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Thursday, 29 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
A Protestant minister was baptising people in a river. A drunk staggers upon the scene and enquires, “What are you doing?” “I’m helping people find Jesus,” replied the minister. “I want to find Jesus.” declares the drunk. The minister takes him kindly by the arm and leads him out until he is up to his waist and then dunks him under the water. Lifting him out, the minister enquires, “Have you found Jesus?” “No” says the drunk. The minister dunks him even deeper and holds him under for a few seconds. Lifting him out he again enquires have you found Jesus. “No” splutters the drunk. The minister again dunks him under even deeper and he holds him under for some thirty seconds. He then lifts him out and repeats “Have you found Jesus brother?” The drunk gasping for breath, stutters, “No … are you certain he fell in here?”
The ecstasy and salivating adulation of the deeply anti-Catholic secular left (plus a handful of post-Conciliar modernist prelates) at the election of Barack Obama should compel all Catholics to pause for reflection.
A white man who voted for McCain for no better reason than that he was white would be denounced (and quite rightly so) as a racist bigot. Why then is a black man who voted for Obama, as ninety-nine percent of African Americans appear to have done, for no better reason seemingly than that he is black (or perceive to be so) doing something noble? The liberal proclivity for placing their emotions where their intellect should be frequently results in double standards that are nothing if not absorbing. Deciphering such conundrums is all part of the fun of life in the secular asylum.
Barrack Obama is fanatically committed to abortionism and the culture of death and he is therefore by definition deeply anti-Catholic. Even if he makes good on his promise to bring home American troops, the number of Americans, and others, unjustly killed on his watch is set to multiply many times over.
I recently wrote that we are in a spiritual battle and the next decade or so is shaping up to be from the Devil’s prospective one of the most decisive battles of history. As mere mortals our noses are far too close to the canvas to see or understand the cosmic picture. Nevertheless, I have a distinct feeling that another piece of the jigsaw has just clicked into place.
Not so long ago a child survived abortion in the State of Illinois. The surgeon placed the child in a bucket and left it in the closet to die. A nurse, who became aware of what had happened, recovered the child, wrapped him in a towel and nursed him on her lap until he died. The press carried the story and this resulted in the Illinois Senate passing a Bill to ban the killing of a child born alive as the result of a failed abortion attempt.
Obama was the only Senators to vote against this bill … on several occasions. The following are some of the reasons Obama gave for his opposition: “a ban to stop aborted babies from being shelved to die would be burdensome to mothers”; “aborting babies alive and letting them die is a doctor's prerogative”; “aborting babies alive and letting them die is a religious issue”; “aborting babies alive and letting them die violates no universal principle”; “introducing legislation to stop live aborted babies from being shelved to die was a political maneuver.”
Obama is a man who is so keen on abortionism that he will support infanticide to protect it! The free world is now led by a man whose moral compass appears to be about as well developed as some of the leaders of the Third Reich, whose regime’s rise to power was also incidentally via the ballot box. Tremble dear readers and pray without ceasing.
A friend once amusingly remarked that the reason that Catholics are blamed for all the horrors of history is that we are the only one’s still around to take the blame. There is more truth in this witty aside than one may first envisage. The reason that the world hates us with such a white hot intensity is that deep in their subconscious they know that when their tacky Godless civilization has passed into the dustbin of history, as all other civilizations have before them, we shall still be here. The worldlings know it and the fury drives them insane. Catholics to vanquish have merely to survive, and all we have to do to survive is do what our forefathers have always done: keep the Faith.
In the meantime, President Elect Obama will do well to remember, that the beast that hailed the Messiah on Palm Sunday was the same mindless beast screaming “crucify him” on Good Friday.
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Abridged and adapted from an article in the Remnant
A positive consequence of the ruckus over the Good Friday prayer is that “inter-faith dialogue” was exposed for the nonsense it always was. The instant Peter brought Christ the Saviour of all men back to the table, his “dialogue partners” began picking up their toys and didn’t want to play anymore.
For forty years they’ve been jabbering about this ill-defined "dialogue" and yet things have only gone from bad to worse. After all, fundamental religious differences aren't exactly rocket science: he says Christ was merely a rabbi; she says Christ was only a prophet; they say He is whatever they want Him to be; and we say He is the Son of God. How is a lot of inter-faith blathering going to cause any of these contradictory beliefs to suddenly gel - unless, of course, “divisive” dogma is knocked for six? And once that happens, how is a “better understanding” of anything ever going to be achieved? But such blatantly obvious contradictions don’t register with the enlightened dialoguers. They remind one of those lunatic sex “educators” in public schools calling for still more sex education after veritable epidemics of sexually transmitted diseases began spreading among their robustly sex-educated teenagers. “If it doesn’t work, don’t fix it!” seems to be their motto. It would appear that ecumeniacs and sex “educators” have much in common. Bottom line: Inter-faith dialogue hasn’t worked. Tensions between the religions are getting worse every day. Why? Because inter-faith dialogue doesn’t serve truth - it buries it!
Dialogue is premised on a certain unspoken willingness on the part of the Catholic Church to downplay her own doctrine, if not actually renege on her claim to be the one true Church. If there was ever any doubt of this before, there isn’t now. The Pope revised one prayer to be said once per annum by a minority of Catholics and what did his “dialogue partners” do? As the Bible puts it, they rent their garments. Why? - because the fundamental rule of dialogue was violated by nine words written by the pope: “acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Saviour of all mankind.” Anathema! He has blasphemed! Dialogue be damned!
Clearly, this sort of dialogue isn’t really about achieving a "better understanding” of anything; our “dialogue partners” understand perfectly well the theological differences. What they evidently want is for the Church to modify her teachings to say that Christ is Saviour but only for Catholics and those who believe in Him - not for all men! Evidently, this has been the ultimate goal of inter-faith dialogue from the start.
Charlotte Knobloch, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told Reuters Television she couldn’t imagine that this “German pope could impose such phrases upon his church.” Impose what phrases? That Christ is the Saviour of all men? Yes, who does he think he is - the POPE? No wonder Alan Brill of Seton Hall concluded that the Pope’s prayer marks “the end of the era of John Paul II, the era of reconciliation.”
The “party pooper” here is Christ, of course. If Benedict were to hold up Mickey Mouse as the Saviour of all men, the dialoguers would no doubt hail his intellectual courage and continue doing whatever it is that dialoguers do. Which raises an interesting question: What exactly do dialoguers do? What is their point and purpose? How often do they dialogue? Can one watch them dialogue on YouTube? What was going on behind dialogue doors all these years to leave poor Mrs. Knobloch convinced that Popes are no longer permitted to pray that all men might acknowledge Christ as saviour? Obviously, they weren’t talking about Him in there. One word about the Saviour and the dialoguers stormed off in a huff. “The inter-religious dialogue has suffered an enormous setback,” Mrs. Knobloch sobbed to Reuters, “because of this version [of the prayer] and I assume that one will find a way very soon to continue the dialogue, but at the moment I don’t see it happening.”
Does Mrs. Knobloch actually imagine anyone in the real world gives two hoots about dialogue. What has inter-faith dialogue done for you lately? As the world plunges into universal warfare (without precedent in human history!), terrorism and economic collapse, is there a single shred of evidence that inter-faith dialogue has been anything other than part of the problem? Cardinal Kasper has devoted his life to it, Mrs. Knobloch thinks it's a bomb, but what does it mean for folks with real jobs, mortgages and mouths to feed? I can’t imagine!
Has there ever been a clearer indication of the sheer pointlessness of “dialogue” than that the Catholic Church is now expected to set aside her foundational teachings on salvation even in her own prayers and in her own backyard, in order to sit across the table from Mrs. Knobloch and talk about — WHAT? What in thunder does this woman want to talk about?
“As long as the Catholic Church, that is to say Pope Benedict, does not return to the previous wording, I assume that there will not be any further dialogue in the form that we were able to have in the past.”
Yes, and what a shame, have a nice day!
In the meantime, the Muslim convert to the Catholic Faith who was baptized by Pope Benedict on Holy Saturday, made a comment that could formulate the caption beneath this whole tragic picture. Shortly after Magdi Allam, 55, had been baptized into Christianity – taking the name “Christian” as his baptismal name – he asserted that the “Catholic Church has been too prudent about conversions of Muslims, abstaining from proselytizing in majority Muslim countries and keeping quiet about the reality of converts in Christian countries”.
Welcome to the Titanic, Magdi! The Catholic Church since Vatican II has been “too prudent” about most things, especially teaching her own doctrines to her own children. Want proof? Ask a Catholic sixth grader what the hypostatic union is, or the beatific vision, or even the Fourth Glorious Mystery. Better yet, ask him to give you the Ten Commandments. If you’re lucky, he may hand you a DVD of a Charlton Heston film.
Our best bet is that the sheer folly of inter-faith dialogue will be fully recognized by the hierarchy before any more of the Catholic Church is swallowed up whole by the new order of the age. Pope Benedict speaks often and eloquently about reclaiming Catholic identity - what better way to do just that than to suspend this exercise in futility and get back to the business of preaching the Catholic Faith, whole and entire, to all the nations of the world.
We would, therefore, like to make common cause with our Jewish brothers who in recent weeks have suspended dialogue with the Catholic Church over the revised Good Friday prayer. This, it seems to us, is wise beyond words and we urge our Catholic leaders to support this Jewish initiative without further delay.