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Started by Amo, Fri Jun 24, 2016 - 20:10:38

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Amo

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/25/pope-francis-calls-for-end-to-anti-gay-laws-and-lgbtq-welcome

Quoted article below from link above. My comments in blue.

QuotePope Francis calls for end to anti-gay laws and LGBTQ+ welcome from church

Pope Francis has criticised laws that criminalise homosexuality as "unjust", saying God loves all his children just as they are, and calling on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ+ people into the church.

"Being homosexual isn't a crime," Francis said on Tuesday in an interview.

Francis acknowledged that Catholic bishops in some parts of the world support laws that criminalise homosexuality or discriminate against LGBTQ+ people, and he himself referred to the issue in terms of "sin". But he attributed such attitudes to cultural backgrounds and said bishops in particular need to undergo a process of change to recognise the dignity of everyone.

"These bishops have to have a process of conversion," he said, adding that they should apply "tenderness, please, as God has, for each one of us".

Francis's comments, which were hailed by gay rights advocates as a milestone, are the first uttered by a pope about such laws. But they are also consistent with his overall approach to LGBTQ+ people and his belief that the Catholic Church should welcome everyone and not discriminate.

Some 67 countries or jurisdictions worldwide criminalise consensual same-sex sexual activity, 11 of which can or do impose the death penalty, according to The Human Dignity Trust, which works to end such laws. Experts say even where the laws are not enforced, they contribute to harassment, stigmatisation and violence against LGBTQ+ people.

In the US, more than a dozen states still have anti-sodomy laws on the books, despite a 2003 supreme court ruling declaring them unconstitutional. Gay rights advocates say the antiquated laws are used to justify harassment, and point to new legislation, such as the "Don't say gay" law in Florida, which forbids instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten up to third grade, as evidence of continued efforts to marginalise LGBTQ+ people.

The UN has repeatedly called for an end to laws criminalising homosexuality outright, saying they violate rights to privacy and freedom from discrimination and are a breach of countries' obligations under international law to protect the human rights of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Declaring such laws "unjust", Francis said the Catholic church can and should work to put an end to them. "It must do this. It must do this," he said.

Francis quoted the Catholic catechism in saying gay people must be welcomed and respected, and should not be marginalised or discriminated against.

"We are all children of God, and God loves us as we are and for the strength that each of us fights for our dignity," Francis said.

Francis's remarks come ahead of a trip to Africa, where such laws are common, as they are in the Middle East. Many date from British colonial times or are inspired by Islamic law. Some Catholic bishops have strongly upheld them as consistent with Vatican teaching, while others have called for them to be overturned as a violation of basic human dignity.

On Tuesday, Francis said there needed to be a distinction between a crime and a sin with regard to homosexuality. Church teaching holds that homosexual acts are sinful, or "intrinsically disordered", but that gay people must be treated with dignity and respect.

Francis articulated the position: "It's not a crime. Yes, but it's a sin. Fine, but first let's distinguish between a sin and a crime."

"It's also a sin to lack charity with one another," he added.

Francis has not changed the church's teaching, which has long riled gay Catholics. But he has made reaching out to LGBTQ+ people a hallmark of his papacy.

The pope's comments didn't specifically address transgender or nonbinary people, just homosexuality, but advocates of greater LGBTQ+ inclusion in the Catholic Church hailed the pope's comments as a momentous advance.

"His historic statement should send a message to world leaders and millions of Catholics around the world: LGBTQ people deserve to live in a world without violence and condemnation, and more kindness and understanding," said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of the US-based advocacy group Glaad.

The problem with the above of course, is the gay and LGBTQ agenda of indoctrinating children and societies with public education and or promotion of their life styles. While bible believers are strictly forbidden from teaching their biblically based life styles in such areas.

 The Roman Catholic church was very instrumental in having bibles removed from public schools, not to mention history books which recounted history about them in an unfavorable manner, regardless of their accuracy concerning such. Where is their objection today, of the gay and LBGTQ lifestyles being normalized and or promoted within our public education systems?

As has been witnessed already, laws forbidding discrimination of gay or LBGTQ lifestyles, are often used to force acceptance of such by individuals and or businesses. In demanding not only the acceptance of, but actual participation and or support of lifestyles many do not agree with. Where is the Pope's warning concerning this abuse as well? Where is his defense of the chosen lifestyles of bible believing Christians in these particulars?


Amo

http://adventmessenger.org/donald-trump-is-winning-the-catholic-vote-which-has-historically-determined-the-winner-of-the-presidential-election/

Quoted article below from link above. My comments in blue.

QuoteDonald Trump is Winning the Catholic Vote, which has Historically Determined the Winner of the Presidential Election

Winning the Catholic vote can certainly increase a presidential candidate's chances of securing the White House, especially in key swing states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan, where Catholic voters are a sizable demographic. In recent elections, the Catholic vote has been fairly evenly split between Democratic and Republican candidates. However, a recent poll shows Donald Trump leading President Joe Biden by +23% among Michigan Catholics, an important battleground state that could swing the election.

On March 19, 2024, Townhall reported the following:

• "New polling shows a commanding +23% lead for President Trump among Michigan Catholics, a key voting block for November in this super competitive battleground state. Right now, per a survey commissioned by the League of American Workers, Trump earns 54% of the Catholic vote in the Great Lakes State vs. 31% for Biden and undecided at 15%."

• "Historically, the Catholic voter base has a stellar record in determining the presidential winner. In fact, before the 2020 election, for a half century the Catholic vote went to the presidential winner in every contest but one."

• "In 2020, Pew showed only a slight 1% edge for Trump, 50–49% among Catholics ... But those same states today reveal a very different reality. In fact, if current trends hold, Trump could well enjoy a victory among Catholic voters that far exceeds his prior 2016 triumph."


In American politics, the Catholic vote is significant because of its size, geographic distribution, and ability to influence election results. With approximately one-fifth of the U.S. population identifying as Catholic, this demographic forms a substantial voting bloc, particularly in key battleground states.

Consequently, candidates often tailor their campaigns to appeal to Catholic voters, recognizing their influence in swing states and their potential to tip the balance in closely contested elections. As such, understanding and courting the Catholic vote has become an integral part of political strategy for presidential candidates seeking to secure victory.

Imagine that, a once predominantly Protestant nation ruled by a majority of Catholic politicians, and populated by enough Catholics to be the determining factor in every Presidential election. Gee, I wonder how this happened? Can you say one mass migration of predominantly Catholic peoples after another, after another, after another? Largely facilitated and supported by the Catholic Church itself, and the teachings of Roman Catholic Social Justice being established and enforced within our nation?

QuoteIn America, particularly, is this investigation important. In all the countries over which it has triumphed, Popery, like the anaconda, has wound around its folds of art, of cunning, of superstition and of power, until, enclosing everything in its too friendly embraces, it has, with one tremendous effort, crushed the nation to death. It sends forth its missionaries; it gathers its schools and colleges; it erects its cathedrals and builds its churches; it is patriotic, benevolent, charitable. Its alms and offerings attract the vulgar, its austerities and penances convince the sceptical. It is at first tolerated; then approved; next obeyed! But now come the dread realities of the system, taxation, passive submission, excommunications, interdicts, crusades, the inquisition, destruction. Yes, Popery has well nigh destroyed every country in which it has been predominant. The liberties and national prosperity of a people cannot coexist with such a system.

Let then, Americans — Americans, who have never witnessed a Court of Inquisition, or an Auto-da-fe, on their virgin soil; Americans, whose national liberties are still fragrant with the blood of revolutionary forefathers; Americans, whose proud eminence in the civilized world, gives them more to lose than other nations; let Americans especially examine this subject well. And if, in such an examination, the following pages shall contribute but a mite to the discovery of the truth, the author will feel himself more than compensated for the labor they have cost him.(CHRIST AND ANTICHRIST, by Samuel J. Cassels, PART 2
ANTICHRIST OR THE PAPACY PROVED TO BE THE ANTICHRIST PREDICTED IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, INTRODUCTORY REMARKS, Pgs. 125&126)

Amo

http://adventmessenger.org/jesuits-and-evangelicals-met-with-us-lawmakers-to-promote-laudato-si/

Quoted article below from link above.

QuoteJesuits and Evangelicals Met with US Lawmakers to Promote Laudato Si'

On March 20, 2024, Evangelical Christians and representatives of Rome's extensive network of climate organizations, including the Jesuits, gathered on Capitol Hill with the sole intention of pressuring our legislators to enact climate policies, namely those outlined in Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si'. This is the same document that calls for Sunday to be the "law of weekly rest" in order to save the environment (Laudato Si' #237). Without a doubt, Protestants and Catholics were in Washington, D.C., to influence government policy on behalf of their respective organizations – Rome. They were there to advocate for policies, legislation, and regulations that aligned with their own personal interests.

The National Catholic Reporter published an article titled "Catholic, Christian Groups Share Faith-Driven Plan for Climate Adaptation with Congress" on March 21, 2024. Whose "faith-driven" plan was proposed to "Congress" for consideration? It was Rome's plan, as contained in Laudato Si'. The article states, in part:

"Catholic and Christian groups joined together March 20 to discuss a faith-driven approach to solving problems associated with climate change in a panel discussion on Capitol Hill."

• "At the event sponsored by Catholic Relief Services, the offices of Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., National Latino Evangelical Coalition, National Association of Evangelicals, Evangelical Environmental Network, Laudato Si' Movement, Kingdom Mission Society, Catholic Climate Covenant, Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology, World Relief and World Vision, participants discussed the need to help vulnerable communities adapt to changes in climate."

"The event brought together staffers from offices in both chambers and both main political parties. Amid a time of intense partisanship and polarization, some recent data indicates Republicans' views on climate change have shifted, particularly among younger Republicans."

• "Meghan Goodwin, senior policy and legislative specialist for CRS (Catholic Relief Services), said that 'the Catholic faith considers reason, including both philosophy and science, as a crucial element in interpreting the scriptures to apply to the world today'."

"Citing Pope Francis' interpretation of Genesis in his encyclical on caring for creation, Laudato Si', Goodwin said Francis 'calls us to remember the human face of the climate crisis. He (Pope Francis) writes that we are faced with one complex crisis, which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time, protecting nature,' Goodwin said."


Do you not see the problem when religious agitators, church organizations, and even the Jesuits begin pressuring our politicians? There is a "faith-driven" climate agenda called Laudato Si' that is being pushed in our US Congress. Jesuits are using their influence to lobby political leaders by urging them to adopt Laudato Si'. They are petitioning policymakers, including members of Congress, their staff, and government officials, to follow the Pope's message on the environment.

Here is the real problem and fulfillment of what we are seeing today:

 "The church appeals to the strong arm of civil power, and, in this work, papists and Protestants unite" (Great Controversy, p. 607).

"Political corruption is destroying love of justice and regard for truth; and even in free America, rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance" (Great Controversy, p. 592).

"To secure popularity and patronage, legislators will yield to the demand for Sunday laws. But those who fear God, cannot accept an institution that violates a precept of the Decalogue" (Prophets and Kings, p. 605).


Rome is working tirelessly to spread Catholic social doctrine, her wine, throughout the world. Her Jesuits are about to strike a decisive blow against our liberties. How blind are the Protestant and political worlds to come together to help her achieve her goal? In this moment of great urgency, as Roman Catholics around the world lobby for global climate change and a Sunday law, Laudato Si, may we also rise up and fulfill our work of spreading the Three Angels' Message.

There will be two clear voices being heard as we enter the final crisis. Rome's clear call that Sunday is the solution to saving the planet and the warning message found in the Third Angel's Message against the mark of the beast. God will always have a people who will step up in every crisis to meet the challenge. Praise God!

There you have it. Catholic and Protestant politicians and leaders conspiring to legislatively establish Roman Catholic teaching and policy, over an above the will of the people. Effectively bypassing our Constitutional and supposed representative form of government. They represent Babylon the Great, not the American people. Controlling all three branches of our government created to maintain a balance of power, with their traitorous minions occupying both political parties.

Amo

https://thepeoplesvoice.tv/louisiana-supreme-court-rules-pedophile-priests-have-property-right-not-to-be-sued-for-raping-children/

Quoted article below from link above.

QuotePedophile Priests Have 'Property Right' Not To Be Sued For Raping Children Rules Louisiana Supreme Court

The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that children sexually molested by pedophile priests cannot sue their abusers due to "property rights."

The court ruled 4-3 that it's the due process rights of priests and their enablers to not be held accountable in instances of sexual assault.

The case, Bienvenu v. Diocese of Lafayette, was brought by Douglas Bienvenu and several other plaintiffs who were molested by a notorious Catholic priest during the 1970s when they were between the ages of 8 and 14.

However, in its decision, the court ruled that even though the facts were indisputable, the pedophile priest—and the Catholic Church—is protected under the U.S. Constitution's due process clause, which says that no one shall be "deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law."

Per the New Republic:

"Given these constitutional limitations, the issue presented by this case turns on whether the revival provisions operate to disturb defendants' vested rights," wrote Louisiana Justice James Genovese, specifying that "we are constrained to find the statutory enactment is contrary to the due process protections enshrined in our constitution and must yield to that supreme law."

The Louisiana Child Victims Act, according to the court, "cannot be retroactively applied to revive plaintiffs' prescribed causes of action" on the basis that such an action would "divest defendants of their vested right to plead prescription."

The Louisiana legislature passed the act in 2021 to establish a "look-back" window for sexual assault victims.

The legislation provided victims of sexual abuse crimes from any period with an opportunity to pursue justice against their alleged abusers, so long as they filed their lawsuits before June 2024.

But the  court effectively ruled that the look-back window was actually unconstitutional.

Louisiana is not the only state to repeal such a law. Courts in Utah and Colorado also found similar look-back windows to be unconstitutional, and other windows across the country continue to be challenged due to the complications of prosecuting crimes with minimal evidence and which may have taken place decades in the past.


Meanwhile, pedophile priests continue to enjoy protection by the Vatican.

Pope Francis has compared people who accuse Catholic bishops of sex crimes and cover-ups to Satan, while claiming these whistleblowers are only seeking to "unveil sins" in order to "scandalize people."

Victim blaming at it's finest.


Amo

http://adventmessenger.org/inspired-by-pope-francis-the-muslim-world-just-released-their-own-version-of-laudato-si-for-islam/

Quoted article below from link above.

QuoteInspired by Pope Francis, the Muslim World Just Released Their Own Version of Laudato Si' for Islam

Rome's influence continues to have a global impact as it works to close the gap between itself and all other religions. For decades, the Vatican has been trying to form a geopolitical and religious alliance with all different segments of society around the world. The plan is taking shape as Muslims have not only adopted Roman Catholic initiatives; they are also advancing them and giving their power and strength unto the beast of Bible prophecy.

According to an article published by NOLA Media Group on April 21, 2024, the Muslim world has adopted their own version of Laudato Si' called "Al-Mizan," which, according to the Roman Catholic leaders, is in line with and a counterpart to the Pope's encyclical. Truly, the world is coming together as one.

NOLA Media Group published the following:

• "When Pope Francis released his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si', in 2015, Muslims, Hindus and other faith leaders joined Christians in dialogues in response to the pontiff's powerful call to tend to climate change as a matter of faith. Now, nine years later, Islamic leaders have released a counterpart to the Vatican document."

• "The document was drafted by scholars and members of leading Islamic organizations, including the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences and Uskudar University in Istanbul."

• "Christian leaders said the document struck a balance between the Islamic worldview and the Christian perspective, particularly that of the Catholic Church."

• "In many ways, 'Al-Mizan' is the Islamic equivalent to 'Laudato Si',' the encyclical of Pope Francis, and more recently, the 'Laudate Deum,' a follow-up document," Catholic Archbishop Hubertus van Megen, the apostolic nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan, told those gathered for the announcement. 'Al-Mizan,' although building entirely on its own profound Islamic tradition, resonates in many ways the teachings of 'Laudato Si'."

• "In fact, I would like to invite all of you to read them in tandem, as they raise together a harmonious song of praise, who is the creator of the universe," said van Megen."


Laudato Si' is the foundation for the coming solidarity between Islam and Catholicism. Rome's common ground philosophy, as defined in Laudato Si', is what binds even the Protestant world to her. As Rome's power and influence grows around the world, she will soon be able to implement any political or economic strategy that furthers her goals and aspirations. Rome is positioning herself to be the main negotiator and mediator on social and political issues, above all others. This is exactly what the prophecy predicts.

"And all the world wondered after the beast." Revelation 13:3.

The Catholic crusades against Muslims are over, and Rome has come out on top. With 1.9 billion adherents, Islam has impeded the Pope's aspirations to rule the world. Not anymore. Today, we are witnessing, in real time, how the Mohammedans are being led into captivity by Rome. Truly, the whole world is wondering after the beast! That is precisely what we are seeing today. The prophecies of Revelation Chapters 13, 17, and 18 are taking shape, and this should make us aware of the signs of the times. The end is near.

Prophecy warns us that when we see the great religious bodies uniting, this act will precede the final conflict in the great controversy. In this conflict, God's people cannot be neutral or ecumenical. Our message is more important now than it has ever been. In fact, the closer we get to the end of time, the more spiritually significant the Third Angel's Message becomes.

Amo

http://adventmessenger.org/wake-up-america-wake-up-world/

Quoted article below from link above.

QuoteWake Up America, Wake Up World

Paul Blanshard was one of the most outspoken, far-reaching critics of Catholic power in American society. He was an American author, public official, lawyer, and political activist. His uncompromising criticism—yea, exposure—of the Catholic campaign to overtake America was met with ridicule and accusations of being anti-Catholic. He was assailed as a Catholic basher and troublemaker.

His book, American Freedom and Catholic Power, is perhaps his most comprehensive treatment of the impact, goals, and objectives of Roman Catholicism in America. In it, Blanshard not only delineates the focused determination of the church's hierarchy to rule America, but he also sounded a clarion call for the nation to be more aware of the inroads of this most formidable foe of our civil and religious liberties. He writes: "There is no Catholic plan for America distinct from the Catholic plan for the world. The hierarchy's techniques of promotion vary from country to country, but the masterplan is only one plan, and the world-wide strategy is directed from Rome. In a Catholic world, every national government would establish the Roman Catholic Church in a unique position of privilege, and support its teachers and priests out of public revenues. This is what the Holy See has always demanded in every country where it has had the power to support the demand with reasonable strength" (Paul Blanshard, American Freedom and Catholic Power, p. 269–270).

Blanshard was certainly not the first to sound this alarm. Thomas Maley Harris, physician, politician, Army General, and member of the military commission that tried the Lincoln Conspirators, emphasized the threats of the Roman Papacy to our blood-bought freedoms in his long-forgotten masterpiece, Rome's Responsibility for the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Harris provided incontrovertible evidence that the Jesuit Order, the most cruel, unscrupulous, deceptive, and powerful champions of popery, conspired to eliminate the one who engineered the end of the civil war and bequeathed to the nation tangible hopes of a more perfect union.

General Harris writes: "It [the Roman Papacy] is, in fact, only a compact, well-organized, and powerful political machine, wielded in the interest of the greatest despotism that has ever cursed the earth. "If any man have not the spirit of Christ he is none of His;" and if this organization has not the spirit of Christ, it is not a church of Christ. That it is not animated by the Christ spirit is clearly manifest".

He continued: "It has never manifested the spirit of Christ in all of its past history, and so is not a Christian church at all; and as it has always been grasping after temporal power, and civil domination, and is now, as it always has been, laboring for civil supremacy all over the world, we are surely warranted in calling it a huge and dangerous political machine, that has stolen the livery of heaven to enable it the more effectually to serve the Devil; and the more easily to deceive and enslave mankind).

He concluded: "But are our institutions in danger from this foe? Have we any cause for alarm? Is it necessary that we should sound the trumpet throughout the length and breadth of our land, and muster the hosts of freedom for the conflict? Yes, my fellow countrymen; there is cause for alarm, there is real danger in the immediate situation" (Thomas M. Harris, Rome's Responsibility for the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln). If there was a danger in Harris' time, then today we are undoubtedly standing on the precipice of a catastrophe that neither mind can imagine nor pen can portray.

The Biblical prophet Daniel foretold: " And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book" (Daniel 12:1). It is not too difficult to conjecture that the world is on the brink of a stupendous crisis, and the Roman power is involved in every aspect.

We are living in rather troubling times, aren't we? There are wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes and tsunamis, pestilences, uncertain economic times, killings of innocent babies, moral declension, and a host of other atrocities too numerous to mention. It is exactly as our Savior predicted it would be just before He returns. But then He added: "All these are the beginning of sorrows" (Matthew 24:8). In colloquial terms, "we ain't seen nothing yet". The worst is yet to come...but praise God, beyond that, the BEST is yet to come.

But what about America? What is her position, and what role is she playing in this universal malaise of conflict, confusion, and uncertainty?

The Pilgrims had landed at Plymouth Rock. This band of religious enthusiasts was fleeing the persecution of the church-state union that reigned throughout Europe. Sadly, however, they implemented the same policies of their former persecutors on the shores of their new-found home. Those who did not go along with their religious tenets were persecuted, harassed, and killed by the civic authorities for not following the doctrines of the church. Just as it was in the Old World, one of those doctrines was going to church on Sunday ... Sunday sacredness.

But there arose one from among them who vehemently disagreed with that concept. His name was Roger Williams, and this is what he said: "An enforced uniformity of religion throughout a nation or civil state confounds the civil and religious, denies the principles of Christianity and civility, and that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh." (1644, Roger Williams,founder of Rhode Island, The Bloody Tenet of Persecution for Cause of Conscience).

Moving a little closer, we see a band of revolutionaries, no doubt influenced and inspired by the sentiments of Roger Williams, organized to cast off the yoke of the European church/state enterprise that controlled the lives of the people for more than 100 years. They would eventually not only succeed in their rebellion to separate from that system of tyranny, but they would also establish a country that would be founded on a completely different sort of principle.

Expressed in their founding documents is the foundational principle that would be the source of the nation's strength and power for as long as it exists—the separation of church and state...a country without a king and a church without a pope: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances" (1st Amendment of the US Constitution).

Republicanism: (no, not the Republican Party) a government of the people, by the people, and for the people where the majority rules with respect for minority rights was the underlying idea. Though it is not perfect, it has served us well for almost 250 years. It would become a beacon of hope for millions around the world.

Here is a thought of one of the originators of that document and the country it birthed: "The experience of the United States is a happy disproof of the error so long rooted in the unenlightened minds of well-meaning Christians, as well as in the corrupt hearts of persecuting usurpers, that without legal incorporation of religious and civil polity, neither could be supported. A mutual independence is found most friendly to practical religion, to social harmony, and to political prosperity" (James Madison, Letter to F.L. Schaeffer, December 3, 1821).

In our not-too-distant past, we see a man by the name of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. He was the great grandson of one of those families that fled the continent of Europe to establish a better life for themselves in the land born out of the conviction of Roger Williams and solidified by James Madison and the Revolutionary Founding Fathers of this great nation we call the United States of America.

JFK was a gentleman, a war hero, and raised in a culture of public service. He wanted to run for president, the highest elected office in the land of the free and home of the brave. But he had a problem. He was a Roman Catholic. Americans, ever since the days of its founding, knowing well the true nature of the European Ecclesiastical Establishment, had educated their children to abhor popery (not individual Roman Catholics), but the hierarchy was characterized by its usurpation of civil and religious liberties. It's the system from which millions fled to the new world in order to worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences.

In his quest for the presidency, young Mr. Kennedy had to convince the leading ministers of the land that he would not rule the nation based on the principles of his Church's hierarchy. And indeed, he did. In his most memorable speech given to those ministers gathered in Houston, Texas, on September 12, 1960, the aspiring president declared: "I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish; where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source; where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials; and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all." Unfortunately, after becoming president, he was brutally mowed down by an assassin's bullet before an onlooking world. Had he lived and his ideas prevailed, perhaps we would not be in the cultural and political conundrum in which we are emersed in today.

But how far have we come? Leading ministers, both Protestant and Catholic, are striving in cooperation with the state to impose their will upon the people. Historical and spiritual amnesia have steeped in, and large swats of the populace are fighting against and denying the foundational principle that has sustained the republic. Consequently, the church and state are having a love affair that has not been seen since the Dark Ages, when untold millions were slaughtered by the state for not abiding by the dogmas and doctrines of the European Church and State Establishment.

Right versus Left and Calls for Unity: But at what Cost?

Looking to the right, we are witnessing with increased rapidity the demand for, and denial of, legislative and judicial initiatives to discredit the bedrock of the American Experiment, the separation of church and state. Central to the Religious Right's enthrallment of church and state union is their obsession with the legal implementation of Sunday as the designated day of worship. In their now well-publicized, concise plan for the destruction of the greatest experiment in human civilization, Project 2025, pops up this mind-boggling statement: "Sabbath Rest. God ordained the Sabbath as a day of rest, and until very recently the Judeo-Christian tradition sought to honor that mandate by moral and legal regulation of work on that day. God ordained the Sabbath as a day of rest, and until very recently the Judeo-Christian tradition sought to honor that mandate by moral and legal regulation of work on that day" (Project 2025, Mandate for Leadership, p. 589).

Coming from a slightly different perspective, the Church of Rome is unabashedly bold in its call for Sunday rest. Pope Francis declared: "On Sunday, our participation in the Eucharist has special importance. Sunday, like the Jewish Sabbath, is meant to be a day which heals our relationships with God, with ourselves, with others and with the world. Sunday is the day of the Resurrection, the "first day" of the new creation, whose first fruits are the Lord's risen humanity, the pledge of the final transfiguration of all created reality. It also proclaims "man's eternal rest in God" ... And so the day of rest, centered on the Eucharist, sheds it light on the whole week, and motivates us to greater concern for nature and the poor" (Laudato Si', Section 237).

The Muslim world is in agreement with Francis' objectives as laid out in Laudato Si. So much so that they launched their own version of the pope's vision. A leading Muslim cleric declared: "In many ways, 'Al-Mizan' is the Islamic equivalent to 'Laudato Si',' the encyclical of Pope Francis, and more recently, the 'Laudate Deum,' a follow-up document," Catholic Archbishop Hubertus van Megen, the apostolic nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan, told those gathered for the announcement. "'Al-Mizan,' although building entirely on its own profound Islamic tradition, resonates in many ways the teachings of 'Laudato Si'.'

Turning to the so-called woke left, though the cultural, political, and religious enemy of the Religious Right with its promotion of Christian Nationalism, is the warm embrace and fervent promotion of Pope Francis' agenda for universal Sunday sacredness. This is presented to the world in the trojan horse called climate change. It is simply a matter of time before the common ground of Sunday exaltation brings the right and the left together in some semblance of unity. But the result will be magnanimous, and the cost will be incalculable. Sadly, when that happens, there will be no American institution standing to mitigate the damage. Harris' and Blanshard's fears will have become a living reality.

Besides Harris Blanshard and other true American patriots, Rome's plan for America and the rest of the world is vividly portrayed by the nineteenth century Bible commentator, whom the Smithsonian Institute described as one of the most widely-read American authors. In her classic, The Great Controversy, depicting Rome's religious and political intrigue of the past, present, and future, she writes: "Romanism as a system is no more in harmony with the gospel of Christ now than at any former period in her history. The Protestant churches are in great darkness, or they would discern the signs of the times. The Roman Church is far-reaching in her plans and modes of operation. She is employing every device to extend her influence and increase her power in preparation for a fierce and determined conflict to regain control of the world, to re-establish persecution, and to undo all that Protestantism has done. Catholicism is gaining ground upon every side" (Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 565–566).

As you look around the American landscape, the question that must be seriously addressed is: What part is the Roman Church playing in the now not-so-obvious systematic mortal attack on the American Experiment, a form of government she so passionately hates? The salvos are coming from both public and private silos. Is a conspiracy against Washington's Great Experiment being manifested before our eyes?

In a recent article in the popular online political journal Politico, journalist Heidi Przybyla reports on the intriguing relationship between Donald Trump, his three Roman Catholic Supreme Justices, and the man who made it all possible, Leonard Leo. Leo is a staunch Roman Catholic who is extremely influential and a consequential player in governmental spaces in Washington, D.C. The very respected journalist was brutally attacked by Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Barron for her investigation and expose of Leonard Leo, an ardent supporter of the religious right and its agenda to destroy America.

Historian and political commentator Steve Schmidt responded to the Bishop's attack on his [Schmidt's] Substack page: "Why is Bishop Robert Barron, a Catholic prelate with a huge social media presence, and Leonard Leo targeting an investigative journalist? I explain the strange story of why His Excellency is bearing false witness against Politico's Heidi Przybyla after she spoke out against Christian nationalism. I warn that this is a demagogic attack. Politicians with clerical collars have historically been very dangerous people. And Bishop Barron, speaking of danger, seems like someone we all ought to keep an eye on". Schmidt goes on to explain the seriousness of the threat posed by the rapidly developing love affair between the Religious Right and the policies of certain powerful political institutions and personalities.

This threat to the American way of life in particular and to democracy in general is real. The upcoming presidential election, regardless of who prevails, will not change the trajectory of the downward spiral from democracy to authoritarianism. The pace may be slower or exponentially accelerated, depending on who is the victor. Either way, physical conflict is inevitable. Ironically, the plan for supposed unity is also well laid out.

American Leads the Way

Unfortunately, the vast majority of the earth's inhabitants, even though we are all involved, are oblivious to the true nature of this conflict of apocalyptic proportions. Even fewer are prepared for what is about to come upon this world as an overwhelming surprise. While men and women are engrossed in the cares of this world and are consumed with the challenges of day-to-day survival, events are being orchestrated that, while promising peace, safety, and unity, will result in chaos, confusion, unmitigated tyranny, and slaughter beyond the human imagination.

Influential, knowledgeable, and perceptive political commentators such as Steve Schmidt, Stephen Beschloss, Mark Elias, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, and others have clearly identified the danger and continue to comment responsibly on the threat of democracy that a Donald Trump presidency poses. Time magazine in its recent edition, If He Wins, focuses on the very likely scenario of a Donald Trump presidency and serves up the actual words of the man who would radically change America and the course of world history in a manner that would make it patently unrecognizable from what we know it today. Trump makes no qualms about letting everyone know what his plans are for America and, by extension, the world. They are frightening and should cause every sober-thinking citizen on planet Earth to shudder.

It must be clearly understood, however, that unlike despots of old, the prominence of the tyrant represents a far more sinister, cruel, and nefarious movement of which he or she is the face. So it is with Donald Trump. The danger with the Trump movement is that no one seems to suspect nor understand the true force and determined focus of the engine that propels Trump. James Carville, a political strategist and senior advisor to the presidential campaign of former President Bill Clinton, became famous for the line that many agree propelled Clinton to the White House. It was simply: "It's the economy, stupid." In this crucial moment of American and world history, we need to consider: "It it their religion, stupid".

Paul Blanshard, General Mealy Harris, and Ellen G. White, coming from a purely Biblical perspective, had it right. They were not hateful alarmists; but were rather given insight into the modus operandi of the greatest threat to civil and religious liberty around the world.

Malachi Martin, a late Jesuit scholar, gives some insight on what is percolating on the horizon in his volume, THE KEYS OF THIS BLOOD. In his expose of the Vatican's plan to take control of the world in a three-way competition (capitalism, communism, and Catholicism), Martin concluded: "It is not too much to say that the chosen purpose of John Paul's Pontificate—the engine that drives his papal grand policy and that determines his day-to-day, year-to-year strategies—is to be the victor in that competition ... well on the way"(Malachi Martin, Keys of This Blood, p. 15)

Further, the late Dr. John W. Robbins, a Presbyterian minister and authority on Roman Catholicism, made this bold assertion: "The Roman church/state is a hybrid, a monster of ecclesiastical and political power. Its political thought is totalitarian, and whenever it has had the opportunity to apply its principles, the result has been bloody repression. If during the last 30 years it has softened its assertions of full, supreme, and irresponsible power and has murdered fewer people than before; such changes of behavior are not due to a change in its ideas but to a change in circumstances ... it is only when the Roman church/state faced public opinion that disapproved of church/state sanctioned murder, that it slowed its persecutions and attempted to speak with a voice  less bloodthirsty.

The Roman church/state in the 20th century, however, is an institution recovering from a deadly wound. If and when it regains its full power and authority, it will impose a regime more sinister than any the planet has ever seen" (Ecclesiastical Megalomania, Dr. John W. Robbins, page 195). That oft-despised and neglected book foretold it all.

There is no going back to where things were. Our Lord foretells that when they shall say peace and safety sudden destruction shall come. Our ONLY way of escape is in Jesus Christ.

Wake up America, Wake up world.


Amo

http://adventmessenger.org/pope-francis-says-that-governments-must-coerce-their-citizens-to-adopt-laudato-si-climate-solutions/

Quoted article below from link above.

QuotePope Francis Says that Governments Must Coerce Their Citizens to Adopt Laudato Si' Climate Solutions

"The Christian world will learn what Romanism is when it is too late to escape the snare" (Great Controversy, p. 397).

There can no longer be any doubt about Pope Francis' intentions. The Pope is advocating using the strong arm of the state to step in and impose the climate policies of Laudato Si'. He is calling on society to "exert healthy pressure" and take action in order to adopt his climate solutions. In essence, Pope Francis is urging the state to enforce the church's teaching in an effort to unite political and religious powers into one common vision and mission. According to the Pope, the world's problems will be solved through Laudato Si' coercion.

On May 3, 2024, Vatican News published part of an interview that Pope Francis conducted with Roberto Pacilio of La Freccia Magazine. During the interview, Pacilio questioned Pope Francis about whether he thought governments had done enough ever since the 2015 publication of his encyclical Laudato Si'. Pope Francis responded emphatically, stating that the reason he published Laudate Deum, his second climate change document, was because of government inaction. Then he said that in order to get people to change their lifestyles and follow environmental policies, society needs to "exert healthy pressure."

Vatican News published the following:

"A healthy pressure from society for respect for Creation – With children we can also learn to relate to Creation, something that is often difficult for adults. The Pope invites us to "grow without losing simplicity". That of a child, "is not the same as that of a young person or an adult", he states: "We must all be simple, but according to our age."

• "The theme, naturally, refers to Laudato Si', the social Encyclical on the care of our Common Home. 'How much did governments do after your cry of alarm launched in 2015 in defense of the Earth and the environment?' asks Pacilio."

• "They didn't do enough", responds the Pope, explaining that this is precisely the meaning of the Apostolic Exhortation Laudate Deum , eight years after Laudato Si'. "The crisis – adds the Pontiff – requires the involvement of everyone: the whole of society must exert healthy pressure, as it is up to each family to think that the future of their own sons and daughters is at stake."


Exerting "healthy pressure?" This is just another way of saying "government coercion." We are witnessing another example of how Rome is doing a wonderful job of working to undermine our faith and freedoms. We have both religious and state leaders who are drunk on political power and are seeking to control every aspect of our lives. Under the pretext of "keeping people safe," we will soon once again see our constitutional freedoms suspended.

All this is leading to the criminalization of those who will not blindly accept Rome's climate propaganda. Power corrupts, but the power of church and state corrupts even faster. Our hope and trust must be in God and not in any church-state unions with their dictators, who are using the so-called climate crisis to gain all the power and control they can. These church-state partnerships that are created to monitor and police the "common good" are extremely dangerous to our civil and religious liberties.

"The Roman Catholic principles will be taken under the care and protection of the State. This national apostasy will speedily be followed by national ruin" (General Conference Bulletin, January 1, 1900).

"The Roman Church is far-reaching in her plans and modes of operation. She is employing every device to extend her influence and increase her power in preparation for a fierce and determined conflict to regain control of the world, to re-establish persecution, and to undo all that Protestantism has done" (Signs of the Times, June 30, 1898).


Amo

My pleasure. Glad there are many others out there keeping up with what is going on. Just to much to keep up with.

Amo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQkTcXn9TS0

Check out this Tucker video, and observe the following concerning Georgetown University.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgetown_University

QuoteGeorgetown University is a private Jesuit research university in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., United States. Founded by Bishop John Carroll in 1789,[c] it is the oldest Catholic institution of higher education in the United States and the nation's first federally chartered university.....

Rella

Quote from: Amo on Sat May 18, 2024 - 19:59:08https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQkTcXn9TS0

Check out this Tucker video, and observe the following concerning Georgetown University.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgetown_University


Yep...

28 Georgetown Alumni and Faculty Will Serve in 118th U.S. Congress
Date Published: December 8, 2022

More than two dozen Georgetown alumni and faculty will be sworn into the 118th U.S. Congress the first week in January, continuing the university's long legacy of alumni serving the public.

Notable alumni include 32 Rhodes Scholars, 46 Marshall Scholars, 33 Truman Scholars, 543 Fulbright Scholars, eight living billionaires, 25 U.S. governors, two U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and two U.S. Presidents, as well as international royalty and more than a dozen foreign heads of state. Georgetown has educated more U.S. diplomats than any other university, as well as many American politicians and civil servants.

Lyndon B. Johnson
School: Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Texas State University) (undergraduate), Georgetown University Law Center (did not graduate)

Bill Clinton
Schools: Georgetown University (undergraduate), Oxford University (Rhodes Scholarship), Yale University (law school)

Amo

Quote from: Rella on Sun May 19, 2024 - 13:05:53Yep...

28 Georgetown Alumni and Faculty Will Serve in 118th U.S. Congress
Date Published: December 8, 2022

More than two dozen Georgetown alumni and faculty will be sworn into the 118th U.S. Congress the first week in January, continuing the university's long legacy of alumni serving the public.

Notable alumni include 32 Rhodes Scholars, 46 Marshall Scholars, 33 Truman Scholars, 543 Fulbright Scholars, eight living billionaires, 25 U.S. governors, two U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and two U.S. Presidents, as well as international royalty and more than a dozen foreign heads of state. Georgetown has educated more U.S. diplomats than any other university, as well as many American politicians and civil servants.

Lyndon B. Johnson
School: Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Texas State University) (undergraduate), Georgetown University Law Center (did not graduate)

Bill Clinton
Schools: Georgetown University (undergraduate), Oxford University (Rhodes Scholarship), Yale University (law school)

And yet the world and media just can't understand what is happening to our country. Serving our country? Not! They serve  Rome and the globalists.

Amo


Amo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7fV1KOcR7U

Interesting news clip regarding the Vatican's relations with Adolf Hitler and the Nazi's. Of course after waiting over fifty years for the Vatican to release documents related to the same, the most damaging evidences were no doubt gleaned long before this release. Interesting to note as well, that the Vatican only stuck up for the Jews who had converted to Catholicism, when the Nazi's came for them in Rome. The rest died in Nazi prison camps of death, whose lives the Pope declined to protest for.

Amo

http://adventmessenger.org/cnn-says-that-pope-francis-will-use-his-power-to-urge-g7-leaders-to-pass-regulations-and-binding-international-treaties/

Article below from link above.

CNN Says that Pope Francis Will Use His "Power" to Urge G7 Leaders to Pass Regulations and Binding International Treaties

On Friday, June 14, 2024, Pope Francis will address the world's seven most powerful nations. According to CNN, the Pope will be at the "heart of the discussions" as he attempts to influence international cooperation among the world's leading economies. CNN published an article titled "Why Pope Francis Thinks the Church Should Play a Part in World Leaders' Debate on AI." The answer is obvious. According to Bible prophecy, the woman riding the beast in Revelation 17 will play an important role in everything that happens under the sun.

CNN reported the following:

• "This week, the pope is due to make an historic intervention in the debate around AI at the G7 summit in southern Italy's Puglia region. On Friday, Francis will become the first pope to participate in the summit of leaders from the world's most advanced economies."

"The 87-year-old pontiff is determined to use the soft power of his office to try to ensure that the development of AI serves humanity and does not turn into a 21st-century Frankenstein's monster."

• "At the G7 summit, the pope is expected to urge world leaders to work together on the regulation of AI, echoing his call at the end of last year for a "binding international treaty" to prevent harmful practices and encourage the best ones."

"Giorgia Meloni, Italy's prime minister, has said she believes the pope's presence in Puglia "will give a decisive contribution to drawing up an ethical and cultural regulatory framework" for AI."

"While in Puglia, Francis will have the chance to talk directly with decision-makers, and his decision underlines the pope's vision of a Church that engages with the world rather than retreating from it."

"His decision to attend the G7 summit indicates he wants the Church to be at the heart of discussions about how this change unfolds, and to help ensure that new technology can benefit the whole of humanity."


Once we give access and allow the papacy to become involved in helping the nations pass international laws, we will have reached a point of no return, with irreversible consequences. The decision to invite the Pope of Rome to attend the G7 meetings for the first time will have far-reaching and unforeseen implications. We are "crossing the Rubicon" and opening "Pandora's Box." These metaphors emphasize the fact that once Rome gets her foot in the door and gains privileged access to influence our world leaders, it will be nearly impossible to reverse course because the Vatican has been fighting to reclaim the power it lost in 1798.

The deadly wound is healing, and it will continue to do so. This describes the papacy's influence and admiration among global leaders. Soon, Rome will not just be calling for the implementation of international laws and treaties for AI, but also for Sunday laws. Italy's prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, stated that the Pope's presence at the G7 meetings will "make a decisive contribution" to persuading global leaders to act. Brothers and sisters, the universal recognition of Rome as the key political, economic, environmental, and religious player is one of the great signs that we are now living in the final period of this earth's history.

President Joe Biden, representing the United States, the second beast of Revelation, will also be present alongside the Pope. When Rome and the United States collaborate to pass international laws on AI, you know what is coming next. Rome's motives for sitting at the table with the world's most powerful political leaders, including those of the United States, only bring us closer to fulfilling the prophecies of Revelation 13.

"And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed." Revelation 13:12.

"The agencies of evil are combining their forces and consolidating. They are strengthening for the last great crisis. Great changes are soon to take place in our world, and the final movements will be rapid ones" (Testimonies, Vol. 9, p. 11).

Amo

http://adventmessenger.org/pope-francis-wants-roman-catholic-teaching-to-govern-the-financial-industry/

Article below from link above.

Pope Francis wants Roman Catholic Teaching to Govern the Financial Industry

Not only is the Vatican seeking to influence the political, religious, and business worlds; not only is the Pope admired and praised with royal receptions everywhere he travels, but now the Bishop of Rome is calling for the financial sectors of our world to be guided by the church's magisterium, the official teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church.

According to the Vatican Press Office, Pope Francis expressed the following to financial leaders on June 3, 2024, at an event organized by the Vatican called "Dialogue for a Fully Sustainable Finance":

• "I greet the president, the members of the Centesimus Annus Foundation, and those who are participating in the Dialogues it has organized in collaboration with Prospera-Progetto Speranza. I read with interest the results of the work you have been carrying out in these two years, in order to launch a dialogue between finance, humanism and religion."

• "I was struck by the primary aim you have set yourselves: namely, to reason together with the upper echelons of the world of finance on the possibility that the commitment to do well and the commitment to do good can go hand in hand. In other words, you have set yourselves a noble task: to combine effectiveness and efficiency with integral sustainability, inclusion and ethics. You rightly say that your belief is that the Church's social magisterium can be a compass. For this to actually happen, it is necessary not to stop at the exhortatory moment, but to be able to look at the functioning of finance, to expose weaknesses and imagine concrete corrective measures."

• "The work you have done in Milan is encouraging, and perhaps it might be a good thing to extend it to other financial centers, promoting a model of Dialogue that spreads and engenders a paradigm shift. Indeed, the technocratic paradigm remains dominant; there is a need for a new culture, capable of making room for a suitably solid ethics, culture and spirituality (cf. Encyclical Letter Laudato Si', 105)."

• "Thank you for the work you have done and are doing. Thank you to Centesimus Annus for its initiative. I encourage you to continue and to spread this method and this style. Dialogue is always the best way, also to improve the common home. I bless you and I ask you to pray for me. Thank you."


Bible prophecy has described this same type of financial model as existing during the last days. In the book of Revelation, a power is presented that is cunning, will play a role in the affairs of the nations, and will devise a plan of enrichment to dominate the world:

"For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies." Revelation 18:3.

"And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." Revelation 13:17.


In the coming economy, the faithful will be deprived of participation because they refuse to drink the wine of Babylon and become entangled in her illicit relationships. As foretold in biblical prophecy, God's faithful will face intense persecution because they steadfastly refuse to compromise their faith. Their unwavering commitment to God's commandments (Revelation 12:17) will provoke hostility and opposition from the beast and its image.

"In the last great conflict of the controversy with Satan those who are loyal to God will see every earthly support cut off. Because they refuse to break His law in obedience to earthly powers, they will be forbidden to buy or sell. It will finally be decreed that they shall be put to death. See Revelation 13:11-17. But to the obedient is given the promise, 'He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.' Isaiah 33:16. By this promise the children of God will live. When the earth shall be wasted with famine, they shall be fed. 'They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.' Psalm 37:19" (Desire of Ages, p. 121).

Amo

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/joe-biden/biden-hold-private-meeting-pope-francis-g7-summit-sidelines-rcna157082

Article below from link above. All emphasis is mine.

Biden holds private meeting with Pope Francis on sidelines of G7 summit

BARI, Italy — President Joe Biden met with Pope Francis privately Friday on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Italy.

"The leaders emphasized the urgent need for an immediate ceasefire and a hostage deal to get the hostages home and address the critical humanitarian crisis in Gaza," the White House said in a readout of their meeting.

Biden also thanked Pope Francis for the Vatican's efforts to address the humanitarian impacts of the war in Ukraine, the White House said.

When asked about the meeting as he boarded Marine One, Biden gave a thumbs up and told a pool of reporters "it went well."

The pontiff became the first pope to attend G7 discussions and is choosing to focus his attention on artificial intelligence, both its technological advantages and potential dangers.

The meeting between Biden, who attends Mass weekly, and the leader of the Catholic church came days after a jury found the president's son Hunter Biden guilty of gun crimes related to his drug addiction. Biden, who frequently talks about the importance of his family and the loss of two of his children and his first wife, has pointed to his faith as having guided him through difficult times.

Biden last met with Pope Francis at the Vatican in October 2021, when the president praised him as "the most significant warrior for peace I've ever met."

The two have exchanged written messages since then, a senior administration official said.

During his interview with special counsel Robert Hur last year, Biden said he was still in touch with the pontiff during a discussion on some folders that included one labeled "Papal Visits."

"I still communicate with the pope, you know what I mean. But is it constant? No. Anyway," he said, according to the transcript released by the White House.

Later, during some crosstalk, Biden joked: "He's my ticket." As the group laughed, he replied: "That was a joke."

In Puglia, the pope is expected to have one-on-one meetings with Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelenskyy, France's Emmanuel Macron, India's Narendra Modi, Brazil's Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Canada's Justin Trudeau, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Kenya's William Ruto and Algeria's Abdelmadjid Tebboune, according to the Vatican.

While Francis, 87, has said he intends to serve in his role for as long as his health will allow, there has been some speculation about a potential transition plan for the future. One possible successor is Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, the archbishop of Bologna. Biden met with him in the Oval Office last summer, where they discussed, among other things, the Vatican's advocacy for the safe return of forcibly deported Ukrainian children.

Biden has known the pope since 2013, when then-President Barack Obama tapped the nation's first Catholic vice president to lead the American delegation to Rome for Francis' inauguration.

The president later recalled that in his first brief meeting with the newly installed pontiff, Francis embraced him and said, "You're always welcome here."

In 2015, three months after Biden's eldest son, Beau, died of brain cancer, the pope held a private audience with the president and his family before wrapping up a multiday visit to Philadelphia.

Rella


Amo

Puppet, and puppeteer. No doubt the puppet masters have been deeply concerned and disappointed with their puppets obvious cognitive decline. We see the so called "populist" right sweeping elections across Europe. I wonder what it is called when the greater part of a population votes lefty, because the left is more popular to them?

If Trump wins the "populist" right will have great opportunities to reverse the authoritarian tendencies and enactments the left has established. Then we will observe once again, either the reality of a global uni-party, or real live and effective differences. Of course as soon as Trump gets in office, he will have to use ever increasing numbers of Executive Orders to reverse Biden's power grabs. Unfortunately this authoritarian method of government has become common place, in order to swiftly combat the increasing radicalness of the left, and or right as we may well observe shortly. This in and of itself, is a sign of where we are really headed.

Amo

I was thinking earlier about our present situation with Russia, and the threat of nuclear war. What are the chances, that during the terms of our only two Roman Catholic Presidents, we would end up with the imminent threat of nuclear war with Russia? Hmmmmm? Manipulation comes to mind.

Amo

#440
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIULmTprQ6o

https://www.foxnews.com/media/tucker-carlson-biden-administration-demanding-amazon-censor-books-disagree-with

Hmmm. Second Roman Catholic President, banning books in America. Maybe other Presidents have done such as well, and I haven't heard of it. Such is downright un-American of course, though not necessarily un-Roman Catholic. As even the bible was on the papacies banned books list until the 1960's.

While the Russian Philosophers views do make sense regarding the eventual end of ultra individualism, he is wrong to include the Protestant Reformation as a contributor to his observational and predictive outcome. If Protestants had and or do stick to Sola Scriptura, ultra individualism toward total demoralizing effect, would not be possible. The superior moral guidance of holy scripture does not allow for such.

The present leadership of the papacy however, is all about equity in all things, which includes the ever increasingly immorality of the woke left. Which demands an equal voice and or influence upon society from them. As well as wealth redistribution, mass migration, the destruction of Capitalism, and so on and so forth unto the same desired end. All under the guiding influence of course, of her supposed superior moral guidance.

Amo


Amo

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/07/05/world/europe/vatican-excommunication-archbishop-carlo-maria-vigano.html

Quoted article below from link above. Emphasis is mine, my comments in blue.

QuoteVatican Excommunicates Its Former Ambassador to the U.S.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who was informed of his excommunication on Friday, has long been a vocal critic of Pope Francis.

The Vatican said on Friday that it had excommunicated Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the church's former ambassador to the United States, after finding him guilty of schism for refusing to recognize the authority of Pope Francis and the liberal reforms enacted after the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s.

Archbishop Viganò has emerged as one of the most unbridled conservative critics of Francis, calling him in public statements a "false prophet" and a "servant of Satan," while embracing right-wing conspiracy theories and lauding former President Donald J. Trump.

Though excommunicated, Archbishop Viganò will be able to keep his title, but he will not be allowed to celebrate Mass, receive or administer sacraments and hold official positions within the church's hierarchy.

Writing on X, formerly Twitter, on Friday, Archbishop Viganò published the full text of the decision against him by the Vatican's doctrinal office, which warned that he risked other punishments, including expulsion from the Roman Catholic priesthood. He called on his supporters to speak out.

The decision cited more than a dozen instances in which Archbishop Viganò had criticized or repudiated Francis or challenged the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, which the archbishop recently described in a post on a website for his foundation as an "ideological, theological, moral and liturgical cancer."

In 2015, when he was the Vatican's ambassador to the United States, the archbishop invited a critic of gay rights to greet the pope in Washington, challenging Francis' message of inclusivity. At the time, the Vatican said it had been blindsided by the archbishop, and his standing at the Vatican began to deteriorate.

In 2018, he wrote a 7,000-word letter calling for the pope to resign, accusing Francis and Vatican officials before him of covering up sexual abuse by an American cardinal. The bombshell accusations, which were published when Francis was on a mission to Ireland issuing wrenching apologies for clerical sexual abuse scandals, amounted to an extraordinary public declaration of war against Francis' papacy.

Since then, the archbishop has adopted anti-vaccine positions and blamed "deep state" forces in the West for triggering the war in Ukraine and demonizing Russia.

Robert Moynihan, the editor of a magazine on the Vatican that often communicates Archbishop Viganò's opinions, said the archbishop had been summoned to appear before the Vatican's doctrinal office on June 20, but did not come to Rome to do so. The ruling from the doctrinal office states that Archbishop Viganò was told that he had until June 28 to respond or a decision would be made in his absence.

On June 28, the archbishop published a statement on his foundation's website saying he did not recognize the authority of the tribunal "that claims to judge me, nor of its Prefect, nor of the one who appointed him."

He again attacked what he called the liberal changes in the church and accused the pope of committing a "crime against humanity" by promoting vaccines. He also condemned what he called the pope's "adherence to climate fraud" and Francis' conception of a church that was "immigrationist, eco-sustainable and gay-friendly."

According to the Vatican's decision, the court-appointed lawyer for Archbishop Viganò had argued that the archbishop had accrued a "sound reputation" over the decades for his work as a top-ranking official in the Vatican, and then as the Vatican's ambassador to the United States.

The Vatican employs excommunications as a means to persuade the transgressor to reconcile with the church. The archbishop's lawyer argued that excommunication would not help the archbishop to reconcile, adding that instead "imposing such a censure" on the archbishop "would be a fruitless act and would only serve to inflame an already divided public opinion."

Francis has also punished other outspoken right-wing clergy. The Rev. Frank Pavone, an American who led the group Priests for Life, was defrocked in 2022, and Cardinal Raymond Burke, a leading figure for Catholic traditionalists who believed Francis was diluting doctrine, was evicted from his subsidized Vatican apartment last year, according to reports.

Last year, Francis also fired Bishop Joseph Strickland, one of his loudest American critics within the church, from the governance of his diocese in Tyler, Texas. Among other criticisms of the papacy, Bishop Strickland had accused the pope of undermining the Catholic faith.

But excommunication is a much rarer punishment.

In 2006, the Vatican excommunicated the Zambian archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who crossed one line too many after marrying an acupuncturist in 2001 in a group wedding presided over by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. The archbishop eventually returned to the church, living in seclusion, then returned to his wife and then installed four married men as bishops in Washington. He was defrocked by the Vatican in 2009.

In 1988, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, against Pope John Paul II's orders, consecrated four bishops to help him carry on his battle to return the church to the Latin Mass and to preserve other practices rejected in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. Archbishop Lefebvre and his bishops were excommunicated.  Archbishop Lefebvre died in 1991. Pope Benedict XVI later reversed the excommunications.

Hmmmmm. Seems to be a lot of attitude in common between Vatican treatment of conservative Catholics, and our ever increasingly Catholic influenced government and media toward conservatives in general. An increasingly Catholic inhabited government, in increasing contact and closeness to the Vatican, believing and acting more and more like the Vatican.

American conservatives can certainly see how the Vatican really feels about them, and perhaps make the connection to how their increasingly Catholic run and influenced government and media feel about them as well. Or will they?

In any case, it does not appear to be a good time to be a conservative Catholic. Nor a conservative American apparently. Nevertheless, it does appear that the kingdom of the north is becoming increasingly aroused toward action. The kingdom of the south may soon be overrun.


Dan 11:27 And both these kings' hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper: for yet the end shall be at the time appointed.....
40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. 41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. 42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. 44 But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.



Amo

https://www.ncronline.org/earthbeat/politics/no-longer-just-observer-vatican-looks-wield-new-status-un-climate-talks


Article below from link above. A little dated, but certainly worthy of being addressed. Emphasis is mine. My comments in blue.

QuoteNo longer just an observer, Vatican looks to wield new status in UN climate talks

When Cardinal Pietro Parolin addressed world leaders in the first days of COP27, the United Nations climate change summit held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, he did so on equal footing with the heads of state assembled before him.

The speech marked the first for the Holy See as a formal party to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change — the United Nations body that convenes the annual climate conference, facilitates international negotiations to limit and prepare for the impacts of a rapidly heating world, and oversees the Paris Agreement. With that 2015 pact, nearly every country on Earth — including, as of last month, the Vatican City State — committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

In his remarks Nov. 8 during the world leaders' summit, Parolin, the Vatican's top diplomat as secretary of state, said joining both the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris accord was an "important step" and consistent with Pope Francis' pledge in December 2020 that the Holy See will reach net-zero emissions no later than 2050.

"By acceding to the convention and the Paris Agreement, the Holy See is even more committed to moving forward on this journey together, for the common good of humanity and especially on behalf of our youth, who are looking to us to care for present and future generations," the cardinal said.

Vatican officials have signaled that the move is more than symbolic and reflects the church's intention to play a more active role in the often tense and turbulent climate negotiations that have played out for more than a quarter century to varying degrees of progress and setbacks. All the while, the planet has heated an average of 1.1 degrees Celsius and the impacts of warming are increasingly on display on every continent.

Throughout its two weeks at COP27, now nearing an uncertain conclusion, the small, eight-person Holy See delegation has met with representatives of other nations, spoken at side events and conferred with Catholics also present in Sharm el-Sheikh.

The Catholic Church has been present at past COPs, and even credited with playing a part in bringing about the landmark Paris Agreement. But the Vatican's ascension from observer state to full participant offers a new reason for hope, said David Munene, programs manager with the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa, and an official with the U.N. Environment Program.

"We now are at the same pedestal with the rest of the negotiators," he said.

On symbolism alone, the Vatican's new status is significant, added Griffin Thompson, a former climate negotiator at past COPs for the U.S. State Department in the Obama administration. But to make a bigger contribution in the climate deliberations means moving "from symbolism to substance, and for them to actually engage authentically as negotiators and see how they can change the culture within the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change."

From Rome to Paris

On Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology, the Vatican formally joined the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement. The move solidified past support for the accord into an accountable commitment to abide and meet its goals — namely, a rapid reduction of emissions over the coming decades in an effort to limit global temperature rise "well below" 2 C and preferably 1.5 C.

That day, along with hosting a screening of a new documentary on Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home," the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of Social Sciences held a high-level event to mark the Vatican's formal entry into the U.N. climate negotiations.

The participant list signaled the significance of the moment. Present were three Vatican cardinals: Parolin; Cardinal Michael Czerny, head of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development; and the dicastery's former leader Cardinal Peter Turkson, now chancellor of the science academies. Also attending were Simon Stiell, UNFCCC executive secretary; Hoesung Lee, chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world's leading climate science body; Sameh Shoukry, the Egyptian minister serving as COP27 president; and Aïssata Tall Sall, Senegal's foreign affairs minister and chair of the African Union. Other participants included top officials from climate-vulnerable island nations Fiji and Monaco, and most of the diplomatic corps to the Holy See.

A celebratory gathering, it also served as a message that the Vatican intends to become a greater contributor in climate negotiations.

Being a formal party will "allow the Holy See to take a more active role and involve itself with even more determination in the work of the COPs," said Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Vatican foreign minister, who explained the move as a step toward strengthening multilateralism and a sign that the church shares in the international responsibility to address climate change.


In an email to EarthBeat, Gallagher elaborated that the Holy See in its new position seeks to work with countries to meet their commitments to reduce emissions and adapt to climate impacts "at a time when international cooperation and institutions are in crisis."

He called the pope's voice "an essential contribution to addressing climate change" and the church's formal entry into the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement a concrete sign of Francis' "encouragement and hope."

Gallagher described the Holy See's formal contribution to COP27 as bringing the local perspectives and experiences on climate change that the church has witnessed to the larger conversation.

"This will help the Church speak with one, unified voice at the international level and to promote not only best practices but, even more importantly, the more robust, ethical, moral and spiritual framework that the negotiation desperately needs," he said.

Part of a stronger role on climate for the Vatican is also internal.

As a party to the Paris Agreement, it had to submit its own emissions reduction plan — known as a nationally determined contribution, or NDC. Without an environmental ministry, the complex process of measuring its greenhouse gas emissions and charting a path to net-zero fell to a working group between the Secretariat of State and Governorate of the Vatican City-State. That was a major reason for the Vatican's delay in joining the 2015 climate accord.

Josianne Gauthier, secretary-general of CIDSE, a network of Catholic justice organizations that regularly sends members to the U.N. climate conferences, said it was significant for the Vatican to put forward its own climate pledge at a time when some nations are backpedaling in their own commitments, amid rising energy costs and discussion at COP27 of backing away from the 1.5 temperature limit.

"It's a pretty bold move, because it's also stepping up into political space and into a diplomacy role. Where for now, the Vatican has been playing more of just a moral role, holding the principles and the values but not pushing it into commitment," she said.

This is not the first time the Vatican has joined an international agreement. It is party to a number of disarmament treaties, including those prohibiting nuclear weapons, chemical weapons and biological weapons. On the environment, the church has also signed onto the 1987 Montreal Protocol to protect the ozone layer.

Its entry into the Paris accord follows ever-more forceful calls from Francis for an urgent, seismic response from the international community in the face of human-driven climate change that is devastating regions around the world and threatens even greater catastrophe if temperature rise isn't stunted. The planet is reaching "a breaking point," the pope warned in his 2022 Season of Creation message, where he pressed for decisive action at both COP27 and the COP15 conference on biodiversity next month in Montreal.

"You can't be outside of this and be the size the Catholic Church [is], this institution that's worldwide, and not be part of this conversation," said Daughter of Wisdom Sr. Jean Quinn, executive director of UNANIMA International, a U.N.-based coalition of Catholic congregations focused on concerns of women, children, migrants and the environment.

'Crucifix and calculator'

At COP27, the Holy See delegation has prioritized what it sees as the main pillars of the Paris Agreement: mitigation, adaptation, finance, education and loss and damage.

In an address Nov. 15 to conference delegates in a meeting on the summit's draft text, which was released two days later, Archbishop Nicolas Henry Marie Denis Thévenin, apostolic nuncio to Egypt and co-head of the delegation, warned "Time is getting short."

He shared the Vatican's concerns about lack of progress on adaptation and loss and damage and stated "we have no choice but to keep 1.5°C alive" to avoid triggering dangerous tipping points. The archbishop stressed their remaining work must reflect "both urgency and responsibility for concrete and far-sighted actions to face the climate crisis, which affect too many people, especially the poorest and the most vulnerable."

Such interventions mark a change from the Holy See's participation in previous climate summits, where as an observer state it was limited to more of a consultative, lobbying role rather than having a say in final decision-making.

In that capacity, the Holy See delegation at COP21 in December 2015 carried with it a list of 10 Laudato Si'-inspired principles and proposals. Fellow delegates have credited the encyclical, issued just months beforehand by Francis who hoped it would influence the summit, with contributing momentum and a moral argument for the eventual adoption of the Paris Agreement.

In addition, the Holy See joined climate-vulnerable nations in advocating inclusion of the 1.5 C limit in the final document.

Catholic groups at COP27 hope the church's new position as a formal party, wielding not just a voice but also a vote, can yield similar breakthroughs.

"This is a great opportunity for the Church to be able to advocate in favor of the least-developed countries but which are the most victims of the climate change," said Sr. Ernestine Lalao of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, in Madagascar.

The Vatican now as a formal UNFCCC member can enter the negotiating spaces on various topics — such as mitigation, technology, finance, implementation, loss and damage — where countries debate and forge new agreements. It can also put forward its own submissions and hold interventions.

Having a seat at those negotiating tables, and enough people with expertise to fill them, is critical for the Vatican if it wants to turn the tide and culture of climate negotiations, said Thompson, who served as lead U.S. climate negotiator on technology from 2011 to 2014 and is now an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago and the University of Chicago.

"The U.S. was able to dominate negotiations because we have very good negotiators in every topic, oftentimes two or three, with support back home from other agencies," he said.

That's a luxury a lot of developing nations don't have, and a disadvantage that better-staffed nations at times exploit by stretching smaller delegations thin in order to force a compromise, said Munene.

At COP27, the Vatican delegation is among the smallest. Along with Parolin and Thévenin, it includes Caritas officials from Zambia and the United Kingdom and an Egyptian member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

In comparison, the U.S. delegation includes 136 people, while the United Arab Emirates, host nation of COP28 in 2023, brought the largest with 1,073 members, according to a provisional list of registered delegates compiled by the U.N.

Of the estimated 33,000 participants at COP27, about 16,000 are delegates, while the fossil fuel industry sent more than 600 lobbyists.

In future years, boosting the Holy See delegation, both in numbers and expertise, will be essential to have a greater impact, observers say, who suggested it draw further from Catholic development agencies and members of the pontifical science academies. With that, they said, future delegations must ensure a diverse membership that includes people with real-life experience of the ravages of climate change, along with women religious and Catholic groups working with them.

"[U.N. member states] know that it's authentic what we're seeing, because we're coming from a lived experience of the people," said Quinn, who in her ministry has witnessed the impacts of climate change on people in places like Brazil, India and the Philippines.

"If they come in with smart people who know the subject matter, and that is underscored by the moral authority of the Vatican, wow, I can't think of anything more powerful," Thompson said. "But if you just come in waving a crucifix, well, people will turn you off pretty quickly."

The "crucifix and calculator" approach, as Thompson called it, is one endorsed by Munene, as well. As the U.N. Environment Program regional facilitator for major groups and stakeholders in Africa, he works to engage African groups in conversation with world leaders and officials at the U.N. That experience, along with his work with CIDSE, has made clear the need for technical expertise and understanding of how U.N. processes operate.

"If we cannot be able to engage with the same political muscle that the other delegations are able to engage with, then we'll just be shouting values, morality, human dignity on the sidelines like we used to do," he said.

Daughter of Wisdom Sr. Jean Quinn, executive director of UNANIMA, a United Nations-based coalition of Catholic congregations focused on concerns of women, children, migrants and the environment (GSR file photo)
Daughter of Wisdom Sr. Jean Quinn, executive director of UNANIMA (GSR file photo)

Just as important as expertise is building relationships, Quinn added. From her work with U.N. member states on issues like gender and children, she is a strong believer in having dialogue with everyone, even those with opposing views, and bringing all parties together in conversation on equal footing.

"You can have all that expertise you want, but you've got to engage with people," Quinn said.

The church in climate conversations

Whatever its delegate composition, Catholic climate activists see the Vatican as uniquely positioned to play a variety of roles in the COP negotiations.

A leading one is bridge-building: between nations and civil society, countries at odds, and the historical divides between developing and developed nations present since the COPs began.

"They need to play a role in connecting certain players as well who are not speaking to each other or not participating or not seeing eye to eye," CIDSE's Gauthier said.

The global footprint of the Catholic Church, with its 1.3 billion members in virtually every country, provides an avenue to continue to engage with governments in the periods between COPs as well. While the climate summits draw the greatest attention, it's often the meetings in between where the real work occurs, Thompson said.

The church's geographic decentralization also means the Vatican is not subject to the same kinds of political pressures back home that many world leaders experience. That can allow it the freedom to stake out less popular positions more boldly, Munene said, for instance on financing for loss and damage due to climate change that has proven a major sticking point in Sharm el-Sheikh.

David Munene, programs manager for the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (Teresia Gitau)
David Munene, programs manager for the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (Teresia Gitau)

Munene said the Vatican can use its moral authority to raise questions in addition to economic losses from extreme weather as to what constitutes fair compensation when cultures and spiritually significant areas are wiped out.

Gauthier said it would send a major message if the Vatican announced its own financial contribution to a proposed loss and damage fund.

"Even a symbolic gesture like that would really put the other governments in a sense of accountability as well, that they need to contribute more because there's a real justice issue there for poorer countries," she said.

She and others agreed that the Vatican is positioned to be a voice of justice in the climate talks, and with it, lift up voices on the margins, whether through its own delegates or in partnership and alliances with island nations and others on the front lines of climate impacts.

Just by becoming a member state, the Vatican has strengthened the position of African countries, which together have contributed 3% of historical emissions, Munene said, to hold the highest polluting countries accountable to their emissions commitments.

"We can now count on and even use [the church] as a benchmark, as a yardstick, about what other states can be able to do if the Vatican is doing it already," he said.

But that also exposes one of the risks the church has taken in joining the Paris Agreement. Like other nations, its climate plan will be tracked and scrutinized. If it lags in making progress, it could come under fire, and even be used by other countries to argue that if the 110-acre Vatican City, the world's smallest country, is struggling to meet its targets on time, how can much larger territories be expected to do so?

How the Vatican progresses in meeting its 2050 net-zero goal, along with global church buy-in of its Laudato Si' Action Platform, which drew roughly 6,000 initial participating institutions and families, will be closely watched. But being able to point to such actions taken by the church further legitimizes advocacy at the international level by Catholic nongovernmental organizations, Munene added.

He and other Catholic officials who spoke to EarthBeat expected the Holy See to do more learning than leading at COP27, with perhaps its most substantial contributions coming in the months and years ahead.

"This is a historic moment for the Catholic Church, it's a historic moment for the human family, and it should signal that glimmer of hope now," Munene said. "The light that we were seeing at the end of the tunnel is not a train that is coming to run over us. It's actually the sun, the divine sun shining upon us, and Brother Sun now is illuminating our heart, and we can be hopeful again."

There you have it. The world's smallest country, which is not really a country at all, but rather the royal headquarters of the religion of Roman Catholicism. Acknowledged as a literal nation of this world by the world, detaching it completely from the Church of Jesus Christ and authentic Christianity, unto far greater power and influence by the few elites who lord themselves over the billion members plus dispersed around the globe.

Which members represent agents of subversion from within every nation they inhabit. In that, as the above article itself plainly states, these agents can support the Vatican push forward unpopular views and actions within various nations. Being disconnected from those nations themselves, and allowing their minions within said nations to help establish unpopular laws, rules, and regulations over majorities which disagree with them. Or in other words, bypassing the will of the peoples of nations, in support of Roman Catholic elitist self appointed leaders, those of like mind, and their minions the globe over. Which has already been ever increasingly going on here in this nation and abroad as the deadly wound of the Holy Roman Empire beast has been healing over time.

That is to say, as the Vatican has slowly but surely been regaining her power and influence over world leaders once again. Unto the destruction of Constitutional government by and for the people which the Church of Rome has always fought against. Being in favor herself of elitist power, control, and wealth for the few who lord themselves above all others. The surrender of national and individual sovereignty, unto subjugation to globalist elites.

Ever increasingly destabilizing and dividing the nations and peoples of the world unto controllable chaos and confusion, political paralysis of the masses, and the loss of control and power therefore of these masses over their own lives. By the continued destabilizing effects of their agenda driven mass immigrations, wealth redistribution, race, wealth, and class divisive bating, intentional political polarization, and so on, and so forth. Welcome to the resurrected Holy Roman empire beast unto the global version of the feudalist states of Europe when she lorded herself over the kings and peoples her first time around. The Holy Roman empire in bed with all the Feudalist nations and leaders of the earth, walking upon the backs of the people, who ignorantly and gladly submit to her usurped authority once again. 

At least the article closes with an acknowledgment of where her mindset really comes from. The pagan Sun god she really worships, unto collective principles forced upon all in the destruction once again of individual freedoms, liberties, and matters of conscience. Just like her true father, the father of lies, and real god which all the pagan gods only represent. So be it, as the God of holy scripture has determined and predicted.

Rev 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH...........

Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.


Amo

http://adventmessenger.org/pope-francis-appeals-to-the-ceos-of-major-banks-and-corporations-to-protect-the-earth-because-government-laws-are-moving-too-slowly/

Quoted article below from link above.

QuotePope Francis Appeals to the CEOs of Major Banks and Corporations to Protect the Earth Because Government Laws are Moving too Slowly

On June 15, 2024, Pope Francis met with the CEOs of major banks and corporations at the Vatican during a papal audience. The Pope met with these leaders because he believes they possess significant power and influence over "international public policies." The Pope expressed to the CEOs that governments are moving too slowly in passing laws to safeguard the environment; consequently, he urged the big businesses and financial institutions to "place the environment and the earth at the center of your attention and responsibility" and to push for advancements and innovations aimed at protecting our "common home."

Pope Francis addressed the following to the heads of the major banks and corporations:

• "It is with pleasure that I welcome you, the CEOs and employees of major corporations and banks."

• "Large companies are players in the dynamics of international relations. You therefore find yourselves making decisions that have an impact on thousands and thousands of workers and investors, and increasingly on a global scale. Economic power is intertwined with political power. Large corporations, in fact, in addition to consumption, savings and production choices, also condition the fate of governments, national and international public policies, and the sustainability of development."

"I invite you to place the environment and the earth at the center of your attention and responsibility. We are in a time of serious environmental crisis, which depends on many actors and factors, including the economic and business choices of yesterday and today. It is no longer enough to comply with the laws of states, which proceed too slowly: we need to innovate by anticipating the future, with courageous and far-sighted choices that can be imitated. The innovation of the entrepreneur today must first and foremost be innovation in caring for the common home."


Pope Francis is not waiting for legislatures to enact the laws that he believes should be passed. The Pope is making an appeal to people who he thinks have the ability to assist in bringing about the changes he wishes to see in the world. The Pope will move forward regardless of whether political leaders hesitate to act. It is clear that Pope Francis is fighting to transform the world to reflect the principles of his climate message, as found in Laudato Si' and Laudate Deum.

The Pope of Rome is fully engaged in his mission to interconnect the world with his moral imperative to protect the environment. He is completely focused on inspiring global action, appealing to faith communities, political powers, banks, and corporations to foster a collective response by transforming our entire world systems. This is a call to all people in positions of power to rethink and reshape the global economy in a way that is more sustainable, inclusive, and consistent with Roman Catholic social teaching.

"The agencies of evil are combining their forces and consolidating. They are strengthening for the last great crisis. Great changes are soon to take place in our world, and the final movements will be rapid ones" (Testimonies, Vol. 9 p. 11).

"The scenes to be enacted in our world are not yet even dreamed of. Satan is at work through human agencies. Those who are making an effort to change the Constitution and secure a law enforcing Sunday observance little realize what will be the result. A crisis is just upon us" (Testimonies, Vol. 5 p. 753).

Rella

Pope Francis Appeals to the CEOs of Major Banks and Corporations to Protect the Earth Because Government Laws are Moving too Slowly???

Wonder if Frankie is on X?

I have a suggestion for him.

Stop having any more popes and that pollution that comes in the form of black or white smoke for the announcement when they are voting will surly save someone's life.

Isn't that what he is concerned with....  rofl

Amo

Heb 1:10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

They should be preparing people for the end of the world when all will meet God face to face, instead of trying to control the world in order to save it from that which God has declared concerning its end. The true gospel is about preparing people to survive the end of this world, to live in the next eternal domain, in and through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Instead they are trying to control the world through fear mongering religion and politics. They bypass the will of the people through illicit relationships with leaders and government. Or bypass the will of governments through illicit relationships with banks, CEO's, and the rich and powerful of the world. They will align themselves with, use, and or turn upon anyone or anything to achieve their goals.

This is not to say that care for our planet and sustainability are not real issues, they certainly are. It is just to say, that the true church of Christ is not about forcing political agendas regarding such upon humanity for our supposed salvation. It is about saving individual souls through Christ Jesus our Lord who has forced nothing upon anyone, and never would. Prepare people to meet their maker, and all the rest will work itself out. Which process would and or will stabilize societies unto more responsible, productive, concerned, and effective citizens to help achieve logical sustainability and care for our planet.

Dumbing them down, making them all equally poor, diluting their cultural distinctness through non stop mass migrations, and destroying their rights and liberties by continually empowering the few over the many, is the recipe to the end of this world by God's intervention. Not its salvation in any way shape or form. This planet is waxing old. People better start getting ready for its end and the next heaven and earth through Christ Jesus our Lord. Myself included.

Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.


Rella

Quote from: Amo on Sun Jul 14, 2024 - 06:59:30Heb 1:10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

They should be preparing people for the end of the world when all will meet God face to face, instead of trying to control the world in order to save it from that which God has declared concerning its end. The true gospel is about preparing people to survive the end of this world, to live in the next eternal domain, in and through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Instead they are trying to control the world through fear mongering religion and politics. They bypass the will of the people through illicit relationships with leaders and government. Or bypass the will of governments through illicit relationships with banks, CEO's, and the rich and powerful of the world. They will align themselves with, use, and or turn upon anyone or anything to achieve their goals.

This is not to say that care for our planet and sustainability are not real issues, they certainly are. It is just to say, that the true church of Christ is not about forcing political agendas regarding such upon humanity for our supposed salvation. It is about saving individual souls through Christ Jesus our Lord who has forced nothing upon anyone, and never would. Prepare people to meet their maker, and all the rest will work itself out. Which process would and or will stabilize societies unto more responsible, productive, concerned, and effective citizens to help achieve logical sustainability and care for our planet.

Dumbing them down, making them all equally poor, diluting their cultural distinctness through non stop mass migrations, and destroying their rights and liberties by continually empowering the few over the many, is the recipe to the end of this world by God's intervention. Not its salvation in any way shape or form. This planet is waxing old. People better start getting ready for its end and the next heaven and earth through Christ Jesus our Lord. Myself included.

Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.



Here, here. Spot on commentary.

Amo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34Vv-Yk97Hw

Pertinent video. Trump already starting his political maneuvers to put Roman Catholics in places of prominence and power for his second term. Selecting converted Roman Catholic JD Vance for VP. Lining another Roman Catholic up for eight years of Presidency should he succeed Trump. Or God forbid, sooner if another assassination attempt succeeds while Trump is in office. Much like Reagan, Trump offers up and tries to implement many right policies, but has ties to and leaves a heavy Roman influence behind him. Last time he added three Roman Catholic jesuit educated Supreme court Justices, encouraged having Nancy Pelosi as the eighth I believe Roman Catholic Speaker of the house in a row. And this after having to battle Roman Catholic Speaker Paul Ryan who himself declared that Roman Catholic Social Justice was what this nation needed, over many issues. As well as placing several other Catholics in positions who fought and or betrayed his causes often. Looks like we may witness a repeat this time around, if not something worse. 

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https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2023/12/04/jd-vance-ohio-catholic-values-246559

Article below from link above. Emphasis is mine. My comments in blue.

QuoteIs Trump favorite J.D. Vance a new proponent of Catholic social teaching—or just parts of it?

In his 1901 encyclical "Graves de Communi Re," known in English as "On Christian Democracy," Pope Leo XIII described some of the "excellent undertakings" of governments that looked to Christian teaching (rather than socialism) to improve society: "for instance, the popular bureaus which supply information to the uneducated; the rural banks which make loans to small farmers; the societies for mutual help or relief; the unions of working men and other associations or institutions of the same kind..." (No. 3).

The freshman senator J.D. Vance, a Republican from Ohio, may be heeding Leo's call. Described by the news site Semafor as the "MAGA Dealmaker," Mr. Vance has surprised observers by frequently partnering with progressive stalwart Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, to criticize large corporations; when Silicon Valley Bank collapsed earlier this year, he called them out for concentrating its business on "private jet financing and other goodies that are basically beneficial only to the very wealthy." He is leading legislative efforts to penalize executives who oversee bank failures and to protect smaller "community" lenders; and he is backing legislation to lower the fees credit card companies charge small businesses.

He voiced support for the United Auto Workers strike a few weeks before it was settled in October with the three largest U.S. auto companies agreeing to the biggest pay raises in decades. Before the strike ended, Mr. Vance said that U.A.W. workers had gotten "the short end of the stick"—though he did not endorse unionization efforts in general and did not criticize the management of the auto companies, instead saying the Biden administration's push for "the premature transition to electric vehicles" was "destroying the American car industry."

Mr. Vance is also championing a new rail safety bill, after a train derailment that caused a toxic chemical leak and devastating fire in the small town of East Palestine, Ohio. In a statement to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, he said: "Any ideology which defends inaction in the face of communities being wiped off the map through environmental happenstance is not conservative, but radical. It necessarily subordinates human life and community to a false ideal of the market somehow existing independent of our society." Senator Ted Cruz, the Republican from Texas, was not so sympathetic to the bill, saying its tougher safety regulations would drive up energy costs and would empower "the radical Green Movement."

Does Mr. Vance, who converted to Catholicism in 2019, hope to prove that some of the principles of Catholic social teaching can find a home in the Republican Party, which has long advocated for less regulation and less government?

His positions in the Senate are not really surprising to those who have followed his career. For several years, Mr. Vance has been associated with the "post-liberal right," a predominantly Catholic group of intellectuals including Patrick Deneen, Sohrab Ahmari and Adrian Vermeule. Influenced by papal encyclicals, they mix social conservatism with communitarian values deeply skeptical of capitalism and globalization. Mr. Vance himself has said the overlap between his political views and Catholic social teaching was key in his conversion to Catholicism.

For decades the church has stood uncomfortably between the two major political parties: the Democrats, with their increasingly stringent secularism and absolutist stance on abortion, and the Republicans, with their equally dogmatic belief in capitalism and a hawkish foreign policy. Politicians who express support for the church's full range of social teaching are almost nonexistent, to the frustration of many faithful intellectuals and church leaders, including Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Archbishop Emeritus Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia.

Mr. Vance's economic populist streak, combined with his pro-life views and support for religious liberty, offers a refreshing alternative to the current choices in American politics. But there are still three major issues where Mr. Vance stands in contrast to church leaders in the United States.

The first is guns. For decades, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has supported gun control measures, including a ban on assault weapons, comprehensive background checks and a higher minimum purchasing age. But since his run for the Senate in 2022, Mr. Vance has opposed additional gun control measures and supported abolishing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, long the ire of gun rights groups.

The second issue is immigration. The church, historically an advocate for immigrants, tends to favor less restrictive immigration policies and pathways to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Mr. Vance stands in contrast to Catholic social teaching here; he has instead called for the extension of the border wall with Mexico and crackdowns on illegal immigration.

Finally, there is the war in Ukraine. Mr. Vance, like many post-liberals, has been skeptical of continuing U.S. aid to Ukraine and has warned of an "indefinite war" there. In contrast, most U.S. church leaders have argued that Ukraine's military response to the invasion by Russia is generally compatible with just war theory.

Despite these differences, if Mr. Vance continues his current path, he could help at least some elements of Catholic social teaching to get a hearing in the Republican Party. In October 2021, former congressman Dan Lipinski—who, along with Congressman Chris Smith, was once a standard bearer for Catholic social teaching in Congress—praised Mr. Vance as a "common good Republican." (Note: I have previously been a campaign worker for Mr. Lipinski.) That is a description that Mr. Vance, a potential presidential candidate in 2028 or beyond, should aspire to.

As I have stated many times before, the Vatican has many minions inhabiting both sides of the political isle. Regardless of which party is in control, her adherents and or minions will be busy establishing her social teachings and doctrines as the law of the land. Trump has given them a conservative champion to advance their political agendas along conservative lines now, for possibly many years to come. Nevertheless, nothing will happen before or without God's approval or timing. The second beast of the book of Revelation is subject to His authority along with everyone else.

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