British Foreign Office scandal surounding Pope’s visit continues to unfold

Last night critics said the choice of non-Catholic staff highlighted the “appalling lack of respect” shown to the Pope.

Catherine Pepinster, editor of the Catholic newspaper The Tablet, said: “In politically correct Britain people are normally careful not to offend – and rightly so.

“Yet being offensive about the Pope is OK. Catholics are the minority that it is acceptable to treat as the whipping boys. Sometimes this cultural contempt emerges from the shadows – a contempt you’ll never see allowed to be shown to a chief rabbi or a grand mufti.”

A source within the Catholic Church of England and Wales said: “At its best this shows a disgraceful lack of know­ledge and understanding of the church among middle-ranking civil servants.

“A more alarming interpretation is that there are elements of anti-Catholic views and a deep-seated contempt of Christianity within the Foreign Office.

“There is no way a memo like this would have been written, let alone widely circulated, had it related to a visit by an important Muslim leader. There is clearly an alarming lack of judgment within Government departments.”

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Illinois law enumerating special protections for homosexuals in school passes. Governor expected to sign.

Well, it’s happened again. Another state legislature has marched lock-step to the tune of the homosexual activist agenda—and once again, it will have a direct impact on local schools.

This time, the Illinois Legislature has passed a so-called school anti-bullying bill that spells out special protections for things like “sexual orientation,” “gender-related identity or expression,” etc. It passed through the state House unanimously. The measure is now sitting on the Governor’s desk and he is expected to sign it (SB 3266).

Groups like GLSEN, PFLAG and the ACLU have been industriously winding out press releases celebrating the victory.  “If signed, Illinois will become the ninth state to enact an enumerated anti-bullying” law, proclaimed GLSEN.

Why are the advocacy groups so excited? As we have previously explained, the problem with these laws—enumerating special protections for homosexual categories–is that activist groups are using them as the leverage they need to get things like homosexuality teaching into public school classrooms.  For detailed examples, click here.

Focus on the Family believes that every student—no matter who they are or what they believe—should be protected from harm. But at the same time, laws should not be passed that can used as tools to sexualize and politicize the entire school environment. There are good alternatives that provide protection to kids, but avoid entrapment in identity politics—such as the fair and objective model anti-bullying policy language drafted by the Alliance Defense Fund.

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Shroud of Turin Image and Ancient Christ Pantocrator Icon Appear To Be A Match

In 1207, Nicholas d’Orrante, the abbot of Casole and the Papal legate in Athens, wrote about relics taken from Constantinople by French knights and referred to a cloth that was seen “with our own eyes” in Athens.

At this time the historical trail of the Image of Edessa disappears.

Then, in 1356, Geoffrey de Charny, a French knight and descendent of a famous knight of the Fourth Crusade, displayed a burial shroud that he claimed to be the burial cloth of Christ. That shroud is now called the Shroud of Turin.

Another interesting historical fact – images/paintings of Christ in full frontal view didn’t appear until after the discovery of the Shroud found in Edessa. The painting Christ Pantocrator Icon painted on the walls of St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai. Photographs of the painting and the Shroud facial image were taken, and then grid lines were added in order to compare the facial features. Then without the gridlines, the photos were superimposed as shown to the left. It was found that they matched.

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Seen on the web: “Torah” – “Tanakh” – “Word of God” – What’s the difference?

“I would not use the word “Torah” for the entire Word of God because that could cause some confusion.

The Bible itself refers to the first five books as the “Torah of Moses” and the whole Jewish Old Testament is called Tanakh meaning Torah (Law), Nevaiim (Prophets) and Kethuvim (Writings).

This then is reflected by Christ in the New Testament when He said “These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses (Torah), and in the prophets (Nevaiim), and in the psalms (Kethuvim), concerning me.” (Luke 24:44).”

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The Official National Anthem of Hell

“The national anthem of hell is, ‘I Did It My Way’ ”
attributed to Peter Kreeft, Catholic philosopher and author

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The Shifting Sands of Modernism in the Catholic Church

It is enlightening to contrast the weak and false justifications of Modernism presented by its supporters, against the strong and solid foundation on which the teaching of the Catholic Church is based.

Consider the slippery and sliding foundations and constantly shifting justifications given to support the Modernist edifice, as follows:

1. APPEALS TO THE DECREES OF VATICAN II Initially Modernists based their arguments on the 16 formal documents of the Second Vatican Council. However, when these decrees proved conservative and restated the traditional Catholic doctrine, they shifted their arguments to:

2. APPEALS TO THE “SPIRIT OF VATICAN II” — which did not get embodied in any of the decrees and has been repeatedly declared and proven to be a total myth. So they shifted their arguments to:

3. APPEALS TO THE “SPIRIT OF POPE JOHN XXIII” — which they claimed was his purpose in calling the Council. However, when faced with the demonstrated traditionalism of this Pope on many questions, the Modernists shifted their arguments to:

4. APPEALS TO SCRIPTURE — whose authority they claim exceeds that of all the popes and councils. Unfortunately for them when inconvenient passages about sin, homosexuality and hell were brought forward, they then shifted their attempted proof to:

5. APPEALS TO THE NEEDS OF MODERN MAN — based on his presumed nature, feelings and emotions. When it was pointed out to them that the Roman Catholic Church has always taught that modern man is in a flawed state of nature, resulting from original sin, so that his needs, feelings and emotions cannot be used to justify their cause, Modernists shifted their ground again to:

6. APPEALS TO SELFISH DESIRE — This is their final appeal which obviously has no objective basis whatsoever. Like churlish children, it merely results in a political power play to attempt to get their own way. What nonsense!

On the other hand, our Church has always objectively and consistently developed its doctrine and teachings directly from REVELATION AND THE DEPOSIT OF FAITH, bequeathed to it by Christ Himself, who clearly is  “The Way, the Truth, and the Life”.

Let us reject “Modernism” for what it truly is: nothing ‘modern’ at all, but a very old appeal to our baser instincts.

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Oklahoma legislators overide governor’s veto to pass two pro-life bills

Oklahoma City, OK (LifeNews.com) — The Oklahoma Senate today joined the state House in overriding vetoes by Governor Brad Henry of two pro-life bills that would help limit abortions. One measure allows women a chance to see a pre-abortion ultrasound of their unborn child while the other prevents wrongful death lawsuits.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 36-12 Tuesday to override the Henry veto of a bill allowing women to see an ultrasound before having an abortion — which helps as many as 80 percent of women choose life.

The Senate voted on the same bipartisan margin to override Henry on a second bill that respects babies with disabilities by disallowing wrongful-life lawsuits that claim a baby would have been better off being aborted and that a physician should have suggested an abortion.

Both override votes received just enough votes, 36, to obtain the supermajority threshold necessary to overcome the governor’s vetoes. As a result of the votes, both pieces of legislation will now become law.

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