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Pope Francis Effect

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 13, 2019 by andelino

Francis Effect: Catholic membership drops sharply in Argentina
By Monica Showalter

Pope Francis, who was widely reported to have been chosen for the highest office in the Catholic Church as a means of “reinvigorating” participation among Latinos, isn’t quite working out the way they thought he would.

He was supposed to be the people’s pope, with “the smell of the sheep” on him as he put it. But all he’s managed to do is become an advocate for the “phony claims of socialism and climate change.” That may be the problem.

Here’s the item from the Buenos Aires Herald:

“Catholicism is on the decline in Pope Francis’ Argentina, a new study from the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) has revealed.”

The results also showed that close to three-quarters of the population believes the State should not finance religious institutions, while 46.2 percent believe that religious education should not be taught in public schools. 

The government agency published study is revealing that while Catholics remain the biggest religious force in Argentina by a long way, the number of faithful has fallen by more than 13 percentage points over the past decade. 

According to CONICET, 76.5 percent of the population said they were Catholics in 2008, compared to the 62.9 percent who say so today.” 

Which is a pretty “miserable” record for a supposed “people’s” pope. Instead of raising enthusiasm or “participation” in the Church, Pope Francis seems to have achieved the “opposite” effect.

A decline in “membership” seems to have actually accelerated.

Now, it’s possible to argue that this isn’t his fault. The Church was in “decline” before he was elected pope, and older lines of faith everywhere are seeing declines in membership, as a function of “broken families, urbanization, secularization, rising incomes, tech and the appeal of the Evangelicals,” they all have some roles to play.

But to imagine that none of this is Pope Francis’s “fault” is kind of unsatisfactory, too. He is, after all, a “favorite” son, and we’ve seen the effect of that from Pope John Paul II’s papacy on Poland. That Pope Francis is Argentinean ought to be worth something in Argentina … “and it’s not.”

The poll errantly premises falling popular support for the Church with falling popular support for state funding of Argentinean church institutions as part of this trend. Actually, that mixes apples with oranges, state funding is what tends to drive Church membership down, so falling support is probably a good thing.

State funding is a very significant reason why Catholic membership is at “rock-bottom” levels in Europe and churches are going empty. In Germany, church membership even requires special high “compulsory” taxes, which is why many Germans say “no thanks.”

When the state is the big daddy and the source of all “social welfare”, doing the charity and all the things the Christian participants are supposed to do willingly on their own, who “needs the Church?” The state’s the story, nobody’s individually responsible, and the Church fades.

Which brings us back to Pope Francis. The pontiff, despite his reputation, is constantly “defending” the state rather than the people. He even defends the “indefensible”, such as the Venezuelan state. The state, to him, is the source of all “salvation” to the people, which is why he always sides with “socialists” and other statists, no matter what the issue.

It’s why he talks about “global warming” when churches are being set on fire by “socialists” in places like Chile. It’s why he chose the Chinese government over the “underground” Church in China. It’s why he “stiff armed” the Ukrainian unite Catholics in favor of an alliance with the state linked “Orthodox” leaders. It’s always the state for him. Sound appealing? Not to me.

Which might just be why they’re staying away in Argentina, too. He never manages to put in a good word for the people. It ought to be a public relations problem for him at the very least since it’s unlikely that as a “dyed-in-the-wool” socialist he’s going to figure this out on his own.

The “sheep” are going a different direction, they’d apparently like a bit less “state” in the Church, even if there isn’t a large amount of clarity.

Maybe the “selectors” of the next pope can take this unexpectedly “weak” performance to heart.

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Don’t Blame the Gun

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2019 by andelino

Nobody blamed the “truck” when a 29-year-old Uzbek national rented a pickup from Home Depot 18 months ago and deliberately “mowed down” a dozen pedestrians and bicyclists in New York City, killing eight. There was no lobbying for “background checks” or more vehicle “rental laws.”

Yet every time there’s a “mass” shooting, political leaders call for more “gun” laws. More laws won’t fix the problem.

I understand the necessity for political posturing. The President tweets and governors issue statements condemning the heinous crime. They assure the nation of their “thoughts and prayers” and the need to stop the violence. Lawmakers and those vying for office insist that we need more legislation.

Some call for more drastic measures. Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg told Fox News that “we cannot allow the Second Amendment to be a death sentence for thousands of Americans a year.”

We should expect as much from him.

Surely, I thought, faith leaders will cut to the heart of the problem. During Sunday morning Mass, a deacon read a statement about the weekend shootings in El Paso and Dayton from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, and Bishop Frank Dewane, chairman of their Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

“Once again, we call for effective legislation that addresses why these unimaginable and repeated occurrences of murderous gun violence continue to take place in our communities,” the cardinal wrote. “As people of faith, we continue to pray for all the victims, and for healing in all these stricken communities. But action is also needed to end these abhorrent acts.”

We should expect more from our bishops.

Sure, we must “pray” for the victims and their families. That’s essential. But we also need to “pray” for the mentally disturbed individuals who may contemplate “violence” in the future. As followers of Jesus, we know that our prayers are efficacious. We must beg God’s “grace” for these men. They’re out there, and their numbers are growing.

These young, lonely, disaffected young men often had “abusive, distant or absent” fathers. The breakdown of the family and the isolation exacerbated by technology is affecting the mental health of thousands, if not millions, of Americans.

Some bishops get it. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, who buried victims of the Columbine High School massacre 20 years ago, wrote that unless “hearts” are changed, mass murder like we witnessed will continue. He puts the blame squarely on the culture and each of us:

“Only a fool can believe that gun control will solve the problem of mass violence. The people using the guns in these loathsome incidents are moral agents with twisted hearts. And the twisting is done by the culture of sexual anarchy, personal excess, political hatreds, intellectual dishonesty, and perverted freedoms that we’ve systematically created over the past half-century.”

The vast majority of these shooters, bombers, and truck-driving killers come from “broken or abusive” families. The sobering thread running through the lives of all these perpetrators is “fatherlessness.” The late rapper Tupac Shakur once famously said, “I know for a fact that, had I had a father, I’d have some discipline. I’d have more confidence. Your mother can’t calm you down the way a man can. You need a man to teach you how to be a man.”

Things haven’t improved since Tupac was murdered in 1996. Today, despite a roaring economy, Americans are unhappy. Fortune reports that the 2019 “World Happiness Report” pegs the U.S. at No. 19—its worst ranking ever.

Like Chaput, one of the report’s co-authors points to Americans’ appetite for addiction including “gambling, social media use, video gaming, shopping, consuming unhealthy foods, exercising, and engaging in extreme sports or risky sexual behaviors.”

These addictions are coping mechanisms for isolation. Millennial’s are among the loneliest and most isolated generation in our nation’s history, according to a new YouGov survey. Nearly a third say they always feel lonely.

“Millennial’s are also more likely than older generations to report that they have no acquaintances (25% of Millennial’s say this is the case), no friends (22%), no close friends (27%), and no best friends (30%),” according to the report.

These are the issues we expect our faith leaders to address. We expect politicians to pass legislation that keeps weapons out of the hands of mentally unstable individuals, even though that won’t solve the problem. Troubled, angry men will then use a “knife, a bomb, or a truck” to lash out at the innocent.

Politicians and faith leaders need to understand once and for all: “it’s a heart problem, not a gun problem.” At the heart of the problem are the three “B’s”: “beliefs, bonds, and boundaries.”

It is not people of “faith” who are the most likely to go on a shooting rampage; it is those who have no “religious” convictions. This does not mean that simply being an agnostic or an atheist is sufficient to cause someone to become a mass murderer. That’s nonsense. But to discount the role of religion in examining the lives of young men who are “socially dysfunctional” is also nonsense, and this is especially true of mass murderers.

“Bonds” matter greatly. If someone has a strong relationship with his family and his friends, not to mention God, he is considerably less likely to become a mass killer. This does not mean that all loners are likely to wind up like the El Paso and Dayton killers. But it does mean that this characteristic, when coupled with the other two “B’s,” is an important variable.

Not respecting “boundaries” is also associated with criminal behavior. All of us cross the line once in a while, but to those who find it easy to do so, and who do so with regularity, beware: “They are more likely to hurt someone than the rest of us.”

From what we know about the El Paso killer, he was a classic loner. A former neighbor, called him an “extreme” loner who sat alone on the school bus. “He wouldn’t talk to people,” she said. “No one really knew him.”

The Dayton killer, was described by one of his band mates as a “loner.” Another person who knew him said “he was a quiet kid who kept to himself.”

It is not clear what “religious” affiliation, if any, they had. But we know that one worshipped Satan and wore “satanic” patches on his jacket.

Much too much is being made of the political leanings of these men. One was upset with the “Hispanic invasion of Texas,” and in the eyes of some that makes him a white nationalist. But he was also an extreme environmentalist, a critic of big corporations, and a proponent of universal health care. The other was a self-described leftist who “championed the cause of left-wing terrorists.”

There are many things that can be done to lessen the likelihood of “mass” shootings, but not to address “rootlessness” is a serious mistake. Last year a Cigna study showed that the most likely persons to be lonely were young people, not the elderly. Most of them, of course, will not become mass murderers, but it is from their ranks, not the well adjusted, where the next mass shooter is likely to come from.

A study published in the “Journal of Abnormal Psychology” found a significant increase of “mental distress, depression, and suicidal thoughts” among adults. The greatest increase was among young people.

The lack of social interaction is a real problem. By 2012, it was evident that smart phones and social media had overtaken the lives of millions of young people. The authors of this study concluded that there was a direct relationship between “the increase in loneliness among young people and the use of smart phones and social media.” It’s the amount of time that young people spend on their phones that is most disturbing. Indeed, the more time spent with these devices, the greater the risk of depression.

Of course, most young persons who are addicted to their phone are not likely to murder. But again, we would be remiss not to study the forces that create the milieu in which “anti-social behavior” is more likely to occur.

It is irresponsible to allow “ideologues” to drive the discussion of mass shootings. This problem will not be curbed by “blaming” white nationalists or Christian nationalists, which are the new “bad guys” in the left-wing playbook. After all, young black men who kill each other in the inner city with abandon have nothing to do with white nationalists or Christian nationalists. That they are given less attention by the media than violent white men smacks of “racism.”

Cities, towns and villages across the nation should institute “hot lines” for the public to call when they suspect that a young person is seriously in need of help. The hot lines would not involve the police: “they would be staffed by the clergy, guidance counselors, social workers, and psychologists.” After fielding a call, they would make an assessment and, if necessary, contact those who know the individual. If the troubled youth cooperates, he would be given the help he needs.

There won’t be any major progress until we focus on what can be done about the lack of “beliefs, bonds and boundaries” that are characteristic of mass killers.

Politicizing Communion

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 11, 2019 by andelino

Joe Biden “owes” Fr. Robert Morey a “huge thank you.”

The Internet exploded recently with the news that Fr. Morey of South Carolina had “denied” Communion to Biden at a parish Sunday Mass there. Biden is known to attend Mass frequently, if not weekly. Priests in other locations, as well as Pope Francis who clearly has no “heart” for fighting the culture war, have been told in no “uncertain terms” that they are to give “Communion” to Biden. Or else.

What Fr. Morey courageously did was to refuse to “Politicize Communion,” despite longstanding claims in high places otherwise, instead putting Biden and his “salvation” before every other consideration.

The “Catholic Faith is not a superstition and “Communion” is not an “anti-death pill” that communicates the Lord’s Resurrection, life, and holiness despite the lack of a “state of grace” on the part of the “soul” receiving Him.

Any Catholic who knowingly receives Communion in a state of “mortal sin” is practically functioning in a state of superstition. Leaving such a soul in this dangerous state of “delusion” is the opposite of pastoral care. It is never loving to “refuse” to intervene for the sake of “salvation” of souls.

Reception of grace always necessarily involves a cooperation with it. As St. Augustine expressed it, “The God who made us without us will not save us without us.” God gave us “free will” and we receive the grace of “communion” in order to build up the “state of grace.”

One of the negative side effects of the postconciliar era is that priests are often treated as if they no longer have a conscience and are subjected to “political” orders from higher headquarters, expected to function like “ecclesial bots.”

Priests make a promise to “obey” their bishops, but there is no guarantee that they will be always ordered to do what is “right or Catholic.”

Giving Communion to “pro-abort and same sex marriage politicians” is a case in point.

Many bishops telegraph publicly that they intend to give Communion to “pro-child-killing pols” and, at the same time, make clear that their priests are expected to do the same regardless of the “judgment of their own conscience” on the matter.

In Fr. Morey’s case, we may be thankful, his refusing “Communion” to Biden was part of a “diocesan” policy. In doing so he has offered Biden a opportunity to “correct his own practice of the Catholic faith in order to save his soul.”

Biden’s public “betrayal” of Christ by advocating for, and voting for, “abortion and same sex marriage” has placed him in objective “grave sin and scandal.”

 His physical reception of “Communion,” therefore, would not communicate “grace” but rather would place him in the situation described by Paul in 1 Cor. 11-27, “So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.”

The Lord Jesus’ purpose in “Communion” is to build up grace for those who are in a state of grace, following Baptism or absolution for “mortal sin” after Baptism. Have we completely “lost our minds” about giving Communion to “pro-abortion” and “same sex marriage” politicians, thereby degrading it’s a “useless” and “non-sacrilegious” act?

When Biden, as vice-president, performed the wedding ceremony for two “gay” White House staffers, it was a cynical move for “LGBT” support, but far more importantly, another brazen “scandal” demanding a response from the Church.

Biden has been essentially “defying” the American bishops for decades, knowing that it’s highly unlikely they “dare put him on the spot.”

Have we forgotten that presenting oneself for “Communion” is predicated on the fact that one is a “believing” Catholic?

Receiving “Communion” is based on the fact that one is in a “state of grace.” One is only in the “state of grace” if free from the stain of “mortal sin” and embracing, with full assent of “intellect and will” all that the Catechism teaches.

When those who claim to be “practicing” Catholics go to the “Women’s March,” for example, without distancing themselves from the “pro-abort, pro-SSA activity and support for the redefinition of marriage” that organizers have made clear is the March’s agenda, while posting photos of themselves at the March on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, they’re committing “public scandal.” After that, the idea of going to “Communion” publicly without repairing that scandal is being a hypocrite.

Priests who participate in “public scandal” by knowingly giving “Communion” to baptized Catholics who publicly advocate or support “abortion and same sex marriage” are politicizing Communion, especially when the one presenting himself for Communion is a “politician” running for office.

Such “Politicizing of Communion” should never have a place at Mass and no “Priest nor Pope” should ever “aid and abet” such sacrilege.  It is not a political matter. It’s a question of whether the Catholic Church, as it claims, takes seriously the most serious things, namely the nature of “Communion” and what it means for someone to receive the “Body and Blood” of Christ.

There have been various “dodges” from the Catholic Church hierarchy on this matter. New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan, as well as Pope Francis, remarked that they would never judge the “state of someone else’s soul.” But that’s not what is involved in the Biden case or Nancy Pelosi, another Catholic hypocrite.

The question is whether to allow someone who has publicly adopted positions, and acted on them, that are directly “contrary” to the teachings of the Catholic Church, and constitute grave “public scandal,” to go along just like any other Catholic.

Public scandal does not mean, as it does in the tabloids, that you’ve done something spectacularly wrong. In Catholicism, it means a public stumbling block that “confuses” people, Catholic and not, about grave matters like “abortion” and God’s intentions in “creating the two sexes.”

People sometimes argue, a known sinner may have been to “Confession” and, therefore, may again in a “state of grace.”

But someone who has created a serious and longstanding “public scandal” must do some “public act of repudiation,” both of his “beliefs and acts.” Otherwise, the “scandal” remains.

After being “denied” Communion by Fr. Robert Morey Joe Biden “defiantly” told the press that he would just receive “Communion” from Pope Francis himself.

 

Pro-abortion Joe Biden: ‘The Holy Father…gives me Communion’

Cafeteria Catholic Pelosi

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 10, 2019 by andelino

Pro-Abortion Pelosi’s Convenient Catholicism
By Daniel John Sobieski

If House speaker Nancy Pelosi is a “practicing Catholic,” then Sen. Elizabeth Warren is an “American Indian.”

If she is a “practicing Catholic” then one hopes that one day she gets it right. You cannot be in fundamental “disagreement” with a fundamental “doctrine” of the Catholic Church and then wrap yourself in its vestments to proclaim you don’t “hate” anybody.

“Cafeteria Catholic” Pelosi doesn’t invoke her Catholic “conscience” when she supports her caucus’s “abortion-until-birth” infanticide policy, the ultimate “separation” of mother from child. There is no worse “brutality” than what an unborn child feels at the hands of a surgeon’s tools. It is a fact that forceps kill more children than gunsA detention center on the border or the deportation of those who have had their due process and have a deportation order lawfully issued by a judge doesn’t even come close.

“Cafeteria Catholic” Pelosi did not respect faith-based communities and other organizations, such as her Catholic Church, when it came to ObamaCare’s attempt to force them and the institutions they administer to provide insurance that pays for abortions and contraceptives. When it comes to Catholics and pro-life people acting on their “religious” conscience, she fights them quicker than you can say “Hobby Lobby.”

As LifeSiteNews reported during a recent abortion funding battle:

“Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi blasted Catholics for fighting for the right not to perform or fund abortions, describing their abhorrence for supporting abortions as this conscience thing,” in remarks to the Washington Post.

During a debate in the House over a bill to stop abortion funding in the health care bill and to strengthen conscience rights on abortion, Pelosi had described the bill as “savage,” claiming that it would allow doctors to let women “die on the floor” because they could refuse to perform an abortion.

In her remarks to the Post, Pelosi, who says she is Catholic, defended her statements against the Protect Life Act. While some “may not like the language,” she said, “the truth is what I said.”

“They would” let women die on the floor, she said. “They would!  Again, whatever their intention is, this is the effect. I’m a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it … but they have this conscience thing about abortion,” added Pelosi.

Apparently, this “conscience thing” may be invoked in the name of open borders, sanctuary cities and states coddling murderers of American citizens, and enforcing lawful deportation orders, but not when you are someone who believes life begins at conception and ends at natural death and not at the end of an abortionist’s forceps.

Heaven, as some have suggested, is a place with high walls and extreme vetting. And, we are told, once you have been judged, you are cast out — uh, deported. There is a big gate, which could be called a “port of entry,” but you do not get to climb over it or sneak around it.

Yes, Nancy Pelosi has children, but according to her, she had the right to “snuff out every one of their lives” right up to the moment of birth, perhaps even after, as the Democrat governor of Virginia said he is fine with.

You cannot serve the Catholic Church and Planned Parenthood:

“Speaker Pelosi’s attempt at claiming the moral high ground here is the peak of hypocrisy from a career politician. Our individual faith and beliefs are our own forces to reckon with, but Speaker Pelosi is far from a shining example of a strict follower of the church’s teachings, especially given her spineless rhetoric on abortion as the issue moves to the center of the ideological divide.”

As her party moves further to the left each day, especially on the issue of “abortion,” Speaker Pelosi has simultaneously remained silent while still claiming to be a moderate and a “faithful” Catholic. The mainstream Democratic Party, fueled by young progressives and far-left interest groups, has embraced “unlimited, late-term abortion” with open arms.

The Speaker refuses to condemn the abhorrent “abortion” laws implemented in New York and Virginia [Virginia’s proposed radical abortion law was not in fact implemented —ed.], which both go even further than third trimester abortions. She also turns a blind eye to the harmful rhetoric pushed by groups such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL, both of which provide substantial monetary donations to the Democratic Party, as they encourage American women to “shout their abortions.” 

After her announcement that a vote on President Trump’s impeachment will proceed, “Cafeteria Catholic” Pelosi melted down, saying, “I don’t hate anybody” when asked by Sinclair Broadcast Group reporter James Rosen if she hates President Trump:

“That has nothing to do with it. I think the president is a coward when it comes to helping our kids who are afraid of gun violence. I think he is cruel when he doesn’t deal with helping our Dreamers, of which we’re very proud.  I think he is in denial about the climate crisis. However, that is about the election. This is about the Constitution of the United States and the facts that lead to the president’s violation of his oath of office and as a Catholic I resent your using the word ‘hate’ in the sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time. So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.”

Pelosi doesn’t “hate” nor “pray” for Trump, which is why she continues to bear “false witness” against him, participating in a “kangaroo” court proceeding based on hearsay and presumption. Why is it that you care about children killed by a gun and not for an unborn child killed by forceps or a suction machine or a shot of poison to the heart? Why do you care about children said to be seeking a better life in America when you want to deny American children the right to life, that unalienable right the Founders you so dearly love wrote about in the Declaration of Independence? The unborn have dreams, too, before they are ripped from their mother’s wombs.

Ironically, “Cafeteria Catholic” Pelosi is planning her impeachment vote virtually on Christmas Eve, when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ — the baby King Herod, who had his own version of “Planned Parenthood”, hoped to exterminate. Perhaps “Cafeteria Catholic” Pelosi can explain why she has so often been rebuked by her own church:

“Pelosi has been repeatedly rebuked by bishops, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic groups like the Catholic League for her pro-abortion stance. She has returned fire, calling bishops ‘lobbyists’ — because they opposed an ObamaCare mandate that violates Catholic teaching — and she has taken on nuns ‘The Little Sisters of the Poor’ who sued to protect their religious freedom.”

A few years ago, when asked about legislation limiting abortions after 20 weeks, “Cafeteria Catholic” Pelosi “refused” to say when she thinks “human life begins” and is worthy of both “legal and moral” protection. She was roundly rebuked by the bishop of her diocese.

In an interview with CNS News, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco responded to “Cafeteria Catholic” Pelosi and rebuked her:

“It is a scientific fact that human life begins at conception. This has been established in medical science for over 100 years. Catholic moral teaching acknowledges this scientific fact, and has always affirmed the grave moral evil of taking an innocent human life. This has been the consistent teaching of the Church from the very beginning, a teaching already discernible in the natural moral law, and so a teaching from which no Catholic can dissent in good conscience.”

Ah, there’s that “conscience thing” Pelosi finds annoying. “Cafeteria Catholic” Pelosi is so “out of step” with Catholic “teaching and doctrine” that it would be proper to deny her the Sacrament of Holy Communion, as was done recently to Joe Biden. As the Christian Post reported:

Fr. Robert Morey confirmed with SC Now that Biden was denied the sacrament because of his advocacy for abortion rights…

“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden. Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that. Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching.”

The rebuke from Morey comes after Biden publicly objected to a proposal to outlaw abortions in South Carolina after about six weeks of pregnancy, including in cases of rape or incest.

He also noted that even though he personally opposes abortion, “I don’t think I have the right to impose my view — on something I accept as a matter of faith — on the rest of society.”

You cannot be only “personally opposed” to a moral evil as defined by Catholic Church doctrine. Biden can’t, and Pelosi can’t. Faith without works is dead, and “Cafeteria Catholics” like Pelosi are obligated to render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s. 

“Cafeteria Catholic” Pelosi cannot serve both her “imaginary god and Mammon.” Nor can she use her “Cafeteria Catholic faith” as a political weapon whenever it is “convenient” to do so.

Daniel John Sobieski is a former editorial writer for Investor’s Business Daily and freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.

Ecological Sins

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 9, 2019 by andelino

Green Pope Francis told a group of lawyers we are thinking about to introduce the category of “ecological sin” into official Catholic teaching.

We must introduce in the “Catechism” of the Catholic Church the “ecology sin” against the common home, because it is a duty, the pope said in addressing participants in an international conference on penal law.

More specifically, Francis said, are all those actions that can be considered as “ecocide,” for instance, “the massive contamination of air, land and water resources, the large-scale destruction of flora and fauna, and any action capable of producing an ecological disaster or destroying an ecosystem.”

Ecocide “is to be understood as the loss, damage or destruction of the ecosystems of a given territory, so that its utilization by inhabitants has been or can be seen as severely compromised,” he said, adding that such a sin is “a fifth category of crimes against peace, which should be recognized as such by the international community.”

The pontiff said that such actions are “usually” caused by corporations, and “an elementary sense of justice would require” that they be “punished” for them.

An ecological sin is “an action or omission against God, against one’s neighbor, the community and the environment,” Francis said, quoting the Fathers of the recently concluded Pan-Amazon Regional Synod.

“It is a sin against future generations and is manifested in acts and habits of pollution and destruction of the harmony of the environment, in transgressions against the principles of interdependence and in the breaking of networks of solidarity between creatures.”

“Above and beyond its sinfulness, failure to care for the environment is an injustice and a crime,” Francis suggested and should be legally enforced. “I would like to appeal to all the leaders and actors in this area to contribute their efforts to ensuring adequate legal protection for our common home,” he said.

The pope’s words coincided with the release of a new survey by the Pew Research Center, which found that church going Americans “accept” their clergy’s on spiritual matters, but generally “distrust” their advice on issues such as “climate” change.

Pew found that 68 percent of U.S. adults who attend religious services at least a few times a year say they have “a lot” of confidence in the advice of their clergy on “growing closer” to God, yet just a small fraction of this number (13 percent) say they have this confidence when the topic is “climate change.”

Thou Shalt Not Be a Climate Change Denier.

Pope Francis has thrown his “moral” weight behind the battle against “anthropogenic” climate change, but has also acknowledged that the Church has no “authority on scientific questions.”

In his 2015 encyclical letter on the environment, Francis urging nations and individuals to exercise more responsible “stewardship” of the created world, but insisted that he wanted to encourage “debate” rather than pronounce on environmental issues.

“On many concrete questions,” he wrote, “the Church has no reason to offer a definitive opinion; she knows that honest debate must be encouraged among experts, while respecting divergent views.”

“Here I would state once more that the Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics,” Francis said.

“But I am concerned to encourage an honest and open debate so that particular interests or ideologies will not prejudice the common good.”

Not surprising that “Communist” Jorge Mario Bergoglio would want to “destroy” religion. Like many “Cult Leaders,” Francis is playing “god” and tries to rewrite the Catechism to fit his “personal” ideology.

Nowhere does it tell us in the Bible we can’t get into “Heaven” for not believing in “climate extremism.”

If you are claiming “ecological sins” you are in effect saying that the “sins are against God” rather than inanimate objects.

“There is no possible sin against planet Earth. When we abuse the natural world, people, animals or plants, we are sinning against God their creator, who gave them to us to use for the right purposes and in accordance with their nature and ours.” 

The only “targets of sin” are people. The Cardinals will eventually have to rise up and remove this “Marxist” globalist.

I would not be surprised if Pope Francis soon substitutes the “Qur’an” for the “Bible” and thereby leading his “cult followers” straight to hell.

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Merry Christmas Warning

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , on December 8, 2019 by andelino

While most Americans and followers of “Jesus” around the world celebrate and hold December near and dear to their hearts, Democrats and their “sycophant” supporters believe it is the most “evil” time of the year!

Yes, Democrats along with other anti-God movements “despise” Happy, Holy Days, Cheer, Giving, and Joy. In their hearts, there is only room for “hate” since they are all about being victors in their “political blood” sport of destroying the lives of good and decent people.

Just ask anyone if they have ever seen a Liberal tell a funny joke or laugh until they can’t. Instead, it’s easy to spot Liberals because they all have a “growl and frown” expression on their face. They truly live in a “whine cellar!”

With the current “PC” culture so invasive, Liberals are forced to remain “foulmouthed” to avoid being attacked by Social Justice “warriors” for having a sense of humor.

Oh yes, Liberals think they “know” everything and there is nothing liberals “don’t” understand. They also have an extreme “vulgar” vocabulary of clichés to yell attempting to “slay” the messenger and then run for their “safe” spaces.

Liberals are only about statements like “racists, sexists, homophobic” and the like. Penetrating a Liberal’s mind is akin to training a “rock to shake hands.”

Just imagine how “awful” it makes any Liberal feel when they see Christians loving one another, sharing life, and enjoying the world around them. Imagine one’s audacity to openly sing “Christmas” carols,  especially those with the word “Christ” in them!

The reality of Christianity and Christmas now “evades” Liberals. Liberals fail to understand that “facts and truth” make major differences in life.

Within the Liberal world, life is more aligned with “whack-a-mole” lifestyles than reality. They falsely believe we must all live a certain way because of Democrat hoaxes!

The reality of life in their world, is Liberals prefer to live in a fantasy world full of political “hoaxes” while Christians live in a real world depending upon “fact and truth” as their guide.

When Democrat “lies” are exposed as only another hoax, they jump into their next hoax. Their lives revolve around telling “lies” and more damn lies – never to apologize or correct themselves.

No, Liberals never attempt to do anything to “improve” lives. It’s always about power and money. If they can win, then anything goes. If it’s a loser, then they fight dirty – blaming others for their “lies and mistakes.”

The point being is there is no way to “appease” a Liberal and December is the time of the year most “hated” by them. If it’s anything to do with Christ, it will be “attacked, demeaned, and maligned.”

First Lady Melania has “revealed” her White House Christmas Decor for 2019. The AP did a great job with their camera work. It won’t be too long before the liberal critics “ridicule” the decorations and Christmas arrangements.

Beautiful trees, beautiful lights, beautiful ornaments, and beautiful Christmas music played by the Marine Band. All chosen by the most beautiful First Lady since Jackie. Who could ask for more?

In the spirit of the “Holidays,” the Democratic party could also be part of the majesty of the “White House” decorations by providing miniature displays placed around the bottom of every tree consisting of various members of the homeless, streets lined with colorful camping tents, sidewalks decorated with holiday syringes, shopping carts filled with assorted colorful illegal plastic bags filled with personal possessions, streets piled with plastic bags full of feces/assorted colorful human waste and a variety of vomit discharges in a stunning visual diorama.

The music would be colorfully provided by rappers, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Botany Boyz and Funk Wizard Show. After all, Democrat leaders and their stewardship of our various cities and country truly represent the future for children, or children we have yet to abort.

Please don’t be shocked when it touches you, personally. Be forewarned and forearmed to deal with it as best you can. When they scream their “hateful” epitaphs normally used by Liberals to“kill” the messengers, simply respond with a kindly “Merry Christmas!”

 

Trump Lies or Key Truths

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , on December 7, 2019 by andelino

Fox News host Tucker Carlson acknowledged several “white lies” told by President Donald Trump over the years, but he contended that what the left truly “hates” is when the president tells “key truths” that threaten their power.

Calling the president a “salesman, a talker, a boaster, a compulsive self-promoter,” and even a “full blown BS artist at times” during a “Tucker Carlson Tonight” segment, Carlson referred to the Washington Post’s count of over 13,000 alleged “Trumpian tall tales” before honing in on the president’s “untrue” claim about his inauguration crowd size.

“If Trump hadn’t gotten rich in real estate, he could have made a fortune selling cars. Most people know this. It’s obvious — transparent, really. So is lying really the reason the left despises Donald Trump? Or could the real problem be, as is so often the case, the exact opposite of what they claim it is?” 

Carlson contended that what “infuriates” official Washington isn’t when Trump lies, as all politicians do, but “when he tells the truth,” or certain truths, because that is the “real threat to their power.” He then played a clip of one of President Trump’s first key truths, his famous campaign contention that Mexico isn’t “sending their best.”

 

“Trump didn’t claim that everyone coming over southern border is a criminal. But some are. That’s true. And precisely because it is true, you are absolutely, under no circumstances allowed to say it. Acknowledging that not every illegal alien improves America raises an uncomfortable question: if illegal immigration has a downside, why has Washington allowed so much of it? If the people in charge actually cared about us, they would protect our borders. But they don’t care, so they’ve let millions and millions of foreigners whose names we don’t even know stream in from abroad, to use our services, lower our wages, and — yes, in some cases — commit crimes” said Tucker.

The almost 12-minute segment included several other “key Trump truths” and the media and political reaction to them, including calling MS-13 gang members “animals,” using the moniker “shithole countries” to describe certain Third World nations, and the fact that Saudi Arabia is still an ally despite the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Carlson concluded with Trump’s characterization of Baltimore as a “rodent-infested hellhole.” “Baltimore may be the most depressing big city on the eastern seaboard,” said the Fox News host. “Everyone in Washington knows that … If it’s light out, there’s no denying the awful reality of the place.”

While the left reacted strongly to Trump’s statement, Carlson pointed out that nobody asked if it was “true” and, if so, what caused it. “And of course, part of the answer is 50 years of uninterrupted Democratic Party rule hasn’t helped much,” he said. “But that would be embarrassing to the party, so the party’s apologists don’t want to have the conversation. Instead they attacked.”

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