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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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THE MOST CHALLLENGING BELIEF OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH: THE EUCHARIST

"If it's a symbol, to hell with it." Flannery O'Connor

Why is it that so many Christian denominations have no problem with belief in the mystery of the Trinity yet fail in faith to accept the words of Jesus regarding the mystery of the Eucharist? It is by far the most challenging belief in Christianity and was so even in Christ's day.

As described in the gospel of St. John
"many of His disciples left Jesus when He told the multitude that they would have to eat His Flesh and drink His Blood to have eternal life. Christ wanted to make sure that His own apostles believed in the Real Presence. That is why He asked them if they too, wanted to leave Him." But it was Peter who gave the correct answer. "He told Jesus that the apostles also did not comprehend this mystery, but they relied on Christ's words because they believed that Jesus is the living God who can neither deceive or be deceived." Fr John A. Hardon, S.J. Catechism on the Real Presence.

Christianity needs the authority of Christ's Church because as demonstrated in the last 500 years-- left to itself the human mind goes wild in it's interpretation of God's word. This is seen in the fact that
"Martin Luther who had been a priest for fifteen years, broke with the Catholic Church on October 31, 1517. By the year 1600, there were over 200 Protestant interpretations of Christ's words, "this is my body ...this is my blood." ibid .

The wise words of the Saints prove the intense faith required to believe Jesus difficult words on the Eucharist:

St John Chrysostom warned the faithful about questioning the mysteries of the Eucharist:
"Let us submit to God in all things and not contradict him, even if what he says seems contrary to our reason and intellect; rather, let his words Read More...

ISLAM'S GROWTH IS THE RESULT OF RELATIVISM IN THE WEST

If I could shout this from the mountain tops --I would. Relativism is so pervasive in the West--it has even penetrated good and holy people who have become uncertain and even afraid to assert the existence of truth and condemn lies and false religions. Truth is not subjective--nor is it up to man to decide what is true and what is false. Truth exists outside of man and despite man's assent or acquiescence to it.

The dissolution and rejection of absolute truth is precisely due to the disunity of Christianity and the creation of personal religion. Over the last 500+ years we have accepted the notion that everyone is free to create their own version of Christ, Christianity and ultimately their own truth. As a result we now as a culture, lack standing to condemn those who personally and sincerely believe they possess the fullness of truth but in reality lack Christ who is truth. To condemn personal religion and thereby false religion would amount to a condemnation of what the West itself has become.

Recent Catholic convert, Magdi Allam, recently asserted that it is relativism that has caused the growth of Islam in the West. Excerpts from (
CNA).- "Magdi Allam, warned this week that Islam is growing as a result of the ideology of relativism that pervades the West and claims that there are many truths instead of one unique Truth.

In an article published by the magazine Mundo Cristiano and quoted by Analisis Digital, Allam
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CHURCH OF ENGLAND BISHOP CONDEMNED BY HIS OWN FOR ADVOCATING THE CONVERSION OF MUSLIMS TO CHRISTIANITY

The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, who happens to be Britain's only Asian archbishop, appears to be the lone voice in the Church of England who advocates the conversion of Muslims. Nazir-Ali, accused the Church of failing in its duty to "welcome people of other faiths" ahead of a motion at July's General Synod in York. His statements were heartily condemned as intolerant and arcane.

From the
Telegraph: "The Rt Rev Stephen Lowe, the former Bishop of Hulme and the newly appointed Bishop of Urban Life and Faith, said: "Both the Bishop of Rochester's reported comments and the synod private members' motion show no sensitivity to the need for good inter-faith relations. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs are learning to respect one another's paths to God and to live in harmony. This demand for the evangelisation of people of other faiths contributes nothing to our communities."

A Church of England spokesman added:
"We have a mission-focused Christian presence in every community, including those where there are a large number of Muslims. That engagement is based on the provisions of Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Read More...

ONCE A CAPITAL CRIME TO SAY MASS --SCOTLAND HAS BECOME A CATHOLIC NATION

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?" Rev 6:10

Scotland has become more Roman Catholic than Protestant. Scotland's Roman Catholic congregations now outnumber the Church of Scotland for the first time since records began. This in a Nation that once hunted down priests for the crime of saying the Mass. Although it is certain that God will one day avenge the blood of the martyrs, it is nevertheless nice to see temporal justice.

From Scotland on Sunday: "Figures compiled by the independent group Christian Research reveal that in 2005 the number of Catholics who went to Mass surpassed those who attended Church of Scotland services."

"The change is due to the huge numbers of Catholic Polish immigrants who are boosting church attendance, raising numbers by some 50,000 people since the last time figures were published in 2002."

This calls to mind a wonderful outspoken Scottish martyr of the Reformation, John Ogilvie, who made it his mission to restore the Catholic Faith to Scotland.

He was born into a respected Calvinist family in Keith, Banffshire c. 1579. He was exposed to the religious controversies of his day and became impressed with the faith of the martyrs. He decided to become a Catholic
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MADNESS: U.K. BOY FACES PROSECUTION FOR SIGN STATING SCIENTOLOGY IS A CULT


"For those whom God to ruin has design'd, he fits for fate and first destroys their mind." Dryden

"The LORD will smite you with madness and with blindness and with bewilderment of heart." Deut 28:28


A teenage boy is facing criminal prosecution for holding a sign identifying the Church of Scientology as a "cult". The boy is part of a group, known as "Anonymous" which regularly protests against Scientology outside the church's London headquarters.

Excerpts from
Telegraph: "The boy, who is described only as a minor, was taking part in a demonstration outside the church's central London headquarters on May 10 when City of London Police officers ordered him to remove the placard.

It read: "Scientology is not a religion, it is a dangerous cult."

When he refused, he was issued with a form of summons for an alleged
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ANIMAL HUMAN EMBRYOS AND THE DISINTEGRATION OF THE UK


The
U.K. has approved animal-human embryos. This is as much science as wicca is religion. Science lost its bearings when it dismissed truth from its consideration.

"Truth means more than knowing: Knowledge of the truth has knowledge of the good as its scope. ... The truth makes us good and goodness is truth." Pope Benedict XVI (La Sapienza speech which he was never permitted to deliver)

Science no longer seeks to "discover" in light of truth or even for the sake of "goodness". Instead it creates its own reality in defiance of truth and justifies its diabolical creations with the utilitarian notion that the end justifies the means. No doubt after the secular media parade Parkinson patients before the masses, they will gullibly accept the "utility" and "goodness" of this grotesque human experiment in the name of science.

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FORMER JORDANIAN MINISTER: ISLAM WILL SEIZE ROME & AMERICA WILL COME TO AN END


EXCERPTS FROM
CNA- "A former Jordanian minister has seized upon commentary about the decline of Western power, saying on Arabic-language television that Islam will conquer Rome. He went on to say that Spain is an Islamic land that should be retaken and that America has begun to realize its “end is near.”

"The remarks by former Jordanian Minister of Religious Endowment Ali Al-Faqir were broadcast on Al-Aqsa TV on May 2.

"According to a transcript prepared by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Al-Faqir said Palestine from the Jordan to the Mediterranean is an Islamic land. “Spain – Andalusia – is also the land of Islam,” he said.

“Islamic lands that were occupied by the enemies will once again become Islamic. Furthermore, we will reach beyond these countries, which are lost at one point. We proclaim that we will conquer Rome, like Constantinople was conquered once, and as it will be conquered again.

“America has occupied, thundered, and foamed with rage, and proclaimed, like
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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.

LIARS EXPOSED IN BEN STEIN'S EXPELLED

I saw Ben Stein's "Expelled" documentary this weekend. It was a terrific movie. It truthfully and honestly confronts the "scientific" community's bias toward Darwinism and the willful suppression of the possibility of the existence of an intelligent designer. The movie made me very sad for the gullability of so much of humankind when grace is lacking and one is immersed in sin. Souls today are under the spell of principalities, powers, and spiritual wickedness in high places. They are lead like sheep away from God and into the abyss, all the while believing that they possess superior understanding and intelligence. It is the modern day replay of the seduction of Adam and Eve with the promise that man will be like God.

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.

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.

From Mercator.net: In America, "[t]he Protestant market share is shrinking Read More...

THE ASSAULT ON TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE--BY MUSLIMS IN EUROPE

Traditional marriage, which is essential for the survival of Western Civilization, is under assault not only from the secular pro-homosexual left but also from Islam. Here is a report on the spread of polygamy throughout Europe via Islam. Of course the multiculturalists tell us that all cultures and religions are equal--and none is superior to any other. We mustn't force our repressive and antiquated Christian-based ideas of marriage and family on immigrants. I guess many in Europe are willing to gamble on this faulty relativistic premise-- and even provide public assistance to support the polygamists.

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
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NO CHRISTIAN CARETAKERS FOR HOMOSEXUAL SENIORS


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"
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GET OUT OF MY BUS-- SO I CAN PRAY

This is so pathetic. A white guy from the U.K. who is a convert to Islam and who drives a bus--stopped his bus and told his passengers to get off so he could pray.

From The Sun: "The white Islamic convert rolled out his prayer mat in the aisle and knelt on the floor facing Mecca.

Passengers watched in amazement as he held out his palms towards the sky, bowed his head and began to chant.

One, who filmed the man on his mobile phone, said: “He was clearly praying and chanting in Arabic.

“We thought it was a wind-up at first, like Jeremy Beadle.”

The 21-year-old plumber added: “He looked English and had a London accent. He looked like a Muslim convert, with a big, bushy beard.

“Eventually everyone started complaining. One woman said, ‘What the hell are you doing? I’m going to be late for work’.”

After a few minutes the driver calmly got up, opened the doors and asked everyone back on board.

But they saw a rucksack lying on the floor of the red single-decker and feared he might be a fanatic. So they all refused.

The passenger added: “One chap said, ‘I’m not getting on there now’.

“After seeing that no-one wanted to get on he drove off and we all waited until the next bus came about 20 minutes later. I was left totally stunned. It made me not want to get on a bus again.”

Yesterday the driver, who said his name was Hrun, told The Sun: “I asked everyone to get off because I needed to pray. I was running late and had not had time."

Islam is winning Western converts due to the nihilism and emptiness of our consumerist and hedonistic Western lifestyle. People who long to rebel against our pervasive and sick culture seek meaning and a radically new lifestyle that sets them apart. But rather than see devout Catholics who truly live their faith (and who are native to Europe)--they see Islam. Our apostasy has its consequences.

ST FRANCIS AND THE CONVERSION OF THE MUSLIMS


I recently finished an amazing book called St Francis of Assisi and the Conversion of the Muslims by Frank M. Rega published by TAN. This book makes clear that St Francis made it his priority to convert the Muslims. Unfortunately St Francis' image has been distorted by liberal revisionist writers over the years who have created a false notion of him as a passive "PETA" pantheists who just happened to be Catholic. This book will tweak this modern notion of St Francis by revealing the truth of who he really was--an inspiring, courageous, Catholic who loved the truth and sought to boldly bring Jesus to everyone-- even those who were blinded by heresy.

Rega has thoroughly researched Francis and stands on firm ground in his telling of the story of Francis and his attempt to convert the Sultan. The famous meeting begins when Francis accompanies the crusaders to Damietta, Egypt with the goal of having a private audience with Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil who was the Islamic ruler of Egypt.

Prior to the battle of Damietta, Francis received a prophetic vision that the crusaders would lose the battle. He hesitatingly revealed his vision which was dismissed. The battle went forward, and the crusaders lost.


The crusaders losses were many. As one chronicler wrote--John the Baptist gained many companions that day due to the great many beheadings.
"This horror befell about fifty horsemen, of the Knights Templar, thirty of the Germans, and over twenty Hospitallers."

Remarkably it was the loss at Damietta that gave St Francis the opportunity to finally meet the Sultan face to face in an attempt to convert him to the Christian faith.

St Francis sought permission to enter the camp of the Sultan from the Papal Legate who was hesitant to grant permission since al Kamil had reportedly stated that
"anyone who brought him the head of a Christian should be awarded with Byzantine gold pieces". Eventually when confronted with the insistence and persistence of St Francis, the Papal legate allowed Francis and one companion, Brother Illuminato, to go into the Muslim camp.

Early documents all agree that upon entering the camp
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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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BISHOP ACCUSED OF RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM


So many today are blinded by relativism and religious indifferentism and are willing to lump a religion that seeks to dominate and destroy the West with the religion that founded Western Civilization. To these "enlightened" atheists all religions have become equally useless and loathsome. Because of this the Roman Catholic bishop of Lancaster, England is now forced to testify before MPs as to why he is imposing religious "fundamentalism" on Catholic school children. The charges stem from Bishop Patrick O'Donoghue's ban on "values-free" sex education in Catholic schools and his order to place crucifixes in every classroom.

He has been summoned to appear before the House of Commons committee on children, schools and families due to a 66-page document which held a strict line on sexual morality and which angered some MPs because of its .


FROM
DAILYMAIL: In the document, called Fit for Mission?, Bishop O'Donoghue wrote: "The secular view on sex outside marriage, artificial contraception, sexually transmitted disease, including HIV and Aids, and abortion, may not be presented as Read More...

THE UTOPIAN MESSAINIC STATE OF CALIFORNIA WILL EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN FOR CITIZENSHIP

There is no constitutional right to homeschool one's children--that is what the California court of appeals stated in its ruling according to which the Long family is now forced to place their children in a public or private school.

“Parents do not have a constitutional right to home school their children,” wrote Justice H. Walter Croskey in a Feb. 28 opinion signed by the two other members of the district court. “Parents who fail to [comply with school enrollment laws] may be subject to a criminal complaint against them, found guilty of an infraction, and subject to imposition of fines or an order to complete a parent education and counseling program.”

Yet parents have the right to kill their children under the extra-constitutional "right to privacy" which was created by liberal activist judges. We have the right to kill our children but we do not have the right to teach our children in accordance with the Faith despite the clear words of the constitution:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Prohibiting a parent from homeschooling their children according to their Catholic faith is an interference in the free exercise of one's religion and a violation of the constitution--
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JESUS AND MOHAMMAD COMPARED


The following article was written by best-selling author William J. Federer. His latest book is
"What Every American Needs to Know about the Quran: A History of Islam and the United States."

"What motivates fundamental Muslims to violence?

Much effort has gone into answering this. Muslim apologists are quick to point out Christians have also committed violence. Secularists suggest anybody who believes in God is prone to violence, conveniently ignoring the atheistic killings of the French Revolution, Stalin's purges and Mao Tse-tung's Cultural Revolution.

In an attempt to uncover motivations, founders of the world's two largest religions can be compared. According to the http://www.CIA.gov World Factbook, the world's 6.5 billion people are 33.32 percent Christian and 21.01 percent Muslim.

If a computer acts up, the technician resets it to the default settings it had when it left the factory. If followers of a religion act up, one should examine the default settings the religion had when it left its founder.

One can examine the life of Jesus from the
four Gospels.

One can examine the life of Muhammad from the Quran, Hadith and sources like the Sirat Rasul Allah.

The
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COMMUNION IN THE HAND CONDEMNED--AS A BISHOP I CANNOT REMAIN SILENT


Here is Auxillary Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Karaganda in Kazakhstan, who takes his vocation seriously. He has written a book with the purpose of re-introducing the Church to what takes place at the consecration and WHO we receive. He most importantly condemns the practice of Communion in the hand, and states that it was introduced against the laws of the Church.

Here is what Fr John Hardon had to say about Communion in the Hand:
"Communion in the hand [came]...with the publication of the Dutch Catechism with nobody's permission except the bishops—in effect, in principle separated themselves from the Holy See. One country after another began then to ask for permission, which the Dutch Read More...

MUSLIM UNIVERSITY STUDENTS DEMAND ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THEIR RELIGION



More and more Muslim students are demanding accommodations for their religion on university campuses. If Catholic students demanded similar accommodations they would be laughed off campus. But for some reason the atheistic campus elite are oftentimes willing to give in to the religion of Islam. Why oh why?

Harvard Sets Women-Only Hours for Gym, Complying With Muslim Students' Request. Since Jan. 28, the Quadrangle Recreational Athletic Center has been open only to women from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays.

The change was prompted by a request from the Harvard College Women's Center, which was approached by six female Muslim students, said Robert Mitchell, communications director of Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

"It was done for religious purposes, but it's not closed to other
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THERE IS NO RELIGION CALLED CHRISTIANITY --JUST THE CHURCH OF CHRIST AND THE ANTI-CHRIST

Hillaire Belloc in his commentary on Modernism as a heresy states:  "[t]here is no such thing as a religion called "Christianity" - there never has been such a religion". 

"There is and always has been the Church, and various heresies proceeding from a rejection of some of the Church's doctrines by men who still desire to retain the rest of her teaching and morals.  But there never has been and never can be or will be a general Christian religion professed by men who all accept some central important doctrines, while agreeing to differ about others.  There has always been from the beginning and will always be the Church, and sundry heresies either doomed to decay, or, like Mohammedanism, to grow into a separate religion.  Of a common Christianity there never has been and never can be a definition, for it has never existed." 

Belloc goes on to state, "[t]here is no essential doctrine such that if we can agree upon it we can agree to differ about the rest:  as for instance to accept immorality but deny the Trinity.   A man will call himself a Christian though he denies the
unity of the Christian Church; he will call
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THE FIRST MUSLIM-BORN HEAD OF STATE MAY BE IN AMERICA--NOT EUROPE

Great mystery surrounds Barack Hussein Obama's religious beliefs and upbringing. I do not know what is worse --that he may be a Muslim apostate or that he could turn out to be a professing Muslim. While the Islamization threat is much more apparent in Europe due to immigration and dismal birth rates, the average American feels much more insulated and seemingly has the luxury of ignoring the reality of the danger that Islam poses to the entire Western world (despite 9-11). So many long to believe that the problem lies with the radical elements in Islam rather than with the religion itself. This ignorance could make America just as vulnerable to Muslim domination as Europe.

From Mr Thomas Landon via Brussels Journal: "If I had been asked two months ago “Which Western country runs the greatest risk of electing a Muslim-born leader and how soon do you think this is going to happen?” I would have bet on the Netherlands somewhere in the next decade. Today, it looks as if the first Western country with a Muslim-born leader might very well be the United States next year, when President Barack Hussein Obama enters the Oval Office."

"Perhaps Mr. Obama strikes the Europeans as the “most European candidate” because he was born a Muslim. If America can have a Muslim-born leader, why not Europe, many Europeans will ask. They know that the latter is “unavoidable” (to use the archbishop of Canterbury’s words). In America, Mr. Obama’s Muslim family background (unlike Mr. Romney’s Mormonism) is a non-issue because he attends a Christian church. Nevertheless, being born from a Muslim father, raised by a Muslim stepfather, having been enrolled at Read More...

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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ECUMENISM AND APOSTASY


Just a reminder of the infallible teaching of the Catholic Church at the Council of Florence in 1438:

"The Most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews, heretics, and schismatics can ever be partakers of eternal life, but that they are to go into the eternal fire 'which was prepared for the devil and his angels,' (Mat. 25:41) unless before death they are joined with Her; and that so important is the unity of this Ecclesiastical Body, that only those remaining within this unity can profit from the sacraments of the Church unto salvation, and that they alone can receive an eternal recompense for their fasts, alms deeds and other works of Christian piety and duties of a Christian soldier. No one, let his alms giving be as great as it may, no one, even if he pour out his blood for the Name of Christ, can be saved unless they abide within the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church."

Maybe if we took seriously these words and stopped explaining away and undermining this infallible and unchangeable teaching we would not be in the current state of mass apostasy from the Faith throughout the West.

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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POPE BENEDICT TO REVIVE EXORCISM TO FIGHT SATAN

This is certainly good news after so many years of inexplicable neglect of this most important power given to the Church by Christ. Father Gabriele Amorth has fought many years for the recognition of the necessity of exorcism in our world today. I read two of his books which were fascinating and impossible to put down. I highly recommend them to anyone who is in doubt of the reality and extent that evil that has taken hold of our world at this point in history. But between the restoration of the Tridentine Latin Mass and now exorcism--it seems there is a light suddenly beginning to shine in the darkness.

From Dailymail: "The Pope has ordered his bishops to set up exorcism squads to tackle the rise of Satanism.

"Vatican chiefs are concerned at what they see as an increased interest in the occult.

"They have introduced courses for priests to combat what they call the most extreme form of "Godlessness."

"Each bishop is to be told to have in his diocese a number of priests trained to fight demonic
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JESUS DEMANDS BELIEF IN HIS BODY AND BLOOD TO HAVE ETERNAL LIFE


Michael Voris is on fire with the faith and is making waves in Detroit and all around the nation. He is a graduate of Notre Dame and a former news anchor with CBS. He gave up his career in television to spread the One True Faith far and wide.

I am personally tired of hearing so many protestants claim that they have a personal relationship with Jesus while denying his words in the Gospel of John chapter 6. There is nothing closer or more personal than eating the flesh of the Son of God who fills us with His life so that we can live with Him eternally.

We need more modern day missionaries like Michael Voris and friends to re-convert Western Civilization and bring it back to Jesus Christ in the most personal way known to man.

A MUSLIM CALL TO PRAYER IN OXFORD

One day the Muslim call to prayer will be a common occcurance in the West --it has already begun in America. A city in the midst of Detroit called Hamtramck was once a Polish Catholic Community that went through a similar battle years ago and lost. It is now referred to as Hamtramckstan where the elderly Polish Catholic residents--what is left of them--must hear the call to prayer.

From
dailymail: Muslim plans to broadcast a loudspeaker call to prayer from a city centre mosque have been attacked by local residents who say it would turn the area into a "Muslim ghetto".

Dozens of people packed out a council meeting to express their concerns over the plans for a two-minute long call to prayer to be issued three times a day, saying that it could drown out the traditional sound of church bells.

But a spokesman for the Central Mosque said that Muslim's also have the right to
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CATHOLIC MAGAZINE UNDER INVESTIGATION BY CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION OVER COMPLAINT FROM HOMOSEXUAL

A Catholic Magazine, called Catholic Insight, has come under attack for its opinions on homosexuality by the Canadian Human Rights Commissions (HRC). This follows on the heels of another HRC complaint against Maclean's magazine and Mark Steyn for "Islamophopic" statements. In addition, a recent Alberta HRC judgment ordered a news outlet not to publish comments by a Christian pastor regarding homosexuality.

From Hilary White via
LIFESITE : "Toronto's Catholic Insight magazine has reported they stand accused in an HRC complaint of "targeting homosexuals".

"Catholic Insight is a Catholic political and cultural general interest magazine that regularly and accurately expounds orthodox Catholic teaching, based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, on homosexuality as well as harmful consequences to individual persons and society of the active homosexual "lifestyle".

"The magazine now reveals that Rob Wells, a homosexual activist associated with the Pride
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CONSUMING CHRISTMAS WITH GREED AND MATERIALISM

"Riches are acquired only at the expense of pain and labor; they are preserved only by care and anxiety; and they are never lost without bitter vexation and grief.  But worse than this, they are rarely accumulated without offence against God...". The Sinner's  Guide, Venerable Louis of Granada.  

Why has the celebration of the birth of Christ been adulterated to such an extent that we act as if we are deserving of so much more materially than He had on His day of birth?

Christ "so loved poverty that He chose for His mother not a rich and powerful queen, but a poor and humble Virgin.  He willed to be born, not in a palace, but in a bleak stable, the manger of which, covered with a little straw, was His only couch." The Sinner's Guide, Venerable Louis of Granada.    

The Pope also recently cautioned the world about materialism: Too many children are growing up in a world saturated with
"false models of happiness" and being lured by unscrupulous adults into the "dead-end street of consumerism".

Where did it all go wrong?  The West's wealth
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AN ALL ENCOMPASSING RETURN TO TRADITION


A recent article focusing on the return to tradition in all religions appeared in
U.S. News and World Report. It seems that it is not just Catholicism that is returning to tradition-- every major religion is undergoing "a return to tradition and orthodoxy, to past practices, observances, and customary ways of worshiping".

One could have guessed that this would eventually take place since the last 50 years have seen Christianity stripped of all mystery tradition and even orthodoxy. From Catholicism, to the store front inner city Baptist church, to the mega churches that resemble stadiums, we see a "Starbucks effect" where Christianity has became homogenized. The focus has been on feelings and emotions of congregants rather than the sacrifice of Jesus.

But the generation that ushered in the fad of barren and individualistic Christianity is aging and its rebellion against tradition seems like nothing more than an ugly trend to the younger generations. This elderly generation however will not concede loss quietly...

"Some liberal Catholic clergy are completely skeptical about the scope and meaning of the traditionalist turn. "It's more hype than reality," says the Rev. Thomas Reese, a Jesuit priest and political scientist at Georgetown's Woodstock Theological Center. Reese thinks the church should focus less on the Latin
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HOLY DRINKING WATER

Your eyes are not deceiving you--"holy" or "spiritual" water is being marketed to the public for drinking.

One company called Wayne Enterprises, a California-based company, is marketing "holy water" for consumption. They claim the water is blessed in a warehouse by an Anglican or Roman Catholic priest.
"Like a crucifix or a rosary, a bottle of Holy Drinking Water is a daily reminder to be kind to others" says Brian Germann, Wayne's CEO.

Another company called Spiritual Water uses purified municipal water which is sold with 10 different Christian labels.
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POPE CONDEMNS GLOBAL WARMING SCAREMONGERS

From Dailymail: "Pope Benedict XVI has launched a surprise attack on climate change prophets of doom, warning them that any solutions to global warming must be based on firm evidence and not on dubious ideology.

"The leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics suggested that fears over man-made emissions melting the ice caps and causing a wave of unprecedented disasters were nothing more than scare-mongering.

"The German-born Pontiff said that while some concerns may be valid it was vital that the international community based its policies on science rather than the dogma of the environmentalist movement."

"The 80-year-old Pope said the world needed to care for the environment but not to the point where the welfare of animals and plants was given a greater priority than that of mankind."

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RELIGION AND POLITICS DO MIX

Here is an excerpt of QUAS PRIMAS, by Pope Pius XI with respect to the mixing of politics and religion. This encyclical was promulgated on December 11, 1925--some 85 years ago --however it is just as relevant and applicable to our times as it was then:

"It would be a grave error...to say that Christ has no authority whatever in civil affairs, since, by virtue of the absolute empire over all creatures committed to him by the Father, all things are in his power...Thus the empire of our Redeemer embraces all men. To use the words of Our immortal predecessor, Pope Leo XIII: "His empire includes not only Catholic nations, not only baptized persons who, though of right belonging to the Church, have been led astray by error, or have been cut off from her by schism, but also all those who are outside the Christian faith; so that truly the whole of mankind is subject to the power of Jesus Christ."

"...[A]ll men, whether collectively or individually, are under the dominion of Christ. In him is the salvation of the individual, in him is the salvation of society. "Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given to men whereby we must be saved." He is the author of happiness and true prosperity for every man and for every nation. "For a nation is happy when its citizens are happy. What else is a nation but a number of men living in concord?"

"If, therefore, the rulers of nations wish to preserve their authority, to promote and increase the prosperity of their countries, they will not neglect the public duty of reverence and obedience to the rule of Christ..."With God and Jesus Christ excluded from political life, with authority derived not from God but from man, the very basis of that authority has been taken away, because the chief reason of the distinction between ruler and subject has
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YOUTHS REJECT RELATIVISM FOR TRUTH AND CATHOLIC DOGMA

Where sin abounds grace does more abound. Romans 5:20.

While the world grapples with the depths of sin and darkness, God is pouring His grace upon the earth to restore and transform His Church. It is the only thing that is capable of transforming the world from a death seeking suicidal culture to one that reveres light, life and truth. The last 50 years have seen the Bride of Christ beaten down by scandals, divisions, and disobedience-- leaving her often-times beyond recognition. But the tide
has turned. The truth in all its splendor is irresistable in dark days. And the truth contained in the Latin Mass will be a beacon in the world where nothing remains sacred and everything is empty and mundane.

ZENIT recently conducted an interview with David Hartline, author of "The Tide is Turning Toward Catholicism".

"Instead of turning away from the faith and embracing the relativism of society, more and more youths are actually embracing the teachings of the Church, says Catholic author David Hartline."

"Many have asked me since the release of my book earlier this year if this tide of good news will continue or if it just a temporary cause for joy.

"The answer is that this tide continues to gather strength. Good news is abounding in the Church."

"When the young gravitated toward Pope John Paul II," said Hartline, "many skeptics said this was only temporary. When Cardinal Ratzinger was elected Pontiff, many said the young would leave.

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THE FRUIT OF THE REFORMATION--ATHEISM


The town of Wittenberg Germany where Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church has undergone enormous changes including what some may call the curse of atheism. From chicagotribune:

"The wooden doors of Castle Church were long ago replaced by ones made of bronze, but what comes as a far greater disappointment to Protestant pilgrims, especially those from America, is that only about 15 percent of Wittenberg's inhabitants identify themselves as Christian.

"Most of the others proudly celebrate their atheism.

"We knew that Christianity had taken a hit during communist times, but to come here, to the land of Luther, and to find so many people outside the church, yes, it was a surprise," admitted Stephen Godsall-Myers, a Lutheran pastor from Pennsylvania.

"The situation is even starker when the pilgrims make their way to the town of Eisleben, Luther's birthplace. There, only 8 percent of the population calls itself Christian.

"What theologians and academics describe as the de-Christianization of Europe began more than a century ago, but in eastern Germany the process was greatly accelerated under the communist rule of the former German Democratic Republic."

Yes, Germany suffered through the devastation of communism--but this cannot account for the domination and speed with which atheism has spread in the historical heart of the Reformation and throughout the entire continent. What Germany suffers from is de-Christianization brought on by the Reformation. It is indeed the Reformation itself that has led to the devastation of faith and the growth Read More...

POPE GETS RADICAL IN ORDER TO BEGIN THE CATHOLIC REFORMATION


Here is a very interesting article from the
Times Online about Pope Benedict and his ambitious commitment to reform and liberation of the Latin liturgy. This, despite attempts from many bishops including those in England and Wales to halt the reform. It seems his pontificate is having a tremendous impact on many break-away groups including the conservative Traditional Anglican Communion.

"Two and a half years after the name "Josephum" came booming down from the balcony of St Peter's, making liberal Catholics weep with rage, Pope Benedict XVI is revealing his programme of reform. And it is breathtakingly ambitious.

The 80-year-old Pontiff is planning a purification of the Roman liturgy in which decades of trendy innovations will be swept away. This recovery of the sacred is intended to draw Catholics closer to the Orthodox and ultimately to heal the 1,000 year Great Schism. But it is also designed to attract vast numbers of conservative Anglicans, who will be offered the protection of the Holy Father if they covert en masse.

The liberal cardinals don't like the sound of it at all.

Ever since the shock of Benedict's election, they have been
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THE WAR ON THE CATHOLIC CONSCIENCE--PORTUGUESE GOVERNMENT ISSUES ULTAMATUM TO DOCTORS WHO REFUSE TO PERFORM ABORTIONS

The war against the Catholic conscience continues. Every person is free to believe what they choose as long as it is not Catholic dogma. Any and all non-Christians from sodomites to atheists are free to put their beliefs into action and even involve themselves in politics. But Catholics must either magically detach themselves from their consciences or stay out of politics altogether. With the onslaught of totalitarian secularism the list of careers from which Catholics are banned, or should be banned is growing every day. Pharmacy, foster care, politics and the judiciary are fast becoming taboo for Catholics who truly live their Faith and follow their Church. And in Portugal the government has given doctors who refuse to comply with their new abortion laws an ultimatum:

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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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QUEBEC --LONGING FOR ITS CATHOLIC ROOTS?


Take time to watch this music video--pay close attention to the lyrics. The song was voted song of the year by the Quebec public.

From globeandmail.com: "The song – whose title is a play on words that evokes both history and decline – was originally rejected by radio stations when it was released in 2004. Programmers thought its preachy tone praising great-great-grandfathers for clearing the land, and dissing their descendants for selling it off to become civil servants, would not fly with listeners. They thought the song's glorification of great-great-grandmothers with 14 kids, and its contempt for young women who today cover up their “stupidities” by getting an abortion, was definitely not Top 40 material.

"Its lyrics sparked living-room discussions and newspaper
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TO UNDERSTAND THE CALIPHATE IS TO UNDERSTAND THE NEXT MOVES OF RADICAL ISLAM





Here is a talk given by Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch about the next moves of Radical Islam.

PAINTBALL JIHAD


"... the time will come when anyone who kills you will think that by doing this he is serving God. People will do these things to you because they have not known either the Father or me." John 16:2-3

If you have ever participated in paintball then you know how effective such training could be for jihad--and right in our own backyard.

From NewsScotsman.com: U.K. An undercover police officer who went paintballing with a gang of suspected extremists was told it was preparation for jihad, a court heard yesterday.

The agent described how up to 25 young men travelled from east London for a day of outdoor activities in Berkshire.

But the officer told Woolwich Crown Court the alleged ringleader of the group, Mohammed Hamid, 50, quickly revealed the trip's true purpose.

The man, known as Dawood, said: "He told us the training was in preparation for jihad."

Five men are on trial accused of plotting to stage terrorist training camps at various UK locations. They deny the offences and the trial continues.

MASSIVE APPEAL TO LATIN TRADITION

Here is an interesting article on the growth of the Latin Mass. From the Washington Times: Roman Catholic churches nationwide are rushing to accommodate a surge in demand for the traditional Latin Mass, which is drawing a surprising new crowd: young people.

Since July, when a decree from Pope Benedict XVI lifted decades-old restrictions on celebrating the Tridentine Mass, seven churches in the Washington metropolitan area have added the liturgy to their weekly Sunday schedules.

"I love the Latin Mass," said Audrey Kunkel, 20, of Cincinnati. "It"s amazing to think that I"m attending the same Mass that has formed saints throughout the centuries."

In contrast to the New Order Mass, which has been in use since the Second Vatican Council in 1969 and is typically celebrated in vernacular languages such as English, the Tridentine Mass is "contemplative, mysterious, sacred, transcendent, and [younger people are] drawn to it," said the Rev. Franklyn McAfee, pastor of St. John the Beloved in McLean. "Gregorian chant is the opposite of rap, and I believe this is a refreshing change for them."

Susan Gibbs, the director of communications from the Archdiocese of Washington, said the attraction demonstrated by the young adults is "very interesting."

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MARTYRDOM IS A REALISTIC POSSIBILITY FOR EVERY CHRISTIAN- SAYS POPE

Father Hardon used to say that heaven was very, very expensive. Christianity is a hard road--but Christians do not hear this critical message today. "Come as you are" Christianity waters down the message of Christ to the point where true conversion is unnecessary.

The time has come to cease the talk that the Christian walk is easy, and that heaven awaits all despite their works. The time has come to stop compromising Christ's message for the sake of human respect-- because in the end anything less than the truth is not persuasive.

We must reveal the truth about the Christian life-- that it is a radical battle against self and the dominant culture in which martyrdom may be a real possibility. While we may not be asked to shed our blood, our witness
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DENIAL OF JESUS REQUIRED FOR PEACE WITH ISLAM


"Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two, and two against three..."
Luke 12:51

"But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven."
Matthew 10:33

The liberal media gushed at the so called "unprecedented letter of peace" from Islam to Christians. But to those who actually read it and understand the critical differences between Islam and Christianity-- the letter was at best a sham and more likely a threat to Christians. The letter began with the following damming preface which defined the terms of negotiation at the outset:

"In the Holy Qur’an, God Most High enjoins Muslims to issue the following call to Christians (and Jews—the People of the Scripture):

Say: O People of the Scripture! Come to a common word between us and you: that we shall worship none but God, and that we shall ascribe no partner unto Him, and that none of us shall take others for lords beside God. And if they turn away, then say: Bear witness that we are they who have surrendered (unto Him). (Aal ‘Imran 3:64)"


Rather than an offer of peace it amounts to a threat--the only way peace can be obtained is to bow down and worship Allah. All negotiations naturally cease when Christ's divinity is denied, and

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FOSTER CHILD TO BE REMOVED FROM CHRISTIAN COUPLE WHO REFUSE TO TEACH CHILD ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY

Once again the contrived "right" to engage in sodomy trumps the legitimate rights of Christians--and in the midst of it all children must suffer. God help us.

From
This is London: "They are devoted foster parents with an unblemished record of caring for almost 30 vulnerable children.

But Vincent and Pauline Matherick will this week have their latest foster son taken away because they have refused to sign new sexual equality regulations.

To do so, they claim, would force them to promote homosexuality and go against their Christian faith.

The 11-year-old boy, who has been in their care for two years, will be
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ISRAEL TO COME UNDER SHARIA LAW SAYS ISRAELI MUSLIM CLERIC

A leading Israeli Arab Muslim cleric said that the Jewish state will very soon cease to exist and the whole country will come under Sharia law to reconstitute the Islamic Caliphate.

From
Israeltoday: "In an interview with a local Arabic-language newspaper, Sheikh Kamal Khatib, deputy head of northern Israel's Islamic Movement, insisted that the world is "on the threshold of a new era. The future belongs to Islam and the Muslims."

Khatib said that in preparation for the coming Islamic takeover, Muslims who hold Israeli citizenship like himself should begin to actively rebel against the state by refusing to cooperate with and forming alternatives to the Israeli authorities.

Also at the weekend, Khatib's boss, Sheikh Raed Salah denounced current peace negotiations leading to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Arab conflict as an "evil Israeli scheme." Salah, who is also an Israeli citizen, has long maintained that that Muslim world must not recognize Israel's right to exist."
Photograph by Annie Griffiths Belt

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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GOOD NEWS FOR THE CHURCH: ATHEISTS ARE ANGRY

"The lady doth protest too much, methinks."
William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

The rise of militant atheism actually portends well for the Church. I am hopeful that as a civilization we have finally climbed out of the depths of our lukewarm apathy toward God and have entered a new era where man has become either HOT or COLD for Jesus. It may not bode well in the short term for believers in the wordly sense because the result is persecution. But the battle has begun and this fire will test the sincerity of our faith and ultimately prove the truth of Christianity to Christ's enemies. After all--"it is hard for [atheists] to kick against the goad". Acts 26:14

When an unbeliever becomes angry in discussing the faith it may mean that they are actually closer to conversion than if they display "toleration" and a distant and withdrawn "respect". Toleration reveals one's apathy while intolerance the opposite. Witness how very tolerant so many atheists are of Buddhism, Hinduism or even Islam while they condemn Christianity. In this intolerance lies something very meaningful and mysterious--that at

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U.K.: PRIEST GETS VISIT FROM HATE CRIME POLICE FOR EXPRESSING VIEWS ON MUSLIM VEIL

Hate crime laws are simply the precursor to official dhimmi status. The politically correct laws that have been enacted in the West are only ushering in the eventual reign of Islam by making us all cowards that surrender the truth for human respect and the lie of wordly peace.

From
Daily Mail: A priest has been interviewed by police on suspicion of inciting racial hatred for expressing his Christian views in his parish newsletter.

Father John Hayes, 71, was quizzed for more than an hour after commenting on the case of a Muslim girl who went to court over her wish to wear a full veil in class.

A sergeant and community support officer turned up without warning at his presbytery after an allegation was made to a Scotland Yard
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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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ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY EMBROILED IN SCANDAL

It seems that so many popular protestant pastors are eventually undone by the love of money, sex and power. Rather than living a life of poverty, chastity and obedience-- which are the evangelical virtues of the religious life, they are caught up in the wordly opposites. When men are placed on pedestals rather than Christ, and when "worship" becomes merely good preaching and pop-style hymns then this kind of corruption is the inevitable result.

"Twenty years ago, televangelist Oral Roberts said he was reading a spy novel when God appeared to him and told him to raise $8 million for Roberts' university, or else he would be "called home."

Now, his son, Oral Roberts University President Richard Roberts, is facing lurid allegations in a lawsuit that threatens to engulf the 44-year-old University in scandal.

"Richard Roberts is accused of illegal involvement in a local political campaign and lavish spending at donors' expense, including numerous home remodeling projects, use of the university jet for his daughter's senior trip to Read More...

GO TO JAIL IN THE U.K. FOR INCITING RELIGIOUS HATRED


Compiled from
Jurist and Guardian Unlimited: A new law criminalizing the incitement of religious hatred came into effect. The Racial and Religious Hatred Act makes intentionally stirring up hatred against people on religious grounds punishable by a jail sentence of up to seven years.

The act is...seen as an important counter-balance to anti-terror laws which have been viewed as disproportionately targeting Britain's Muslim population.

Critics have argued that the law will undermine the freedom of satirists, comedians and writers, and stifle legitimate discussion about religion and religious practices.

Here we go with more secular legislation aimed at instilling morality in the people. There is no surprise that this state imposed secular morality is arbitrary and capricious. Who will determine what amounts to incitement of religious hate? And what will be the standards? Will a condemnation of the teachings of Mohammed land you in jail? Truth and debate will be stifled in the name of political correctness at a time when Europe needs open and honest talk about Islam and the danger it poses to the continent.

Perpetually splintered Christianity--brought about by the Reformation--has permitted the enemies of Christianity a profound advantage. When a man who calls himself a Christian can arbitrarily interpret scripture to his liking and scoff at the notion of authority, he is unable to condemn those who do the same outside of scripture. We are a house divided rather than a force to be reckoned with.

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THE NETHERLANDS: AN INTERNAL STRUGGLE TO RETAIN FREEDOM AND SPEAK TRUTHFULLY ABOUT ISLAM

Earlier this week Dutch counter terrorism chief Tjibbe Joustra told a newspaper that he has "mixed feelings" about bold remarks on Islam.

"Radical remarks may push people who are already on the verge of using violence, over the edge," he said in reference to statements by opinion leaders like the liberal-right Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders and Islam critic Ehsan Jami.

In response to the Joustra's dhimmi remarks, politician Geert Wilders and Ehsan Jami, founder of the Committee for ex-Muslims, took out a full page ad in a newspaper Wednesday harshly condemning Joustra's position as an attempt to silence the truth about Islam. Wilders and Jami warned against what they see as an attempt by Islam to conquer the world. They compared the Prophet Mohammed to Adolf Hitler.

"We consider that Joustra should catch terrorists instead of trying to muzzle

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BELGIAN BISHOPS DEMAND WITHDRAWAL OF TV AD DEPICTING POT-BELLIED HIPPY JESUS


BRUSSELS Compiled from (AFP) and BBC — Catholic bishops in Belgium have protested a TV ad depicting a pot-bellied, hippy Jesus performing miracles and picking up scantily-clad girls up in a nightclub, a church spokesman said Friday.

The ad shows a long-haired hippy Jesus grooving along as he tries to get into a nightclub and is refused entry by the bouncers. Jesus makes the sign of the cross and sweeps aside the bouncers, shrinking them so they are left in his wake as dwarves. This Plug TV version of Jesus then drinks whisky at the bar and magically turns two brown haired frumpy women into blonde babes wearing bikini tops and red horns. The Jesus character then
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WHY ME? THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST IN YOUR LIFE



This is a very inspiring and courageous human being. He shows us that we have no excuses when we fail to evangelize. As Fr. Hardon used to say: "Evangelize, Evangelize, Evangelize--if you fail to evangelize you will not reach heaven".

WILDERS: CULTURAL RELATIVISM MAKES ME SICK!

Dutch Politician and outspoken critic of the islamization of the Netherlands, Geert Wilders, recently stated in an interview: "Cultural relativism just makes me sick. You know the kind of thing: everyone is welcome; we'll be one big melting pot of cultures. It gives me goose bumps when I hear the prime minister talking that way. Of course, we shouldn't imitate everything in a culture we ourselves criticise. Just try walking down the street with a Bible in Saudi Arabia or calling yourself a Christian in Iran."

As to his promotion of the idea of banning the Koran--"I do make a distinction between people and religion. I think Islam is a terrible religion but I have nothing against people who act according to our laws and our values and that's not possible with that book [Koran] in your hand."

The rest of the very interesting and contentious interview can be found Here

FRENCH PRESIDENT SARKOZY BACKS RELIGION IN SCHOOLS AND CALLS FOR A "RENAISSANCE"

From Lifesite: In a letter written by Sarkozy and publicized yesterday, he addressed the teachers of France, calling on them to take part in a "renaissance" and to reflect on the huge responsibility placed in their hands - the responsibility to "guide and to protect the spirit and the sensibilities that are not yet completely formed, that have not yet attained maturity, which are searching, which are still fragile and vulnerable." 


Sarkozy explained that such a national rebirth would only be possible through a reform of the French education system.  Sarkozy clarified that such a reform must include "rewarding the good, punishing the faults, cultivating an admiration of that which is good, just, beautiful, great, true and profound and [cultivating] a detestation of that which is bad, unjust, ugly, insignificant, untrue, superficial and mediocre.  That is how a teacher renders his service to a child in his care."

In his letter, Sarkozy bucked the secularist establishment
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POLL: RELIGION CAUSES HARM

A recent poll in the U.K. reveals that nearly half the British believe that religion is harmful.

"Only 16% of those polled called themselves atheists; 28% believed in God; 26% believed in “something” but were not sure what; and 9% regarded themselves as agnostics

“Even though the dominant faith - by a massive margin – is Christianity, only 17% thought the influence of religion was beneficial. That is even fewer than those who claim that they believe in a personal God. And yet when we asked which of the main religions was ‘most effective’ in getting its message across, most thought it was Christianity. Only 10% cited Islam compared with 32% who said Christianity.”

"In the survey 43% said they never prayed, 31% hardly prayed, and 10% prayed every night. “More than half of those who say they believe in a personal God cannot be bothered to pray to him every night,”

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ASSIMILATION ABSURDITIES

What is the liberal solution to radical Islam? State sponsored religion classes invoking the Koran to instill Western values. Sound oxymoronic?

The U.K. has introduced government sponsored and supported "civics-religion" lessons which teach Western values
from the Koran. The Labor government hopes this pilot program in Bradford will eventually spread to other cities, and help "assimilate" and "integrate" the country’s Muslims into British culture. The program is meant to replace the tedious, and hard-core religious lessons now taught in mosques. Those lessons emphasize rote learning of the Koran, and are taught by imams who were born in Pakistan. It is estimated that 100,000 school-age Muslim children attend daily religious classes after school in mosques in Britain.

The program was written by a Bradford teacher, Sajid Hussain, 34, who submitted proposed lesson plans to imams which were ultimately rejected. “They were perhaps a little too frontal,” Hussain said.

How "frontal" were the lesson plans that were rejected by the imams?

"In one example, the students were to be asked what they would do if a friend bought a large quantity of fertilizer and announced he planned
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"ISLAM IS NO MERE DECORATION LIKE THE VATICAN IS FOR THE WEST"

Tehran - The secretary of Iran's National Security Council said Monday that the United States should know that Islam in the Muslim world was 'no decoration like the Vatican in the West,' the Mehr news agency reported.

'The US cannot by force impose the American way of life on Islamic societies, as democracy on the basis of secularism would not work (in the Islamic world)...Islam is not just a decoration in our lives, contrary to the West where the Vatican is decoration,' Ali Larijani, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, said in a meeting with religious scholars in Tehran.

Unfortunately, Larijani's criticism is not entirely without merit. Due to the mass apostasy from the Christian Faith in the West, the Vatican and more importantly the Church, has become no more than an old discarded decoration and a vestige of the past. Only when our Faith becomes more than mere decoration, will our eyes be opened to the devastation that Islam poses to our civilization.

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MUSLIM EXTREMISTS ARE NOT EXTREME--JUST ORTHODOX FAITHFUL

Here is an excerpt of an interview with Gregory Davis from Frontpagemag.com, the author of Religion of Peace? Islam's War Against the World. He also recently produced a dvd, Islam: What the West Needs to Know.

FP: Why do you think there is so much that the West actually doesn’t know about Islam? Why the impulse to deceive oneself?

Davis:The first is a natural if unwarrantable reluctance to face the very uncomfortable reality that there is an entire civilization seeking our subjugation under nothing less than a totalitarian system of government, i.e., Islamic (Sharia) law.

The second reason I believe is the persistence of the multicultural myth that all peoples, religions, and civilizations are morally equivalent...The unhappy truth is that the jihadists are, to a great extent, acting
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