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These articles relate to what’s in the news. It may be a look at an immediate current event or a look back in history. These articles will give the biblical perspective of the event by looking at what God has said Scripture.
The Roman Catholic Church has been rocked, once again, by revelations of atrocious crimes committed by the clergy and Cardinals. The Pennsylvania Grand Jury Investigation Report documents the latest revelations. Stop and read the report introduction. It can be found here for download or here to read online. Some of the main takeaways are as follows:
The Roman Catholic Church acted as if following “a playbook for concealing the truth.”1Reference page 3 of the introduction. Members from the FBI National Center for Analysis of Violent Crimes assisted with this determination.
The Church has put its reputation above the welfare of children.
The Church does not and has not followed Civil Laws by failing to report predator priests to law enforcement.
With this in mind, consider the structure of the Roman Catholic Church. The “pope” or Pontifex Maximus is at the top, followed by the red hat Cardinals. There are currently 224 Cardinals, of which 16 reside in the United States.
The Pope selects the Cardinals. Likewise, the Cardinals elect the Pope. Birds of a feather, flock together.
These 225 leaders “shepherd” 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide. That congregation includes A LOT of children. It is time to look deeper into these unclean birds. What is going on and above all, where is God?!
The Religious section of the News used to tell of services provided and charitable deeds of congregants. But now, nothing but scandal, war stories, child abuse/rape, suicide bombings, financial embezzlement, money laundering, idolatry, LGBT parades, protests, disputes, intolerance, discrimination, deception, death and the general ‘moral failure’ of the leaders of all religious institutions. None do good, no not one!
The Wages of Sin…
“Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Rom 1:32
Many articles begin by pointing out that the Vatican is “reeling” from all the scandalous behavior being revealed by their clergy in years past. Deception: The hierarchy has said all along they didn’t know anything about it, but the fact is that it has been common knowledge among the hierarchy who has covered it all up and shuffled pedophile priests around the globe. You can only sweep so much under the carpet before the lumps become visible or you can smell the stink. Now stories of the highly placed Theodore Cardinal McCarrick’s (of Washington DC) sexual abuse is “sending waves of horror through the Church.” The pope knew all about it! He happens to be a fellow Jesuit with the pope who once said proudly that his colleagues in the church are “word-smiths.” What did he mean by that?
On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of a Religious Liberty Task Force. It’s purpose is to ensure that the Justice Department is prioritizing the rights of religious people and groups in its policies and legal battles by enforcing his “religious liberty” memo issued last October.
I’m visualizing black clad commandos rappelling from Black Hawk helicopters into Planned Parenthood clinics. Ok, so that is probably not how it will go down, but like all politics this is just smoke and mirrors covering a hidden agenda. You’re probably thinking “Hey, I want religious liberty”, but ask yourself this, whose religion and at what cost? This is Jeff Sessions’ “religious liberty” memo which means his belief and his religion are the focus. The Attorney General’s job is to protect all liberties and stay out of religion. Remember the separation of church and state? Continue reading “What the heck is a “Religious Liberty Task Force”?”
The Jesuits have a long history of involvement with governments and politics, all the way back to their very beginning. But before we dive into this history, as a quick refresher, the previous Jesuit article looked at the current role of a Jesuit Catholic as the US House Chaplain. He opens meetings with a prayer, conducts ceremonies and provides guidance to the members of the House. The government purports a separation of church and state. All the while, they fund a Jesuit to a full-time government job. He is fully integrated into the day to day activities of the House. This is not the first time the Jesuits have inserted themselves into the inner workings of government. They have been expelled from multiple countries for doing so, even by the Vatican itself!
Patrick Conroy, a Jesuit Catholic, has been sworn back into office this week as the US House Chaplain after a couple of turbulent weeks. Paul Ryan met significant criticism from the Catholic members of Congress after asking for Conroy’s resignation in April. Initially, Conroy conceded and he turned in a resignation letter. Conroy rescinded his letter last week after receiving significant support from Nancy Pelosi and others. His on-again, off-again position in this role has brought the House Chaplain role to the front pages. What is this role all about and who is Patrick Conroy? The findings are alarming and full of hypocrisy!
For the pontifex, this month has been a doozie. Three incidents highlight the hypocrisy of the Vatican on the World stage.
Wealth of Catholic Inc. in Australia, Insurers Pay Abused
One of the first detailed investigations into the overall wealth of the Catholic church has just been completed in Australia. The conservative estimate values the Church in Australia alone at a whopping $30 Billion. Yes, Billion with a B. At the same time, Francis came out asking for retired prelates to live more simply and to shun power. $30Billion dollars buys a lot of power. The pontifex has asked US donors for $25 Million to back a loan for a scandal-plagued hospital in Rome. The donors should tell Francis to pay for it himself! If the church is worth $30 Billion in Australia, how much is it worth in the rest of the world?!
On Wednesday, February 14th it happened to be Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent and the culmination of Carnival, filled with pagan festivities. It was also Valentine’s Day, another pagan ritual. On that same afternoon a disturbed young man walked into a school and shot and killed 17 people and wounded 15 in what is now being called “one of the deadliest school shootings in modern American history.” Trump calls it a “terrible violence, hatred and evil.” In other words, Great Tribulation! “Copycat” threats are now being made to schools all around the nation. “How should one chase a thousand and two put ten thousand to flight except their Rock has sold them…?” This is all Madness of Mind!
The suspect went to his former school and pulled a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle out of his backpack. This rifle is marketed as the “Crusader,” and comes with a biblical verse from Psalm of David, 144, etched in it: “”Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.”
Violence in America is on the rise. This week another school shooting occurred in Florida bringing the year’s mass shooting death toll to 21. There have been eight school shootings in 2018 or just over one per week. With that trend and 45 weeks still to go in the year, what are the leaders of the US doing to deter the next 1, 5 or 45 school shootings? Nothing. The leaders are giving lip service to God while encouraging violence. Let’s look at how.
Oh what a time of pure chaos and confusion! This day for instance, Ash Wednesday, a day of “penance and prayer” for “Christians” to remember their mortality because after all: “from dust thou art and to dust thou shalt return” Coincidentally, it happens to land on Valentine’s Day, a day of indulgent love and sexual rituals with all the candy, surf and turf, cakes and goodies and wine you can eat and drink. What a contradiction! What are you gonna do? The Lenten period is supposed to be a time of penance, abstinence and fasting. The truth of the matter is that it’s all worthless paganism! Just leave it alone.