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A Public Forum - Part II


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Communications Published on  February - March 2007  

From RC @ USA   [Published on March 30th]

I am not interested in the Mayans, but I was perusing the links to see what was there.

I was reflecting on this "Mayan" craze.  The new Mel Gibson movie is about Mayan sacrifice.  Another piece of uplifting entertainment I am sure.
 
I was also thinking today, I am troubled by the number of ordinary people who are totally oblivious to what is happening.  I am very concerned about these people amending their lives and besides praying and doing what I can to lead a better life as an example, I am not sure what else to do.

Logically, this means THAT MOST PEOPLE ARE LOST.  However, it would seem that God would not want this, and I wonder if at the moment of death, these people see the light and are saved.  If not for this kind of miracle, it would seem that only a tiny fraction of humanity will be saved.  That would be sad.

 I somehow cannot believe that God would allow this.  I have no right to judge what God wants, but at this late date, if we continue on our current trajectory, most people will not find God.  The other concept which I am sure that you know is that it is best if you know God, BEFORE you have a problem, since it is easier to approach Him.  I should stop worrying, but it is a concern.  When I have a concern it helps me to think harder to see if there is anything else I might be able to do.
 
I realize that the path is the narrow gate, but it seems such a waste that so many will not make it.  I am hoping that God provides some kind of window of Mercy at the end.  I'd like to think that He has done that for preceding generations since none of them had any apocalypse in their faces.
 
Bush is about to send the US over the edge.
 
Peace.

RC

 
From Initials VR @ Dubai   [Published on March 26th]

Was it not Judas who was disturbed with the nard being poured on the feet of the Lord? Was it not he who grumbled that it could instead have been sold and the money given to charity? [John 12: 4-5]

Now it is worse. They sell blasphemy (Archer's "The Gospel of Judas") and give the money to the poor!

May God Bless us all,

VR


From Initials LP @ USA   [Published on March 25th - Feast of The Annunciation]

This hymn (*) reminds me of what I see in the "Divine Encouragement" posts.

This particular song gave me consolation in the winter of 1978-1979, when I had done a story about some far-left criminals in Oregon, and was catching hell from leftists in town for what I had published.

It was in the summer of 1978 that I had returned to Christ, and began going to church again after a 13-year lapse, and as I worked on that awful story that winter, I prayed a lot ... and got the divine assistance that the song describes.
_________________________
(*) How Firm a Foundation


From Initials Withheld @ USA   [Published on March 20th]

Several items regarding Archer's Gospel of Judas ... the date of publication is tomorrow, March 20th,  we will see what happens then.
 
Meanwhile the following should serve as a preparation for its debut:
 
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The book web page indicates that the Judas book is being published simultaneously in 10 countries - including Portugal.  The list is here:
 
Official Site for Jeffrey Archer
 
Here are the countries:
 
"Brazil: Editora Bertrand
Germany: Scherz Verlag
Italy: Arnoldo Mondadori
Netherlands: De Fontein
Poland: Rebis
Portugal: Europa America
Romania: Vivaldi
Serbia: Laguna
Spain: Umbriel Editores
USA: St. Martin’s Press"
 
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Here is the home page for the book as it is tonight, with the October 2006 quote from B16 at the top of the page:
 
Jeffrey Archer Books | The Gospel According to Judas
 
Quote, with bold added:
 
"The book, which is presented in gospel style with two-colour text, ribbon marker and gilded edges, and "written" by the son of Judas, is a highly readable and gripping account of the stories of Jesus and Judas, which will open a whole new debate among secular and religious readers."
 
And here are the clerical endorsers that Archer lists - I put their names in red.  Carey, the former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, has a reputation among Anglicans for being Evangelical and orthodox.  (He has no use for gay unions, but accepts women priests and has been very gentle in dealing with the antics of the Royal Family.)
 
Quote, with red/bold added:
 
"Praise for The Gospel According to Judas, by Benjamin Iscariot:

"Riveting and plausible."
--Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"I have read it and like it very much indeed!"
--Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury

"I am writing to both of you together to offer my congratulations for the work that you are doing, and which should do a great deal of good."
--Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, Archbishop emeritus of Milan and former rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute

"I share with you the hope that it may lead many more people to turn to the four Gospels and to present a compassionate Jesus."
--Denis J Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne"

And the news page indicates that the RC Cathedral of Westminster will host a debate early on:

Jeffrey Archer | News & Events

Quote:

"Appearance at Westminster Cathedral
On Wednesday 21 March at 6:30pm, there will be a lecture and debate on The Gospel According to Judas, with Jeffrey and Professor Moloney at Cathedral Hall, Westminster Cathedral, Ambrosden Avenue, SW1.

To attend, please contact Louise Crumley at louisec@colmangetty.co.uk."

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Here is the latest story in the London Telegraph.  The lead graf says that the book will be launched in Rome today.  Remember that this is the British press; we will know soon enough.

Telegraph newspaper online


Here are the key parts of the long article, with bold added:

"As Jeffrey Archer's new book is launched in Rome today, Peter Stanford asks the former jailbird what drew him to the bad boy of the gospels"

and

"How about Judas as scapegoat then, I suggest? Archer's new book presents the errant apostle as someone as much sinned against by subsequent Christian scribes, anxious to paint him in the blackest light, as he himself ever "sinned" against Jesus. Does Archer feel a connection because he has, some have argued, been scapegoated as the epitome of Tory rule in the 1980s when he was deputy chairman and a star fund-raiser for Margaret Thatcher?"

Senders Comments in brackets:

 [So Archer was a "deputy chairman and star fund-raiser for Margaret Thatcher"!  This is a very important item:

1.  It establishes that Archer is a conservative, not a "pinko-liberal"

2. Thatcher was a close collaborator with Reagan and, later, Gorbachev

3. As I recall, when Saddam invaded Kuwait in August 1990, for the first day or two George HW Bush was NOT taking a hard line against the attack.  It is as if he was following through on the "wink-wink" that Ambassador Glasspie supposedly to Saddam earlier that year, when Saddam hinted at his plans.  But Thacher was firmly anti-Saddam as soon as the invasion occurred, and (I believe) that it was her intervention that stiffened Bush the Elder's resolve to oppose the invasion.  (Note: I don't have sources; this is just based on what I recall from the period.)

4.  Given points 1-3 above, it seems likely that Archer is a part of the social circle of key NWO players. ]

Back to the quotes from the Telegraph story.  The interviewer asked:

"Might it just be then, I persist, that his patent wish in the text to rehabilitate Judas has something to do with his own desire to be rehabilitated?"

and Archer replied:

"Go boil your head." It's said in a good-humoured way. Almost. "I'm writing a new novel. I've just been offered a new television series. I'm travelling to Rome and America next week. What else do I want? No thank you."

then

"How deep this new, humbler streak goes will be tested today when Archer stages the "global launch" of The Gospel According to Judas in Rome."

and

"The project was stalled until two years ago. "I was having sausage and mash at the pub with Father Michael Seed and I mentioned my idea and he said, 'Oh Jeffrey, you must meet Cardinal Martini..'"

Father Seed is, of course, the Roman Catholic priest and friend of the Blairs who is well-known for working with high-profile converts to the Church such as Ann Widdecombe and John Gummer. It was through Martini, a former Archbishop of Milan, once the great hope of liberal Catholics as the successor to Pope John Paul II, but now living in retirement, that Archer was put in touch with the priest who is his co-author.

In the past, the uncharitable have suggested Archer's string of best-selling novels, dating back to Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, which rescued him from bankruptcy in the 1970s, are not all his own work. On The Gospel According to Judas, he is a proud to have landed such a distinguished collaborator as the Australian Catholic theologian and long-time papal adviser, Father Francis Moloney, whom Archer calls "Frank".

Why was he so anxious about academic credibility? "I guess it's being married to an academic [Mary Archer taught chemistry at Cambridge]." The book itself - he is keen that it is not called a novel but a gospel - is an impressive piece of scholarship, with a nine-page glossary. "That was Frank's work," Archer says modestly. "I just got him to cut it down from 30 pages so the masses wouldn't get bogged down in it."

There is no sensationalism in The Gospel According to Judas, and little controversy. The suggestion that Judas did not regard Jesus as the Messiah come to save humankind but rather as a saviour to liberate the Israelites from Roman occupation is a standard one in academic discourse. Even the presentation is disarmingly straight. Despite Archer's previous literary reputation, he will certainly not be facing any accusations of blasphemy. One of his friends, he reports, has even called it boring.."

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And here is a current story from the Australian press:

Judas goes to rehab - Books - Entertainment - theage.com.au

Key quotes:

"I am talking to Francis J. Moloney, a man who wears several impressive hats. He is one of the most respected biblical scholars in the world. He is head of the Australian Province of the Salesians of Don Bosco, an order of Catholic priests dedicated to helping young people in trouble. He is also, in one of the most unlikely cultural pairings since Kylie Minogue recorded with Nick Cave, the collaborator with Jeffrey Archer in a new book, The Gospel According to Judas."

and Moloney says of himself:

"I'm expecting trouble from the extreme right and the extreme left," he says. "The problem is the right are in power. George Pell will be annoyed by this. But I think I can handle these people, I'm an internationally accepted scholar."

Indeed he is. The author of almost 40 books, many on the gospels, Moloney served for 18 years on the International Theological Commission to the Holy See. His positions have included professor of New Testament at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC and president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America.

There were dozens of gospels written in the first few centuries after Christ's death, but Moloney says: "They were never intended to be a factual history of Jesus. Most of what the gospels say happened did happen. But certain major elements are the fruit of the imagination of the preaching church. They're narratives composed of memories and stories, with the objective of showing what God had done for us through the life of Jesus Christ."

Why did the four gospels in the New Testament survive? Moloney says it's because they best addressed the issues readers were trying to grapple with at the time the early church established a canon.

At least some of the issues we're grappling with are different from those that preoccupied the first and second centuries, so maybe we need a new gospel to reflect this?

"I would hope that it throws into greater relief the human side of Jesus," he says. "I have him smile. I have eliminated some of the more spectacular miracles that people have trouble accepting. What I've left in are the sort of things I think Jesus possibly did."

So no walking on water, no turning water into wine.

"It's a more realistic Jesus. It's a more human Jesus and I hope a more compassionate Jesus. I think the Christian Church at the moment is in desperate need of more compassion."


Senders Comments in brackets:

[ Moloney sounds like he belongs with the Jesus Seminar, the people who, in the late 1990s, issued a revised BIble in which they added the "Gospel of Thomas" as a fifth gospel, and voted on the likelihood that Jesus really said and did the things that the Evangelists credited to him.  As I recall, the "Jesus" that emerged from their redaction of the Bible was not the kind of person that anyone would bother to crucify. ]

and the article continues:

"ARCHER'S ACCOUNT TO me of meeting Moloney is told as though part of one of his novels. He flew to Italy to ask the ageing Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, archbishop emeritus of Milan and "the world's leading expert on the New Testament", to do the book with him.

Martini was too ill, so Archer asked him to name "the finest pupil he had ever taught" when rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, "the centre of the Catholic Church". Martini named Moloney. Moloney says Martini encouraged him to take it on. "He told me he thought it was a very worthwhile project and needed to be done (because there's a) gross misunderstanding of Judas."

There were more trips to Rome, where agreement was reached about 15 months ago. Archer hints at some higher purpose in all this: "Martini introducing him to me and what's happened since, things have just fallen into place. They're more than coincidental in my view."

and

"Moloney hopes the result will provoke useful discussion of Judas and encourage people to think again about the four familiar gospels, spurred in part by the contents of the 10 pages of notes included in the book. The money he makes will be used to build a secondary school in Samoa.

It all sounds very promising. Is it possible Archer was sent to him by God?

"I think so," Moloney says. "I'm at the end of my academic career and this is a remarkable thing, that after 40 years of thinking and writing at universities, suddenly Jeffrey Archer, who's published millions of books, asks me into his world to write something with him that will open the minds and hearts of many people to the message of Jesus."

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Kyrie eleison

Initials Withheld


From JC @ USA   [Published on March 18th]

The quoted article (from Wall Street Journal March 16, 2007) shows why man's concern for the welfare of his fellow man is so phony.
 
For all the talk of world health, prevention of disease, and the most unholy of all, "illegal drugs," we have clear evidence that an industry clearly associated with premature death is legal, encouraged, and  flourishing.
 
I do not understand how sane people can stop from screaming about this hypocrisy.  We clearly deserve whatever punishment God will send us.
 
The key paragraph is listed below.
 
Peace
JC
 
That ability to endure is all the more striking in an era when many companies – from the petroleum, investment-banking and airline industries, among others -- have reached a realization that a poor public image hurts the bottom line. After all, in the U.S. during the late 1990s, "tobacco killed more people than the combined total of those who died from AIDS, car accidents, alcohol, murder, suicide, illegal drugs and fire," the Economist notes.


 It contributes to the "deaths of more than 400,000 Americans each year, 160,000 of them from lung cancer." And yet 50 million Americans continue to smoke. A new book from Harvard professor Allan Brandt, reviewed by the magazine, examines the tobacco industry's history, from the 1881 invention of the automatic rolling machine though the Bush administration's decision last year to back away from a case aimed at making the industry responsible for the federal costs of treating tobacco-related illness.


Mr. Brandt concludes: "The legal assault on Big Tobacco had been all but repelled. The industry was decidedly intact, ready to do business profitably at home and abroad."



From WO @ USA   [Published on March 18th]

"Cardinal" Egan has once again shown his true demonic colors by tricking the Manhattan pastor of the only remaining Lithuanian national parish to come to the Chancery for a meeting with Egan....... so that hired goons, on Egan's authority, could change the locks on the Church of Our Lady of Vilnius. Fr. Eugene Sawicki. J.C.L. returned to find himself locked out of his rectory! And the church is now, abruptly closed.
 
 
While the parish is small and non resident in the area (it never was a Lithuanian neighborhood, the people came from all over the city), it was financially self supporting, to the best of my knowledge. The building sit in the VERY trendy Soho neighborhood, surrounded by the residences, flesh pots, galleries, and clubs of the glitterati...... like Robert De Niro and other Hollywood personas. It is simply very valuable real estate which Egan desires to sell for millions to fill the Diocesan coffers........ and likely to pay off sex abuse legal expenses too.
 
What makes this even sicker is that Egan met with and received pleas from the the Consul General and President of Lithuania, both via letter and a personal meeting with the Consul General!
 
May Egan come to repentance before he goes to meet Christ!

 
P.S. The complete story


From Initials Withheld @ USA   [Published on March 12th]

It seems that Jeffrey Archer - Publisher of The Gospel of Judas by Benjamin Iscariot (to be released on March 20th) - would get on well with those in the Vatican who fabricated the version of the Third Secret of Fatima.
 
From his Wikipedia bio: (*)
  
Quote:
 
"There has been much confusion over the details of Archer's life and there is evidence that he has exploited ambiguities or else fabricated details on many occasions--for example, he once claimed in a television interview that his father was Viceroy of Brunei, and at another time referred to him as British consul in Singapore.. In fact, Brunei has never had a Viceroy, nor did Singapore have a British consul at the time (having been a British colony)."
 
and
 
"Perjury and downfall

Archer had been selected by the Conservative Party as their candidate for the London mayoral election of 2000. He was forced to withdraw from the race when it was revealed that he was facing a charge of perjury.

In November 1999 Ted Francis, a friend (who claimed Archer owed him money) and Archer's former personal assistant Angela Peppiatt (whom Archer had been semi-maintaining) claimed that he had fabricated an alibi in the 1987 trial. They were apparently concerned that Archer was standing as Mayor of London and doubted that he was suitable for the post. The personal secretary had apparently kept a secret diary of Archer's movements. This formed the basis of the case against Archer.

The News of the World printed the allegations on 21 November 1999 and William Hague, the Conservative Party leader, forced Archer to withdraw as the Party's Mayoral candidate the following day. Hague said "This is the end of Politics for Jeffrey Archer. I will not tolerate such behaviour in my party".[6] On 8 October he had described Archer as a candidate of "Probity and integrity. I'm going to back him all the way" at the Conservative party conference. Hague was never keen on Archer's running for the job in the first place[citation needed] but as Archer was voted top of the poll by the Conservative associations he backed him.

On 4 February 2000 Archer was expelled from the Conservative Party for five years. On 26 September 2000 he was charged with perjury and perverting the course of justice (i.e., obstruction of justice) during the 1987 libel trial.

A few months before the beginning of the perjury trial, Archer began performing in the star role in a courtroom play (which he also wrote) called The Accused. The play was staged at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket and concerns the court trial of an alleged murderer from beginning to end. While its plot appeared to have been largely borrowed from a 1950s film, Witness for the Prosecution (based on a play by Agatha Christie), the play used the innovation of assigning the role of jury in the trial to the audience, with theatre-goers voting on whether Archer's character was innocent or guilty at the end of each night's performance. The trick of using a jury from the audience was previously used in 1934 by Ayn Rand in her play "Night of January 16". Archer would attend his real trial during the day and be judged in his fictional trial at the theatre in the evening.

The real life trial began on 30 May 2001. On 19 July 2001 Lord Archer was found guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice at the 1987 trial. He was sentenced to a total of four years' imprisonment by Mr. Justice Potts. The most ironic aspect of his trial was that he had fabricated the alibi for the wrong date. Archer never spoke during the trial. Ted Francis was found not guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Archer's mother died on 11 July 2001 aged 87, and he was released for the day on 21 July to attend the funeral.

Archer originally was sent to Belmarsh Prison, but was moved to the category "C" Wayland Prison in Norfolk on 9 August 2001, and to HMP North Sea Camp, an open prison in October 2001. From there he was let out to work at the Theatre Royal in Lincoln, England, and was allowed occasional home visits. Reports in the media, which showed a continuing interest in him, claimed that he had been abusing this privilege by attending lunches with friends, and in September 2002 he was transferred to Lincoln Prison for a month.

In October 2002 Archer repaid the Daily Star the £500,000 damages he had received in 1987, as well as legal costs of £1 million (under the British legal system, losing claimants must re-pay the defendant's legal costs). That month, he was suspended from Marylebone Cricket Club for seven years for his behaviour.

On 21 July 2003 he was released on licence, after serving half of his sentence, from HMP Hollesley Bay, Suffolk. In September 2003, the government announced reforms that would prevent convicted criminals from serving in the House of Lords; supporters argued that other peers sent to prison, such as Lord Kagan, were not stripped of their titles. Those reforms have yet to be implemented.

Many of Lord Archer's friends remained loyal to him. He and Lady Archer were invited guests to the Memorial Service for Norris McWhirter at Saint Martin-in-the-Fields on Thursday, 7 October 2004 where they were observed sitting in the same pew as former head of the Conservative Monday Club, Gregory Lauder-Frost, and directly in front of Lady Thatcher, who made a point of embracing Lady Archer.

In the 2006 book "The Wonga Coup" by Adam Roberts, Archer was accused of being one of the backers of the 2004 coup in Equatorial Guinea. Records seized by prosecutors in the trial following the failed coup attempt show a bank transfer was made from the account of a "J.H. Archer" into the account of Simon Mann. Archer has denied involvement.

On 17 September 2005 Archer was appearing at an event in Manchester for the tenth birthday of Kirsty Howard to raise money for the Francis House Children's Hospice. Someone shouted out "Monica". Archer looked up and had a bucket of cold porridge thrown over him. The culprit fled.

In November 2005, after being expelled from the Conservative Party in 2000, he made a bid to re-join the party.[7] The Independent newspaper reported of the "coincidence" that his bid to re-join the Conservative party, and the ensuing publicity, coincided with details of his forthcoming book being released.

On 26 February 2006 on Andrew Marr's Sunday AM programme, Archer said he had no interest in returning to politics: he would pursue his writing career instead.[8]"

Yet, it seems that he's worthy of honor from the Bush Administration or from the Vatican, it seems.

(*) Jeffrey Archer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


From LP @ USA   [Published on March 11th]

There is a long article on the eclipse of "Liberation Theology" in the RCC. (*) This part got my attention (it is toward the end of the story) - bold added by me:
 
"A liberating perspective clearly exists in the Kenyan Church, but there is still a strongly hierarchical element in African Catholicism. We attended Mass in one of Nairobi's slums, where a large congregation of slum-dwellers had gathered in the open air. The Gospel reading seemed heaven-sent for the occasion, with Christ reading from Isaiah to describe his mission of bringing good news to the poor and letting the oppressed go free (Luke 4: 18-19).

In his homily, the priest told this gathering of some of the most excluded people on earth that, if we want to understand the causes of poverty and injustice, we must not look outwards at structures and institutions, but inwards at the evil in our own hearts. It seemed a harsh message for people whose lives are blighted by political corruption and a global economic order that is indifferent to the misery of millions like them.

Then, when it came to Communion, a deacon reminded us that only those in a state of grace were entitled to receive the Eucharist. Very few went up and, when someone in our group asked why, we were told it was because most of them were single mothers. Some of us left that Mass feeling distressed and angry, and I felt ashamed of having taken Communion in a rite in which the rich felt qualified to receive while the destitute felt themselves to be unworthy.

Like much else over the last few weeks, this encounter with Catholicism in Africa was a challenging experience of contrasts and paradoxes. On the one hand, there was a vibrant sense of a Church that takes its place at the forefront of the struggle for justice, so that, if liberation theology itself has become somewhat exhausted, its message has seeded itself in the grassroots life of the Church of the poor. On the other hand, it is still a Church capable of stifling Christ's incarnational presence through an excessive emphasis on hierarchical structures and moral values ill-suited to cope with the struggle against HIV/Aids."

It seems as if the RCC has been teaching an inverted gospel, in which Christ comes to comfort and strengthen the "well," while sending away the poor and those who are aware of their own sin.  What awful catachesis preceded this moment, if its "success" was to persuade single mothers that they are unworthy of the Eucharist!

(*) The Tablet


From Initials Withheld @ US   [Published on March 9th]

"Dylan a False 'Prophet,' Says Pope Benedict"

Who could make this one up?
 
Shouldn't the headline be::
 
"Antichrist calls Bob Dylan, antiwar singer from the 1960s, a 'false prophet' "
 
Quotes from the whole story follows, with bold added by me:
 
---------------------------------------------------
Dylan a False 'Prophet,' Says Pope Benedict
Current Pope Did Not Want John Paul to See Singer in 1997
 
By PHILIP PULLELLA, Reuters
 
VATICAN CITY (March 8) - Pope Benedict was opposed to Bob Dylan  appearing at a youth event with the late Pope John Paul in 1997 because he considered the pop star the wrong kind of "prophet," Benedict writes in a new book issued on Thursday.
 
Benedict, who was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at the time of the concert in Bologna, Italy, makes the disclosure in a new book of memoirs about his predecessor, who died in 2005.

"There was reason to be skeptical, -- I was, and in a certain sense I still am, -- to doubt if it was really right to let these types of prophets intervene," Benedict writes, only mentioning Dylan among the stars who appeared.

....

Dylan sang "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," his 1960s anti-war classic "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," and "Forever Young," a song of hope and courage.

In his new book, Pope Benedict does not explain why he does not like Bob Dylan  or why he considers him a false "prophet."

........

At the 1997 concert, John Paul referred to what is perhaps Dylan's most famous song, "Blowing in the Wind," which became an anthem for young people seeking meaning in life in the 1960s.

John Paul told the crowd of some 300,000 young Italian Catholics that the answer was indeed "in the wind" -- but not in the wind that blew things away, rather "in the wind of the spirit" that would lead them to Christ.

.....
 
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One of the 3 songs that Dylan sand at the 1997 concert was "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," which Dylan wrote in 1962 in response to the threat of nuclear war - and within a few weeks, the Missile Crisis occurred.  And B16 objected to this ...

Full article at: Music News- Dylan a False 'Prophet,' Says Pope Benedict - AOL News
 
Initials Withheld


From IC @ Philippines  
[Published on March 7th]

My Friends,
 
The peace of our Lord be with you all, and continued blessings upon you all this new year!
 
While I hesitate to begin the year with more questions, I feel compelled to ask a few:
 
3 And I will give unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks, that stand before the Lord of the earth. 5 And if any man will hurt them, fire shall come out of their mouths, and shall devour their enemies. And if any man will hurt them, in this manner must he be slain. 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and they have power over waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues as often as they will. 7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast, that ascendeth out of the abyss, shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their bodies shall lie in the streets of the great city, which is called spiritually, Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord also was crucified. 9 And they of the tribes, and peoples, and tongues, and nations, shall see their bodies for three days and a half: and they shall not suffer their bodies to be laid in sepulchres. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry: and shall send gifts one to another, because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt upon the earth. -- The Apocalypse of Saint John, Chapter 11.
 
The two witnesses are generally thought of as Elias and Henoch. If so, Miguel is Elias, who then is Henoch? In the November '06 Points to Ponder page, in one of your responses you stated "Remember, we are not talking about the Catholic Faith for which defense we will be put to death in the future..." Did the 1,260 days start with your  announcement of Miguel's true (spiritual) identity as Elijah? There are other questions I wish to ask, but these will suffice for now. I understand as always that God may not will these questions answered at this time (or at all), I just felt the need to ask.
 
I would also like to say that I feel blessed to live through these times, I only pray for the strength that I will feel the same when the chastisements come. To you all, and to Miguel especially, my deepest, most sincere thanks. You all know God better than most of us, but I hope you also know that there are still sinners like me who appreciate your efforts to lead us home. Again, thank you.
 
Yours In Christ.

IC


From LL @ USA   [Published on March 3rd]

May the Peace of Our Lord continue to be with you all!
 
I have found a web site (*) that you might be interested sharing with others who might be in a similar situation as myself.
 
As you already know, the last year I have been honored to care for, and have living with us, a very special lady who has Alzheimer's. As the months have gone on, and as expected, her health has gone downward, and I am unable to get out of the house as much because of caring for her.
 
At first it was only a couple days a week that I was unable to go to mass, and although that was scary to me, (I know how much I need Him to keep me nourished) 
I realized that I pray daily, for Him to help me to accomplish all that He Wills for me to accomplish each day, so if my circumstances are making it impossible for me to attend mass as frequently, then He must have a good reason for it, even if I don't know what it is.
 
As her health declined, I could only make mass 2 or 3 times a week.  I treasured those few hours with Him.  But He Willed otherwise, and then for the last 6 or so weeks it is only on Sunday's that I am able to get out to attend a Mass.

Two Sundays ago, as I got ready to go to Mass, (my daughter was going to stay with her) her health got even worse and I had to take her to the hospital ER.
 
I had to go 14 whole days without receiving Him before I was able to get to another Mass.

Perhaps He is just testing me, to see how much I miss Him, or perhaps He is preparing me for when we move to our farm which is much more rural, or perhaps He is preparing me for when it will become harder and harder to find a real Mass, ...
 
I am not sure, I am trying not to be afraid, that without me receiving Him, in Holy Communion, I might lose my way, and disappoint Him, or not have the love and strength I need to fulfill my duties... but I also try to remember that He is with me, and can read my heart and knows how much I really do miss Him.
 
I also know that this is only for a time and for a lesson, and pray that I may learn it quickly, whatever it may be that He Will's me to learn.
I also realize that He is allowing my children to witness my longing for Him.

This week my daughter didn't even complain when I asked her to sit with her for an hour so that I could go to Mass. Maybe soon they will not just understand, but long for Him too!
 
In the meantime, I am trying to do what I can, and seeking Him wherever and however I can.

I know that viewing Him 'live' or otherwise on a computer or television screen is not the same as visiting Him in His Church in the Blessed Sacrament, but when it is the only option, (and I am sure there are others facing the same problem just different circumstances), I am just as sure that He honors our trying, and will bestow the Graces He Knows we need and seek so that we can fulfill His Will for us.
 
After reading the February 17th Public Forum, and your reply:
 
'What we are illustrating to do is - first of all, search high and low because God may just have the Church you are looking for around the corner; then, you must "make do" with what is available until it becomes simply impossible to attend a Mass because it is no longer offered in an appropriate manner'
 
I thought, that since there are probably others like me, that are homebound for one reason or another, that I should share this web site with you. It also has wonderful prayers, a spiritual communion prayer and many readings to choose from, much more than the daily missal from my church has, for the daily readings.

I just read today's  'office of readings'  morning, evening prayers and readings.

I have never even seen some of these prayers, (which are probably so basic). I have heard of some of them, but never knew where to even look to find them.
 
Thank you Jesus for not leaving me alone, and for showing me other ways to find You, and to learn how to praise you. I feel to be so blessed to have found this site, just like I was to have found yours.
 

I had found it awhile ago, put it on my favorites list, but only visited once in awhile. I wasn't sure about it at first, if it was ok to be substituting 'live adoration' for a computer version, but I do think it is ok, when circumstances make a visit to a church impossible, 
if I am wrong, please correct me.


(*) Web site is: http://www.savior.org/



From JC @ USA   [Published on February 28th]

Thank you for your answer in the Public Forum posting of February  4th.
 
From what I can see and my understanding of God, it would seem that those of us who would like to consider ourselves "The Elect" have a lot of work to do.
 
That is, it seems reasonable to conclude THAT MANY MORE MUST JOIN THE RANKS OF THE ELECT prior to final judgment.  They have not received or acted on the Divine messages and as you point out, IT IS THE OBLIGATION OF THOSE WHO HAVE THE GOOD NEWS TO SPREAD IT.
 
It then becomes obvious why God sent Miguel and this web site, to act "as a floating board," to give those survivors of life's calamities something to hold onto for dear and Eternal Life.
 
It is also clear that a brief review of the headlines of any news outlet, on any day, shows that we are always on the edge of impending disaster.  If it is not bird flu, some other lethal illness, or Alzheimer's, then it is global warming, lack of oil, war in all parts of the globe, local, national, and international corruption, or simply refusal to do the right thing, time and time again, day after day.  The daily news is the BAD NEWS.
 
Thus, as outlined by Miguel, there will be a SECOND BIG BANG needed to wake up the remainder of the Elect.  This seems likely to be gruesome since the softer warnings, which occur daily, have been ignored.
 
All of us who responded to the call for prayer on the Hour of Divine Grace on December 8, 2006, should keep at our work to bring everybody "on board."
 
Thanks again for your inspiration and instruction, Miguel.
 
May God keep you and us at our work, which is His Will.



From LP @ USA   [Published on February 26th - received September 18, 2006]

Add this to the "engineered fall of Communism" file and the "proven conspiracies" file, as well as noting the psalm in which it is noted that the one who digs a pit for others to fall into, will fall into it himself.
 
from Chalmers Johnson, Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire, Henry Holt, 2004 (rev. ed.), p. xiii
 
==========================
 
Johnson says,
 
" The USSR's invasion of Afghanistan was deliberately provoked.  In his 1996 memoirs, former CIA director Robert Gates writes that the American intelligence services actually began to aid the mujahideen guerrillas in Afghanistan not after the Soviet invasion of that country, but six months before it.  And in a 1998 interview with the French weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur, former President Carter's National Security Adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, unambiguously confirmed Gates' assertion."
 
 "'According to the official version of history,' Brzezinski told the Nouvel Observateur, 'CIA aid to the mujahideen began during 1980, this is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan on December 24, 1979.  But the reality, closely guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979, that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.  And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion that aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention'."
 
     "When asked whether he regretted these actions, Brzezinski replied:
 
'Regret what?  That secret operation was an excellent idea.  It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it?  The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter, essentially: 'We now have the opportunity of giving the USSR its Vietnam War.'

Nouvel Observateur: 'And neither do you regret having supported Islamic fundamentalism, which has given arms and advice to future terrorists?'
Brzezinski: 'What is more important in world history? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire?  Some agitated Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?'"


From WO @ USA  
[Published on February 26th]
 
Thank you very much for recommending the Chaplet of Tears. I have begun to pray it as a novena this day, as you suggested.
 
I have continued to pray the rosary daily. But things have gotten much better, in the sense of the spiritual for me - making prayer much more of a joy. In part I ascribe this to the disposal of some objects on my property which may have been (literally) cursed. Let me explain very briefly:
 
When I bought my house a few years ago I was also offered a neighboring property. It, along with another adjoining one had not been occupied in many years. It/they were wrecks which I chose not to purchase as I felt them to be foolish investments as they were "too far gone" - and I could not have afforded to attempt a restoration. I was allowed to enter & examine the houses, and to remove some items found there - some tools and random supplies from a failed restoration attempt by the previous owner. Inside I found two silver goblets lying on the floor. At the time I found that strange as the house was not locked, and they appeared to be valuable - so I took them also.
 
Later I became aware of occult/Wiccan activity in the area. An elderly neighbor had alerted me that she had seen "kids going in there". It finally occurred to be that those two goblets (which are rather like very simple & small chalices in appearances with no markings) may have been used in some occult rituals. While I had not overt "proof" of this, an increasing interior prompting kept "telling me" that this was so.
 
So I threw them in a dumpster. That was 3-4 days ago. The moment I returned home, I felt as if a cloud had been lifted from me. I cannot explain it further. Not only did I feel better inside, my mind was clearer and I found it much easier to pray..... and have experienced greater & greater joy from it.
 
Thanks be to God!!! And thanks to my Guardian Angel for prompting me to dispose of those things!
 


From RC @ USA   [Published on February 25th]

1. Thank you for recommending Panda software.  I have installed it instead of Norton and it works much faster and better.  I had 10 items of ad ware and 6 of "hacker ware" that were undetected by Norton.  Panda is faster, smoother, and surely less obtrusive. 
 
2. Thank you for Public Forum II.  I believe this will empower many of your readers to post their thoughts.  You are trying to teach people about God and what better way than for them to show what they have learned?  You have accomplished a lot.  As you have pointed out, you have not cornered the market on divine inspiration and many of your readers have great talents which they can showcase here and elsewhere.  All of us can do great things if we have faith.
 
3. Thank you for encouraging me to write to the Archbishops.  I received the fourth response from the Archbishop of Newark, NJ.  He told me it was "imprudent" to keep adding to the list of things to pray for.  He stated that we pray to protect innocent life and family and he just cannot keep adding to the list.  Of course, if there was ONE THING TO PRAY FOR, IT WOULD BE TO PRAY FOR YOUR ENEMIES.  I believe anyone can pray for their friends and their family.  Christianity is giving when you do not expect to be repaid.
 
Why is that so hard for all these people?  He will get a reply from me as did the others.
 
The other dividend reaped from me writing letters is that I started to write far and wide.  Besides going after the Catholic Church, I have gone after columnists and have even written to the Gov. of Louisiana to recommend the immediate pardon of a man wrongly convicted of murder.  You knew that sooner or later I was going after the system of justice.  No time like the present.
 
Peace

RC


From VR @ Dubai and India  
[Published on February 25th]
Upon reading this article (*) about Medjugorje, I have to tell you about the place where I returned to the faith and was strengthened in it at least at the initial stages sometime during late 2002. 

http://www.drcm.org/

is the web site of the Divine Retreat Centre of which I am talking. Fortunately or unfortunately, I have seen through
the prosperity gospel that they preach. Thanks be to God!

Please follow the following links and you will see a pattern wherein the Bishops and Church are exalted above
God with the slogan being "that the gates of hell shall not prevail...." stressed at the Divine Retreat Center.
http://konkanicatholics.blogspot.com/2006/06/mangalore-jy-organizes-worship-evening_28.html

Worse still, there are at least two preachers at Divine Retreat Center who claim to have found Jesus through the
Hindu and Islamic scriptures. A search for "Arvindaksha Menon Divine Harmony" will reveal more.
http://www.prajapatimahasabha.com/aboutus.php

http://www.shvoong.com/books/389356-search/

http://www.geocities.com/islamicmiracles/gita_last_prophet_p3.htm


For my part, I see these as nothing but attempts to bring to fruition the United Religions Initiative. Next somebody
will get up and say that Jesus was revealed by Buddha, Mahavira, Confucius....

Right now I am in the South Indian city of Coimbatore and I can tell you that what they boast about the Hindus believing in Mother Mary is nothing but the addition of Mother Mary to their pantheon of goddesses or devils as they are known here. I even saw an advertisement for "Christmas Idols" in this city.

Hope this information was of help.

May God Bless Us All at this Lenten Season!

Love in the Lord Jesus Christ!
VR

(*) The writer refers to the following mailing we recently did.

Quote:

 For the International Retreat for Priests in Medjugorje , the main speaker will be Father Raniero Cantalamessa, Italy, the awesome preacher of the Pontifical Household, therefore of the Pope himself, for the past 25 years!  Every year, Father Raniero preaches Lent and Advent at the Vatican.  Pope Benedict confirmed his position as his special pontifical preacher. What a positive sign for the cause of Medjugorje and its relationship with Rome! 

Comment:

This is the same Cantalamessa whose Spiritual Remedy For the Damage Done to the Roman Catholic Church by the Sexual Abuse Scandal we refuted in our document http://www.mdep.org/CantalamessaPreachesPenance.html

The Faithful may draw its own conclusions regarding this "Holy Liason"


From LP @ USA   [Published on February 24th]

I think that this is an item for the "unprincipled alliances" file on Opus Dei.
 
Here's the context.  The Blair government is implementing a comprehensive new set of rules to ban discrimination against gay people in the UK.  The most controversial part of the law - which will go into effect on April 1 - is the requirement that adoption agencies NOT rule out homosexual couples as adoptive parents.  The RCC Cardinal protested this proposal, and said that if the law passed, the RCC would shut its adoption agencies rather than comply.  Numerous Church of England bishops, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, made statements on behalf of the RCC, seeking exemption from the anti-discrimination bill for faith-based agencies.  These protests have been unavailing, and the Government is going ahead to enforce the new laws that it seeks.
 
One of the members of Tony Blair's government is Ruth Kelly, an OD supernumerary and the Minister of Communities.  She said this about the new regulations (key parts in bold):
 
"The Prime Minister has made a statement on the arrangements for the sexual orientation regulations which will be implemented in April this year. These regulations will provide protection for individuals from unfair treatment because of their sexual orientation, in relation to goods and services.  This covers, for example, shops and hotels, the delivery of health and education services and the rental and sale of premises.

 

"The approach on adoption is a positive breakthrough in eliminating discrimination while recognising the need for a practical approach that ensures the most vulnerable children are found loving homes.  This approach should be welcomed by everyone on what has been an extremely complex issue.  I have met a broad range of those with a direct interest in these regulations and each has had passionately held views, expressed with real conviction.

 

"Two things are clear.  First, that everyone wants to ensure that as a Government we tackle discrimination and second, no one wants to lose the excellent adoption expertise that helps some of the most vulnerable children.  The package announced today, gives us the opportunity to meet both of those tests.

 

"The transition arrangements will give adoption agencies time to adapt and address how they work alongside an independent assessment of the process to ensure that the high quality expertise that exists is not lost.  There will be no exemptions on adoption.

 

"During the period up to 2008 we will look to faith based adoption agencies to work with us on how they might adapt their methods of operation to meet the new legal requirements. An independent team will be reporting to the Prime Minister on the practicalities of ensuring that the needs of vulnerable children and their adoptive parents will continue to be met both during the transition period and thereafter.  Clearly listening to the experts on child welfare and adoption is vital.

 

"We have had the debate and heard a range of views - many of them expressed with passion and conviction.  As a result we now have a workable solution.  Good government is about robust debate and finding solutions that meet our principles in a practical way.  This is the right way forward. I hope that all concerned will now work with us to implement the package we have announced today. At the end of the day, we all know that there is a wide range of potential adoptive parents out there, including lesbians and gay men who can provide a loving home for children.

 

 "This Government has a proud record on equality and supports a society where every citizen is treated fairly and with respect. Over the last decade, it is this Government which has done more than any other to build a decent and cohesive society.  Today’s announcement is a breakthrough that should be welcomed by everyone.”


Concluding remarks of sender:


So in this case, the Cardinal is saying that the law would force RCC agencies to violate traditional morality ... and the OD Cabinet member is hailing the same law as a great social advance.


Either OD is as anti-gay as ever, but their stance does not affect one of their most prominent members - OR the cult is changing its stance on the gay issue and its members are following along.

Full article at :
Times Online - Ruth Gledhill - WBLG: Durham damns Blair as 'deeply unwise'
 

LP


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