The Spotlight movie

The movie Spotlight is out and although I have not seen it yet, I hope to soon, as it is a very interesting look at how the story of the Roman Catholic clergy abuse of children happened in Boston and how it was covered up by this powerful religious organization. Even the CBC, here in Canada, has reported on it, interviewing a Boston Globe reporter who was involved in breaking the story. The CBC radio program can be listened to here: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/schedule-for-wednesday-january-27-2016-1.3421631/spotlight-s-sacha-pfeiffer-says-investigative-units-are-endangered-species-1.3421784. The Catholic group SNAP has promoted this film. As the newspaper, the Guardian stated in a recent article:
In 2002, the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, a group of five investigative journalists, uncovered the widespread sexual abuse of children by scores of the district’s clergy. They also revealed a cover-up: that priests accused of misconduct were being systematically removed and allowed to work in other parishes.
The team’s investigation brought the issue to national prominence in the US, winning them the Pulitzer prize for public service. The journalists’ story, and those who suffered at the hands of the clergy, are the subject of Spotlight, a Hollywood movie starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams. It is a love letter to investigative journalism and a reminder that, 13 years and some $3bn in settlement payments later, survivors in Boston and beyond are still waiting for satisfactory long-term action from the Vatican.
The Guardian also declared regarding the US victims group:

Phil Saviano was battling to get his story heard long before the Spotlight team’s stories were published. Saviano, a survivor who was abused by his parish priest from the age of 12, had sent the Globe information on the Boston clergy that reporters originally missed. In the film, Saviano (played by actor Neal Huff) tells the Spotlight team that, for a kid from a poor family in Boston, being groomed by his priest was like being singled out by the Almighty: “How do you say no to God?”
Saviano, now in his 60s, was one of the victims who refused a settlement from the church and retained, unlike others, his right to speak freely about his experience. He’s the founding member of the New England chapter of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. After the Spotlight investigation, Snap’s membership swelled to more than 22,000 as victims came forward, according to its executive director, David Clohessy.
“Before Spotlight’s work, Snap members were usually ignored,” he says. “They were unsuccessfully trying to warn parishioners, parents, police, prosecutors and the public about this massive, ongoing danger to kids. After Spotlight’s work, people started to pay attention.”
The Guardian article can be read here: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jan/13/spotlight-reporters-uncovered-catholic-child-abuse-boston-globe. I look forward to seeing this interesting film.

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Interesting Article in Catholic Publication

In the city I live in, there is a chain of drugstores and at one location, a Roman Catholic, (I surmise) has been quietly leaving his or her copy of the “B.C. Catholic” there, a journal that looks like a newspaper. I noticed it among the other newspapers some time ago. I don’t know if drugstore management is aware of this. In any event, if I see it, I will pick it up to see what it contains. In the November 16 issue of 2015, I noticed quite an interesting article. It was titled, “Interfaith event attracts many believers”, written by Agnieszka Krawczynski. It reports on an “inter-religious dialogue conference” that happened on November 4th, last year, in Vancouver. The article very interestingly quotes the keynote speaker, a Roman Catholic priest:

“By the large, the history of Christianity’s relationship with non-Christian religions since Constantine can be characterized by competition, dominance, ignorance, and violence. There were always exceptions, but this is a generalization,” said keynote speaker Father Darren Dias, OP

Now by Christianity, if one reads Roman Catholicism, which is what the speaker is really saying, then you have, I would suggest, a more accurate picture of the Roman Catholic Church that has also been given by such commentators such as Charles Chiniquy. It began at the time of Constantine, hundreds of years after the church was established, not before, from the time of Peter, and has been, as Mr. Dias says, characterized by these generally un-Christian things, such as competition, dominance, ignorance and violence. Krawczynski also declared:

There were several theological issues, including the view that Christians had replaced the Jews as God’s chosen ones because the Jews had rejected Jesus as the Messiah. There was also the claims that the Jews had killed God, a ‘charge that was often cited as justification for violence’

This is something that David Yallop spoke of in his book, The Power and the Glory: Inside the Dark Heart of John Paul II’s Vatican. For instance, Yallop declared that in post-World War 2 Poland:

The killings in Poland did not stop when the war ended. The identity of the killers changed but not the category of victims. The virus of anti-Semitism within Roman Catholic Poland continued as if there had not been a World War, or places as Auschwitz, Treblinka or Belzec. Returning Jews who had survived the Holocaust found that the Germans had indeed gone but the Jew-hating Poles had not.

Yallop has pointed out that Easter was often dangerous time for the Jews as they had been accused of “Killing Christ”, the Roman Catholic Church having not generally taught its flock that the Gentiles were also involved in the crucifixion of Christ and that the sacrifice of Christ was ultimately part of God’s redemptive plan. A most interesting article in this Roman Catholic publication in any event.

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Looking back at 2015.

2015 is almost gone and looking back, there were a number of highlights, I traveled quite a bit, going to the United States twice. The sesquicentennial of the Lincoln assassination this spring was a once in a lifetime event and I am so glad I went down to Washington and to other places like Springfield, Illinois to see how Lincoln was honoured, how things were well done and others not so much. The interest in Abraham Lincoln remains high, a thousand books penned in last four years alone. Hopefully the censorship of Charles Chiniquy will soon come to an end, perhaps the new government of Canada will make a difference and maybe with the hundred of millions of hard-earned tax dollars they get from Canadians yearly, the “national broadcaster” the CBC, will finally tell people of the significant Canadian, Charles Chiniquy. They can produce so much fluff and garbage, they should be able to work in a little valuable content too, one would think. The new year comes and those of us who believe people should be exposed to real history can hope for a good 2016. Happy New Year!

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Book signing and Lincoln scholar still has not produced evidence.

This month I participated in couple of nice book sale / signing in the small town of Quesnel. I have some photos from the second time but unfortunately cannot post them for some reason. I met some folks who were very interested in my research, including some Catholic folks. It is funny how even lapsed, non practising Roman Catholics, seem to want to defend this religious organization but I assured them that I had only gone where the evidence took me.
Also, to update a blog post of August 31, I did respond to the one line answer I got in August from the this year’s Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize winner, Harold Holzer. I emailed Mr. Holzer weeks later, thanking him for responding as quickly as he did but also expressing my great surprise that he essentially had no answer, that he had no evidence to offer to support his position. I pointed out that he had positively answered the question, saying that he didn’t believe that the Roman Catholic Church had a role in the murder of Abraham Lincoln because of the relationship of Lincoln and New York Archbishop John Hughes and he gave this anecdote, that Hughes had acted very heroically during the New York City Draft Riots, personally standing in front of Protestant churches to defend them.
I pointed out that Joel Headley, who wrote the 1873 book, The Great Riots of New York, says the essentially the opposite, that the Archbishop had expressed fear to go out on the streets. I also pointed out that Headley was the only journalist / historian quoted in a 2013 article of the New York Draft Riots by the Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-new-york-draft-riots-of-1863/2013/04/26/a1aacf52-a620-11e2-a8e2-5b98cb59187f_story.html, 2013 being the sesquicentennial year of the Riots. I reported that I knew of no other recent articles in major newspapers about the Draft Riots.
I stated that what Mr. Holzer pointed to as to why the Roman Catholic Church had no hand in Lincoln’s murder had evidently no foundation in historical fact, so it also therefore seemed to me that he have no basis for believing and expressing his doubts in Mr. Harris’ (and Charles Chiniquy’s) allegations of Catholic involvement. I stated to Mr Holzer, as the winner of the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, I found it astonishing that he made such a statement without proof to support it. I told him I welcomed any further evidence / thoughts on this but I have not heard from him since.

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No answers coming from Lincoln Symposium to criticize Charles Chiniquy

It is interesting that after the full page ads were taken out in the Washington Times three Wednesday in October, a Ms. Laurie Verge, (Hero Member!) started off the discussion on the Lincoln Discussion Symposium website by declaring:
If you live in the Washington area, you have been constantly hearing announcements about the Papal visit next week and warnings to avoid traffic jams at all costs. Pope Francis arrives at Joint Base Andrews this coming Tuesday for a two-day visit in our capital city.

A staff member just handed me a lengthy article related to the Pontiff’s visit that was carried in the September 9 edition of the Washington Times. Since it is a history lesson related to the Lincoln assassination, I’m going to share it with you (don’t kill the messenger) because I bet it will stir a bit of debate:
She goes on to reproduce some to the ads’ contents mostly quoting Chiniquy and she ends by asking:
More questions: Did Lincoln really make those charges against the Catholic Church, or did Chiniquy compose the lines for his diatribe against the church? If Lincoln actually expressed a similar thought, does that mean that he was among the many anti-Catholic bigots in the U.S. (and I’m not Catholic)? I just don’t see Lincoln throwing the religious angle into the war, but I’m not an expert on Lincoln.

In a later post she also declared:
I did not include all of the verbiage, but there is an appeal to Pope Francis to “accept historical and papal responsibility for Lincoln’s assassination.” (Also a political “comment” on the Church’s power.) The page also conveniently recommends reprints of the Harris book as well as one entitled “Who Killed Abraham Lincoln?” purporting to be an investigation of the Roman Catholic Church’s role in the assassination.

Speaking of the Harris reprint, that was an issue for me during the 150th ceremonies at Petersen House in April because the cameras kept panning back to Ford’s Theatre and there was a huge, mounted banner in the doorway hawking the reprint of Rome’s Responsibility… Someone was getting free advertising at a most inappropriate time and for a spurious publication (despite its origins). I have not been on this site (and probably won’t view it), but this current ad recommends visiting http://www.OnlyTheGospel.com

She is the director of the Surratt House. I registered to be able to post on the site and then I answered her and a Mr. Norton. There has been a back and forth, I have answered the questions I was asked but I then also asked for some answers myself, asking what evidence these folks had that showed Chiniquy was wrong essentially and now I have not heard for more than three weeks and it wouldn’t surprise me if there are no answers forthcoming so Chiniquy remains, not debunked as he really has been in life and death. The site can be accessed at:
http://rogerjnorton.com/LincolnDiscussionSymposium/thread-2670.html?highlight=washington+times

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The Philippines, Roman Catholic, poor, corrupt, yet Chiniquy’s influence is there

I visited the Philippines recently, it is predominately Roman Catholic, corrupt, messed up in many ways, with some very poor people. A friend from Columbia said, “Yes, if it is Catholic, a country will generally be corrupt, poor and messed up”. He used a different expression but it is sad to see people living under underpasses and the like there and other corruption. We visited the University of the Philippines main library and I was amazed to find a book by Charles Chiniquy translated in Tagalog. The book was the Priest, the Woman and the Confessional and its catalog place can be seen here, http://ilib.upd.edu.ph/servlet/template/opac%2CDetails.vm/type/brief/from/search?marcid=247105.
It is quite amazing how much impact this Canadian man of God had world-wide! I donated a copy of my book to the National Library of the Philippines, which they were very happy to receive and also donated one to the library of the University of the Philippines. I also learned about Jose Rizal, who is the national hero of the Philippines and who interestingly, struggled with the priests and hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church, who may have had a role in his death.

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Yes, Who Killed Abraham Lincoln is sold at Ford’s Theatre

I was in the United States recently and another thing I had to do was verify, obtain proof that my book is indeed sold in Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site Museum bookstore, which is kind of the pinnacle of places you would want a book on the assassination of President Lincoln sold at. People have questioned that it could be sold there as to some, the information it contains is controversial, so people doubt that it could be sold at such a location, at such a National Historic Site as the Theatre in Washington D.C.. Any book on the subject has to be reviewed by Ford’s Theatre personnel and if it does not pass muster, as famously, Bill O’Reilly’s book on the Lincolns assassination did not, then it is rejected and not sold there, His book Killing Lincoln was rejected for the factual errors it contained and a lack of documentation, as a Washington Post article reported, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/political-bookworm/post/oreilly-book-banned-from-fords-theatre/2011/11/12/gIQAEzvOGN_blog.html. O’Reilly’s book may be sold at the other bookstore in the Theatre, operated by Ford’s Theatre Society, on the ground floor, which does not have the rigorous review process that museum bookstore has.
The Museum bookstore is in the Museum, which is downstairs, so I was able to go down there and take some photographs in the bookstore. I also bought a copy as further proof. The clerk was very pleased that I, the author, was there is person, that he could meet me and asked if I would sign their supply of my book, which I was happy to do.
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Looking back at my trip to the United States and the Philippines

Well my recent 20150923_215745trip to the United States and the Philippines in late September, early October, is over and I am back in British Columbia, back to work at the business things I normally do but it was a very good trip. In Washington D.C., I was able to take the opportunity to have dinner and give an informal talk on my book to a group at the National Press Club, in the McClendon Room on the 14th floor of the National Press Building, just a block or two from the White House! There was lots of history there, a very interesting place and evening, the same day that the pope of Rome came to give his completely inappropriate address of the Unites States Congress.
Earlier that day, I had almost seen Mr. Francis, many of the downtown Washington streets were blocked, he evidently had an alternate route which his motorcade took on the way to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (very close, just the next block from Ford’s Theatre where his co-religionist, John Wilkes Booth murdered President Lincoln). There were disappointed people in the vicinity of the Martin Luther King branch of the Washington DC library, where I was. There was heavy security, places like the library was closed, they had taken city snow plow / dump trucks and filled them with big rocks and parked them a block away from the possible routes to block anyone who would try to ram a vehicle through toward the Roman pontiff. At least they were covered if there was a kind of late summer snowstorm.
I also later attended a SNAP event, a press conference of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a tiny gathering in contrast to the big crowds that come to see the pope of Rome. There was virtually no media there, I had the only camera as I wanted to get some pictures and they were much less enthused about this pontiff as the media and crowds that followed Mr. Francis. They said they wanted the pope of Rome to stop talking and do something for them. They wanted to Church of Rome to stop fighting the victims of clergy abuse and instead also work with them to give them the justice and redress they deserve.

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The campaign for truth continues in the Washington Times

President – VP – Members of Congress – Supreme Court Justices All Presented Lincoln Texts in Advance of Pope Francis’ Visit

thumb-washington-times-adThis is the second ad to go into the Washington Times. It was published on Wednesday September 16th, 2015 on page three! The ad is presented below and you may also view it in PDF – Paul Serup, Author

In August 1861, Abraham Lincoln met in the White House with Charles Chiniquy, a former Roman Catholic priest and confi dant whom Lincoln (as a lawyer) had victoriously defended, years earlier, in litigation. Chiniquy warned of an assassination plot. Lincoln replied: “The nations who read the Bible, fi ght bravely on the battle-fi elds, but they do not assassinate their enemies. The Pope and the Jesuits, with their infernal Inquisition, are the only organized powers in the world which have recourse to the dagger of the assassin to murder those whom they cannot convince with their arguments or conquer with the sword….I feel more and more, every day, that it is not against the Americans of the South, alone, I am fi ghting, it is more against the Pope of Rome….that we have to defend ourselves….This civil war seems to be nothing but a political affair to those who do not see, as I do, the secret springs of that terrible drama. But it is more of a religious,
than a civil war….To keep her ascendancy in the North as she does in the South, Rome is doing here what she has done in Mexico, and in all the South American Republics; she is paralyzing, by a civil war, the arms of the soldiers of Liberty. She divides our nation, in order to weaken, subdue and rule it.”

In a subsequent meeting, Lincoln added, “I conceal what I know, on that subject, from the knowledge of the nation; for if the people knew the whole truth, this war would turn into a religious war, and it would, at once, take a tenfold more savage and bloody character, it would become merciless as all religious wars are.”

Brigadier General Thomas Harris served on the military commission that investigated (and thus examined all witnesses and evidence related to) Lincoln’s assassination. Perhaps for reasons mirroring the thoughts of Lincoln, Harris waited until after Chiniquy’s insights became public in the 1886 best-selling book, 50 Years in the Church of Rome, before in 1897 expressing his own, full understanding of events, in Rome’s Responsibility for the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

From 1867, the U.S. Congress banned the funding of diplomatic relations with the Holy See, as did not formally resume until 117 years later, in 1984.

During his upcoming visit, Pope Francis is to address a Joint Session of Congress and, at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, incongruously speak from the very same lectern used by President Lincoln for the Gettysburg Address.

In recent years the world has been vividly reminded, by revelations of clerical sexual abuse1, of the extent to which the papal hierarchies, both visible (400,000 priests, 5,000
bishops, 200 cardinals) and largely invisible (Jesuit Military Order), have labored obsessively, for centuries, to protect (even covering-up, imputing guilt upon childhood
victims of sexual abuse) and expand political power of the institutional Roman Catholic Church.

May the Holy Spirit guide the hearts and minds of those in Congress and elsewhere to prompt Pope Francis, during his visit: 1) In this 150th anniversary year, to accept
historical, papal responsibility for Lincoln’s assassination; 2) Acknowledge that the time has arrived to dismantle and abandon the despotic, hierarchical power structures2 of the
Roman Catholic Church; 3) Thus repent, and believe3.

On September 24, 2015, it is hoped and anticipated that excerpts from the modern spelling edition of William Tyndale’s 1534 New Testament translation will begin appearing daily in The Washington Times; that their reading may help ensure “– that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth4.”

1 Whistle by Robert Blair Kaiser (Caritas Communications, 2015) ISBN 978-1514327616
2 “Mr. Bergoglio, tear down this wall!”
3 “the time is come, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)
4 From Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (1863); Lincoln’s words, in part, are said to have appeared as a phrase in a preface to the fi rst translation, into English from the Latin Vulgate, of the Bible, by John Wycliffe (1384) “This Bible is for the Government of the People, by the People, and for the People.” Wycliffe, an English theologian and early proponent of reform in the Roman Catholic Church, himself has become known as “The Morning Star of the Reformation.”

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Washington Times Ad

President – VP – Members of Congress – Supreme Court Justices All Presented Lincoln Texts in Advance of Pope Francis’ Visit

thumb-washington-times-adThis is the first ad to go into the Washington Times! It was published on Wednesday September 9th, 2015. The ad is presented below and you may also view it in PDF – Paul Serup, Author

In August 1861, Abraham Lincoln met in the White House with Charles Chiniquy, a former Roman Catholic priest and confi dant whom Lincoln (as a lawyer) had victoriously defended, years earlier, in litigation. Chiniquy warned of an assassination plot. Lincoln replied: “The nations who read the Bible, fi ght bravely on the battle-fi elds, but they do not assassinate their enemies. The Pope and the Jesuits, with their infernal Inquisition, are the only organized powers in the world which have recourse to the dagger of the assassin to murder those whom they cannot convince with their arguments or conquer with the sword….I feel more and more, every day, that it is not against the Americans of the South, alone, I am fi ghting, it is more against the Pope of Rome….that we have to defend ourselves….This civil war seems to be nothing but a political affair to those who do not see, as I do, the secret springs of that terrible drama. But it is more of a religious,
than a civil war….To keep her ascendancy in the North as she does in the South, Rome is doing here what she has done in Mexico, and in all the South American Republics; she is paralyzing, by a civil war, the arms of the soldiers of Liberty. She divides our nation, in order to weaken, subdue and rule it.”

In a subsequent meeting, Lincoln added, “I conceal what I know, on that subject, from the knowledge of the nation; for if the people knew the whole truth, this war would turn into a religious war, and it would, at once, take a tenfold more savage and bloody character, it would become merciless as all religious wars are.”

Brigadier General Thomas Harris served on the military commission that investigated (and thus examined all witnesses and evidence related to) Lincoln’s assassination. Perhaps for reasons mirroring the thoughts of Lincoln, Harris waited until after Chiniquy’s insights became public in the 1886 best-selling book, 50 Years in the Church of Rome, before in 1897 expressing his own, full understanding of events, in Rome’s Responsibility for the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

From 1867, the U.S. Congress banned the funding of diplomatic relations with the Holy See, as did not formally resume until 117 years later, in 1984.

During his upcoming visit, Pope Francis is to address a Joint Session of Congress and, at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, incongruously speak from the very same lectern used by President Lincoln for the Gettysburg Address.

In recent years the world has been vividly reminded, by revelations of clerical sexual abuse1, of the extent to which the papal hierarchies, both visible (400,000 priests, 5,000
bishops, 200 cardinals) and largely invisible (Jesuit Military Order), have labored obsessively, for centuries, to protect (even covering-up, imputing guilt upon childhood
victims of sexual abuse) and expand political power of the institutional Roman Catholic Church.

May the Holy Spirit guide the hearts and minds of those in Congress and elsewhere to prompt Pope Francis, during his visit: 1) In this 150th anniversary year, to accept
historical, papal responsibility for Lincoln’s assassination; 2) Acknowledge that the time has arrived to dismantle and abandon the despotic, hierarchical power structures2 of the
Roman Catholic Church; 3) Thus repent, and believe3.

On September 24, 2015, it is hoped and anticipated that excerpts from the modern spelling edition of William Tyndale’s 1534 New Testament translation will begin appearing daily in The Washington Times; that their reading may help ensure “– that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth4.”

1 Whistle by Robert Blair Kaiser (Caritas Communications, 2015) ISBN 978-1514327616
2 “Mr. Bergoglio, tear down this wall!”
3 “the time is come, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)
4 From Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (1863); Lincoln’s words, in part, are said to have appeared as a phrase in a preface to the fi rst translation, into English from the Latin Vulgate, of the Bible, by John Wycliffe (1384) “This Bible is for the Government of the People, by the People, and for the People.” Wycliffe, an English theologian and early proponent of reform in the Roman Catholic Church, himself has become known as “The Morning Star of the Reformation.”

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