Is It Censorship or Something Else?

 

Hopefully it is something else but unfortunately, another interview apparently is not going to be published. It almost made it. I told the Vancouver Province newspaper about my research and there was enough interest that a review copy of my book was requested, which I sent off. I was interviewed for an hour by a Province reporter in the latter part of January and then a week later there was a short Skype interview, as a sort of introduction, I remember.

The Skype interaction seemed almost surreal, the reporter saying something like “Wow, this Charles Chiniquy was quite a man, he was world famous, was he not?”

I thought, “I have been trying to tell folks like yourselves for years about this significant Canadian and now finally someone in the mainstream media gets it!”

He quoted from an academic, Concordia University historian Jason Zuidema, who I wasn’t familiar with, but this gentleman, Mr. Zuidema, reportedly said some interesting things regarding Chiniquy, declaring that Chiniquy’s allegations were not necessarily as farfetched as they sounded.

The Vancouver Province article, or articles, would have been the second top ten Canadian newspaper coverage of Chiniquy and my book. Alas, the editors there, who were so interested in this story, have apparently stowed it on a shelf , after the article was written, I understand.

Well it is on to other media in the hopes that sooner, instead of later, Chiniquy’s interesting life story and stunning allegations about the great Abraham Lincoln’s murder, can become well known.

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A New Year

Well it has been some time since my last post, how time flies, but the website has been updated somewhat and I am ready to post again, as much as time allows.

I was interviewed last September by David Miazgo  RedDeerTV.ca and the interview was posted late last year so feel free to check it out. I was interviewed by the Vancouver Province newspaper several weeks ago so I am looking forward to what they will publish. This spring will mark the 150 anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the end of the cataclysmic Civil War and the renewed interest in this vital part of American and world history is exciting.

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A New Bishop in Chicago, the Tribune Gushes.

The Chicago Tribune has lately been full of the news that there will be a new Roman Catholic bishop of Chicago , (and a major new player in the city’s power structure?) The Tribune reported on September 20th that:

The Vatican on Saturday appointed Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., to succeed Cardinal Francis George as the leader of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

In an announcement by the Vatican at about 5 a.m. Chicago time, the Roman Catholic Church said it had accepted the resignation of the ailing George and had named Cupich to the Chicago post, which is one of its most prominent in the U.S.

The Tribune also declared that:

The 65-year-old Cupich is the first archbishop of Chicago in close to a century who was a bishop rather than an archbishop when he was appointed, said Rocco Palmo, a Vatican expert who writes from Philadelphia. Cupich moves from a diocese of 90,000 Catholics in Spokane to an archdiocese of more than 2 million.

Cupich, like the cardinal he will succeed, opposes same-sex marriage and, in his two previous jobs as bishop, has been outspoken in his advocacy for the poor.

The Tribune reported that Cupich came to Washington State to deal with priest abuse. The Tribune quoted Michael Budde, chair of the Catholic Studies Department at DePaul University,

Cupich, said Budde, adopted a zero-tolerance policy for priest abuse early on and was brought to Spokane in part to deal with the scandal there that eventually prompted the diocese to file for bankruptcy.

“He was brought in to clean up that scandal,” Budde said.

 

If the bankruptcy was anything like what the PBS documentary “Secrets of the Vatican” reported was done in the Midwest to deal with the same type of scandal, some Catholic victims may have gotten the shaft from such a clean up and bankruptcy.

According to Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor, despite his “advocacy for the poor”, Cupich is going to have to get used to living in one of the most expensive homes in the city. Burke reported that, “This mansion has 19 chimneys and sits on 1.7 acres of prime real estate in Chicago’s ritzy Gold Coast neighborhood. It’s worth $14.3 million ‘as is,’ but the property could fetch far more, appraisers told CNN.” http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/08/us/american-archbishops-lavish-homes/index.html

Isn’t it nice the sacrifices such concerned officials in the Church of Rome are willing to make?

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Mike Gendron

A friend recently sent me information on a Protestant minister of the Gospel named Mike Gendron. I noticed that he had a debate link on his site and so I also heard  most of a debate between Mr Gendron and a Roman Catholic apologist named Tim Staples,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMFJo6AvwAE. The debate was on the subject of Salvation and Justification. It is quite interesting and I haven’t really looked at the quotes from the Bible at this point, but I have noticed some errors the Catholic apologist, Tim Staples, made with the scriptures and with logic. I hope to listen to it again and record the Bible verses and do a more in-depth analysis on how the Word of God was handled.
The debate between Mr Gendron and Mr Staples was held on Relevant radio, on the Drew Mariani Show, hosted by Drew Mariani, who evidently  is another Catholic apologist. His show bills itself as “a current events and news driven program that reaches listeners with down-to-earth sensibility, sharp insight, good humor and intelligence. Tackling the hottest issues of the day, Drew and his guests blend reality with strong Catholic values complemented by sound orthodox teaching. As the world seemingly changes by the minute, it is more important than ever for Catholics to keep a close eye on the culture around us.”
Actually the Word of God says Christians are in a race and they are to keep their eyes on the finish line and their Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Hebrews 12: 1, 2 reads:
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Since people like Donald R. McClarey who have to his credit, in a non-troll way, giving his name, went on a Protestant website, Sun and Shield website, http://sunandshield.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/what-my-history-class-never-told-me-about-lincolns-assassination/ to challenge Chiniquy’s account, maybe I should be doing the same. Unfortunately, when he was answered by me, he basically ran away. so I am considering going on such Catholic sites or shows such as Mr Mariani’s and asking them what they do with Charles Chiniquy. His startling allegations and life story, found in his autobiography, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome, has been out for more than a hundred and twenty-five years, and I have not heard of anyone who has successfully debunked or refuted what he has said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMFJo6AvwAE

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Pope apologizing, what do Protestants have to apologize for?

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A recent story in the National Catholic Register reports that American evangelical Christians are commending the Roman Pontiff’s promotion of ecumenism and the Gospel.

It stated, http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/evangelicals-praise-pope-francis-promotion-of-the-gospel/:
As Pope Francis visits a evangelical Protestant church in Italy today and is expected to offer an apology for the sins of Catholics, evangelical leaders in the United States who met him recently have praised him for promoting a deeper understanding between Christians and a focus on having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

The story also reported that Brian Stiller, a “global ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance “ reported of the Pope:
In his years in and out of Rome, he became friends with an Italian pastor. In time, he came to learn that the church and pastor felt the power and presence of the Catholic Church, with its weighty presence, obstructing their desire to grow and be a witness. So he decided to visit the church and offer an apology for the difficulty brought to their congregation.”
James Robison, a founding pastor of the LIFE Outreach International, was there also. Robison said of the Pope:
“He thinks there was reason to apologize to this group, and I clearly got the impression [he seeks to apologize] to evangelicals and Protestants in other parts of the world where Catholics had in any way been unkind [to them],” he said.

Once he began, the Pope would be pretty busy apologizing and if would really do so, wouldn’t people start to ask if the Roman Catholic Church is really a Christian Church?
This story reports that:
Robison said he and the others went back and forth with the Pope through a translator. He emphasized that they communicated to the Pope that they are encouraging fellow Christians to build Christ-filled relationships with Catholics.

One of the things that we try to do, and I think the Pope appreciated that, is to stop the unkind attacks from Protestants on Catholics and really seek understanding,” he said.
Robison added, “Both sides still need to learn; both sides have repentance to do to answer for their very un-Christlike attitude toward one another.

I agree that, for instance, the Church of Rome needs to apologize for the murder of Protestants in Mexico in the 1940s and 1950s, (as I report in my book), never mind events like the Inquisition but what murders do Protestants have to apologize for?
In would suggest this is once more, an attempt to pull evangelical Christians into the sphere of Rome, where there is no “Christ-filled relationships” amongst Catholics. Why doesn’t this Pope of Rome start to preach the pure Gospel to Catholics and then when this religious organization is truly filled with actual Christians, then start talking about communicating with other Christian Churches. I am sorry but people like me and numerous other Protestants will believe it when we see it, and very much doubt it will happen no matter what smooth words come from fake “Protestant leaders” and Roman Pontiffs.

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Victims of Catholic Priest Abuse- sins of ommission

A little more than a week ago, the Pope of Rome met with victims of Catholic priest abuse. According to CNN  You can watch the video here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/07/world/pope-clerical-sex-abuse/index.html: Pope Francis apologized and asked for forgiveness.

“I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members, as well as by abuse victims themselves”

He added “This led to even greater suffering on the part of those who were abused and it endangered other minors who were at risk,”

Victims are not impressed though. CNN also reported:

“Despite the strong words, a victims advocacy group, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said Monday’ssession failed to advance the cause of preventing molestation by priests, arguing that “no child on earth is safer today because of this meeting.”
“Let’s not mistake this meeting today for real action,” SNAP President Barbara Blaine told CNN. “The meeting today will not make children safer.”
“I think that Pope Francis has yet to take strong action that will protect children and he could do that by firing the bishops who have been complicit and who are transferring predators,” she said.

I believe these victims, despite their abuse, remain Catholics in the main, though they have lost many illusions about this religious organization. I have had a little contact with Ms. Blaine and she and other Catholics are to be commended for trying to hold this organization accountable. I remember hearing a report of this meeting and a victims group questioning whether the words of the Pope were essentially just an exercise in public relations.
SNAP is having its 25th anniversary conference in Chicago at the start of August. I would like to go but I am not sure I will be able to make it. I am sure it would be very interesting but I am not sure if I can get away.

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Pope Francis’s stand on organized crime long overdue.

So the Pope has recently discovered that the mafia are evil. The Guardian reported last week that Pope Francis has taken on one of Italy’s most dangerous organised crime groups, calling the Ndrangheta crime group an example of “the adoration of evil.”

“‘Those who in their lives follow this path of evil, as mafiosi do, are not in communion with God. They are excommunicated,’ he said in impromptu comments at a mass before hundreds of thousands of people .”

I am glad that this man has managed to figure this out, although the world itself came to this conclusion long before the leader of all Catholics put it together. The Roman Catholic Church has had a long history of being tolerant of such criminals and allowing them rites of passage (marriage, buria,l etc.). One commentator of life in Italy, Alex Roe, has made some interesting comments:

“In theory the Vatican should be constantly and highly critical of the mafia, or, for that matter, any other organisation which encourages human beings to harm one another. In practice, however, this does not seem to be the case. The Vatican does make disgruntled noises on the mafia front in Italy from time to time, but the criticism is by no means constant.

This reluctance of the Vatican to speak out openly against the mafia is something which has always struck me as being faintly odd about Italy.”

Mr. Roe also talked about a crusading priest who bravely spoke out about the mafia:

“For his pains, this priest, Don Pepino Diana was executed by the camorra mafia. While the execution did not do the camorra’s public image any favours, what struck me about the Don Peppino Diana affair was that he appeared to be a lone crusader.

For reasons unknown, the Vatican seemed to have left its representative to his own fate. Support from Rome appeared to be virtually zero.”

Diana is to be commended for trying to do the right thing. Why was he left to swing in the wind? Perhaps the Roman Catholic Church has been doing business with the mafia through entities like the Vatican bank? Or perhaps high-up officials know that they are not much better than those in organized crime, so there is no high moral ground from which to pontificate. It will be interesting to see what happens in the future on this subject though.

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Prejudice: Alive and Well in the Canadian Media?

Quebec academic Richard Lougheed, in his 2009 biography of Charles Chiniquy said that the celebrated clergyman remains Canada’s best-selling author of all time. Though he was world famous and achieve a stature that no one person who works for Canada’s national network, the CBC will undoubtedly achieve, the CBC has not ever mentioned his name, as far as I know, on a provincial or national broadcast, and that doesn’t appear be changing.

Last year I believe it was, I wasted some time mistakenly engaging some trolls on a troll website about my research and my book. I was amazed this year however to get the same behavior from a CBC personality who hosts an Alberta wide radio program. The host however does not have the anonymity that emboldens pathetic internet trolls to say pretty much anything about anyone or anything, comforted in the knowledge that no matter how illogical, wrong,  vicious, etc the statements they make are, they cannot be held responsible for them.
In 2012, I was interviewed for more than an hour and a half by phone by this CBC host and about half way through, he started to challenge what I was saying and to make statements that sounded wrong to me. At the end, he said he would not air the interview as I “lacked credibility”. I asked if he wanted to read the book. He said he would so I sent him one a month or two afterwards. During the interview, we had disagreed on how the Vatican had handled the Roman Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal in Ireland. Earlier this year, on the occasion of the U. N. issuing a scathing report of the Vatican’s handling of the worldwide clergy sexual abuse scandal, I mailed a letter to this host and his boss. I then received an incredible email back from him in which he declared, among other illogical and erroneous statements, that I had “collected a vast of amount of facts and stitched them together into a spurious tale devoid of veracity, accountability and solidity.”
I was going to ask what specifically he found wrong with my book but several days later, he emailed me, stating, : “Oh, and I should add, that as a journalist my role is to allow you to prove your point, or the very least make your case. At this point, I still don’t even have a copy of your book, so how can I be sure it exists?”

He stated what he did about my book therefore when, according to his own statements, he has never seen a copy.
It was amazing to read the biased and ignorant sentiments from this CBC personality, again someone who hosts a province-wide show.
I have been giving the CBC a chance to make this right but little in this area has happened. I have received a letter from the office of the President of the CBC but no apology so far.
I may have the opportunity this year to speak before the Canadian Senate committee that is holding hearings on Canada’s national broadcaster.

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Death and Controversy

Last month , Farley Mowat passed away. Numerous Canadian media organizations, including the CBC reported on this. The CBC stated: Farley Mowat, one of Canada’s most popular and prolific writers, who became a champion of wildlife and native Canadian rights and a sharp critic of environmental abuse, died on Tuesday in Port Hope, Ontario, where he had lived for several years. He was 92. http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/news/story/1.2634772
I have read some of Mr. Mowat’s books and certainly knew who he was. The CBC account also stated that he was “Widely celebrated” and a “Controversial writer”. His life span and Charles Chiniquy’s were only separated by some 22 years though and Chiniquy evidently was more world famous and influential in his lifetime than Mr. Mowat, as Chiniquy’s passing was reported more widely, in Australian and New Zealand newspapers, for instance, and Farley Mowat’s was not. The New York Times put Mowat’s obituary on page B9 but put Chiniquy obituary on its front page. Some people would definitely consider Charles Chiniquy to be controversial,  and being controversial seems to be acceptable, at least as far as Mr. Mowat goes. Yet people today know of Farley Mowat but they apparently cannot be told of the more celebrated Mr. Chiniquy, as far as the Canadian media generally is concerned.
Some of the national media are in Prince George these days however, to report on the terrible crimes a young area man is on trial for, so I might have a good opportunity to speak to some of them, one never knows, despite the most regrettable circumstances.

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Canada treading into dangerous theocratic waters?

Is Canada a theocracy? No? But if it’s not right now, could it be heading that way? Did you answer ‘No’? Well maybe we shouldn’t be so sure about that.

I was recently stunned to read that the Canadian House of Parliament has passed a private members bill to set aside a national day of honour for Pope John Paul II. Yes, you read that right. Yes, here in Canada. The bill is in the  Senate, which hopefully will see its folly and reject it. The National Post in the article “Pontiff’s day facing uphill climb in Senate”  (May 13, 2014, p. A6), reported that the MP who introduced the bill, Wladyslaw Lizon,  stated that his bill is “not religious but about recognizing a head of state who helped topple authoritarian regimes and was a ‘humanist with a capital-H’.”

However, as other accounts show, the man had many failures to account, despite the successes with which he is credited. A fascinating article for the Associated Press by Nicole Winfield, published in the Regina Leader-Post, details those failures extensively, as well as those of other leaders of this religious organization, especially in regards to  sexual abuse. The article, entitled “Sex abuse scandal stains John Paul II’s legacy, Pope to be canonized on Sunday” reported:
“Pope Francis has inherited John Paul’s most notorious failure on the sex abuse front – the Legion of Christ order, which John Paul and his top advisers held up as a model.
Francis, who will canonize John Paul on Sunday, must decide whether to sign off on the Vatican’s three-year reform project, imposed after the Legion admitted that its late founder sexually abused his seminarians and also fathered three children.
Yet the Legion’s 2009 admission about the Rev. Marcial Maciel’s double life was by no means news to the Vatican.
Documents from the archives of the Vatican’s then-Sacred Congregation for Religious show how a succession of papacies – including that of John XXIII, also to be canonized Sunday – simply turned a blind eye to credible reports that Maciel was a con artist, drug addict, pedophile and religious fraud.”

The article also stated that documents from 1948, seven years after the order was founded by Maciel:
“Show the Holy See was well aware of Maciel’s drug abuse, sexual abuse and financial improprieties as early as 1956, when it ordered an initial investigation and suspended him for two years to kick a morphine habit.
Yet for decades, Rome looked the other way, thanks to Maciel’s ability to keep his own priests quiet, his foresight to place trusted Legion priests in key Vatican offices and his careful cultivation of Vatican cardinals, Mexican bishops and wealthy, powerful lay Catholics. Vatican officials were impressed instead by the orthodoxy of his priests and Maciel’s ability to attract new vocations and donations.”

The recent excellent PBS documentary, “Secrets of the Vatican” details similar information, which should hopefully have Senators running away from this proposal to honour a religious leader who has such a stain on his record.

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