What role has Catholicism played in American political life? If anyone criticizes followers of this religion, they are called bigots. This can be seen in this article http://www.metronews.ca/news/world/2017/09/13/gop-slams-donnelly-over-religion-comments-by-other-senators.html
What does Roman Catholicism do to a country? Is it a blessing or something else? Fareed Zakaria of CNN touched on this on one of his shows and I happened to catch it. It is very interesting. What he said on the air, I think he also put down in print form at https://fareedzakaria.com/2017/08/04/the-democrats-should-rethink-their-immigration-absolutism/. He was discussing the U.S. Democratic Party’s position on immigration.
The anxiety is about more than jobs. In his 2004 book “Who Are We?,” Harvard University scholar Samuel Huntington pointed out that the scale, speed and concentration of Mexican migration into America after 1965 were without precedent in the country’s history and could provoke a backlash.
He asserted that America had more than just a founding ideology; it had a culture that had shaped it powerfully. “Would America be the America it is today if in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries it had been settled not by British Protestants but by French, Spanish, or Portuguese Catholics?” Huntington asked. “The answer is no. It would not be America; it would be Quebec, Mexico, or Brazil.” He advocated some modest limits on immigration and, more important, a greater emphasis on assimilation.
Wow, what an fascinating statement by a Harvard academic! If the United States, instead of being settled by Protestants, had been settled by Catholics, it would be a narco-state like corrupt Mexico, http://john1911.com/mexico-is-a-narco-state/, America would be a Brazil, which has ongoing significant issues with corruption as shown in a very recent Washington Post article, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/democracy-post/wp/2017/08/24/forget-its-ousted-politicians-heres-the-real-cost-of-brazils-corruption/. If it had a Catholic founding population, and culture, instead of a Protestant one, and its biblical values, the U. S. could be like Quebec, the most corrupt province in Canada, as Maclean’s, Canada’s national magazine, accurately pointed out and was vigorously condemned for doing so, http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/the-most-corrupt-province/. And the difference is the religion of the people, as per this academic. This top scholar declares that the difference between a country becoming a corrupt, poor, screwed up state like Mexico or a world super power like the United States, is whether its founding culture is Protestant or Catholic, how amazingly revealing! Thank God for English Protestantism and ultimately the Protestant Reformation!
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.
Read more at
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!