The Globe and Mail recently reported that “Pope Francis on Monday begged forgiveness for the ‘sins and failings of the church and its members’ during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide as the Holy See sought to open a new phase in relations nearly a quarter-century after the slaughter.” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/pope-begs-forgiveness-for-church-role-in-rwandan-genocide/article34346210/.
With shades of the genocide in Yugoslavia during World War 2, once again the Roman Catholic is implicated in a horrific genocide. It is truly amazing that these “men and women of God” thought that they were doing the right thing when they participated in the murders of these civilians. It is good, I guess, that the head of this religion / nation has admitted what was done to at least some extent but it has been slow going to get it, the article details. Again, this is truly amazing information and confession.
The Guardian also had a very interesting op-ed piece in it several years ago by Chris McGreal entitled “The Catholic church must apologise for its role in Rwanda’s genocide: The Vatican’s reluctance to confront those accused of murder in its midst is rooted in its refusal to face up to the church’s complicity in the events of 1994”. It can be found at https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/08/catholic-church-apologise-failure-rwanda-genocide-vatican.
It’s better to be an atheist than to be a hypocritical Catholic who leads a double life, says Pope Francis. So reported the National Post several days ago, http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/pope-francis-suggests-its-better-to-be-an-atheist-than-a-hypocritical-catholic.
Once you start to go down the road to accountability though you might not like where you end up. Or you might not get down the road very far before someone thinks it is better you are dead. At least that is what best-selling investigative writer David Yallop famously suggested in his book, “In the Name of God”, alleging that Pope John Paul 1 was murdered for wanting to clean things up at the Vatican.
Bestselling Vatican Exposé Makes Rounds
Francesca Chaouqui’s In the Name of Pietro, which was published on February 7 by Sperling & Kupfer (Italy), has been sold in Albania, Slovenia and Serbia. The book, which is now a bestseller in Italy, is being handled by Vicki Satlow, who controls all rights. Chaouqui was part of Pope Francis’ commission to clean up the Vatican’s financial affairs, and found she was the only one on the committee who actually wanted reform. She was later accused of leaking documents. The book is a first person account of her time in the Vatican.
What has been planned for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation? What is happening in Europe and what is happening in Canada and the United States? I am not sure, this spot, for instance, declares that it is a source: http://lutheranreformation.org/. I will try to check it out. One event that is talked about is a 2017 Germany Tour, taking place from May 1 to the 11th. It is advertised thus:
“Embark on a magnificent theological and historical tour of Germany and Austria in the very year of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary. This 11-day whirlwind trip, called In the Steps of Martin Luther, features milestone moments in the great reformer’s life—from his baptism in Eisleben and ordination at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Erfurt to his Wittenberg Castle hideaway.” – See more at: http://lutheranreformation.org/get-involved/2017-germany-tour/#sthash.8TtYSuoj.dpuf
Probably the mainstream media will have little to say on the 500th anniversary, I expect. I need to get going and contact institutions like Canada Post to see about possibly getting a stamp made for Charles Chiniquy. I have contacted the McCord Museum in Quebec about Chiniquy but I have not heard anything from them yet. One can only try and see what happens, I hope it will be an good year to publicize what Martin Luther and the Canadian Luther has done and what role Chiniquy played in Canada as this year is also the 150 anniversary of Canadian Confederation!
Next year there are numerous events planned to commemorate Martin Luther’s posting of his Ninety Five Thesis on the Catholic Church in Wittenburg, Germany, the Protestant Reformation was sparked and much was changed in Europe and the rest of the world, by the preaching of the Word of God. It should be an exciting year and hopefully, some attention might be given to the Canadian Luther, and the one who was also called the Martin Luther of America, Charles Chiniquy!
Earlier this year, I was asked a question by a gentleman living on the US east coast. He brought up the fact that a letter by William Herndon had surfaced and wondered about what Lincoln’s former law partner had to say in it about the 16th President’s beliefs, http://www.chron.com/life/houston-belief/article/Long-lost-letter-sheds-light-on-Lincoln-s-1685061.php.
I explained that the Raab Collection letter he had brought up was dated 1866 and that I had contacted Steven Raab, who had kindly furnished me with some further information. Mr. Raab detailed that the letter was dated February 4, 1866, and was written to Edward McPherson, Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. He also sent a commentary and the text of the letter. I found that what I received was slightly confusing though, I would have preferred to have had a photocopy of the letter itself.
I explained that, in the letter, Herndon is quoted, as I understand it, saying that Lincoln “is or was a Theist & a Rationalist, denying all extraordinary – supernatural inspiration or revelation.”
What he says and when he says it seems a bit strange. I said in my volume, in Appendix 2, page 244, ‘In addition, even after Lincoln’s death, Herndon’s opinion of his partner’s views on spiritual things apparently shifted over time. In 1866 he declared, “Some men think that Mr. Lincoln did scoff and sneer at the Bible. This is not so; he had no scoff–nor sneer, for even a sacred error; he had charity for all and everything.”
Three years later though, he told Lamon “Mr. Lincoln was an infidel–a Deist–wrote a book…in favor of Infidelity &c.–that sometimes…he was an atheist…He held in contempt the Idea of God’s Special interference &c. &c.” ’
My statement regarding what Herndon declared in 1866 comes from David Donald’s book Lincoln’s Herndon, which refers to a draft of a letter from Herndon to someone named Hart on November 26, 1866. I haven’t seen a copy of either of these 1866 letters. It might be that the date of the letter spoken of in the Donald book was wrong, possibly it was written before the Raab Collection letter. If it isn’t, then they would seem to show that Herndon went back and forth between two contradictory positions or he would say one thing to one person and another to someone else. As I have stated, his thinking was rather strange when it came to his law partner, in this area. I don’t think the letter changes too much, it possibly shows further how contradictory Herndon’s statements were as to Lincoln’s beliefs. He didn’t know about Lincoln’s faith during the latter part of his life so he doesn’t really have anything to say about that. The question then is whether Lincoln was an infidel in the earlier part of his life, which I discuss in the book.
It was an interesting question from this gentleman and I appreciate it.
Religion is a huge part of the U. S. economy according a Washington Post article, Study: Religion contributes more to the U. S. economy than Facebook, Google and Apple combined, see it at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/09/14/study-religion-contributes-more-to-the-u-s-economy-than-facebook-google-and-apple-combined/
It is an interesting article, which says that religion is big business, bigger than Facebook, Google and Apple put together. What I also found to be interesting is that the largest faith-based charity was not a Roman Catholic one, as we are often told that the Roman Catholic Church is the largest church in the U. S. but Lutheran Services of America, which has annual operating revenue of $21 Billion.
Jack Chick has died, an man dedicated to doing God’s work who was used much to help evangelize the world, died on October 23rd. He was generally hated by the world, because he was not a friend, he did not agree with, the world. The Word of God however says something about that, James 4:4 states: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
The National Post published an relatively hostile article on him entitled “Drawn out: Wherever Jack Chick has ended up, it seems appropriate that his legacy will be inexorably tied to ignorance”, see it at: http://news.nationalpost.com/arts/books/wherever-jack-chick-has-ended-up-it-seems-appropriate-that-his-legacy-will-be-inexorably-tied-to-ignorance
I wrote a letter to the editor in response but this newspaper, as many others do, generally does not publish letters to the editor from people like me.
My letter was short:
Re: Drawn Out, David Berry, October 26.
Millions have had their lives transformed by the simple gospel that Jack Chick, and others, have preached, “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…” (Acts 16:31). One wonders where the strong aversion, the distain that Mr. Berry obviously has for Chick comes from. Perhaps the words of Jesus Christ to his followers from John 15:18 applies, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”
Well the chickens might be finally coming home to roost a bit for the Jesuits, even if it is many decades, even centuries late. Several articles have appeared in the Washington Post, such this one: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/09/01/georgetown-panel-urges-university-to-apologize-for-its-role-in-slavery/
It is also interesting that the Jesuits, friends of Jesus that they are, did not have an epiphany and find that they had done a very wrong thing and enslaved others but it was the babes, the young students who forced this issue into the open apparently. And wages are owing, just like they were owing to the children of Israel when they were slaves in Egypt so the Roman Catholic Church should be paying or be forced to pay.
The anger about Donald Trump among the chattering class seems to have now diminished slightly and he has been in the news this day for his visit to the President of Mexico, (photo of Donald Trump by Michael Vadon).
As terrible as Donald Trump is or as the public is generally told he is, Hillary Clinton, that pure as driven snow liberal, has essentially as large a disapproval rating as Trump has. How can that be when she is such an darling of the liberal elite? Could there be a disconnect between the elites and the people they talk down to, i.e. the general public? This is from a woman who has been in the public sphere for many years and the liberal media seems to love as much as they seem to dislike Donald Trump. As I posted about a week ago, Bill, and her, apparently have lots of skeletons in their closets and they are not the skeletons that we have been told about. Many are detailed in Ambrose Evans-Pritchard’s excellent book, The Secret Life of Bill Clinton, as I mentioned.
One of the skeletons, for example, regards Jerry Parks, who was in charge of security at the Clinton-Gore campaign headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was murdered in September, 1993, after Vince Foster was found dead. He foretold his murder upon hearing the news of Foster’s death, saying that “Bill Clinton’s people were ‘cleaning house,’ and he was ‘next on the list.’ ”
Parks’ son, Gary believed that “Bill Clinton had my father killed to protect his political career” also telling that “We’re dealing with a secretive machine her in Arkansas that can shut anyone up in a moment.”
This was Bill Clinton’s Arkansas. Wow, amazing information, these are not the only murders allegations that dog Bill, and Hillary and Bill have been so close politically, no wonder the American people are suspicious about her, despite how the media often tries to depict her and Donald Trump.