivered a strong message in favor of Jewish
settlement in the Holy Land on Wednesday night, rejecting the claim
that European Christians' support for the State of Israel is based on
Holocaust guilt and saying that all Christians should affirm Zionism as
a biblical imperative for the Jewish people.
Archbishop of Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, part of a visiting Austrian delegation, made the remarks in an address at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on the topic of "God's chosen land."
After asking, "What does Eretz Yisrael [the Land of Israel] mean to us," Schoenborn answered by stressing the doctrinal importance to Christians of not only recognizing Jews' connection to the land, but also ensuring that Christian identification with the Jewish Bible not lead to a "usurpation" of Jewish uniqueness.
As if earthquake ravaged Indonesia doesn't have enough to worry about, now scientists warn that a Sumatran super volcano might blow its top at any time.
"These super volcanoes are potentially the greatest hazard on Earth, the only greater threat being an asteroid impact from space," said Ray Cas, a vulcanologist with Monash University in Melbourne.
Professor Cas said a "major tectonic event" could be enough to trigger a deadly super volcanic eruption.
The likelihood that the Toba - the largest super volcano on Earth - will erupt has increased significantly due to geological stresses generated by the recent quakes.
How can this be, in a nation renowned throughout the world for its almost fanatical dedication to Roman Catholicism, the birthplace of both the notorious Inquisition, and even of Opus Dei?
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