Benedict’s pontificate, while comparably much shorter than JPII,will have been considered a revolution for the Church.
The implementation of Benedict’s new law will resuscitate true voluntary charity after a century-long Church alliance with a government that has now turned against it in fury. But do not expect it to be welcomed. Leaders of these Church bureaucracies (including the colleges and universities) will undoubtedly insist that Intima Ecclesiae Natura changes nothing, that they need the money, and that they are already obeying it anyway.
Unfortunately, they aren’t. But it will be a brave bishop who will hold their feet to the fire; and it will take a brave pope who will guide, support, and instruct those bishops with love, fortitude, and perseverance. After all, billions and billions of dollars are at stake—a drop in the bucket to the feds, but critical to funding Church institutions as they are run today.
And that is why those institutions will change dramatically as Intima Ecclesiae Natura is implemented in coming years, and the Church renounces government funding (as bishops in Illinois and Oklahoma already have). Once those “golden handcuffs” are removed, liberated Catholic bishops will also be able to implement existing Canon Law regarding public scandal. Raymond Cardinal Burke, who heads the Vatican’s highest court, insisted earlier this month that, if a Catholic politician “support[s] legislation which fosters abortion or other intrinsic evils, then he should be refused Holy Communion.”
Such steps are taken not only to bring the supporter of “grave moral evil” back to the Church, but also to avoid “the grave sin of sacrilege,” as well as to prevent public scandal, since failure to act “gives the impression that the Church’s teaching on the intrinsic evil of abortion is not firm.”… (Source)
One wonders when this is going to come into play in Canada with Development & Peace. My guess: not bloody well soon enough. I fear it’s more of the same.
My dear readers, we can clearly see that once the Church is financially tied to the State, the Church just becomes another organ of it. We’ve lost our moral power. We’ve lost our independence. We’ve lost our prophetic voice. We’ve lost the respect of our society. We’ve become comfortable and minor professional bureaucrats of the State.
We’re bought and paid for like a prostitute – a cheap version of a televangelist with a Roman collar, peddling “social justice” instead of the other fraudster who does the health and wealth “Gospel”.
Socialism is triumphant where the Church is subordinate and dependent on the State for its missionary work. It needs to end. It must end. And it has to end. Right now.
We need to renounce that ring.
“One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them. One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them”.
“We don’t necessarily have to do 10% but it’s the principle. He didn’t say if your crops fail, don’t give me any tithe or if you have a bumper crop, give me triple tithe. So there must be something inherently fair about proportionality. You make $10 billion, you put in a billion. You make $10 you put in one. Of course you’ve got to get rid of the loopholes. Some people say, ‘Well that’s not fair because it doesn’t hurt the guy who made $10 billion as much as the guy who made 10.’ Where does it say you’ve got to hurt the guy? He just put a billion dollars in the pot. We don’t need to hurt him. It’s that kind of thinking that has resulted in 602 banks in the Cayman Islands. That money needs to be back here building our infrastructure and creating jobs.” (Source)
A good portion of rich people give a LOT of money to charity – especially hospitals. They know their responsibility to society. It’s the Socialists who assume the worst in the wealthy and wreck everything by imposing crippling taxes on talented people…which in the end only hurts society because the drive, the wealth, and the money get all sucked out.
The parents, Andrea and Gerno, decide to home-school their children on religious grounds, believing the German state education was socialist and conflicted with their strong Christian beliefs.
…After fighting with education officials in Germany – including receiving more than $6000 in fines – the family came to New Zealand in 2008 on temporary visas.
They now live in Waipu, Northland, where Mr Schoeneich works as a school teacher.
In appealing for refugee status, they claimed their two youngest children would be “completely devastated” if they were forced to enrol in state schools in Germany.
If they were deported, the two older children would struggle to find work and the family would not be able to obtain accommodation, because “home schoolers” were discriminated against, they claimed.
But in a decision released this week, the Immigration and Protection Tribunal rejected these arguments.
There was little evidence to support claims of hardship and it was highly unlikely they would be imprisoned, the tribunal found. It pointed out: “There is no right at international law to home schooling.”… (Source)
And there you have it folks. Everything is ass-backwards. Instead of the State supporting parents and their rights, it’s in reverse. We all serve and bow to the State. ‘Cause big brother knows what’s good for you.
This is what Pope Leo XIII wrote about socialism in his encyclical on Capital and Labor:
4. To remedy these wrongs the socialists, working on the poor man’s envy of the rich, are striving to do away with private property, and contend that individual possessions should become the common property of all, to be administered by the State or by municipal bodies. They hold that by thus transferring property from private individuals to the community, the present mischievous state of things will be set to rights, inasmuch as each citizen will then get his fair share of whatever there is to enjoy. But their contentions are so clearly powerless to end the controversy that were they carried into effect the working man himself would be among the first to suffer. They are, moreover, emphatically unjust, for they would rob the lawful possessor, distort the functions of the State, and create utter confusion in the community.
5. It is surely undeniable that, when a man engages in remunerative labor, the impelling reason and motive of his work is to obtain property, and thereafter to hold it as his very own. If one man hires out to another his strength or skill, he does so for the purpose of receiving in return what is necessary for the satisfaction of his needs; he therefore expressly intends to acquire a right full and real, not only to the remuneration, but also to the disposal of such remuneration, just as he pleases. Thus, if he lives sparingly, saves money, and, for greater security, invests his savings in land, the land, in such case, is only his wages under another form; and, consequently, a working man’s little estate thus purchased should be as completely at his full disposal as are the wages he receives for his labor. But it is precisely in such power of disposal that ownership obtains, whether the property consist of land or chattels. Socialists, therefore, by endeavoring to transfer the possessions of individuals to the community at large, strike at the interests of every wage-earner, since they would deprive him of the liberty of disposing of his wages, and thereby of all hope and possibility of increasing his resources and of bettering his condition in life.
Modern day Social Justice is socialism. Why are our bishops supporting it? It’s wrong. And it needs to stop.
You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pope Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light*, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world. (Source)
A few months ago, on the Hugh Hewitt show, I was asked to respond to President Obama’s remarks to the National Prayer Breakfast, at which he said that he believed in “living by the principle that we are our brother’s keeper.” And I reprised a bit from my book, After America (out next month in paperback!):
In a TV infomercial a few days before his election, Obama declared that his “fundamental belief” was that “I am my brother’s keeper”.
Hmm. Back in Kenya, his brother lives in a shack on 12 bucks a year. If Barack is his brother’s keeper, why can’t he shove a sawbuck and a couple singles in an envelope and double the guy’s income? Ah, well: When Barack Obama claims that “I am my brother’s keeper”, what he means is that the government should be his brother’s keeper.
Dinesh D’Souza met Barack’s brother, George Obama, earlier this year for his new documentary. A couple of days ago he got a call from him:
He was a bit flustered, and soon informed me that his young son was sick with a chest condition. He pleaded with me to send him $1,000 to cover the medical bills. Since George was at the hospital I asked him to let me speak to a nurse, and she confirmed that George’s son was indeed ill. So I agreed to send George the money through Western Union. He was profusely grateful. But before I hung up I asked George, “Why are you coming to me?” He said, “I have no one else to ask.” Then he said something that astounded me, “Dinesh, you are like a brother to me.”
In fact, as D’Souza points out, George’s actual brother is “a multimillionaire and the most powerful man in the world” who talks repeatedly about our obligation to be our brother’s keeper:
Yet he has not contributed a penny to help his own brother. And evidently George does not believe, even in times of emergency, that he can turn to his brother in the White House for help.
The only thing, ultimately, that keeps us from God is our pride, not our past sins. Every possible sin – even the most heinous one ever committed – can be forgiven by God.
You just need to let Him do it.
Give God permission. Just say Yes to God and let Him work on you. That’s it.
Look at Hugo, here. He got it. Praise God that he has repented (we hope). Let’s pray that Obama does the same thing one day.
The difference between Hugo and Hitchens isn’t that great in their offenses to God. But their final decision of whether they hold on to their damnable pride is the difference between an eternity with that pride in a place where God is not versus an eternity without it and in a place called Paradise.
I’ve been saying this for years, but this guy picked it up back in the 90s. Communism never died. Economic communism dipped for a while, but it’s coming back in the U.S. Moral communism, however, only morphed and reinvented itself.
I think you are aware of Scott Lively, pastor, speaker and author of “Redeeming the Rainbow” and “The Pink Swastika”.
He has been running a coffee-house ministry in Springfield Massachussetts, which is entirely separate from his pro-family work, but
the ‘occupy’ thugs want the coffee house to be shut down. When the ‘occupy’ group marched in, Christian were prepared and rallied to the
defence, standing their ground (and even reading out relevant scripture) until the occupy group gave up and left.
Liberation theology based on Marxist doctrines and cloaked in Christian vocabulary became a force in many third-world nations. Though it retreated somewhat after the fall of the Soviet Union, it remains the basic social template among radicals. Malachi Martin observed that “Liberation theology was a perfectly faithful exercise of Gramsci’s principles. . . . It stripped . . . any attachment to Christian transcendence. It locked both the individual and his culture in the close embrace of a goal that was totally immanent: the class struggle for socio-political liberation.” (Source)
Never heard of Antonio Gramsci, but we have all now experienced his poison, not the least of which has been our experience with Development & Peace.
It’s amazing how our spiritual leaders could be so blind to let the snake enter the garden, never mind keep slithering once it’s been exposed.
Read the whole article. It’s basically the playbook on the demise of the West and the Church.
United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror, by Jamie Glazov (WND Books, 264 pp., $25.95) The long romance of Western leftists with some of the bloodiest regimes and political movements in history is a story not told often enough, and Jamie Glazov’s United in Hate tells it particularly well. Glazov, managing editor of FrontPage, holds a Ph.D. in U.S., Russian, and Canadian foreign policy. He also is an immigrant from the Soviet Union, where his parents were active in the dissident movement. Both intellectually and personally, he’s well qualified to document and expose the Left’s destructive behavior.
United in Hate begins with a brief survey of the many leftists who since 9/11 have rationalized jihadist terrorism and blamed the United States for the attacks: “From Noam Chomsky to Norman Mailer,” Glazov writes, “from Eric Foner to Susan Sontag, the Left used 9/11 to castigate America,” seeing the 3,000 dead in Manhattan as “merely collateral victims of the world’s well-founded rebellion against the evil American empire.” But similar attitudes are also found in the Democratic Party itself. From Jimmy Carter’s courtship of Hamas to the Democratic congressional leadership’s eagerness to declare the Iraq War a failure—even as millions of Iraqis voted in free elections—the presumably “moderate” Democratic leadership has regularly created obstacles to defeating a murderous jihadist ideology that opposes every ideal the liberal Left supposedly embraces….(Source)
I remember when the Sandinistas first came to power in Nicaragua back in 1979. Canadian “social justice” Catholics were ecstatic. Throughout the next decade the Catholic New Times frequently published articles and commentaries praising the Sandinista government for the great job it was supposedly doing improving the lot of the poor and making a more just society.The Catholic bishop’s organization, Development and Peace, focused an inordinate amount of attention and aid on Nicaragua. Many liberal Canadian priests twinned their own parishes with “People’s Church” (established by the Sandinistas) parishes in Nicaragua.
Never mind that probably the most disrespectful government-orchestrated public display that Pope John Paul II was ever subject to was at the Mass in Managua, where banners portraying revolutionaries were hung behind the altar. The front seats – reserved for Catholic organizations – were instead occupied by Sandinista supporters who drowned out the Pope’s homily and prayers with loud political chants. At one point the Pope in frustration shouted “Silencio!” to no avail. President Ortega and other Sandinista leaders occupied prominent positions on a platform near the altar from which they shouted “People’s Power” and gave clench-fist salutes. When the Pope was criticizing the “People’s Church” the address system “broke down”. A supplementary “emergency” address system then began broadcasting Sandinista slogans and the revolution’s national anthem. Never mind that the Ministry of Education removed religious instruction from the school curriculum. Never mind that three clergy occupying high positions in the revolutionary government disobeyed a direct order from the Vatican to remove themselves from political office. And never mind, as Thornton relates, “the regime’s 8,000 political executions, 20,000 political prisoners, forced population re-locations, or regular use of torture on state enemies.”
The political left in North America are not just dupes, they are dangerous. And they now control the presidency of the United States and many important positions at all levels of government in Canada.
Just when you thought the world couldn’t get any crazier, we break a new record on the dumb-ometer. It’s worse than dumb. It’s outright evil.
In Spain, a TV network called Intereconomia has just been fined by the socialist government for ads that allegedly “attack the dignity” of homosexuals. Sounds pretty serious, eh? So what horrible things did the TV network show in its ads? After all, as Christians, we may disagree with the homosexual lifestyle, but we still want to show them respect. So what heinous ads did the TV network show?