E. Michael Jones, editor of Culture Wars magazine, speaks: South Bend, Indiana – March 19

Culture Wars
and the St. Joseph Foundation present:

The Current Economic Crisis
and the Church.
Usury: Cause and Effect

A one day symposium
Saturday, March 19, 2011
The Marriott, 123 N St Joseph Street,
South Bend, IN 46601
tel. 1-800-328-7349
Ask for conference room rate.

In December 1960, John Courtney Murray appeared on the cover of Time Magazine to announce a new understanding of what it meant “to be Catholic and American.” Part of that understanding entailed admitting that “the content of the natural law may change with time and circumstances.”

As proof, Time cited the Church’s position on usury. The problem of usury hasn’t gone away. In fact, once American Catholics accepted Time‘s cultural terms of engagement, usury was destined to grow to the point where it has brought us today.

Capitalism is state-sponsored usury.

The Church cannot change the natural law. After 50 years of increasingly “rapacious usury” it’s time to understand what has changed and what hasn’t. It’s time to understand how the world got into this mess and how we can get out of it by following the Principles we should have been following all along.

Speakers include E. Michael Jones, Garrick Small, David Wemhoff, Mahlon Miller, Anthony Santelli, Adrian Krieg, Jeffrey Langan, Mark Anderson and Captain X. Additionally, Rupert Ederer will deliver the keynote address, entitled “Economics as if God Matters”.
The Conference’s moderator
will be James G. Bruen.

Registration Fee: $50 (includes lunch)

Or, you may register by calling Norma
at 574-289-9786, or mailing your registration and fee to: Fidelity Press, 206 Marquette Ave. South Bend, IN 46617

Undecided? Read Mike Jones’s letter
about the conference.

Writer’s theory on alleged Mejugorje apparitions results in threats on his life

The possibility that the seers were seeing a spiritual entity which was not the Blessed Mother was mentioned explicitly the day before our trip to Surmanci by a priest who has been associated with the apparitions for over ten years and during that period has gone from an being avid believer and promoter to a confirmed skeptic.

After years of hearing confessions and assembling a library of new age material from penitents, it became clear to him that Medjugorje was a major stop on the New Age circuit.

Before long, the Blessed Virgin even started talking like a new age guru. The first message to issue from the lips of “Our Lady of Medjugorje” after the bishops’ condemnation was that her devotees should turn “negatives into positives,” a turn of phrase which struck this priest at the time as totally unbiblical, a feeling which received dramatic confirmation when he found exactly the same phrase coming from the lips of New Age guru, Sanaya Roman, “Channel for Orin.”

“Or,” the priest remembered, was the Hebrew word for light. The Latin word is Lux, whose genitive is lucis, which is the root of the name light-bearer, or Lucifer. The passage about changing negatives into positives, which Marija Pavlovic cited verbatim as the first message from the Gospa after the bishops’ declaration of April 1991, is the title of Chapter Five of Sanaya Roman’s book, Living with Joy: Keys to Personal Power and Spiritual Transformation (Tiburon, CA: H. J. Kramer, 1986).

Somewhere between the hypothesis that Medjugorje was a joke that got out of hand and the theory that the kids are talking to demons, I begin to descry a third possibility, based on its geographical and historical context and their relationship to the massacres at Surmanci just on the other side of apparition hill.

The “seers” saw a ghost.

Ghosts, to begin with, are psychological, whereas demons are ontological. Demons are actual beings; they are pure spirits, or angels who have chosen to rebel against God and live in a state of eternal separation from Him. Their only consolation comes from making other rational creatures, who were created to share happiness with God, share their misery instead.

Ghosts, on the other hand, are a function of the mind which beholds them. They are traditionally seen as the souls of men who have not gone to hell but rather to purgatory, from whence they escape periodically to admonish the living about some still unfinished business.

Like the monster in horror fiction, ghosts represent the return of the repressed. Both Banquo’s ghost and Hamlet’s father represent an unrighted wrong. They are an indication that an event in the past has failed to achieve closure. As a result of repression, usually caused by guilt, the ghost frequently re-presents itself at moments usually associated in some way with an anniversary of the event that needs to be repressed.

Read more by E. Michael Jones

The Official Church Position, from the local Bishop