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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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AMERICAN PROTESTANTS RECEPTIVE TO POPE AND CATHOLICISM AS NEVER BEFORE

I am thoroughly apprehensive and skeptical of all of the silly and nonsensical analyses being produced by the mainstream media about the Pope and his visit to America. On the one hand, there are the irrelevant and outdated lefties who claim that the Pope will be confronted with dissatisfied and disheartened Catholics who strive for woman priests, and who seek to be liberated from all the hard teachings involving birth control, divorce and remarriage, and all things orthodox. Then there are the half-informed, ill-informed or uninformed who attempt to weave earth shattering meaning into everything that Pope Benedict does or says. In the midst of all this, I came across an interesting article by Gerald R. McDermott, that asserts that the pope "may...find less Protestant hostility to Rome and the papacy than at any previous time in American history".

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.

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THE POPE, ISLAM, AND CATHOLIC PROPHECY FOR OUR TIMES

"But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is ...Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at evening, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch." Mark 13: 32-37

Pope Benedict has proven over the course of his brief pontificate that he does not shy away from the controversial for the sake of a false wordly peace. Prior to the recent baptism of Magdi Allam-- Osama bin Laden claimed in an audio recording that Islam will chastise the Pope and the European people for the publication of cartoons of Mohammed. I am certain that the recent baptism of Allam has solidified the position of Pope Benedict and the Church at the top of al qaeda's hit list.

As to bin Laden's threat against Europe-- so much of Western Europe is apathetic to the silent
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POPE TO BAPTIZE PROMINENT EX-MUSLIM MAGDI ALLAM AT EASTER VIGIL

This is truly a cause for celebration and it is fitting that it occur on the day of our Lord's resurrection. Italy's most prominent Muslim is to be baptized by Pope Benedict at the Easter Vigil.

As previously reported
here Magdi Allam was a non-practicing Muslim who has become a staunch opponent of the Islamization of Europe. He is an Egyptian born columnist and vice-director of Corriere della Sera, Italy’s leading daily newspaper. He has become Italy’s most prominent critic of Islam and his views have become highly regarded in more conservative Catholic circles.

Allam's mother sent him to a Catholic boarding school in Egypt, where he began studying Western culture and civilization. He later immigated to Italy.

He has supported a ban against building new mosques in Italy and has sought to expose underground relationships between Italian mosques and international terrorist groups. His writings and opinions have led to numerous death threats and have necessitated him to be under constant guard.

Allam on the Islamization of Europe: "Europe is already a bastion of Islamic extremism. Just look at the attack on Mike's Place in Tel Aviv, which was carried out by British suicide bombers drafted by Hamas; the massacre by Islamists in Madrid and in London; the slitting of director Theo Van Gogh's throat in Amsterdam; and the dozens of Islamic terror attacks that were prevented in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Holland."

"This bastion exists thanks to a widespread network of mosques, Koran schools, financial bodies and charitable institutions linked to the Muslim Brotherhood; Moroccan, Tunisian and Algerian
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VATICAN IN SECRET TALKS TO BUILD CATHOLIC CHURCHES IN SAUDI ARABIA

The Vatican has been holding secret talks with Saudi Arabian authorities to build Catholic churches in Muhammad's homeland. According to one of Pope Benedict's most senior Middle East representatives. Archbishop Paul-Mounged El-Hashem the Papal Nuncio to Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE, Yemen and Bahrain said: "Discussions are under way to allow the construction of churches in the kingdom. We cannot forecast the outcome."

The Vatican and Saudi Arabia do not have diplomatic relations. However, Archbishop El-Hashem said that moves towards diplomatic ties began after an unprecedented visit to the Vatican last November by King Abdullah. This would involve negotiations for the “authorisation of the building of Catholic churches” in Saudi Arabia, he said.

"But, speaking to the news agency Agence France-Presse, the Lebanese prelate, the Pope's envoy in the Gulf, added: "There are around three or four million Christians in Saudi Arabia, and we hope they will have churches."

At the Vatican, the Pope's spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, said: "If we manage to obtain authorisation for the construction of the first church, it will be an outcome of historic dimensions."

The opening last Friday of the
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AWAITING THE POPE'S RESPONSE TO THE LETTER FROM 138 MUSLIMS


Chiesa recently published a very interesting article by Sandro Magister entitled
Why Benedict XVI Is So Cautious with the Letter of the 138 Muslims. Although there has not yet been a formal response from Pope Benedict to the letter, there have indeed been responses by Christian groups. One such response which was authored and signed by 300 scholars who were mostly Protestant is summed up by Magister:

"The message lavishes praise upon the letter of the 138. It endorses the letter's contents, or the indication of the love of God and neighbor as the "common word" between Muslims and Christians, Read More...

SAUDI KING AND HIS GIFT FOR THE POPE



We all heard how the King of Saudi Arabia visited the Pope this past week and that the Pope expressed his grief over the discrimination of Christian minorities in Muslim lands. But what most of us do not know is that the two exchanged gifts--Pope Benedict XVI gave the Saudi monarch an old painting of the Vatican while the king's gift to the pontiff was a sword.

Excerpts From
newyorksun.com: "As a gift from from a leading Islamic fundamentalist nation, a sword is about as clear a symbol of intolerance as there can be; and indeed, swords are used for public decapitations in Saudi Arabia on Fridays. The U.S. State Department's yearly human rights report cites Saudi Arabia for bigotry toward non-Muslims, including "harassment, abuse, and even killings at the hands of the Muttawa (religious police)."

"The newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said the Vatican hoped the meeting with the Saudi king would produce a frank dialogue
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POPE CONDEMNS HATE AND VIOLENCE IN THE NAME OF GOD AND RELIGION

"To hate no man."
St Benedict, Rule No 4

"No religion is from God which contradicts our sense of right and wrong"
Card. Newman


NAPLES, Italy, OCT. 21, 2007 (Compiled from various news sources): Pope Benedict XVI urged the world's religious leaders not to allow God's name to be used to justify violence.

"Faced with a world lacerated by conflicts," the Holy Father said, "where at times violence is justified in the name of God, it is important to re-emphasize that religion can never be a vehicle of hate; never, in the

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POPE BENEDICT-- A PROVOCATEUR OF ISLAM?

The media's love of divisiveness causes it to continuously portray Pope Benedict as a provocateur of Islam. Instead the Pope is a wise and responsible shepherd doing battle against evil while speaking the truth. He is not a politician seeking public approval and adulation--instead his actions are directed at pleasing God. But the truth will never be popular with the world-- as any sincere follower of Christ knows.

FROM
DAILYMAIL: "The Pope has again risked provoking the wrath of the Islamic world, by criticising its treatment of Christians.

Benedict XVI attacked Muslim nations where Christians are either persecuted or given the status of second-class citizens under the Shariah Islamic law.

He also defended the rights of Muslims to convert to Christianity, an act which
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