The past wrongdoing of the Jesuits is coming back to bite them. The Jesuits, the Society of Jesus, have been linked to all kinds of crimes, also were, I understand, the largest slave-owners in Maryland. Their famous university, Georgetown, is having to confront its relationship to slavery. The university itself declares “Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice.” Oh really, that is interesting because Georgetown one day didn’t decide to come clean, students, were the ones who, when they found out about this past, confronted the leadership of the university and forced this out in the open. They are offering to help descendants of slaves but what they properly, biblically should be doing is paying the descendants the wages they stole from their forefathers, just as the Jews were paid their wages before they left Egypt, where they were slaves. They have very recently said they repent of this but that is a bit hard to believe when they have to be forced into confronting their past to begin with.
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Student protesters see victory in Georgetown addressing historical ties to slavery
Taking babies from new mothers and selling them? It beggars the imagination if true. The Free Thought Project reports on it today though:
Lawsuit Alleges Catholic Church Stole Babies through Forced Adoption to Sell Them for Profit
Revelation 17:5 reads, “And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.” Taking children from their mothers to sell them would truly be an abomination.
A western US Diocese is the latest to use bankruptcy protection to make sure the general public and victims don’t find out the full extent of the Catholic clergy sex abuse and cover-up in eastern Montana.
According to the victims group, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,
The Diocese of Great Falls-Billings is just the latest to hide behind bankruptcy protection to avoid potentially embarrassing and expensive child sex abuse and cover-up civil trials.
These filings are seldom about money. Instead, church officials filed for federal protection on the eve of a July trial to ensure that victims and the general public never know the true extent of sex abuse and cover-up throughout eastern Montana.
Read more at http://www.snapnetwork.org/mt_diocese_files_for_bankruptcy_ahead_of_trial_victims_respond
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.