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Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

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ANGLICAN BISHOP COMPARES PEOPLE WHO IGNORE GLOBAL WARMING TO FRITZL

A Church of England bishop recently compared those who ignore climate change to Austrian child abuser Josef Fritzl. Such mindless moral equivalency is typical of those who have lost their faith in God and are looking for something else to place their faith in. Well many seem to have found it in neo-pantheism. This reminds me of G.K. Chesterton's famous statement: "When people stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing -- they believe in anything."

From
Times Online: "The Bishop of Stafford, the Right Rev Gordon Mursell, an expert on Christian spirituality and near the bottom of the hierarchy of Anglican bishops, said that people who ignored global warming were, in effect, locking their children and grandchildren into a world without a future and throwing away the key.

"Bishop Mursell, who spoke last year at a conference organised by the ultra-liberal Modern
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SELLING OFF GERMAN CHURCHES

As financial difficulties grow and church attendance has dropped dramatically, Germany's mainstream religions must sell off their churches or convert them for other uses. Recent studies suggest that up to 30% of German churches have to be sold for commercial purposes.

Berlin/Excerpts from
Earthtimes: "It's not simply that fewer people are going to religious services - that has been evident for years - but more and more are leaving the church to avoid paying church tax.

"Since the early 19th century, Catholic and Protestant churches in Germany have enjoyed the constitutional right to levy taxes - a privilege that once helped them become relatively wealthy.

"But now, with tax revenues tumbling, churches are hard pressed to finance their not inconsiderable number of schools, kindergartens and social programmes as well as missionary work in Africa, Asia and Latin America."

"Whereas in 1990 the two churches boasted 28 million members, today the figure is less than 22 million, with the Catholic
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CHURCH OF ENGLAND TRAINING PRIESTS TO USE DR WHO IN SERMONS AND ADAPT TO CULTURE


Anglican church leaders are encouraging clergy to study the Dr Who science fiction series to learn about its religious parallels with Christianity and to use it in sermons. The Church of England appears to be getting desperate to bring back under-16s --whose attendance fell by almost 20 per cent between 2000 and 2006.

Excerpts from Telegraph.co.uk: From "They have been urged to use examples from the programme in their sermons in an attempt to make Christianity more relevant to teenagers.

"At a conference last week, vicars watched Doctor Who clips that were said to illustrate themes of resurrection, redemption and evil.

"It analysed the similarities between the Doctor and Christ, and whether daleks are capable of change."

When will liberals learn that when they attempt to adapt Christianity to the culture they will fail miserably, and always end up looking absurd to youth. It is precisely the counter-cultural message of Jesus that is attractive to young people who are immersed in a culture of hedonism and nihilism.

"The Rev Andrew Myers, vicar at St Aidan’s in Leeds, attended the course and said that he would use Doctor Who in future sermons.

The Rt Rev Tony Porter, Bishop of Sherwood, said it was vital that clergy adapt to the culture around them.

"And the people will be like the priest..."(Isaiah 24:2)--it is no wonder that so many are perishing when their foolish leaders have altered Christ's message to fit in with the world.

UN REPORT CALLS FOR DISESTABLISHMENT OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND DUE TO LACK OF BELIEVERS AND OFFENSE TO MUSLIMS

"The divisibility of the Church is the cardinal document of Anglicanism, and its most fundamental heresy." Abbott Chapman (20th cent)

According to a recent study conducted by the U.N., two-thirds of British citizenry claim no religious affiliation. The 23-page report by a special rapporteur of the U.N. claims that the 2001 census which found that nearly 72 per cent of the population is Christian is no longer accurate.

Excerpts from
TIMESONLINE: "The report calls for the disestablishment of the Church of England. It says that the role and privileges of the Church do not reflect “the religious demography of the country and the rising proportion of other Christian denominations”.

"The report says that there is an “overall respect for human rights and their value” but it gives warning of discrimination against Muslims.

"Citing research that 80 per cent of Muslims in Britain feel that they have been discriminated against, the report singles out the Terrorism Act 2000 for particular criticism. Under the Act police in some areas can stop and search people without having to show reasonable suspicion.

The report’s author also criticises terms in the Terrorism Act 2006 for being “overly broad and vaguely worded”.

Certainly, if a church is founded upon the notion that Christ's Church can be divided, then this same church therefore becomes subject to division, disestablishment and even elimination itself. The curse of the Reformation may well be the Islamization of Britain.

"And so the stage is set for the chastisement which the prophecies say will be very severe for England." Catholic Prophesy, Yves Dupont.

A LA CARTE CHRISTIANITY AND SHARIA LAW

Here is an interesting quote from an astute self-described atheist on Rowan Williams' capitulation to the inevitable introduction of sharia law in Britain ...

From Simon Heffer at the Telegraph: "The archbishop seems to imagine that sharia law's adoption could be confined to matters such as financial transactions and divorce.

"But why should it stop there? Indeed, how could it?

"The Church of England has long dined à la carte from the menu of Christian doctrine. The Ten Commandments have become mostly optional. Homosexuality, divorce and abortion are demanded as rights by certain sections of the Anglican communion, and no prelate seems to dare to contradict them. The Church has brought itself into contempt by acting in this way. Now, though, perhaps Dr Williams imagines Muslims will dine à la carte from the Koran. He must be mad.

"A man in his position should defend our way of life and, above all, defend the unity of our society. That unity is already fragile: and this disgraceful act of appeasement, as well as showing the archbishop is unfit to occupy St Augustine's Throne, threatens to shatter it. If the Church of England has any point, it is to stand up for the prevalence of English and Christian values."

The Reformation did away with unity of peoples and certainly Christianity. Now we have non-believers clamoring for unity and Christian values but perpetually dividing Protestantism will only fail civilization.

THE LAUNCH OF A UNITED EUROPEAN PATRIOTIC PARTY BASED ON CHRISTIAN TRADITIONS TO FIGHT ISLAMIZATION


Some good news from the Eurabian front-- a few exceptionally astute politicians have identified the need to unify in order to defend their respective nations, to reclaim their Christian identity and to resist all that seeks the destruction of Western Civilization. Now if only the secular media would refrain from identifying all those who hold such ideas as "far right-wing". With God's mercy may the defenders of Europe prevail over those who seek its destruction.

EXCERPTS FROM
DEUTSCHE WELLE: "Leaders of right-wing nationalist parties from four EU member states have announced plans to create a European "patriotic" party that would protect the continent against immigration, "Islamization" and globalization.

"The heads of Austria's Freedom Party, France's Nationalist Front, the Bulgarian Attaca party and Belgium's Vlaams Belang on Friday, Jan. 25, told journalists in Vienna that they had agreed to set up a new party in order to defend Europe from numerous challenges that it faces today.

"We say: patriots of all the countries of Europe, unite," Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache said at the news conference, also attended by French right-winger Jean-Marie le Pen, among others. "Because only together will we solve our problems."

"Warning about the dangers that immigration and "Islamization" pose for Europe, the
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A MAJORITY OF FRENCH BIRTHS ARE TO UNWED MOTHERS

France now leads Europe with the highest birth rate at 1.98 children per women--which is well above the European average of 1.52 children per woman. This seemingly good news is greatly tempered however, by the statistics that a majority of the births in France are now to unwed mothers. The once great eldest daughter of the Church is in steep decline along with the rest of her European neighbors. There will never be such a thing as a "Secular Europe"--because with the death of the Faith will come the death of peoples and nations.

Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) -- France became the first non- Scandinavian country in western Europe to record a majority of out-of-wedlock births.

Of the 816,500 births registered in France last year, 50.5 percent were to unmarried parents, up from 48.4 percent in 2006 and 40 percent 10 years ago, according to a report today by Insee, the Paris-based national statistics agency.

``What's led the rise in out-of-wedlock births is that a lifestyle that was once confined to Paris is now the norm even in rural areas,'' Guy Desplanques, head of Insee's demographics department, said in a telephone interview. ``Marriage is no
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U.K.: CLERGY FACE SEVEN YEARS IN JAIL FOR PREACHING FROM THE BIBLE UNDER HOMOSEXUAL HATE LAW

"You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; such a thing is an abomination." Leviticus 18:22

"Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor sodomites nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

From
Daily Express: "Vicars could face up to seven years in jail for simply preaching from the Bible under Government plans to criminalise incitement of homosexual hatred.

Jack Straw yesterday announced proposals similar to the controversial incitement of religious hatred laws to target those who stir up hostility based on sexual orientation.

The Justice Secretary is considering extending any new law to include incitement against transexuals.

Religious groups warned it could lead to preachers being prosecuted for emotionally expressing their firmly-held
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CLERGY URGED TO REMOVE COLLAR TO AVOID ATTACKS


"If the Lord wishes that...persecutions should be suffered, the Church feels no alarm; on the contrary persecutions purify her and confer upon her a fresh force and a new beauty."  Pope Pius IX (1874)

Via Roger in Germany-- from the
BBC:  "Members of the clergy are being advised to take off their dog collars when they are on their own, to reduce the risk of being attacked.

National Churchwatch, which provides personal safety advice, says vicars are attacked more often than professions such as GPs and probation officers.

The organisation's Nick Tolson said all clergy should consider the advice, including the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The group also produces security advice for all UK
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EUROPE NEEDS CHRISTIAN MISSIONARIES TO COUNTER THE GROWING NUMBER OF CONVERSIONS TO ISLAM

Two recent converts to Islam named Fritz and Daniel were recently arrested for plotting a terror attack and the West looks on in astonishment as to why they would choose to convert to Islam and become terrorists (see here and here).

These "nice" German young men were most likely raised in a secular environment where hedonism, free sex, and materialism was the norm. They probably never encountered true Christianity that demands a counter-cultural sacrifice, rejects worldliness and stresses eternal consequences for one's actions --because there were no Christians to tell them the truth.

After imbibing all the world had to offer they were left feeling empty and began to search. They were thirsting for truth and something to live and die for. But instead of finding the living truth Truth in Jesus Christ and His Church, they followed a lie that demanded a commitment from them while seemingly providing them with a purpose--
jihad!

Now because the West has apostatized and acquiesced on every front, we must watch as conversions to Islam grow among Europeans. These conversions are the product of institutionalized nihilism, hedonism, and secularism and are beginning to resemble a chastisement.
Below are estimated figures for the number of converts to Islam in larger European countries alongside total numbers for their Muslim populations. From Rueters:

GERMANY
The number of Muslims in Germany is estimated at 3.3 million. Around 4,000 Germans converted to Islam last year, according to German media reports quoting figures from the Central Institute Islam Archive. In 2005 there were around 1,000 German converts to Islam.

BRITAIN

The Muslim Council of Britain estimates that there are around 2 million
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