Thursday, June 25, 2009

On aids and the Catholic Church

That, at least, was the attitude of the Western elites — the very people now condemning the Roman Catholic Church. Yet it was the Church that was in Africa caring for people with AIDS when Hollywood and the Western media were more concerned with puppies and kittens. Even today, almost half of all Africans with AIDS are nursed by people working for the Roman Catholic Church. A Church, by the way, that has also called for all African debt to be forgiven and for a radical redistribution of wealth from north to south.None of this is mentioned when Pope Benedict is attacked for his condemnation of the condom fetish. If we read the man’s statements, however, what we see is a sophisticated deconstruction of Western double-standards and a thoughtful critique of the failed attempt to control AIDS.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The stoning of Soraya M.

A true story.


The "great" Henry VIII

I just find this interesting piece in BBC about Henry VIII:

And he is also famous for the split with the Roman catholic Church - what is the legacy of that?

Henry turned the 13th Century Garrison Church at Old Portsmouth into a gunpower store. It was a 'Domus Dei' - a house of God, a church hospital and rest place for pilgrims. In 1540 they would have been turned out onto the street.

He was responsible for the dissolution of beautiful monasteries like Netley Abbey near Southampton and Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight.

Henry VIII was a great destroyer of our English architectural heritage.

When you compare the beauty of those monasteries with the 45 palaces he built
, there is no comparison. The split with Rome also meant that we became the enemy of most of Europe.
Henry was forced to cover the coast with forts, beautiful in themselves, wonderful structures like Southsea Castle, but in comparison to what was destroyed, they are poor indeed.

At http://www.bbc.co.uk/hampshire/content/articles/2009/06/18/henryviii_childs_feature.shtml

Friday, June 19, 2009

Global warming or Ice Age ?

Little Ice Age II, The Sequel?

Wednesday, June 10th 2009, 1:54 AM EDT

The lingering cool temperatures being experience by much of North America has weather forecasters wondering it we are entering a new Little Ice Age—a reference to the prolonged period of cold weather that afflicted the world for centuries and didn't end until just prior to the American Civil War. From historical records, scientists have found a strong correlation between low sunspot activity and a cooling climate. At the end of May, an international panel of experts led by NOAA and sponsored by NASA released a new prediction for the next solar cycle: Solar Cycle 24 will be one of the weakest in recent memory. Are we about to start a new Little Ice Age?According to the report, Solar Cycle 24 will peak in May 2013 with a sunspot count well below average. “If our prediction is correct, Solar Cycle 24 will have a peak sunspot number of 90, the lowest of any cycle since 1928 when Solar Cycle 16 peaked at 78,” says panel chairman Doug Biesecker of the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center. This does not mean that we won't feel the results of renewed solar storm activity here on Earth.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Strange Lightning Looks Like Jellyfish

Jeanna Bryner
Thu Jun 11, 6:37 pm ET

An eerie red figure flashed across the sky above a thunderstorm near the south coast of France, and then it was gone in the blink of an eye.
Atmospheric scientist Oscar van der Velde, standing on his balcony in Sant Vicenç de Castellet, in Barcelona, Spain,
captured the sprite, as it is called, in spectacular detail on the night of June 5. He was more than 150 miles (250 km) away from the storm.

In fact, scientists are still trying to figure out just what causes sprites, with some attributing the electrical bursts to lightning and others to meteoric dust, gravity waves or something else completely. The flashes also have been linked with UFO sightings.

More at http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20090611/sc_livescience/strangelightninglookslikejellyfish;_ylt=AjFMcJAL6L14SAT364Vh8oUDW7oF


Pope Warns Secularism Can Infest Church

Cautions Against Worship Lacking Heart

ROME, JUNE 11, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is warning of a "serpentine secularization" that penetrates the Church and is manifested in "formal and empty Eucharistic worship."

The Pope celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi today in Rome, presiding over Mass in the Basilica of St. John Lateran and then processing with the Blessed Sacrament to the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

In his homily, the Holy Father illustrated the importance of faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, telling the thousands of pilgrims that this faith "cannot be taken for granted."

"Today there arises the risk of a serpentine secularization even within the Church, which can convert into a formal and empty Eucharistic worship, in celebrations lacking this participation from the heart that is expressed in veneration and respect for the liturgy," he cautioned.

According to the Pontiff, "the temptation is always strong to reduce prayer to superficial and hurried moments, letting oneself be carried away by earthly activities and worries."

And nevertheless, he added, the Eucharist is "the bread of eternal life of the new world that is given us today in the holy Mass, so that starting now the future world begins in us."

"With the Eucharist, therefore, heaven comes down to earth, the tomorrow of God descends into the present and it is as if time remains embraced by divine eternity," the Bishop of Rome explained.

More at http://www.zenit.org/article-26151?l=english

Thursday, June 4, 2009

New martyres: Fr Ragheed Ganni and companions

"There are days when I feel frail and full of fear. But when, holding the Eucharist, I say ‘Behold the Lamb of God Behold, who takes away the sin of the world’, I feel His strength in me. When I hold the Host in my hands, it is really He who is holding me and all of us, challenging the terrorists and keeping us united in His boundless love."

Finally his day came. On July 3, 2007, Fr Ragheed left his church with his cousin, Basman Yousef Daud. In the car following them were the other two deacons, Gassan Isam Bidawed and Wahid Hanna Isho, and Isho's wife Bayan Adam Bella.
The gunmen stopped the cars. They led the woman away, and then one of them turned to Fr Ragheed and screamed: "I told you to close the church, why didn't you do it? Why are you still here?."
Fr Ragheed replied: "How can I close the house of God?"
They ordered them to convert to Islam. They refused. The gunmen pushed the four men to the ground, and murdered them.
Iraq's Christian population has been devastated by the US-led invasion. Half the population have fled; countless priests have been murdered, women kidnapped and churches bombed. Fr Ragheed might have been just one more victim of the 21st century's worst war, but in his inspirational life and sense of sacrifice he seems more like something from The Lives of the Saints.

At http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/edwest/blog/2009/06/03/a_modern_christian_martyr

For some reason the Vatican was so against the war in Iraq.

Sodom and Gomorrah

Obama declares June 'LGBT Pride Month'
Jody Brown and Allie Martin - OneNewsNow - 6/2/2009 7:20:00 AM

In a presidential proclamation on the White House website, Barack Obama has lauded what he calls "the determination and dedication" of the LGBT movement by proclaiming June as "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month."

"The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress," Obama states in the official proclamation, "but there is more to be done. LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment, and LGBT families and seniors should be allowed to live their lives with dignity and respect."

This is the "respectable" president of the USA speaking.
Is he the anti-Christ?
Is USA Sodom and Gomorrah?

More at http://www.onenewsnow.com/Politics/Default.aspx?id=551240

The shadow

The shadow
Even when we can not see him, his hand is always there!

At God's service