"He shall reform the Church of God." (St. Francis of Paola, 15th Century)
"He shall restore the apostolic discipline." (St. John of Capistrano 15th Read More...
From FOCUS: In 2004 a prominent Muslim scholar, Bassam Tibi, predicted a future for Germany that many decried as provocative nonsense at the time:
"In ten years, Tibi said, Germany will be the scene of large running battles between police and gangs of marginalized Muslim youth, bringing cities like Berlin, Cologne and Frankfurt to the brink of chaos. This will be the inevitable result, according to him, of a trend that is already visible. Muslims are not interested in integration. They are, in fact, obligated not to integrate by the radical Islamic ideology dominant in their communities, and live increasingly segregated in parallel societies. The main difference between 2004 and 2014, Tibi believed, would be that the highly marginalized Muslim population would have more than doubled to 10 million, sharia would have been gradually introduced in Germany and the Islam preached there would be even more radical and resemble Nazi totalitarianism."
According to a recent study of young Muslim attitudes by the German interior ministry-- 44 percent of German Read More...
Excerpt from timesonline: "A British citizen who converted to Christianity from Islam and then complained to police when locals threatened to burn his house down was told by officers to “stop being a crusader”, according to a new report.
"Nissar Hussein, 43, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, who was born and raised in Britain, converted from Islam to Christianity with his wife, Qubra, in 1996. The report says that he was subjected to a number of attacks and, after being told that his house would be burnt down if he did not repent and return to Islam, reported the threat to the police. It says he was told that such threats were rarely carried out and the police officer told him to “stop being a crusader and move to another place”. A few days later the unoccupied house next door was set on fire."
Interestingly, Darwin himself was baptised an Anglican but was greatly influenced by his mother's Unitarianism. As he became immersed in his theory of evolution he lost his faith entirely.
"Expelled" masterfully outlines large scientific gaps in the theory of evolution, and documents multiple examples of the "scientific" community closing ranks behind any who dare hypothesize "intelligent design" as a possible theoretical course of inquiry. The film documents the scientific community's rabid fear of anything that could remotely remind one of Creationism, even when many intelligent design proponents have no religious designs or biases in examining the failure of Darwinism to scientifically explain elements such as the beginning of carbon-based life and random mutation.
Darwinism, like all errors, has and continues to bring about the destruction of Civilization. As Ben Stein's movie points out, the Nazis were big fans of Darwin and exterminated millions of "undesirables" in their eugenics program. There is no dispute even among Darwinists that abortion and euthanasia are more readily accepted by those who believe that man is a mere accident of nature rather than a creation of God.
Needless to say the prophetic day has arrived when "people [do] not endure sound doctrine but having itching ears they...in accordance with their own desires, accumulate teachers for themselves and...turn away their ears from the truth and stray off after fictions." 2 Timothy 4:3
I recommend this movie.
"... and Europe became Christian. But it was said that every victory of the cross would be followed by a new battle, and that the ancient serpent crushed by the banner of salvation would seek to destroy each victory. A man then - because ...there is always a man...tried to stop the cross in its triumphant march. To this end, he took a few shreds of the Bible, pulled a few sheets of the Gospel and, combining his dreams, Voila-he created the Koran. Then, as a symbol of opposition to the cross, he adopted the crescent and, finally, instead of the spiritual sword of speech, he put the material sword which strikes and cuts at the throat. This is his creation: the Koran, with the crescent as the symbol and the sword as the guard... Never perhaps was the cross met with more formidable opponent. What was it, indeed, that mohammedism had that opposed the cross? It was the glorification of pleasure, the unleashing of all passions, the empire of the flesh substituted for the reign of the spirit, the covetousness of sensual pleasure was even transported into eternity. And however, in spite of the soft food which to coarse instincts this very kneaded religion of blood and mud offered, in spite of complicity that it met in the hollows of the human nature, the standard of sensualism moved back in front of the flag of the sacrifice; and Read More...
From Telegraph.cop.uk: "David Toube and Harry, five, were turned away by staff from the men-only session.
Mr Toube, 39, a lawyer, said they visited the baths at 9am on Sunday.
"I arrived at the pool to discover that they were holding what staff described to me as 'Muslim men-only swimming’," he said.
"I asked whether my son and I could go as we were both male. I was told that the session was for Read More...
-- Bishop Fernando Arêas Rifan of Brazil, on the Latin Mass quoted by Zenit.
The parade which ironically celebrates St George's defeat of a dragon and England's cultural heritage was expected to traverse through Bradford which is home to a large Pakistani muslim community. The parade was due to attract more than 10,000 people.
From Dailymail: "The Rev Tony Tooby, chairman of governors at St Philips primary school, which was due to take part, said: "We wanted the route to include where some of the riots had taken place to educate our young people.
"The police and council just kept telling us that the reason for their objection was 'health and safety'. They proposed another route which was ridiculously short. The march would have been over before it began.
"Unfortunately, there's a fear that someone may have used it to cause violence.
Local Tory MP Philip Davies said: "This was a prime opportunity to promote integration in a celebration of being British. "The police and council, whether it's through political correctness or whatever, have failed miserably. It's frankly pathetic."
The Bradford riots occurred in 2001 just a few months prior to the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center --and prior to the Western world's realization that it was the target of Islamic jihad.
The riots were sparked by the stabbing of a local "Asian youth" by National Front supporters. They ended with more than 300 police injured and 297 people arrested. The riot was estimated to have involved Read More...
Excerpts from washingtonpost.com:"Catholics don't argue about abortion or the death penalty nearly as much as they argue about what music is sung (or not sung, or used to be sung) at their local Sunday Mass. It was ever thus -- at least since the 1960s, when Sister first shortened her habit, strummed a G7 chord and, to hear some Catholics tell it, all heck broke loose.
"Among his more fastidious devotees, Pope Benedict XVI is valued most for the fact that he is not Casey Kasem, and Mass is no place for a hit parade, and church is most relevant when it is serious. ...Do not hold your breath waiting for "One Bread, Read More...
I believe this to be true despite the abysmal shape of American culture. Our world has shrunk due to the internet and globalization, and now faces problems and questions which are unprecedented historically, and often involve the very survival of civilization as we know it. The world needs a voice to counter the lies of the culture of death and the religion of death--Islam.
No single Protestant denomination --no matter how large, no matter how influential-- can match the voice and authority that the Pope possesses when he speaks. No Protestant denomination no matter how orthodox or conservative in their interpretation of scripture, can match the ability to identify and enunciate the Truth as that of the Catholic Church-- which has made it her business to seek and decipher God's truths for 2007 years. It is indeed the only voice remaining in the wilderness that possesses the full truth and delivers it in all of its unpopularity. This is of course no accident since the Catholic Church is the only Church that possesses Jesus Himself --in the Eucharist.
From Mercator.net: In America, "[t]he Protestant market share is shrinking Read More...
Yunis Al-Astal, a Muslim cleric, said in an April 11 broadcast on Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV, "Very soon, Allah willing, Rome will be conquered, just like Constantinople was, as was prophesized by our Prophet Muhammad.
"Today, Rome is the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital, which has declared its hostility to Islam, and has planted the brothers of apes and pigs in Palestine in order to prevent the reawakening of Islam. This capital of theirs will be an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread through Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, and even Eastern Europe.
"I believe that our children or our grandchildren will inherit our jihad (holy war) and our sacrifices, and Allah willing, the commanders of the conquest will come from among them," he said. "Today, we instill these good tidings in their souls, and by means of the mosques and the Quran books, and the history of our prophets, his companions, and the great leaders, we prepare them for the mission of saving humanity from the hellfire on the brink of which they stand."
A segment of the address was taped and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI.
Churches all over Europe are falling into disrepair. The populace lacks the faith to make their restoration a priority which in turn renders the sacred monuments to God and Europe's cultural heritage nothing more than a financial albatross.
Excerpts from iht: "Mayor Jean-Pierre Leger was married and baptized his children at Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens church in this village in western France. Not without sadness, he is now planning to bulldoze the 19th century building.
The dilemma of what to do with churches that have fallen out of favor — and into disrepair — is facing towns and villages across France and other European countries. Some communities have dynamited churches deemed too expensive to maintain. Others have taken a less Read More...
Years ago a sweet lady from my church offered me a very large and beautiful statue of St Clare of Assisi after I named my daughter Clare. I gladly accepted not knowing much about St Clare at the time except that she had bravely driven vicious soldiers from her convent while carrying Jesus in the Eucharist. It wasn't until I recently read Frank M. Rega's book St Francis and the Conversion of the Muslims that I realized that the Saracen soldiers that St Clare drove off-- were actually Muslims.
Clare was a beautiful Italian noblewoman who founded an order of nuns called the "Poor Clares." She was converted upon hearing St. Francis of Assisi preach. Thereafter, she developed a great desire to live a poor humble life for Jesus. She ran away from home, and in a little chapel outside Assisi, gave herself to God. St. Francis cut off her hair and gave her a rough brown habit to wear tied with a plain cord around her waist.
In the year 1240, St Clare saved her sisters and her convent from plundering hordes of Saracen mercenaries through the miracle of the Eucharist. As the Saracens were placing ladders Read More...
Here is Rosalind Moss, a Jewish convert to Catholicism, giving testimony of her conversion on the Journey Home. I have always loved the way she so succinctly ties the old testament and the practices of Judaism with Catholicism. So many fail to see the connection between the old testament and all of the seemingly "useless" and "man-made" traditions in the Church. Rosalind Moss along with other Jewish converts to Catholicism reminds us of this connection.
Rosalind, 65, has recently founded an order of sisters in the Archdiocese of St Louis called Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope. She is working on designing a floor length habit and intends to go to the streets with a team of joy-filled sisters and share the good news.
A reader of this blog has contacted me about his desire to become a priest with the Order of Basilian Salvatorian Fathers in Massachusetts - a semi-contemplative Melkite Byzantine order. The Melkite Rite is Catholic and under Pope Benedict XVI--it is one of the several Eastern Rites of the Catholic Church whose Divine Liturgy is Byzantine.
Unfortunately he has incurred $72,000 in school debt while attending the Franciscan University Of Steubenville over the last four years. This debt must be paid off before he can enter the Order. To further this purpose he has put together a website and has recorded an album of Catholic music.
Won't you please help a man become a priest. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
He has provided me with his conversion story and his journey to becoming a priest. Here it is :
Singing Towards Seminary
I’m a son of Croatian Immigrants who first emigrated to Italy and subsequently to America Read More...
From Thisislondon: "Rapists, paedophiles and other dangerous sex attackers are expected to discuss their crimes with others during jail sessions designed to stop them reoffending."
"Now the Prison Service's Muslim advisor, Ahtsham Ali, has said there is a "legitimate Islamic position" that criminals should not discuss their crimes with other people.
"An "urgent review" has been ordered, and Muslims could be allowed to opt out of this part of the treatment - despite completing a full programme often being a condition of release.
"The move has already sparked protests. Shadow Justice Secretary, Nick Herbert said: "It is one thing to make a dispensation for a prisoner's faith when it comes to prayer and diet, but if a prisoner is unwilling to take part in rehabilitation they should be treated no differently to others – which may mean spending longer in custody. "There can be no religious discrimination when it comes to deciding the appropriate and safe time to release a prisoner."
"Some 1,000 sex offenders underwent the treatment programme last year, in 26 prisons. Places are Read More...
Rome, 2 April (AKI) - Polygamous marriages are illegal in Italy yet are reportedly on the rise. While few Muslim immigrants or Italian converts to Islam admit such unions, Muslim scholars put the number nationwide at 15,000-20,000, La Repubblica daily reports.
"There is no doubt that the phenomenon exists, and that the number of polygamous unions growing as the number of Muslim immigrants to Italy increases," the paper said, adding that there are also cases of polygamous Italian converts to Islam.
No official statistics have been gathered on polygamous marriages in Italy, and estimates vary wildly from hundreds to tens of thousands, according to the paper.
The Catholic charity Caritas estimates there are just over 1.2 million Muslim immigrants in Italy, approximately one-third of a total of over 3.6 million immigrants.
The Italian state does not issue family welfare cheques to more than one wife per husband, unlike in Britain, where Read More...
Believe it or not the radical gay agenda is moving into elder care and nursing homes. Promoters of sodomy and perversity want to protect those who are ailing and dying from Christians who may attempt to proselytize or discourage the elderly from coming out of the closet. I suppose we shouldn't be surprised that the radical left would attempt to prevent a soul from the opportunity to repent in one's final days since they are in league with the prince of this world.
Excerpts from dailymail: "Care homes for the elderly should discourage Christian workers who do not believe in gay rights, say inspectors."
"State inspectors say they should "support" homosexuals so they feel "able to come out if they wish".
Those applying for jobs should be "assessed" to ensure they have the right attitude to equality, the Commission for Social Care Inspection says.
It wants care homes to stop referring to husbands and wives and use "neutral" Read More...