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Vatican : “Priest pedophilia not linked to celibacy”

April 27, 2010 Leave a comment

(Reuters) – It is homosexuality, not celibacy, that is linked to pedophilia, the Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said on Monday, seeking to defuse the sex scandal that has battered the Roman Catholic Church.

On a visit to Chile, Bertone, dubbed the Deputy Pope, also said Pope Benedict would soon take more surprising initiatives regarding the sex abuse scandal but did not elaborate.

“Many psychologists and psychiatrists have shown that there is no link between celibacy and pedophilia but many others have shown, I have recently been told, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and pedophilia,” he told a news conference in Santiago.

“This pathology is one that touches all categories of people, and priests to a lesser degree in percentage terms,” he said. “The behavior of the priests in this case, the negative behavior, is very serious, is scandalous.”

Bertone’s visit to Chile comes as the Catholic Church has been buffeted by scandals concerning sexual abuse of children — most of them boys — by priests. There also have been allegations of cover-ups and even that the Pope mishandled cases when he was a bishop in Germany and a Vatican official before his election in 2005.

Original article at Reuters.

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Why did the ‘Protestant Reformation’ happen?

April 10, 2010 3 comments

How many people know or care about this today? Ignorance in this is likely to, and does today, lead to ecumenical error that just reintroduces many of the Roman Catholic doctrinal problems back into Protestantism.

Note the great city, on seven hills, with clear influence over the rulers of the earth (more clearly in past, but also still today), and the controlling role she (the city) plays:
“The woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. … Here is the mind which hath wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sitteth” (Revelation 17:18,9).
…see ‘The Seven hills of Rome’, also, the Catholic Encyclopedia states: “It is within the city of Rome, called the city of seven hills, that the entire area of Vatican State proper is now confined” (The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, 1976)

In accepting Roman Catholic doctrine today, you should consider why more people were willing to die (Rev 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus) rather than subject to the will and heresies of the Roman Church (the ‘Inquisitions‘ Roman, Medieval, and Spanish – in Spain alone more than 3 million were killed) and this is why the ‘Protestant Reformation’ was necessary. Is the ‘new’ Roman Catholic Church different than it was back then? Not really – the ‘objectionable fundamentals’ remained as can be verified by the ‘anathemas‘ of the Second Vatican Council.

Several severe problems can be highlighted in the core Roman Catholic belief system e.g. the eucharist, purgatory and indulgences. Some lesser known examples:

  • “The infallibility of the Pope” which each Catholic has to believe in but is denied by some of the popes themselves for example Pope Adrian VI, 1523: ” It is beyond question that the pope can err even in matters touching the faith. He does this when he teaches heresy by his own judgement or decretal. In truth, many Roman Pontiffs (popes) were heretics.”
  • “Apostolic Succession”. This claims biblical succession from Peter in the Bible to the current pope, where, in reality no record of a pope in Rome can be found in the first few centuries. The Vatican offers a list of popes from Peter, but the list has been disproven a few times resulting in a few ‘official lists’ that now conflict with each other.

Protestant Reformation

See also: History of Protestantism

The Protestant Reformation was a movement in the 16th century to reform the Catholic Church in Western Europe.

Many western Christians were troubled by what they saw as “false doctrines” and malpractices within the Catholic Church, particularly involving the teaching and sale of indulgences . Another major contention was the tremendous corruption within Church’s hierarchy, all the way up to the Bishop of Rome, who appointed individuals to various positions within the Church (bishop, cardinal, etc.) on the basis of financial contributions.

In 1517, Martin Luther published his 95 Theses On the Power of Indulgences criticizing the Church, including its practice of selling indulgences. Church beliefs and practices under attack by Protestant reformers included purgatory, particular judgment, devotion to Mary , the intercession of the saints, most of the sacraments, and the authority of the Pope.

The Protestant zeal for translating the Bible and getting it into the hands of the laity was empowered by the invention of movable type which advanced the culture of Biblical literacy.

The most important traditions to emerge directly from the reformation were the Lutheran tradition, the Reformed/Calvinist/Presbyterian tradition, and the Anabaptist tradition. The Protestant Reformation is also referred to as the “Protestant Revolution”, “Protestant Revolt”, and “Lutheran Reformation.”

Sola scriptura

Sola scriptura (Latin ablative, “by scripture alone”) is the assertion that the Bible as God’s written word is self-authenticating, clear (perspicuous) to the rational reader, its own interpreter (“Scripture interprets Scripture”), and sufficient of itself to be the only source of Christian doctrine.

Sola scriptura was a foundational doctrinal principle of the Protestant Reformation held by the reformer Martin Luther and is a definitive principle of Protestants today (see Five solas)

Sola scriptura may be contrasted with Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox teaching, in which the Bible must be interpreted by church teaching, by considering the Bible in the context of Sacred Tradition.

Although Martin Luther did not break with all of the doctrinal problems present in the original Roman Catholic Church, most of which are still present today (see indulgences still offered by Pope and related news coverage), he triggered the reformation that purged itself from many problems through the ‘ Sola scriptura’ principle.

Catholic ‘paedophile complaint’ hotline meltdown…

April 6, 2010 Leave a comment

“An abuse hotline set up by the Catholic Church in Germany melted down on its first day of operation as more than 4,000 alleged victims of paedophile and violent priests called in to seek counselling and advice.

The numbers were far more than the handful of therapists assigned to deal with them could cope with. In the end only 162 out of 4,459 callers were given advice before the system was shut down.

Andreas Zimmer, head of the project in the Bishopric of Trier, admitted that he wasn’t prepared for ‘that kind of an onslaught.’ The hotline is the Church’s attempt to win back trust in the face of an escalating abuse scandal that threates the papacy of German-born Pontiff Benedict XVI in Rome.”

See full article here.

…one of the errors of Rome. The effect of the non-biblical commitment to priestly celibacy.

More details on the heresies of Rome:

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EU Symbolism

March 29, 2010 1 comment

I heard of this symbolism in the EU and wanted to find some images to see for myself. I found a few articles that discuss the topic in some detail (I could not say if I fully agree with them), but just looking at the pictures reveals some of Revelation already.

(Rev 17:7 KJV) And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her…

2002 2 Euro coin

1996 5 Euro coin

1992 German Ecu coin

Stamp

1948 German 5 mark note

German phone card

Cover of May 2000 Der Spiegel magazine

Time magazine’s United Europe

Sculpture outside the Council of Ministers Office in Brussels, Belgium

The Unfinished Tower

(note that the construction of the building is complete, but is designed to look incomplete)

The flag of the European Union (EU)

Above is an illustration of the one of the buildings of the European Parliament in Strasbourg France, the Louise Weiss Building, which includes a tower that appears to be unfinished. Below on the left is a painting done in 1563 of the Tower of Babel, by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, a Flemish Northern Renaissance Painter. Below on the right is a poster produced by the European Union symbolically depicting their mission. It combines the 12 stars of the EU flag with the rebuilding of the tower of Babel with the motto Europe: Many Tongues One Voice. Note also that the stars are shown as inverted pentagrams, an occult symbol for Satan.

The tower of the Louise Weiss Building (shown below), although it looks unfinished, was designed with the expressed purpose of resembling the tower of Babel as depicted in Brueghel’s painting!

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Papal “Bull” – “The Brown Scapular”…

March 27, 2010 5 comments

…people actually wear, and trust in this. Dangerous at best, deceptive at worst. Why put this trust in Mary anyway? Was she “highly exulted above every other woman” – no. Only the Saviour, Son of God was & still is. Trusting in any other name for salvation is plainly unbiblical heresy.

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

Acts 4:12 – New American Standard Bible

Quote from ‘www.catholicfirst.com’:
A magnificent assurance of salvation is Our Lady’s Brown Scapular. One of the great mysteries of our time is that the great majority of Catholics either ignore or have forgotten the Blessed Virgin Mary’s promise that “whoever dies wearing this (Scapular) shall not suffer eternal fire.” She further says: “Wear it devoutly and perseveringly. It is my garment. To be clothed in it means you are continually thinking of me, and I in turn, am always thinking of you and helping you to secure eternal life.”

During the Scapular Anniversary celebration in Rome, Pope Pius XII told a very large audience to wear the brown Scapular as a sign of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady asked for this consecration in the last apparition at Fatima, when She appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel, holding the Brown Scapular out to the whole world. It was her last loving appeal to souls to wear her Scapular as a sign of Consecration to her Immaculate Heart.

From Wikipedia:
The earliest form of the Scapular promise states simply that wearers of the brown scapular, the Carmelite habit, will be saved. In the first place this meant Carmelite religious who remained faithful to their vocation. Later the small Brown Scapular became popular with the laity as a sacramental.

The nature of the spiritual help associated with the Brown Scapular came to be described in greater detail and specificity. A traditional formulation of the Scapular Promise is “Take this Scapular. Whosoever dies wearing it shall not suffer eternal fire. It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger and pledge of peace.”

At times the scapular has been preached as an easy way to heaven,which has led to criticism of the devotion.

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