Musings – Cardinal O’Malley’s Comments: The Rest of the Story

Cardinal Sean O'Malley

For most of this weekend I have privately tried to get a grip on a sense of rage over a great abomination. I will not deal with that until the last bit in this column. Let me tell you I have struggled with whether or not to put up the image that will appear at the bottom of this page. It shocked me and I suspect may be offensive to many readers here. So that you may be prepared, it is a picture of young girls stripped and crucified by Muslims during the Armenian Genocide a century ago – for being Christian. There is nothing prurient that you can see, so that is not what is offensive, but that these were real children, murdered solely for being Christian. It is a reality that we face – or that we try to turn away from. I will speak of it at the bottom.

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First, the headlines today are ablaze with reports of Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley coming out in support of ordaining women. Well…that is not exactly what he said on “60 Minutes” last night…in fact, by some editorial and rhetorical acrobatics, it turns what he really DID say about the subject completely on its head. Interviewer Nora Roberts was pressing him on the matter. With his Irish slyness, O’Malley said that if he were founding a church he would love to have women priests, but that Christ founded it and He had a different idea on it. It was a gentle affirmation that this is not a decision for the people involved, that God made the decision.

Some have said that O’Malley should have known his remarks would be garbled so as to make the opposite point of what he was actually saying. Perhaps, but I am not much persuaded by the modern notion that we must dumb everything down, eliminate all wit and subtlety, so as not to be savaged by modern cultural barbarians. I reckon we will get skinned up a time or two, but it is the barbarians who are going to have the walls collapse on their heads. In the meantime, I do not want to let them rob us of all literary wit and joy.

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George Weigel is, perhaps, the most insightful public Catholic intellectual of this generation. He was author of the profound biography of Pope St. John Paul, “Witness to Hope.” He has a piece of great depth and insight in the current National Review. I urge you to pay particular attention to Page three of the article. Things are shaping themselves in ways, barely noted yet, for a great unification. The Russian Orthodox Church is discrediting itself for its penchant of acting as a tool for the Russian state. Westerners could scarcely conceive of a Christian Church behaving in the deceptive, temporal ways that officials, including Bishops, of the Russian Orthodox Church do. Some were active KGB Agents – and before that some were active Tsarist Agents. Now the brilliant Metropolitan Hilarion degrades himself as a cheap agent of fleeting state power. It is disgusting – and it is noticed by Russians. Equally important, the Ukranian Catholic Church, eastern in liturgy but obedient to the Pope, has covered itself in honor and nobility throughout the crisis. So much so that eastern Ukranians – and some Russians – have taken note of it, too. No person wants their Church to be an instrument of their oppression by the state. The Russian Orthodox Church has been all too willing – even eager – to play that role for several centuries. Even its allies have figured out you can only count on the Russian Orthodox Church if you are already in power. That bodes ill for the Russian Orthodox Church and very well for the Ukranian Catholic Church long-term.

I have added a link for George Weigel. It goes to the Opinion Page of the Denver Catholic Register. This is not out of parochialism, but because that is where Weigel is syndicated from. His column appears weekly.

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Muslims at prayer during their takeover of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. - a takeover that was welcomed by the Episcopal officials in charge of the cathedral

Muslims at prayer during their takeover of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. – a takeover that was welcomed by the Episcopal officials in charge of the cathedral

As regular readers know, while I am passionately Catholic, I am an ecumenical kind of guy. I love the joint services and the welcomes that have been made by my Catholic Church with Orthodox, Protestants, Jews and even Muslims over the last few decades. Outreach is the beginning of unity. When I am visiting a House of Worship of another faith, I believe in respecting their protocols. When they are in mine, I expect them to respect my faith’s protocols.

I respect the use of interfaith chapels in situations such as the military where several faiths must use the same space. I even respect those situations where, because of a lack of adequate facilities, Catholic or Protestant Churches have allowed each other to use each other’s space. Hey, we may have some disagreements about what He means, but we worship the one and same God. No biggie here.

For the first time since I converted, I was profoundly grateful last week that the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. is Episcopal rather than Catholic. The Christian officials who run the Cathedral invited Muslims to come and use it for a day of worship. Not, mind you, to come worship with Episcopalians in a joint service to foster ecumenism. No, they invited Muslims to turn it into a Mosque for a day. They banished Christ from a building which had been permanently consecrated to Him, in order that the murderous death-cult of Allah could worship there for a day. Astonishingly, the day that was set aside for this desecration was the 100th Anniversary of the last Caliph’s call for Jihad against all non-Muslims. This led to the Armenian Genocide, in which Muslims from the Ottoman Empire sought to murder all Christians in what is now Turkey, including children. I honestly hope that the Dean of the National Cathedral was ignorant of the significance of this day when he let out a Cathedral consecrated to Christ so that Muslims could celebrate the mass murder of Christians 100 years ago.

But whether he knew or not, the significance of banishing Christ from a Cathedral dedicated to Him in order to give it over to people who treat all who follow Christ as infidel dogs who ought to be killed if they won’t convert is the single most blasphemous voluntary desecration of my lifetime. It made me think of the prophecy of the “abomination which makes desolate” from the 11th Chapter of Daniel, which is referenced in all three synoptic Gospels, as a sign of the beginning of apocalyptic events. What could be more desolate than for Christian leaders to evict Christ from a National Cathedral dedicated to Him so that Muslim opponents can take over and celebrate the centennial anniversary of a call to genocidal Jihad against Christians?

Breitbart News pressed Hall on the matter, and he ended by calling the reporter an extremist and a McCarthyite. He apparently thinks those who say a Cathedral consecrated to Christ should unceasingly proclaim Christ is the despicable moral equivalent of murderous thugs who rape, torture and kill others for their faith. I have been vibrating with outrage since it happened – and even more when I saw Dean Hall’s ignorant, condescending response to those who objected to the blasphemous desecration.

I know that not all Muslim states participate in every Islamic atrocity. But I have yet to hear such a state condemn such things in unambiguous terms. Idiot pseudo-intellectuals pretend that Muslims only act as they do because of American offenses. Well, folks, America had not yet emerged as the dominant power 100 years ago when Islam launched the Armenian Genocide. They are quite capable of atrocity when we mind our own business – and when we were too insignificant to be a factor in their calculations.

In most Muslim lands it is a criminal offense (sometimes punishable by death) to have a Bible in your possession. Islam teaches that once any territory has been under Islamic control, it must always be under Islamic control and that war can – and should be – raised to eject any infidels that occupy it (something that ought to terrify Dean Hall if he had seriously considered the consequences of giving control of the Cathedral over to Muslims for even a day). The feeble objections occasionally raised by some Muslims to Islamic atrocities are not a moral expression of people of God: they are the moral equivalent of a street gang defense. They will not unambiguously condemn the atrocity and its perpetrators; rather, like a street gang, they simply say it was “not them” – at least this time.

The picture at the top of this segment shows what happens when Christian Quislings conspire with Muslims to desecrate consecrated Christian space. The picture at the bottom shows what happens all too often to Christians who merely attempt to live peacefully in unoccupied space in Muslim lands. If I have been a little off my feed the last few days, it is because I continue to try to digest this blasphemous outrage.

If I should ever have anything to say about it, Muslims and Muslim countries would have to renounce violence, actively help in rooting out the murderous thugs in their midst, make room for religious minorities in their countries and protect the freedom of conscience of those minorities. If they refuse that, I would only give them two other choices: convert or be utterly conquered, root and branch.

Young Christian girls crucified by Muslims in Turkey a century ago in  a Jihad proclaimed by the Caliph. Commonly called the Armenian Genocide.

Young Christian girls crucified by Muslims in Turkey a century ago in a Jihad proclaimed by the Caliph. Commonly called the Armenian Genocide.

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Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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158 Responses to Musings – Cardinal O’Malley’s Comments: The Rest of the Story

  1. vicardwm says:

    Thank you for standing up for Cardinal O’Malley. He perhaps didn’t state things perfectly in order to minimize the chances of the media twistting it, but his meaning in context was pretty clear to me. Something like “With human wisdom, it might be obvious to allow women priests, but Divine Wisdom had different ideas.”

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  2. vicardwm says:

    Also, it was deeply disappointing to learn about the recent activities of Metropolitan Hilarion. I had deeply respected him as a brilliant voice who was friendly to the Catholic Church, and could be a bridge for unity. In light of the recent news, perhaps he will serve as a bridge for unity in a different way, but not one that brings honor to himself.

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    • charliej373 says:

      He is brilliant…and I must tell you, Vicar, I had hopes he would be a bridge of unity in a different way, too. I am deeply disappointed. I thought he was a sign of real hope. But, I am the one who has told people that some we admire will betray us and some we treat lightly will rise to the occasion.

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  3. the phoenix says:

    Over the weekend, I looked up a quote from a book called “The World’s Greatest Secret” written by John M. Haffert, co-founder of the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima. Keep in mind that this book was originally printed in June, 1946 as a private edition. Long before September 11, 2001, and long before the Muslims were invited into the National Cathedral in Washington as described in this blog post today. So this passage I’m quoting below seems prophetic:

    “Millions of doubting, divided disciples of Christ have huddled through the storms of two global wars. Before the now rising waves of the atomic armament race they seem to know, collectively, that this is a fateful hour for them. They strain at the oars with pleas for ecumenism. Frightened cries rise from a building in New York where they have been striving to establish unity under law, only to be thwarted again and again by waves of atheistic anarchism. The storm mounts as the ship of the world lists in Asia.

    “So far the cries of fear do not have the shrill of sheer terror. And no one claims to have seen a spectre moving over the waves, unless it might be the miracle of the sun at Fatima performed at a specified time and place ‘So that everyone may believe.’

    “But if we were looking for one, profound explanation of the modern storm, might we not find it in that simple sentence of Saint Mark:

    ” ‘They had not yet understood the miracle of the loaves because their hearts were blind’? ”

    Quote above comes from Chapter XVI of “The World’s Greatest Secret,”
    pages 257 and 258

    Our Lady of Fatima,
    pray for us.

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  4. Monique says:

    Thank-you for this article Charlie. It was such a realistic column on what happened in Washington. It feels like the world is asleep to the “enemy” approaching. May I have courage like the lady had who yelled out for Jesus there.

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  5. Jim M. says:

    Charlie,

    My rage was a little slower to build concerning the prayer service. In fact, I had not even heard if it before yesterday evening. And that was only because a woman from Tennessee named Christine Weick “disrupted” the service by pointing out that in a house dedicated to Jesus that Jesus was Lord and God.

    Robert Spencer has a great run down of the Quran’s rejection of Jesus as the Son of God, the Trinity and the rejection of the Holy Spirit in stating there is only their one god. http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014/11/woman-proclaiming-christ-ejected-from-muslim-prayers-at-national-cathedral

    Jesus told us that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit was the only sin that could not be forgiven. And we have that very sin occurring in iur Nations symbol of Christianity.

    The symbolism of this desecration and it’s message to our Lord leaves no doubt of what will come.

    Muslims, whose beliefs reject Jesus and the Holy Spirit, face east for prayer. That orientation causes them to have their backs to the cross. Muslims, whom the Quran directs to kill Christians, turn the Cathedral of our Nation into an altar of Baal. The Episcopal Church, who has charge of the cathedral embraces gay marriage and gay ministers. A concept that just 50 years ago was still considered an abonomination to God as the Bible clearly states. A bit of Sodom and Gomorrah thrown into our national place of worship just to make sure God notices the US just turned away from him.

    Islam is not a religion. It is a cult of satan in the sheep’s clothing of religion. The devil created it well, taking a bit of Jewish tradition and Old Testament, and mixing in a little Jesus and New Testament. Just enough of each to confuse. Just enough if of each to create a facade of legitimacy. Adding its own message of hate to replace the message of love which is a a sign of weakness in their minds. They then go in to play upon those base instincts, the concupiscence Christianity directs must be mortified, describing heaven as a place of carnal delight for worthy martyrs. Lust, not love awaits.

    The devil is fond of aping Christianity. And what better way to do that than through a “religion” based on hate, worldly pleasures, and characterizing its followers as allah’s slaves rather than sons and daughters of God the father.

    Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil, that call light darkness, and darkness light.

    The consequences of this abonomination will be severe.

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      Islam is a part of the devil’s work

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    • Charlie,
      When John Paul II was shot by Mehmet Ali Agca on the Day of Our Lady of Fatima, I think we were given a sign, a Divine warning of sorts. In the Turkish language Mehmet means Mohammed. By a curious coincidence the names of Mohammed, Ali (his son,) and Fatima (his daughter) appeared in one event that the whole world contemplated in horror. Today we know the KGB — through Bulgarian agents — was behind the assassination attempt. It is a curious image and I am convinced it was meant to tell the world something. The Modern Age has given birth to that great abomination called Liberalism with all its variants (Communism, Fascism, Liberal Capitalism) all of them propose the construction of a world without God and want to become gods through the deification of power (of the state or of money) and now it seems they have found a useful tool in the Muslims that were pretty quiet since the days of Lepanto when Don Juan of Austria opened a can of whupass on them. They did not bother much until September 11, 2001. They were content with committing atrocities against unarmed, isolated Christians under their sway. Now they are out of their boundaries again.
      I am not that informed about the Ukrainian situation but I hope they do not end up exporting more movements like Femen to the West. I also hope they do not join the EU in their “crusade” to destroy every European economy through Socialism, “population control,” abortion, and sterile lifestyles. Our Lady predicted the conversion of Russia. This would be a great moment for that conversion because it would be a real miracle that only God can bring about. I think you are right: the abomination causing desolation is there threading on holy places, where it ought not to be. That means only one thing, one joyous thing: our liberation is near. Maranatha!

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      • charliej373 says:

        Useful and insightful contemplation, Carlos. Thank you. By the way, Carlos writes for the publication, DeLumen, which I put a permanent link to at the right under spiritual sites I like. It covers a wide range of Catholic thought and is as fully committed to the unity of truth and charity as any I know.

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        • Kati says:

          WoW! You were certainly right about DeLumen, Charlie. Perhaps after Thanksgiving I will have much more time to peruse the wonderful offerings there. I have made several additions to my Kindle library already from DeLumen. It is excellent!
          Another site that you have linked to is the Sacred Heart Guard of Honor. I cannot thank you enough for that. It is EXACTLY what I have been looking for. At Christmas, our family and home will be dedicated to the Sacred Heart and to the Immaculate Heart. The images are presently in the frame shop being prepared. There are many wonderful “coincidences” that have been taking place with regard to all of this. There were literally tears of joy flowing as I read everything on that website. It is a long-awaited answer to prayer. THANK you, Charlie.

          One other thing (since this is a Musings thread): I remember you mentioning a good book about St. Joan of Arc awhile back but don’t remember where or what it was. We have a young woman in our RCIA class who has just chosen that name as her Confirmation name. I would like to look at that book and consider it as a possible gift for her. Can you help?

          Thanks again Charlie, for all that you do.
          A great welcome also to Carlos Caso-Rosendi…y me gusta mucho que tu sitio web se presenta también en español.

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      • Love your conclusion Carlos! It reminds me of something I heard Marino Restrepo say once…we are not on the defensive, we are on the offensive. We have the gloves on! Maranatha!

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  6. Mark says:

    In regards to Cardinal O’Malley, his statement was to appease those who are sympathetic to women’s issues and not the truth. I have told our Lord many times in his Eucharistic presence that I love all his teachings, all his ways, all his works and cannot think of one thing I would change if I could. Our God is perfect as is!

    As far as the Muslim’s taking over the Cathedral in Washington DC, all I can say is, I agree with what the great writer Hilaire Belloc said of the religion in his book titled, The Great Heresies”, for surely that is what it is.

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  7. Jim M. says:

    And lest we forget that same day, 11/14/14, the opening prayer of the House of Representatives was prayed an imam praising allah. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA7mS77fhYQ.

    An exclamation point on the message to God sent at the National Cathedral.

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  8. Peter says:

    Hi Charlie,

    In the Muslim prayer service was a word uttered about the recent atrocities committed by Muslims on Muslims and other faiths?? I would like to know what was discussed by the Imam and his gathering. As for the genocide in Armenia, I haven’t heard too many Catholic clergy outraged by this event and will our current Pope Francis mention this tragedy when he visits Turkey next week?? I think we will hear crickets. Boy, how our Church needs a St. Thomas More figure today!!!!

    Just a side note Charlie about your walk across America, did you ever get sick and do you have any side effects from your journey? Ie. sore back, arthritic pains etc.

    Peace!
    Pete the Canuck trying to stay warm tonight!!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      No Peter, no side effects of the journey except that I seem to have added 10 pounds of permanent muscle mass to my legs. But again, I didn’t do anything overly stressful. When I was tired I rested. I really wasn’t out to prove anything physically. And as impressive as it is, even a century and a half ago it was pretty much how most people lived as far as physical exertion. (They did, of course, have a home). I got a few minor neurological episodes…colds were very rare. When I did, I would stay put and quiet for a day or two and just read and nap…then move on.

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  9. Bonnie C says:

    Charlie, I saw that image a few years ago on the Glenn Beck Show on Fox. I was appalled and that image was burnt into my memory. The girls look like my daughter-in-law and granddaughters with their beautiful long black hair. It is an image the world needs to see. God only knows what they suffered beforehand. It is horrendous.

    I couldn’t believe the story too, and at first I was flabbergasted when I saw the word “Cathedral”. It is no less an insult to God. I agree with your conditions.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank God, Bonnie, that the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception – the Catholic Cathedral in Washington, remains immaculate.

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      • Matthew says:

        Charlie:
        I think you mean the Cathedral of St. Matthew – that is the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Washington DC. The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is not the Cathedral.
        Matthew

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        • charliej373 says:

          So sorry, Matthew…you are, of course, correct. But the confusion is honest…I once went to the Cathedral of St. Matthew thinking I was going to the Shrine. You would think it would have been burned into my head.

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          • Nancy says:

            Speaking of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of China is enshrined there : http://www.nationalshrine.com/site/c.osJRKVPBJnH/b.4953557/k.7180/Upper_Church_Floor_Plan.htm
            I wish I could see Our Lady of America there. Her presence could be the only honor that would make reparation for the events of 11/14/14.

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          • Dan Lynch says:

            I beg everyone to pray and to sign our Petition to our bishops that they solemnly process and display the statue of Our Lady of America in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC.

            Our Lady wishes to be honored there in a special way as “Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin.” Our Lady promised that the placement of her statue in the National Shrine would be a safeguard for our country and that the display of her image in the home would be a safeguard for the home.

            You can read more here:

            http://www.jkmi.com/sadly-our-lady-of-america-s-statue-was-not-processed

            God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Thus we do not fear, though earth be shaken and mountains quake to the depths of the sea,” (Psalm 46).

            “When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.” (Proverbs 10:25).

            Dan Lynch
            Dan Lynch Apostolates promoting devotion to
            Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations,
            Our Lady of America and Saint John Paul II
            Visit our website at http://www.JKMI.com
            E-Mail Us at JKMI@JKMI.com
            May Our Lady of Guadalupe keep you under the mantle of her protection and
            may the Reign of Jesus King of All Nations be recognized in your heart

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    • the phoenix says:

      Someone would have to be really hard-hearted to look at the suffering experienced by those girls and not be moved.

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    • Observer says:

      And the question so often is…what did they do to such innocence before they attempted to purge themselves by getting rid of the reminders.

      I read once, from a Catholic priest whose origins were of a Muslim dominated country, that you won’t hear Muslims condemn such atrocities because they are all raised with the accepted teaching of the world Caliphate….and they hope for such themselves and have learned that it’s deserved. So, no they may not be willing to blow up a bridge themselves for the cause but they won’t necessarily criticize those who do. The exceptions would be those who may live in the communities with the accepted practices but still have a conscience or some kind of empathy for humanity itself. As far as the women go, under such domination, it makes one think of the abused wife/girlfriend who people ask “why doesn’t she just run, leave”? And of course she feels she no longer has a self left with the strength to pursue life in such a different environment or can even believe or know that something else even exists for her….a question of basic survival and rationalizing a way of life that provides that when there haven’t been any preparations or skills developed for such a foreign or different way of life without the same known structure.

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  10. Mack says:

    I wish that Cardinal Omalley would have been able to clearly explain Church teaching instead of clouding it. Sorry but I think it is just too bad when bishops, who after all are official teachers, come across so incoherently. No wonder the laity are confused.

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    • NancyA says:

      I know only what I’ve read here… but I wonder if he DID much more clearly explain but it was left on the cutting room floor.

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      • Mack says:

        No, actually he didn’t. My point is that he missed a good opportunity to clearly explain Catholic teaching on this. Nothing about the nature of the priesthood, the priest as an “alter Christus” nor what Ephesians says about Christ being the Bridegroom of the Church, and how that symbolism is vital for the priesthood.
        If you would like a good explanation, check out Sr Sara Butler’s article at this link. Sister was originally a proponent of women’s ordination, but after deeply studying the theology of the priesthood, she became an articulate defender of the Church’s teaching on this matter. Her book is excellent.
        http://www.wf-f.org/04-3-Ordination.html

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        • charliej373 says:

          With respect, Mack, have you ever consistently had to publicly proclaim something before critics? I have – and have long listened to the complaints of people who haven’t about how I could – and should – have done a much better job by explaining it just as they have. I always take a little satisfaction when one of those critics get put in the spotlight, even if briefly. It always teaches them it is a lot harder than it looks – and as they get their words mangled and garbled, it engenders a little more humility from them and occasionally, even a little admiration for those who dare to get into the arena on a regular basis. I watched tape of the interview. I did not think it was great, but it was sound, in my estimation. We get it. It did not meet your standards.

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          • Mack says:

            No, it did not. Is it really too much to expect a bishop to explain Church teaching in a credible way?

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          • Irish7 says:

            I totally agree! It’s like trying to convey an important msg via the telephone game with the devil. The only way to protect your msg is to dumb it down into a shallow sound bite and then repeat it robotically. I admire Pope Francis’ valor in retaining his humanity (humor, nuance, spontaneity) in his public persona. And I like the msg it sends…that relating as a human being is worth the risk of confusion and distortion. It is a valiant and humble self possession, and I am learning so much from it.

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      • Observer says:

        Yes, the media certainly does pick and choose what will benefit or not the diabolical goals of the day:

        CBS, NBC Censor Pope’s Comments Blasting Abortion, Euthanasia

        CBS and NBC’s morning and evening newscasts on Saturday and Sunday ignored Pope Francis’s condemnation of abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and in-vitro fertilization during a Saturday meeting with Catholic doctors in Italy.

        Their omission is glaring when compared to their hype over a supposed “seismic shift towards gays and divorcees” in a proposed document from a bishops’ meeting – a draft which was ultimately rejected by the Church leaders.

        Surprisingly, ABC’s fluff-filled Good Morning America devoted nine seconds to the pontiff’s speech, but only mentioned his targeting of euthanasia

        http://www.lifenews.com/2014/11/17/cbs-nbc-censor-popes-comments-blasting-abortion-euthanasia/

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  11. Margaret says:

    It is very heart wrenching to see such a photo of young girls. What strikes me is that the muslims turn away from the cross at the cathedral but they crucify on the cross as a means of torture. The same cross Jesus suffered and died on.

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  12. NancyA says:

    I seem never to have enough time to express all I would like to, here. Charlie, if there was an “applause” button, I’d click it! This post has so completely matched my thoughts. But my thoughts are not even as coherent as to say why, how, where they match.

    I don’t know what has happened in recent days with Metropolitan Hilarion (I have not yet read, but will, the article by Weigel), but I had already an uneasy distaste for him. I have a habit of reading a LOT, developing an opinion, but not remembering the supporting facts any longer. I cannot defend my position until I research it (which I do not have time to do on this point). It’s frustrating, but for my private purposes, it serves me just fine. I just know that I am of the opinion that the hierarchy of the Russian Orthodox Church leave a bad impression.

    I want to comment briefly on the ever constant complaint I’ve seen that Popes and bishops are saying more than they should, in ways that are not appropriate, and so are misinterpreted and misrepresented by the media. I’ve been battling that complaint for many years. It’s the times we are in. Media is everywhere, and comments are disseminated piecemeal, out of context, and usually purposely misleading, to get a headline. It’s to be expected. But these men are not wrong for speaking. I like how you approach this latest, with Cardinal O’Malley and I totally agree with your comments about dumbing down, eliminating wit and subtlety. YES! “They” will always be against us, but they may not silence us. If we read the full texts of what our beloved Pope is saying, he is totally and completely orthodox and Catholic. So many rants about his words and actions, when clearly people are not reading all he is addressing. He is a Christ for the World.

    I can think of something more desolate than what happened in the National Cathedral (and I so agree with your points about that and about the House of Representatives ‘visit’, as well) … and that is if our own Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception were to do such a thing. I hope I can say “impossible!” with impunity! In the National Cathedral, Our Lord is not physically present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. He may have been blasphemed by the ‘invasion,’ but He was not physically cast out, thank God!

    I cannot look at the picture, but I am glad you’ve brought up that Armenian genocide. These things must be said. The muslim religion is a religion of hate and conquest. In trying to explain a bit about it, I sometimes say that the ‘majority’ peaceful muslims are like our “cafeteria Catholics.” They are not orthodox. They are not following true. The so~called “extremists” ARE. That is a very dangerous thing. They ARE living, and following closely, their religion. That’s what we all must start to take seriously.

    I want to say one other, unrelated thing…. since we’re under “Musings.” I have for years now tried to stay away from prophecy that is not already Church sanctioned. That is because I for too long was too tempted to follow too many. And I know I’ve been duped going in either direction. I lack the time and energy to study enough to discern well, so it’s been simpler to stay clear. If I read something and it leads me to a better practice, that’s all well and good, but I do not want to get caught up chasing, again. I have not felt called to look at the other sites you point to on your side bar. I simply do not have enough time to look over them closely enough to discern for myself, and … well, frankly, I am not entrusting that to you, either. I read here because it is relevant, and
    there is little actual ‘prophecy’ to concern myself with. It’s intellectually stimulating and heartwarming. But I have to say that I’ve read effusive comment with which I did not agree, and it’s reminded me of the near impossibility of knowing if something is “from Heaven” or “from the devil.” I want to share an experience that I recall that will illustrate this well.

    A couple of decades ago, someone in my family, a ‘fallen away’ Catholic / ‘born again Christian’ told me she was considering putting her child into Catholic school. I was encouraging her to do so. She did not… because, as she described to me, when she got out of her car to walk towards the school to inquire about registering her child, she felt such an evil feeling, she was sure it was the devil and she should not put her child into that school. My own point of view was that the devil did not want her to put her child in the Catholic school and he won. So very often, our point of view, our perspective, colors our perception of the origin of an inspiration. We can make it fit which ever direction we like. We cannot trust ourselves. I keep recalling this when people debate the merits of various personalities and seers. Now, there are times that it is clear and obvious. I am not familiar with Maria Divine Mercy, but I do understand that there are times when there is no doubt… but there are also times when there is much room for doubt, and for differing perspectives.

    Just my own ‘musings’…. Thanks for everything.

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  13. Bob says:

    Clearly either Muslems have no idea of who God is that God is a God or love or they are worshiping a demon as the real God would not have His children act as they do.

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    • Mick says:

      I have heard good Catholics (and perhaps even a Church document or two?) that say that Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship the same God. I hope it doesn’t make me a bad or disobedient Catholic, but… I simply refuse to believe that Allah and the God of Abraham, Isaac, Peter, and Paul are one and the same. I know that these are the three great monotheistic religions. But, to me, the fact that Muslims worship one god does not mean that that god is necessarily God. And I refuse to believe that as a Catholic, I am simply worshiping Allah under a different title. Am I missing something?

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      • charliej373 says:

        No, you are not, Mick. I don’t think it says that in any Church documents, but I once listened to a nun at a seminar explain how the Catholic church was not the true Church, that since Vatican II, we are all the same. Needless to say, I stood up to correct it – and when she tried to impress me with the fact that she was a nun and I was not, I started citing the appropriate parts of the council documents to her – with a little fire in my eyes. Ha, when I told the story to my priest and a few friends at RCIA at the parish, before I could even get into it they laughed and said they bet she got a proper education on Church doctrine. Sadly, some who should know better have traded the sense God gave them for the touchy-feely kumbayah nonsense. Our God does not order us to go behead those whose only offense is to believe different than we do.

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        • NancyA says:

          Lumen Gentium and Nostra Aetate, two documents of Vatican I I are referenced in support of progressive extreme ecumenism, as well as by one Catholic high school I know which teaches the goodness of the Muslim koran. They are not nuanced examinations of Muslim religion, however, they say they worship the one God of Abraham… (sorry: I am merely the messenger, here.)

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          • charliej373 says:

            I had forgotten that, Nancy. In fact, one of the reasons I took the Confirmation name, Abraham, was because it was a sign of unity, claimed by the three large monotheistic faiths.

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      • Bob says:

        In my supply of books in my house, which I cannot fine now, I remember reading one which claimed that Mohammud had taken allah from a pantheon of pagan gods and allah was the moon god which he had elevated to be the only God Muslims were to worship, and as allah was an idol the religion, he claimed was based on idolatry. And if so we know that behind every idol is a demon stealing the worship which is rightly due to God. Of course the standard argument of Islam is that they are also in the lineage of Abraham but through Hagar the slave girl and if this view has credibility than we can see how Muslims treat God as a slave master.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Mick, Allah was one of a few hundred deities worshipped by Arabs in the Ka’aba before Mohammed. Allah was a moon god. As I understand it, Allah was connected to Mohammed’s clan, which may have been why he chose to elevate Allah.

        Going out on a limb, I might speculate that Mohammed’s rejection of a multi-part God as in Christianity in favor of a single unitary Allah may have been because he had to crush the worship of all those other hundreds of gods and make sure none were ever given the status of a different face of his Allah, as Jesus is of The Father in Christianity. It was the only way to solve that political problem he had, but that is speculation, as I said.

        The two, Yahweh and Allah, are not the same at all. Further, in Islam Jesus is a secondary prophet made to serve the (I think) returning 12th Imam for the Shia and equivalent for the Sunni in the final days.

        Again, my personal take on it is that the mixing of Allah and the JudeoChristian Yahweh/Father/Jesus/HolySpirit in the Qu’ran and haditha is masterfully deceptive.

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  14. My best friend is Armenian. She is the sweetest person I will ever meet. She told me about the horrible genocide that happened and how her family fled to Iran and were welcomed by the country even though they were all Christian. She was born in Iran herself and she never really had too many bad things to say about Iran…..the goverment or the people. She said that as long as the Christians respected the laws of the land ….they could live peacefully amongst the majority who are Muslim. They attended their Christian churches with no problems. She did however say that things were a bit scary when the King and Queen had to leave and the Ayatollah came to power. That’s when most of her immediate family fled. Some of her family still live there and they are happy. All are Armenian Christians. Another country that WAS very tolerant of Christians was Syria. There is a woman named Myrna Nazzour there in Damascus. She is a visionary who has been approved by The Catholic and Orthodox church. She is my friend on FB. She prays for me and I her. She Has lived there peacefully in her Christian neighborhood all her life. When her apparitions started and the little icon began oozing oil…..many of the Muslim people would come to the house and pray with all the Christians and witness the miracle of oil oozing from the icon and Myrna’s face and hands. Miracles were happening and true unity was palpable. Goverment officials even came to the house and examined the icon , to ensure that there was no fraud. Sure enough ….there was no fraud and their house to this day is open 24 hours a day and open to anyone. They take no donations of any kind EVER. The main messages from Jesus and Mary were for there to be UNITY between the Orthodox and Catholic churches. To have unity also in the holidays and feast days. This is the message and prayer of Myrna and her family. Myrna’s is Catholic but her husband is Greek Orthodox. She is allowed by the Catholic church to adhere to her husband faith as this is the custom. Myrna and her family are strong supporters of Assad. Assad is very moderate and since he took over after his father, Christians were allowed more freedoms and respect. Assad fought against his own family members who wanted more Islamic rule after the Father died. Before the civil war hit Syria a few yrs ago…..Syrian Christians lived in peace. Since the fighting in Syria, Myrna and her husband Nicholas often post pics of Assad visiting the Christian communities and the churches where the fighting has been brutal at times. Syrians ….Christian and Muslim are very upset with the suni …..who are mainly Saudi supporters, for causing the civil war. Saudi Arabia has secretly caused much of the problem in Syria. In there country there is 0 tolerance to Christianity. The middle east is very complicated. I have learned so much from my middle eastern friends in all this. Ecumenism can be a great thing. I does help create respect and tolerance. But it is sadly being abused and lines have been crossed. Real boundaries need to be made especially by the Christian community. We are becoming doormats and we are allowing it to happen. You will never see a mosque being offered to Christians. They draw a clear line and it doesn’t get crossed. We need to do the same. We are being perceived as weak and Muslims are seeing that we are not taking our beliefs serious….so if we are showing sign of weakness…..they smell blood. Muslims honor those who truly honor their religion as they honor theirs. Christians in the West are unknowingly allowing this to happen. Now more than ever Christians the world over need to band together and be strong. If we don’t…..the the conquering will continue.
    For anyone who is interested in learning about The visionary Myrna…..who has approval …..you can watch the documentary on YouTube called The Miracle of Damascus
    And the website is http://www.soufanieh.com/menuenglish.htm.

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    • Some clarification…..these radical Muslims will never respect Christians. When I said Muslims respect other faiths who take thier beliefs as serious as they do……I wasn’t speaking of those barbaric tribes of Satan…..who are slaughtering others.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Just a note…I did not know of Myrna Nazzour, so I did some research before clearing this. She is, indeed, approved by the Orthodox Patriarchite. I have not gotten confirmation of a final determination from the Catholic Church, but that may be, in part, because from a family point of view, her husband is Orthodox – so there is some cross jurisdiction here. I am dropping a note to my friend in Europe who specializes in these things. I did see a few things he has written and a report from an independent scientific examination that is completely positive.

      I understand the pull of local politics in every country – particularly the most brutal – and those who could face persecution make alliances with some ugly characters. As I understand, Assad has not targeted Christians for being Christians. But his systematic torture and execution of opponents of his regime, which have been well documented since the middle part of the last decade, make him problematic to hold up as an icon of any sort of tolerance. In the Middle East, it is almost always the least bad of some very bad options that you need to go with. But I doubt the people who died in the multiple government ordered chlorine gas attacks on rebel strongholds would call Assad a moderate, though he has, indeed, been restrained in his treatment of Christians.

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      • You are right ….Assad is no icon of tolerance…..I would give that crown to King Hussein of Jordan. He is a great role model for Muslims and leaders in the middle east. I just wish that he would make it a bit easier for refugees in his country to earn a living. If you are not a citizen by birth in Jordan…..if I’m not mistaken …..you cannot work or recieve benefits. This is where we can help. We can send donations to reputable catholuc charities to aid those refugees who are not receiving money to live…..only from family etc….by mail.
        Egypt …..Syria……Libya…..the US shoud have stayed with devil they knew or know…..more than the one they don’t know. It’s all a mess.

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    • Mark says:

      Several years ago, I got a picture of Our Lady of Soufanieh from Father Rober Fox at his shrine in Alexandria, South Dakota. I try to pray to her every moring for the pople of Syria and the middle east. Myrna is the real deal. http://www.soufanieh.com/menuenglish.htm Check her out.

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      • She is indeed. Her face and hands still exude oil and there are still miracles to this day. The entire documentary on YouTube is wonderfully done. The priests who were present during the first days and years of the events took expert notes and doctors and scientists documented everything as well. She even receives the stigmata at times.

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  15. NancyA says:

    ahh, just read the Weigel article. Thank you for that! It reminds me of an encyclical I just read in researching an article on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. I heartily recommend a reading of this, from Pope Piux XI, in 1925. It’s pertinent today. http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/pius_xi/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-xi_enc_11121925_quas-primas_en.html
    This year, the Solemnity falls on November 23, the same date that Bl. Miguel Pro was martyred, with the words Viva Cristo Rey!, Long Live Christ the King!, on his lips!

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    • Dan Lynch says:

      Yes, we are approaching the great Solemnity of Christ the King! As we do so, let us remember Pope Benedict’s words,

      “Historical kingship does not matter to God; but He wants to reign in peoples’ hearts, and from there, over the world: He is King of the whole universe but the critical point, the zone in which His Kingdom is at risk, is our heart, for it is there that God encounters our freedom.”

      So, let us freely embrace His reign in our hearts and the gift of His Devotion to Jesus King of All Nations. After all, we are living in what Jesus King of All Nations called “most perilous times.”

      With worldwide terror and Christian persecution, the plague of Ebola,wars, mass murders and natural disasters, we can see that these times are certainly “most perilous!” These are chastisements allowed by Jesus to bring us to repentance and to hope in His protection.

      Jesus said, “Fear is useless, what is needed is trust!” (Luke, 8:50).

      He promises us His protection, but He pleads with each one of us to change our hearts and to embrace His gift of His Devotion.

      You may read more about His Devotion here:

      http://www.jkmi.com/jesus-king-of-all-nations

      Dan Lynch
      Dan Lynch Apostolates promoting devotion to
      Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations,
      Our Lady of America and Saint John Paul II
      Visit our website at http://www.JKMI.com
      E-Mail Us at JKMI@JKMI.com
      May Our Lady of Guadalupe keep you under the mantle of her protection and
      may the Reign of Jesus King of All Nations be recognized in your heart!

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      • marti says:

        Hello Dan! You have the tireless energy and the zeal of an Apostle! I’ve known you for almost 24 years now and I wanted to tell you how much your love for our Lord and our Lady has meant to me! You are an inspiration and a ‘terror of demons’! Some days I feel I’m so behind I’ll never die, then the good Lord lights a fire under me-ha! So many good memories with good people and friends. Keep the faith and never-never quit fighting for truth and Love! I’m up here in Montana now, maybe our paths will cross again friend! In His Mercy–marti mc–

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  16. MM Bev says:

    Our knowledge of the Muslim conquest does not exist. We are so incredibly uneducated it’s pathetic .I have tried so extremely hard to provide people with the least amount to read that it’s stupid. It began with Muhammad, and has continued ever since…with the same vicious cruelty that exist today. You cannot read the Koran without realizing that there cannot ever be any kind of compromise with them. If they believe there is,they really aren’t Muslims. Even reading the Quran in English is not satisfactory, it must be read in Arabic.Thousands of Muslims have memorized Arabic phrases/verses and have no idea what it says. If anyone, ANYONE delving into the smallest amount of non-revisionist history, truth cannot be ignored or evaded. Centuries of oppression of the worst sort have occurred. Millions and millions and millions of Christian people and Jews were slaughtered, enslaved, sold to harems, with young attractive boys sold for the sexual appetite of their purchaser to be used up like chattel, even if they were killed in the process. Frankly, the Black Death was better.The end of the last was the Ottoman Empire which existed into the beginning of the twentieth Century. It was indescribable for the people who experienced it .Million and millions of men, women and children were taken and sold into slavery. It was a trade that far exceeded what the blacks of Africa experienced in being taken to the Caribbean and America, and the Muslim slave trade has not ceased.The only blessing was if your life was short. Those ones left in countries conquered suffered and suffered and suffered. It almost makes Nero and Caligula seem like a grandfatherly figures.THOSE WHO WERE YOUNG WOMEN; GIRLS AND UNMARRIED WERE GANG RAPED AND OTHER ATROCITIES BEFORE BEING CRUCIFIED AND YOU WILL NOTICE THERE ARE NO ROPES! Every female who might be a virgin was raped so she could never, never reach paradise. (Heaven forbid she turn out to be one of “your 75” virgins to treat as you wished. Any unmarried female MUST be raped, usually gang raped and then implements of whatever kind handy are used. Only a demonically possessed man could perpetrate such acts.( They were raped for sure, but plenty of married females were/are as well). And within the last month, BURYING CHRISTIAN CHILDREN ALIVE.
    This is not new. And until they are converted it will not stop. Not for them, and not for us in this country. Economic collapse and, I think them as they have promised, crossing an unmanned border because since 1986 NO ONE has closed it despite numerous declarations of doing so. When it comes, the normal Americans will rise up against all government who consistently refused to close the border and allowed this–both parties.
    I just can’t think about this any more right now. Pray, plead, beg Our Lady of Tepayec to convert them.
    LOOK AT THOSE GIRLS! THAT HAPPENED IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, 100 YEARS AGO. 100 YEARS AGO! I’m sorry, I am so enraged that I cannot type. This has taken me ages to get down and I’ve had a thousand spelling errors. More than two years ago, Obama KNEW that this group was a bunch of rag tag men when they were still trying to form in Syria, and could have wiped them out. Instead, they were allowed to grow, form into an army, gain land, and are using American weapons.
    The feathered serpent rises again, and still demands his blood sacrifice enacted with the utmost cruelty.
    And if I’m wrong somewhere Charlie, correct me.

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    • Jim M. says:

      This is much worse than the feathered serpent. Mothers in flight trying to save their infants. Overcome snd surrounded by an evil that has been sleeping for 2000 years.

      Mothers graspiing onto their child with all their might yielding to the blows and power of their assailants. Mothers sobbing uncontrollably begging, begging for their child. The child screaming in confusion and want of their mother.

      Men surround the child, poking the child with their rifles to terrorize the child into screams that take the child’s breath away, and causing the mother to collapse into a sobbing pitiful mass of tears.

      And then while others force the mother to look, their brave brothers immobilize the screaming child, and in the presence of its mother, saw off the child’s head. The cries of the child change to a gurgle, and then suddenly go silent, as the beheading progresses.

      Mankind has not experienced such horror since Herods decree to kill all infants in his kingdom.

      Satan himself is now in the world. And he has brought the ancient and most powerful demons from the depths of hell with him.

      The only reason we don’t see this, is because we choose not to see.

      This will be at our doorstep all too soon. Our collective prayers have been too weak to abate the horror upon us.

      As Charlie says, these things must pass. And they are here.

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  17. MM Bev says:

    I thank you Charlie, for answering my question about the feathered serpent. Well, that phrase stopped, and then all I could think about was the black moon. So after my comment here I began a search. I was aware of the name, quetzalcoatl, that you wrote. I didn’t know the meaning. The symbol of the black crescent moon, is a symbol of quetzalcoatl, the feather serpent, which Our Lady is CRUSHING. At last I understand what the native people “read”. This Queen of Heaven who appeared to Juan Diego, was pregnant with the only God, and she was crushing the cruel god that demanded blood sacrifice each day in order for the sun to continue to rise. And She stands in front of the sun. Truly, it is Rev. 12.
    And like the ancient peoples in Israel, who sacrificed their children to moloch, we have sacrificed ours to convenience for ourselves. The devil was not happy just having their innocent, living bodies. For some time he has sought the souls of our children. If God does not stop him, all will be lost. Maybe the feathered serpent is that ancient. he goes by many names.

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    • Dan Lynch says:

      You may read more here about the scientific findings on the miraculous image and how it spoke as a pictograph to the Aztecs:
      http://jkmi.wsiefusion.net/the-miraculous-image

      Dan Lynch
      Dan Lynch Apostolates promoting devotion to
      Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations,
      Our Lady of America and Saint John Paul II
      Visit our website at http://www.JKMI.com
      E-Mail Us at JKMI@JKMI.com
      May Our Lady of Guadalupe keep you under the mantle of her protection and
      may the Reign of Jesus King of All Nations be recognized in your heart!

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      • charliej373 says:

        The story of the tilma is one of the undeniable ongoing miracles in history. No matter how amazing you think it is, the more you learn about it, the more you discover it is more amazing than you thought.

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    • Connie says:

      MM, reading just now what you wrote above has driven a cold spike deep into my heart. As I was reading I was thinking of Steve’s reference of Allah meaning moon and thinking of Our Lady crushing Muslim conquest once and for allbut not before thinking of Rick Joyner talking about groups coming across the Mexican border and doing something horrible which would have American militiamen fighting on our behalf because (if I remember right?) they weren’t going to be satisfied with our government’s reaction.
      Next I am thinking of my sweet innocent grandbabies and 8 of 10 living in a not so safe area in Texas. And I get avery bad dreadful feeling. Are you enraged about the past or are you enraged about the past and a future in this country? Because now it occurs to me that this country is so complacent that the only way men (most men and women) may become enraged is if someone or something has touched their own women/children and That may be what gets this country out of its lethargy. I am not saying that is good, I am just all of a sudden seeing a sickening thing play out in my mind that could be areality. Is this what has caused you to feel as you do? I can see how white hot mad one could get thinking of all the atrocities- I really did not want to think of them as you were recounting them- it made me ill. But when I began to think a little further, well all I can say is Pray, Pray, Pray. But I really want to know – was my mind the only one going there? Please tell me yes, I will sigh with relief.

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  18. tarja says:

    Hello Charlie,
    I just would like you to read this. It’s an interview of metropolitan Hilarion when back home after the trip to Rome. In his own words…if they count.

    https://mospat.ru/en/2014/10/27/news110297/

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    • charliej373 says:

      Of course his words count, Tarja. I already said that the man is brilliant – and both Vicar and I noted that we had hoped he would be a bridge because of the deep insight he brought to religious matters. And of course he speaks well of the Catholic Church. He wants to mollify her so that she does not interfere with Russian efforts to dismember the Ukranian Uniate Church for temporal reasons. This is an old history in Russia. The old World Council of Churches was a KGB front. We know this from the Mitrokhin Archives from the Soviet Union. Entirely a Soviet Front – which proved very useful to them in getting naieve church leaders from the west to damp down criticism of the Soviets while attacking western institutions. And leading the way in this effort were some Russian Orthodox priests and Bishops who were Soviet agents. I had expected more of Hilarion because of his depth…but he, too, has chosen to be a Russian agent of the state.

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  19. Fran says:

    I’ve been meaning to ask this question Charlie…what are your best sources for news? Anyone else who wants to answer, please do. I would just like to find some true, unbiased, pure news sources.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Everyone brings a slant, Fran…it comes with breathing. The honest ones do not deceive themselves – or readers – about their slant. I go to a multitude of sources. Drudge is a compiler, so it brings me right to the source – and nothing of note happens that Drudge doesn’t note. For analysis, I always check in with National Review.

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  20. I had been slow to get around to reading the story of what happened in the National Cathedral, as I knew it would grieve me to no end, and sure enough, it does. I can never understand the ability for professed Christians to so willingly betray Christ.

    Thank you, Charlie, for the article with more of the details. We can see the picture, and can only wonder why God has not wiped us away with a wave of His hand before now.

    It can be expected that, of course, those poor girls in the photo were all raped before their crucifixions, as that is what they do. Ultimate degradation, always. The only thing the devil hates more than a Christian man, is a Christian woman, and the sickest glee is gained in defiling the most innocent.

    But as to what happened in the Cathedral, I have to say that I feel we Catholics put up with just as much betrayal in our churches, when so many known evidences of satan’s influences are let slide without a word of protest to be heard, in the name of being “welcoming” and “nice”. Not a single word.

    When I first came into the Catholic Church, I, too, had a troubling nun. She was teaching our (Catholic) Cathedral’s RCIA classes, and she happily told me that she didn’t care how people came out of the RCIA classes, whether they came out as Hindus or Buddhists or anything else, so long as they believed in God, that that was all that mattered. And indeed, it appears that many have joined, who never understood or accepted real Catholicism, thanks to that “liberal” attitude. It’s no wonder we have Catholic churches too-full of non-Catholics. We do.

    I would never have joined this Church, if it had not been for Mary in Medjugorje teaching me, then independently studying my way in, the rest of the way. Afterwards, I sat in on a parish council meeting one night, just to be regaled with what equated to a very loose Protestantism, and being told that I was “of the old school”, and that my old-fashioned ideas would not fly with them.

    It’s just a fact: there is much betrayal going on in our own churches. Lord, have mercy.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha, Linda…in the bad old days in the Milwaukee Archdiocese I went to a Mass in a Church that had no kneelers. Now because of my neurological problem, my priest gave me a permanent dispensation from kneeling. I only use it when the pain is really bad…but the kneeling and getting up somehow is one of the most agonizing things I do. If it is on hard ground, it is liable to trigger an episode that will knock me out for a few days. But I get enraged when people refuse to kneel, as a matter of fashion, before Our Lord. So I kneeled. A woman next to me tapped me and told me, sotto voce, “We don’t kneel here.” I smiled sweetly at her and said, “I do.”

      I was in bed a couple of days. But it was well worth it.

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      • MM Bev says:

        Charlie, I am so sorry for your pain, and I so admire and applaud your decision to kneel. After my surgery I couldn’t stand it any more. (No pun intended.) I decided that I was going to kneel. I kneel from the Holy, Holy to the Great Amen. And I kneel for communion and I cannot stand again by myself. It’s easy to train priests. I touch their wrist and hang on if I have no one to help me. They quickly realize they have to assist me to rise and everyone of them have done this without a bat of the eye. I have two Churches trained. I am working on getting up by myself at home. After communion, I kneel until the vessels are purified and removed before I sit. During all of this, with the exception of the Consecration itself, everyone stands. Well, let them. I just can’t anymore. It doesn’t hurt my knees (although a whole rosary causes a lot of pain). I just figure that it’s God. There are one, maybe two other people in the congregation who also knee. But the aberrations described by commentators do not happen in our diocese. The homily depends on the priest: always true, but very few mention what is necessary to say and teach. We have a new priest now, who is 77 and he covers it all. It’s in Scripture, we hear about it. It’s a joy. And he is wonderful, intelligent, kind and a dry wit with wonderful humor. (He announced that we had exceeded our “Faith in Action” goal and he was thrilled. That was the good news. The bad was that it was still in our pockets.) I read the comments here, and nearly weep. I did with regard to your article above. Just when you think people MIGHT put two and two together, they display the most blatant stupidity that demonstrates what God has already begun has not made even the slightest dint in their pathetic brains.
        I was so upset last night I can’t remember if I forwarded an article I found. One woman, who has lost everything, read about what was to take place. She felt called by God to protest.
        http://www.wnd.com/2014/11/christian-booted-from-national-cathedral-speaks-out/ I have never tried to do this before so I hope that it works. The above should provide the information and it’s beautiful to read. One person. One person. For those of you incensed, it will bring some joy.

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      • Mark says:

        You can thank ArchBishop Weakland for having the kneelers removed from that diocese. That is the least of the damage he did while there.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Alas, Mark, I know. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee was just up the road a piece from my Chicago Archdiocese. I was horrified when I went to several Masses there to discover it was in far worse shape, spiritually, than Chicago. Thanks be to God, I did encounter several dioceses after the brief interlude of Cardinal Dolan there where the priest had fully reclaimed orthodoxy. One gave the best, most comprehensive pro-life homily I had ever heard anywhere. I chatted with him afterwards – to compliment him, in particular for standing strong in Milwaukee. He told me that he was a “Dolan priest,” and there was a good contingent of them working to re-evangelize the diocese after the disaster which had been Weakland.

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          • malachi99 says:

            Though I dare say Charlie that weakland was mot without some bed time friends with bernardine in Chicago. But as i always say to my own detractors and calumniators, my faith is not dependent on the fidelity of those who should no better. It certainly would not be an ignoble life to spend ones time praying for our fellow Christians especially those given power and authority.

            God bless,
            JPW

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  21. P.S. To clarify what I wrote:

    “…we Catholics put up with just as much betrayal in our churches, when so many known evidences of satan’s influences are let slide without a word of protest to be heard…”

    I meant: not a word is heard about sin and its consequences in so many of our churches. Certainly there are some churches where true teaching is heard, and it can be heard from the top. But it isn’t heard in many churches, and those in the pews rarely hear what comes down from the top, if ever.

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  22. CathyG says:

    The woman protesting at the cathedral drew to mind another, who’s become known as “the brave German woman”, who similarly protested when an imam was invited to give the islamic call to prayer inside the Lutheran memorial church in Germany last year. You can google the story and I’ll post a link to some coverage as well. What I found most chilling is that the imam used the phrase “Allahu Akbar” which is an Islamic war cry. I also read somewhere that some of the islamic prayers are actually meant to claim the church facilities as islamic holy grounds. Do we know what they are really saying when they pray in arabic?
    http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/raymond-ibrahim/the-brave-german-woman-and-europes-islam-question/

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    • Another good point that those in charge should have considered. As our Christian churches are consecrated, and blessed often, Muslims can go in with the intention of countering that — actually cursing the church. Might as well hold a satanic mass. Not wise at all.

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    • MM Bev says:

      CathyG, thank you so very much for the link. I just read it. It gives such hope when one reads of even one person standing up and saying the truth. Your last question is one that I want to answer.
      My missionary brother worked in Egypt and Lebanon for some years. He is fluent in Arabic and Islamic culture–sufficient to be able to perform the ablutions and enter a mosque undetected.
      (In those areas where there is no water, the ablutions are performed using sand.)

      There are two items I can verify, but must hunt through a pile of papers to provide proof of my statements. One is that when there is an Islamic determination to conquer a country, they stage one attack. It was written on Father Z’s blog. It is the initial stage stating their purpose. That was 7:11. That was the initial foothold. It is a statement in concrete of their intentions for those who have the knowledge. Once that is done, then they attempt to build a facility, using any pretext or name, but whose purpose is to establish a place to train, but near the place of attack. A “Muslim Center” was proposed to be built near the site of the demolished towers. Various reasons were given and I don’t know if it was successful. I believe it was stated that even a mosque would be included. For those who don’t know, a mosque in never more than one story high, so that was an outright lie. (A bonus as lying to an infidel is applauded, for he has been fooled. Once I have found the article I can provide a link or date to research it

      The second item is Obama’s wedding ring. Many photographs have been taken of it. He has worn it for years prior to his marriage. It was the ring that Michelle used as his wedding ring. A Muslim man may not wear a gold ring UNLESS it is inscribed with a line from the Quran. From the photographs it has been clearly determined that the Arabic inscription on the circle of the ring says “Allah is the one god.” The first phrase of the morning prayers. Again I have an article regarding this but have to find it so that I can provide a link now that I know how to do it.

      I will try to get this up as soon as possible, but I have two workmen here to help me move two cords of wood, and I am going out to help them. Back as soon as possible.

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      • MM Bev says:

        Well, I have located one of the two. I know that the first item is on Father Z’s blog, but it was there when the building was being disputed by those against having a Muslim building located so close to the twin towers considering how they had been taken down. I don’t know the ultimate result regarding the building (but odds are P. C. won out), and I have no idea how to find it there. I did have a number of copies that I kept trying to get people to read, but the response then was what it is now this many years later. Nada.

        The second item, is http://www.wnd.com/2012/10/10/obamas-ring-there-is-no-god-but-allah/
        The author of the article is Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D. a WND senior staff reporter. There are a number of photos showing the ring in various positions as it twists around his ringer over time. He was wearing it before he was a Law student.

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  23. Barbara Dore says:

    that is awful to see the old photo of these christian girls being crucified. it is very scary…we should push muslims out of Europe. there is no ifs no buts. just drive them out. no compromise

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  24. Julia says:

    A musings contribution.
    Thank you Charlie for sharing what Cardinal O’Malley actually said in sharing his views on the subject of women in the priesthood. I avoid these topics normally; but thought give Charlie a chance, and you have encouraged this here little old sheep, Mr Sherpa LOL.

    I have read over the years about the atrocious behaviour from muslim ones towards Christians or anyone outside their indoctrination. I am convinced the Crusades were started to protect pilgrims in ancient times, who were savaged on their pilgrimage to Holy Land. However, history seems to have been politically corrected to brain wash later generations into seeing Christians as the antagonists. “Let the buyer beware” is the only thing I can say on these matters.

    The photo you shared has left a deep and sorrowful impression on my heart, understandable why you have been so affected by the latest revelations on the home front and the utter blindness of those in charge of the Christian Cathedral in US.

    Are you familiar with the ‘prophesy’ of Don Bosco. I believe that ‘prophesy’ says it all, And have felt with each blood thirsty carnival reported that muslims, possessed by the devil, are fulfilling Don Bosco’s prophesy. You see, in 1510, the Christians listened to the then Pope and took to the Holy Rosary, how many of us today are lucky to get more than a handful to join a rosary in our Churches. So we are now facing the outcome of ignoring Our Lady of Fatima.
    In a nutshell
    For 5 First Saturdays to make reparation for sins against Our Lady’s Divine Motherhood.
    1 Monthly Confession
    2 Spend 15 minutes in meditation on one or more Mysteries of Holy Rosary in the Church.
    3 Offer Holy Rosary for Our Ladys’ intentions.
    4 Receive Holy Eucharist.
    5 Learn to fast twice a week, at least from something, if not on bread and water.

    We may not stop the slaughter now; but God may give us the grace to suffer and trust Him whatever comes.
    God bless.

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  25. Irish7 says:

    In other musings…and speaking of Drudge..is it just me or are things rising to a fever pitch by the minute now? There is violence in each headline today and the comments that follow have a murderous spirit. Am I alone in suspecting a 4th intifada in Israel? We have anti Semitism violence in the US, protesters openly threatening upcoming violence and looting, citizens openly calling other citizens to arms to protect against them, Americans bombed in a Jerusalem church, Jihadis cutting off heads….and an American Administration inciting it all. I just assume everyone is as on edge as I am, but when I speak of these things, they look at me like I’m a loon. I guess we can all be loons together.

    Also, Drudge linked to an article about a mysterious Russian space launch yesterday. I can’t find a way to link it here. I would have formerly read it through the Russia/Putin as conquest/aggressor lens that the journalist was presenting. Thanks to Charlie, I looked a little deeper. Sure enough, tucked away at the end of the article, it mentions that China has had this technology we fear Russia just launched since 2007. So perhaps Russia is prudently keeping up with China to play defense rather than offense as the article suggested. I also noticed a few days ago in the articles about Russia’s unprecedented expansion of it’s patrols to include the Gulf of Mexico, the general consensus was that this is a provocative move on their part. Maybe so, but when pressed, Russia’s defense was something along the lines of “of course this is essential given the current state of the world.” This explanation was mocked out of hand by the journalist, but given our discussions here, I thought perhaps it is the simple truth. They could have been stating the obvious….the Gulf of Mexico needs defending and we are doing it out of self preservation. I wonder … (and fear).

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    • charliej373 says:

      These things must come…and are often not what they seem (and I am beginning to think NEVER what they seem to the idiot press).

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    • Joe says:

      Irish7, I would add just one additional, and perhaps minor, thing. We in the upper midwest had a brutally long and cold winter last year. This year is already putting last year to shame. This morning when I got up, it was 6 deg. F (natural temp, no wind chill). That is nothing special for us, in January, but it is quite unusual in mid-November. I know this pales in comparison to all the other things you mention, but I keep thinking of something Michael Brown has said – that nature herself is groaning under the sin of man.

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  26. Irish7 says:

    In Ferguson, the protesters are threatening the community and the community is taking up arms to defend itself. Am I crazy or is that civil war?!? The protesters at the past two Republican Conventions were jeering and throwing bags of urine and feces at particpants trying to enter via police blockades and tape. To say that something is just not right is an understatement. Ok, sorry, I’m a bit riled up today.

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    • It is serious. This could be bad. Protestors are calling on over 60 cities to protest. This could lead to something bad. We lived not too far from the LA riots rafter the Rodney King beating and it was bad. We had a mandatory curfew for a week. People were going crazy. This stuff in Missouri could spread from city to city over night. I had a dream about it last week. I dreamt that I looked out the window and I could see smoke from fires being set and we lost all power. In my dream I knew it was from the Missouri crisis. We need to pray.

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  27. Doreen says:

    Hi Charlie!

    I read everyone of your blogs but I never post however this post touched a part of my life.

    As an Armenian Catholic I want to thank you so much for at least bringing some sort of attention to the atrocities that Armenians suffered under the Muslims in order to keep their Christianity. I have grown up my entire life with my grandmother telling us daily the horrific cruelties she underwent during that period and she used to cry about it until the day she died. Her brother was skinned alive in her lap, babies were ripped out of pregnant women and put on stakes, virgin girls were gang raped and killed, thousands of people put into Churches, locked in and set fire to (this was in the city of Marash in Turkey where my mothers family is from) just to name a few things. That is why the Euphrates river is full of the bones of thousands of Armenian girls who drowned rather than being subjected to rape. The hunger and starvation they went through crossing the desert from Turkey into Syria with most of them dying.

    I don’t want to make this about the Genocide but the reason I mention all this is that my ancestors of that generation could never understand why the Westerners, who were supposed to be Christian, never helped them and why we in any way shape or form elevated the Muslims. The English threw boiling water onto the Armenians who were trying to get onto there boats. The French put cloths on the horses hooves so that they would not make any noise in the middle of the night as they left them in there camps. My great uncle caught them doing it. The Americans just ignored them. These were the Christian nations and they left them to die.

    Sorry if I rambled on and bored anyone but I just felt compelled to mention these things and thank you for allowing people to see how hard won our Christianity is and I hope and pray dearly to God that in the coming storm I am able to stand up even a fraction of the way my ancestors did for our religion.

    Thank you again Charlie, please keep on writing and posting and I pray that I take the next right step every time though I feel like I am floundering day.

    God Bless you all

    Doreen

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    • charliej373 says:

      Thank you, Doreen. It is a puzzle to me, too, why so often modern Christians, who claim to admire the faith of previous Christians who went to their deaths rather than betray Christ, can be so easily dissuaded from proclaiming the Gospel now just for fear that someone might talk ugly about them…or that they might be inconvenienced. It is a poverty of the spirit.

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    • Carol says:

      I am so sorry for the horrible things done to your family. Reading all this today makes me so sick to my stomach; I had no idea of these things which have taken place in our world in the last century, none, goes to show what a bubble I live in. Most of all it makes me very ashamed I worry about stupid things when so many in our world today suffer terrible abuses. May God Bless us all.

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    • donna269 says:

      Doreen,
      I am horrified by your family’s struggles…..and also horrified to see the crucifixion of those young girls….Satan is having his day, but not for long….amazing how Americans are not fed this piece of info in History classes. Because Turkey is an ally?

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    • audiemarie2014 says:

      Dear Doreen,
      Thank you for posting this terribly sad story of what your grandmother and family had to endure. I wanted to reply right away, but could not think of any words to express the sorrow and shame I felt. I am so very sorry for what they experienced and that I had no idea about this history of what happened to Armenians. We like to bury our heads in the sand. Even now, so many would rather deny what is happening “somewhere else” and so can’t see what is coming to our own little safe havens. I don’t know if I could have survived what your grandmother went through. I am praying for humility, justice and wealth of the spirit. I’m glad you shared this, Doreen, because we all need to know the truth.

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    • Fran says:

      Doreen, I am like others here who read your words, and although I had many feelings; I had no words to respond. I am still struggling with a response, but at least feel that I need to thank you for sharing your family’s story. I believe as your ancestors were, you are more brave and courageous than you think,and you have a family of saints and martyrs standing ready for you. God bless you.

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    • Mary W. says:

      The Turks to this day deny the genocide of the Armenian people. How can this fact be kept under wraps so long? I recommend reading the book: Musa Degh by Franz Wurfel. He tells the horrible story, fictionalized, but none the less the story of such sad proportions it makes the stomach turn. Thanks Doreen for educating others on this gruesome piece of history. We need to know it, and understand, and pray even more.

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  28. MM Bev says:

    Dear, dear Doreen. Thank you so much for your entry which must have cost you a great deal of pain to write. We NEED to hear these things. Although we were not yet born when they happened, today we are reaping the grief of God’s heart when these things and many in our own lifetimes were done. Always, always God leaves survivors so that the truth is told. None of us can claim ignorance and so it is that you have to have the courage to tell your history however painful. Only in this way, can our eyes be truly opened until finally we can stand the lies and ignorance no longer. Then reaching for God’s hand, we finally stand for honesty and Truth and become true followers of Jesus, Our Savior.

    This entry is called “Musings”. That title seems,, on the face of it, innocuous. But what we have learned from you Charlie, and some of the commentators like Doreen who are brave enough to share what must be excruciating to tell, is a great blessing for us. Doreen, what you say is completely new information for us. Even I didn’t know about what you have said. I have studied and read of the Muslim conquests and atrocities during the Middle Ages, and yes, the Crusades were in essence a response, sometimes resulting in tragedy.

    I knew from my brother about the Coptic Christians of Egypt etc. But of Turkey, I had no information. I feel so ashamed and sick that in the West this was completely ignored and when information is given it is tortuously twisted. There are scholars who actually maintain that the people captured and enslaved by the Muslims in the Middle Ages were actually better off because of it.

    Thank you for writing what must have cost you such pain that we might open our eyes.

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  29. MM Bev says:

    Musings. And that means “Go for it”, “It’s up for grabs”. I think you said any topic could be included.
    Therefore, (another word I like), I intend to switch it up. Sort of. First, Charlie, I am so glad that we ladies were able to make you feel so at home here on your own blog.
    Second, a repeated theme has been how whatever is prepared does not correspond to the reality to come. You had to learn thanks to the fact that God had you leave everything and all security and walk, WALK, across the country.
    In my brother’s order, people have to take turns in obedience if necessary. So, he got called back (reluctantly for him) to undertake the young men’s second year of training. Seems there was a problem, without a solution. To work in another country with the poor, a degree was required by the country. (Go figure). Now the order would prepare the young brothers and priests, and they got whatever scholastically they needed and headed out. After six months or so, a good number couldn’t stand the living situation, and left the order. Rather expensive. So there is my brother (I will call him Mark), and he had to figure out Charlie’s dilemma. And, because it was a few, under his control, and not heading into a war so to speak, he came up with a solution that helped. (Unlike poor Charlie who has all of us, and absolutely no control except if he decides to expunge us from the blog comments-a very weak whip.) So off Mark went, down to Harlem, and found a burnt out tenement, and rented an apartment on the fifth floor. The group moved in. Reality check. They were not the only ones living there. There were no working bathrooms. I guess that meant no running water. Fifth floor. Nearest washroom (and we can all guess what it was like) was in the subway tunnel. And they are’t allowed to pee off the burnt out area like the other men did. Well, all went as Mark thought. If they couldn’t live under those circumstances, (which, frankly were better than where they were going), then better to wash out now before all that money was spent on them. Problem solved. Some made it and thrived. Some didn’t and left.
    Now if you could just round us up, Charlie, and send us off one by one across the country (and we’d take wire snipers)….Apart from that we will ferret and squirrel around and end up leaving it all behind for someone else….. doing your three steps because you have drill and drill and drill and drill. Thank you.

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  30. malachi99 says:

    Hi Guys,
    I’m really enjoying this musings platform so I thought I’d stir things up a bit. In light of the comments regarding Islam above what is the consensus regarding Pope Saint JP II’s kissing of the koran some years ago? 🙂

    JPW

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    • charliej373 says:

      I don’t read Arabic, Malachi, BUT, I did look at the frontispiece on seven different Korans…all of which are identical. The book that JPII kissed did NOT have the same inscription on the front as those Korans. I have not seen evidence other than assertions on the Internet that JPII did kiss a Koran, along with a picture of him kissing a book with an Arabic inscription on the front. I know it is sometimes a diplomatic custom in the Middle East for heads of state to kiss gifts given them. So before I would make an assumption about it, I would want to know that A) he actually DID kiss a Koran and B) that he knew that was what he was doing. Both facts have been asserted, but neither has been demonstrated me. This could be as innocuous as bait for the unlettered conspiracy-minded as the tales that swept the Internet that the Catholic Church has embraced satan because some idiots noticed that some Latin hymns used in worship use the innocuous Latin word, “lucifer.”

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    • E. Allison says:

      Malachi, even if it was a koran, and PJP2 knew it, it is disappointing, but not a problem for the Church. Popes are promised infallibility (when ruling on matters of faith and morals), not impeccability (personal perfection). One only has to look to Gal 2, where Peter messes up and is rebuked by Paul because of Peter’s inconsistent behavior with Gentiles vs. Jews. So, for me, it is a non issue.

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  31. ellenchris says:

    and Jesus said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a Wedding Feast. . . ” He is the Bridegroom and we are the Bride. Every wedding should show exactly that — and it sounds like yours really did.

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  32. Bob says:

    And to add to this musing the teachings of our church to respect whatever is good in another faith and Mary’s words at Medjugorge to work to be at peace with the people of differing religions. My thought is that like St Paul said of persons married to unbelievers, we should remain at peace with them as they may be converted by our love and peacefulness but if they refuse to be peaceful towards us or others we are responsible for than we have a duty to be loving and yet truthful and even forceful in defending ourselves and others from their attacks.

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  33. Kati says:

    George Weigel’s thoughts on all of this are wonderful to read. I love when I read things that are filled with so much logic and truth. Sadly, we don’t have enough of this type of reading available today via the common media. It is heart wrenching to see how really ignorant the people of our American pop culture are these days. We have heard a great deal about Jonathon Gruber (chief architect of “Obamacare”) and his remarks about how easy it is to fool the American people. What he and those responsible for this reprehensible law did to cover the unpleasant truths of this law was grossly immoral…and yet, he is accurate, to a great extent, in noting the ignorance (and I say the APATHY) of a large segment of our population. I honestly believe that the only way to restore even our educational system is to junk it and start over. It is no longer based on truth and morality. I have stated this before as a type of hyperbole to point out how really awful it is. Perhaps a part of our storm will do just that! Well…I am saving good books and will pray God’s protection on them so that some may actually have the chance to use them if I am not around. 🙂 Thank you, charlie for another super post!!

    Ahhh well, I am in a rush again. I’ve been exceptionally busy the last several days…though I have been reading some of what has been posted here. I am off to Mass and adoration and will hold all of you up in prayer this evening.

    One more thing for Charlie…since this is a Musings thread, can I ask how things are coming on the prayer group booklet? I honestly do NOT mean to pressure you in any way…just curious.

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  34. Observer says:

    Musings by Billy Graham:

    Billy Graham: In Our ‘Lawless and Wicked Age … We’ve Taught the Philosophy of the Devil — ‘Do As You Please’

    …….Further, rearing children in this culture is difficult because “we have taken God out of our educational systems and thought we could get away with it,” said Rev. Graham. “We have sown the wind, and we are now reaping the whirlwind. We have laughed at God, religion and the Bible.”

    Reverend Graham’s commentary, first broadcast in August 1955, was published in the November 4, 2014 issue of Decision magazine, under the headline “Raising Children in a Godless Age.”

    “Many Christian parents are becoming fearful that they cannot properly train their children in this lawless and wicked age,” and are asking, “What can I do with my son? My daughter?” said Rev. Graham.

    “We are beginning to reap what has been sown for the past generation,” he said. “We have taught the philosophy of the Devil, who says, ‘Do as you please.’ Behaviorism has been the moral philosophy of much of our education in the past few years.”

    Rev. Graham continued, “Many of our educational leaders sneer at the old-fashioned idea of God and a moral code. Movies feature sex, sin, crime and alcohol. Teenagers see these things portrayed alluringly on the screen and decide to go and try them. Newspapers have played up crime and sex until they seem glamorous to our young people.”

    One of the fundamental problems, according to Rev. Graham, is the failure of parents to fight “the Devil in the home” through discipline and, as a result, “children are allowed to go wild.”

    Parents must spend time with their children, set a good example for them, discipline them, and teach them to “know God,” said the pastor, who has five children and 19 grandchildren.

    “If you fail to discipline your children, you are breaking the laws, commandments and statutes of God,” said Rev. Graham. “You are guilty not only of injuring the moral, spiritual and physical lives of your children, but of sinning against God. The Bible says that if you fail to discipline your children, you actually hate them.”

    The best way to influence your children, he added, is to set a good example because “the majority of children acquire the characteristics and habits of their parents.”

    As for teaching your children to know God, Rev. Graham said, “Very seldom do parents have trouble with children when the Bible is read regularly in the home, grace is said at the table and family prayers take place daily. Most trouble with teenagers comes from children reared in homes where prayer is neglected, the Bible is never opened and church attendance is spasmodic. Christ gives the moral stability, understanding, wisdom and patience needed to rear children.”

    There is only one solution to combating the problems afflicting young people, concluded Rev. Graham, and that answer is Christ: “Christ in the home, in the lives of the parents, is the only permanent solution to the menacing teenage social problems in America.”

    ……..Franklin Graham, also a pastor and one of Billy Graham’s sons, says that his father has good days and bad days and is still reading the Bible every day and praying frequently. Bill Graham turned 96 earlier this month on Nov. 7. Good man.

    more……http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/michael-w-chapman/billy-graham-our-lawless-and-wicked-age-weve-taught-philosophy-devil-do

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  35. Fran says:

    Since you said we can share random things on a Musings post. Seeing all these pictures of people snowed in, and some without power, in the blizzard made me think of sharing this idea, if you don’t mind, Charlie. Its for a cheap, but apparently pretty good indoor heat source using tea lights and flower pots and a bread pan. (I haven’t tried it yet though). Might be too late for those snowed in and without power in the Northeast, but still be helpful to someone who sees this.

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  36. Friends, a few nights ago I had a very disturbing dream in which I was physically threatened with sexual assault by an evil man. However, I was able to scream for help and the attacker was not able to silence me. I was not afraid when I woke up. But I sure prayed! Upon further reflection I came to realize the dream was a call to prayer (as are most of my dreams), a call to pray for all those being sexually assaulted in our day in unprecedented numbers and with such unimaginable violence! There is an appalling increase in violent pornography, in violent sexual assault, in women and children being used as sex slaves, in rape as a weapon of war and terror, more and more reports about celebrities like Bill Cosby and Jian Gomeshi being accused of serial sexual assaults, massive international pedophile rings–just the tip of the iceberg.

    I am so sick about this I can barely write about it. I feel called especially to pray the Flame of Love prayer for this intention. In my dream, my screams for help could not be silenced. I think this is very important. Let us lift our voices and beg our Savior for help! “Holy Mary, Mother of God, spread the effect of grace of Thy Flame of Love over all those being sexually abused, and over all of humanity now and at the hour of our death. Amen.” What reparation is owed to the most pure Hearts of Jesus and Mary! O sweet Jesus, have mercy!

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    • Observer says:

      Janet,
      I’ve felt a push myself to begin a prayer group in my home and the night of the first gathering I dreamt that a tall figure, in seemingly a gray/white suit, not alarming but for the treacherous appearance of the eyes with a great desire to do away with me, came over me and attempted to begin to come at me as to strangle me or forcefully hold me down. Now this is NOT usual for me. But I never felt any fear, for the protective presence of our lady was just there, with me, as if she was standing with her mantle or arms extended against this other presence. I esp. felt this calling for a prayer group after reading Mary’s message of the many blessings for these times that she will now give to those who go to esp. those places: Churches, shrines, or prayer groups under her name…great blessings. Our group is one named for The Flame of Love and we add that requested wording to each Hail Mary in our rosary…as well as praying the call for her to come as “The Woman Clothed with the Sun, come and do not delay” after each decade!

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    • Fran says:

      I will Janet. I especially have children and teenagers on my mind and heart, and I always pray for them. This pains me so much. I can’t imagine how much it hurts Jesus and Mary! Jesus have mercy!

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    • Connie says:

      It sickens me too. My heart is troubled very frequently about all victims of human trafficking. They are in the shadowy underbelly of evil where it is hard to find them to rescue them. I prayed your prayer above last nite. But today I was reminded that we can all adore Baby Jesus and offer up reparation to His Innocence and Purity most especially during this Advent season. I am going to adore Baby Jesus in His creche and place all victims of sexual abuse there with Him as often as I can remember to this year.

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  37. Observer says:

    Charlie, do with this what you will….speaking of the “storm”….I’ve been looking at this question now for some years and all of the connections to previous “fly by’s” thousands of years ago as with Noah et al:

    From a NASA insider who is rather, shall we say, “earthy” in some of his descriptions (re: magnetic pull enough to a pole shift of earth):

    (one could also imagine from the above description of the effect on the brain/mind that such a moment could elicit the moment of the prophesied “illumination of conscience”….as heaven works through natural events)

    with most recent backup:

    and then we have a planet flip mentioned by Sondra Abrahams (near death experiences….linked in past by Spirit Daily and Archbishop Hannan’s FOCUS videos): at 2 min. 20 seconds:

    Many articles from 1983 in at least 6 major newspapers that NASA has since scrubbed:

    http://www.educatinghumanity.com/2012/05/planet-x-niribu-old-articles-that-have.html

    And after years of permitting messages and prayer groups at Emmitsburg there came this message that shut the whole thing down due to the ignorant assessment that “Mary would never speak of apocalyptic matters or mention such scary things”….(must have missed out on the vision of hell to the little children at Fatima):

    Public Message
    Our Lady of Emmitsburg
    To the World
    through Gianna Sullivan
    June 1, 2008

    My dear little children, praised be Jesus!

    Little ones, thank you for coming to pray. Know how much God loves you. He has given you tremendous gifts.

    Children, for the last 20 years I have oftentimes spoken of “change.” I have told you that there is no time for fear; there is only time for change. You must know by now that I have recently spoken of an arising of “two suns.” When you see the two suns on the horizon, you must know that this is a time of change, a time of this new beginning about which I have spoken to you before. After you see the two suns, there is only a short time before you will see a tremendous change in weather. After this, as you know, there are more changes to come.

    Children, God did not create only the Earth. God is the Creator of the cosmos, with its many galaxies, many orbits, different stars and different planets. God is the Creator! There are other planets like earth, far beyond your understanding.

    I can tell you this: Even your governments and the Church authorities already have knowledge of the stars aligning and its implications upon you. You must not fear but must be prepared, primarily spiritually.

    After awhile, you will see a time when there is another body in orbit around your solar system, coming between Earth and the Sun and leading to tremendous devastation. Approximately 60-70% of the world’s population, as you know it, will cease. Of those who survive, 60% of them could die of disease and starvation.

    Prayer is the answer! Prayer can mitigate much of anything to come. Love and unity must be at the forefront, not survival of the fittest. But I can assure you that secretly those in governmental positions around the world and Church authorities

    (NASA shutting down and blocking on Google sky even the space they were watching andVatican’s infrared telescope in Arizona, watching) http://projectavalon.net/forum4/showthread.php?54363-The-Vatican-NASA-The-Lucifer-Telescope-Nibiru-Nemesis-

    all know. As your Mother and with you as children of God, it is my duty to forewarn you and to draw you to my Son for protection.
    Look not too far before you will see two suns. Make my words known to all people: Life is important because God loves you. Those who are in control of the financial world think differently. But I your Mother know what true Life is!

    So prepare, spiritually prepare. You will always be with my Son if you trust. God has a special plan, a new beginning! Look to Him; and do not fear, but love with all your heart.

    I look to you, and I answer your prayers. Even if you are a sinner, and even if you were wrong, I come for your intercession. Now you must remove your “self” from your desires and look to help all people.

    Peace to you (fading whisper).

    As mentioned above, this “Planet X” will be seen with wings and other astronomers have also related with the magnetic pull downwards when approaching between earth and our sun it will also appear as a cross in the sky: Faustina: All light in the heavens will be extinguished, and there will be a great darkness over the whole earth. Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky, and from the openings where the hands and the feet of the Saviour were nailed will come forth great lights which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day.”

    And you can’t help but compare to the alarming movement of the sun in the miracle at Fatima, seeming to head to earth, as some kind of precursor of this incoming object to be seen as a “second sun”.

    to sum up: hmmmmm!

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      I still remember that I had a powerful dream that I saw two suns on eastern line, about 10 am between 12 am. The sky was blue and they looked “very beautiful”…Suddenly, I found myself in a different room, like ” a hologram suite.” I saw an angel looking at me and he looked very serious. He pointed at the Blessed Sacrament on the altar. I realised I was in a small chapel. I have to say that it was very beautiful to look at… It was many years ago, maybe 20 years ago.

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    • ellenchris says:

      If something that large were actually solid, as “Ken” asserts, and such a thing came that close to the outer planets, such as Saturn, those planets would not merely have some storm spots on their surfaces, they would get *knocked right the heck out of their orbits*!! Check with NASA. Their orbits have not been disrupted. No government agency could keep a thing like that secret because it would be obvious to any kid with a telescope sticking out of his/her bedroom window.

      Theology was once called the “Queen of the Sciences.” Theology tells us about God and about the “whys” of our existence; science tells us about the “whats” and “hows.” Each has its good and proper place. However, when the two are conflated so that science seems to be explaining what is properly “Super-natural,” that is, the God stuff, then both science and theology are falsified.

      You have your right to “muse” like everybody else, but I do not see this conflation as being valid in terms of the tests of what is true or not. God could certainly use a giant hot planet with a very long elliptical orbit as His instrument. But I agree with Charlie that the particular instrument of the Lord’s activity is not the point. We could all die tomorrow morning, or in the next 10 minutes. The “whats” and “hows” are less important than our relationship with God and our dedication to Him and our neighbor.

      This is not an attack against you personally, Observer. My curiosity got piqued by the Nibiru thing I while ago, and I read up on it a little. Honestly, I just don’t think it holds water. It has the feel of another internet conspiracy hoax. Not everything out there is a hoax. But, this one — it wouldn’t surprise me at all if there were some folks out there getting a big kick out of trying to make this one look real. Blessings to you and yours.

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      • Observer says:

        Not to belabor this offering of the work and evidence from those who have become quite involved with the basic astronomical evidence of “something out there” as well as the findings of same from earlier civilizations and their own interpretations that come to same conclusions, the various studies contain of course the personal tweakings and interpretations of this evidence according to the particular personal interests of each.

        The object/system at such a distance could not be seen without a specialized and sophisticated infrared telescope. Of course as it nears earth such “viewings” will be different and that will alas be rather late to the “party”. There is no way for any amateur to observe such except by those reports from the most sophisticated findings where, yes, I’m afraid have been scrubbed on purpose of preventing chaotic reactions by entire world cultures.

        Here is some explanation of this happening by google sky cooperating with the govt. to hide NASA’s former error of announcing this sighting….as well as the media kept from stories of such: (in fact people today are just becoming aware of these various venues (google, Facebook, etc. being used by govt. entities like NSA to collect info for purposes of control or “security”)

        http://crisisboom.com/2011/01/20/nibiru-planet-2012/

        The Vatican’s own telescope had to be equipped with such infrared cameras (designed by the Germans) for such exploration into the far reaching realms. And it was reported to be billions of miles out there…beyond Pluto (now demoted from planet status). The things that got NASA looking (and still looking) was the notice of those distant planets wobbling beyond what is normal. There has also been disturbance of the Oort Cloud or Kuiper Belt evidenced by such space “junk” incoming and not noticed until days before impact like what happened in Russia last year with the meteor impact of equivalent of force of atomic bomb. At the same time there was Asteroid 2012 DA14 making the closest recorded pass of an asteroid to the Earth. When meteors break up before entry one could witness something that might explain various prophecies of “rain of fire falling from the sky”.

        “Nibiru”/”Nemesis” itself is noted to be an object on the outer most band of this “system” that orbits around our sun and when seen will be the harbinger of the incoming system itself. Some explanation of this:

        There is a lot to take in via those who have been following not only the reports from the few infrared sightings but just how the government has been reacting…Marshall Masters being one of them.

        http://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/the-history-of-the-search-for-planet-x-nibiru-a-cross-in-the-heavens-signalling-the-2nd-coming-of-jesus-christ/

        The “system” during such a fly by will come within 14 million kilometers of earth which will amount to tremendous magnetic pull upon the core elements of the earth and cause any predicted movement of earth’s floating plates to other positions (as described by Sondra Abrahams’ given insights from her near death experience).

        I will just end with this: according to how much data has been collected, or even personal interest one has in this information, one will be more or less excited or convinced about this prediction to come from within God’s created and amazing Cosmos. And of course that’s fine since it is prayer itself that is the most meaningful help for both earthly confusion/wars etc. AND the natural kind of purification which cause will be seen coming from outside the controls of earth! God bless.

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        • ellenchris says:

          I am not saying that a kid with a telescope could see the “entity.” I am saying that the gravitational *effects* of the entity upon the visible planets of our solar system would quickly become apparent to anyone who looks at Saturn, etc. It would be a domino effect, or better yet, a billiard table. As for the historical hints — they bear a lot of interpretation. Some of the ideas found in these interpretations have their roots in the same folks who brought us Theosophy — grandparent of the New Age Movement. But hey, view it from your own standpoint. Trust in the Lord! The rest will work itself out.

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          • Observer says:

            Theosophy? From NASA?? And the articles of no less than 6 major newspapers from the early 1980s made note of just such magnetic “pulls” with their disturbance of those outward planets that you seem to be looking for.

            http://rabbithole2.com/news/top_news/revisiting_old_planet_x_nibiru_destroyer_10th_planet_news.php

            and elsewhere……On January 25, 1983, NASA launched the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS). During its roughly ten month time in operation, IRAS detected an object in space that was / is ‘possibly as large as Jupiter’. NASA scientists working with the IRAS project also stated that this object was so close to Earth that it ‘could be part of our solar system’. These facts regarding this mysterious mass were reported in a highly controversial article that was published in The Washington Post by reporter, Peter O’Toole. The story was entitled, “Possibly as Large as Jupiter; Mystery Heavenly Body Discovered”. And was released on December 30, 1993, eleven moths after the telescope-carrying IRAS was launched.

            A second article entitled, “Planet X – Is It Really Out There”, was released by US News and World Report on September 10 1984. This piece stated that according to NASA scientists, a force generated by something invisible to the naked eye, was ‘mysteriously tugging at the orbits of Uranus and Nepune’.

            And lastly, in 1992 a NASA press release stated the following, “Unexplained deviations in the orbits of Uranus and Neptune point to a large outer solar system body of 4 to 8 Earth masses, on a highly tilted orbit, beyond 7 billion miles from the sun.”

            The commonality of these reports were initially received with agreement by the better part of the astronomical community. And a conclusion was drwan that something is definitely out there.

            http://nibiruchronicles.blogspot.com/2011/01/1984-cover-up.html

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  38. Observer says:

    Corrected link to Sondra Abrahams video interview re: earth flip, for my comment above: (begin around 2 min. 20 sec.):

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  39. Connie says:

    a true -not a fairy tale- wedding! I just wish I could hear it in person from beginning to end …sigh….

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    • Irish7 says:

      Thank you Connie and ellenchris. I had never connected my “gift” with that Scripture passage! Of course! You have made my day, thank you!

      @ellenchris….you had mentioned somewhere that you believe the Anglicans are a potential conduit for the coming unity. I completely agree! I have personally experienced them as a bridge between East and West and Protestant and Catholic. I wonder if they have received a special charism and have an important role to play. I really am a fan of this denomination especially as they have distanced themselves from the Episcopalian heresies. Did I read correctly that you are married to an Anglican priest? In the Armenian Orthodox church we once attended there were many Anglican converts. It was such a lovely community. I learned there that the Orthodox believe that the wife of the priest has a special anointing and calling as well and acts as mother to the parish. I always found that to be very beautiful. Men and women compliment one another to reflect a fuller image of God, and that was very evident when the man and wife ministered as mother and father (embracing not confusing gender roles). I have no agenda in this regard, but I do sometimes wonder about the difficulty of Catholic priests as they have the heavy demands of fatherhood without the complimentarity and support of the Sacrament of marriage. Also, I have been wondering about your health? Did you get news on a tumor? I am praying for you. Also, one thing I most love about Anglicans is their openness and understanding of the charismatic gifts. We had a ragtag group of people that gathered for healing services, and God blessed the services with many tangible healings for myself included. Disappearing tumors was one of the things that were most often reported so I wanted to mention it to you. Be assured of my prayers.

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  41. Gary says:

    Demographics is everything..

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    • Cecilia says:

      Our hope is in the name of the Lord. Charlie has said it will be a totally different world, and I don’t think he meant dominated by Islam. Our Blessed Mother will take care of all those demographics, with mass conversions. It will be a Christian world, no more contraception or abortion, if I understand the coming Storm and the aftermaths.

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    • Gary says:

      Well Cecelia and Connie it is the future right now. Short of a miracle this is the trajectory. Already in many parts of European nations they are governed by Sharia law. Ten tears from now it will grow to critical mass changing the face of once Christian nations. How this fits into God’s timeline I know not, but my hope is not in this world but rather the next. The world in rapidly descending into lawlessness and darkness and with in and on the outside of the Church there seems an utter blindness to the coming ruin.

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  42. Cecilia says:

    Charlie, immediately upon seeing the picture of the crucified girls I burst into tears, realizing that similar things are taking place this very day. I simply cannot conceive of this kind of evil. If nothing else could convince one that Islam is from the devil, this picture alone should do it. It is clear that this evil has been multiplying now for a hundred years. I do not understand what seems to be nothing more than a politically correct stance of the Church regarding Islam. And in the face of this unmitigated evil, I do not understand. I am beside myself with confusion. Is evil silencing the good? Is fear? I can’t think about it. It is too painful.

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  43. Cecilia says:

    PS. I do realize it is all within God’s Providence but even so, it does not lesson the pain. Jesus have mercy.

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    • Connie says:

      It is truly painful and bewildering because stark evil has just stared many of us in the face for the first time with those horrible images of those innocents. Really though, not unlike aborted babies. so satan is having his heydey but Charlie says Our Lady is putting a stop to it soon. his reign of terror will end soon with, God help us, millions of conversions with the Muslim people being part of those conversions. So Gary demographics is not everything. Our Merciful God Is.

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  44. dennis says:

    I listened to the cardinals comments on 60 min. and i understood exactly what he said.
    i don’t know how his comment on woman in the priesthood could have been mis-understood…
    furthermore what woman would want to become a priest? it would be an un-natural act for a
    woman just as it would be an un-natural act for a man to want to give birth to a child. God created
    woman to “fill the earth” he created men to minister to the offspring of that union which is just as powerful if not more so then the priesthood.

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    • charliej373 says:

      It did rather surprise me that such a hoo-hah was raised about it, Dennis. The Cardinal was wry in his comment, but there was no ambiguity in it at all.

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    • Patricia says:

      My thought has been that we, the woman, bring forth the bodies of our children and the men are able to bring forth the body of Christ. How it gets confused is beyond me.

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  45. Mary A. says:

    As for cosmic events in history, read Immanuel Velikovsky.

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    • Gary says:

      Velikovsky and Einstein were colleagues at the same university and were known by each. I had the pleasure of talking to Velikovsky on the phone shortly before he died. It bothered me that he would not state his belief in God. Yet I do not think he was an atheist. He theory in a nutshell was that Jupiter gained too much mass and a part of it through centrifugal force was spun off. That mass had several near collisions with the Earth during the time of Moses and was the cause of the plagues of Egypt. He pieced together books of that era that all pointed to this as a world wide calamity. It caused the axis of the earth to shift. That shift in the axis caused species of animals to be flash freezed which account for the wooly elephants found in Siberia frozen but intact.
      He also stated that this mass eventually found its route around the Sun which became Venus.
      Interestingly to the consternation of Carl Sagan and other:scientific authorities of the 60’s
      Velikovsky said that if his catastrophic theory of ancient history was accurate that Venus
      would be found to have an extremely hot surface. When the Mariner 2 in 1962 measured the temperature of Venus they were astounded to find it 15615°F.

      Velikovsky apparently attempted to in a sense, to de-mythologize the Old Testament but never acknowledged this as an action of God.

      If ancient history should repeat it self as in the time of Noah and Moses I wonder how many will see this as an accident and not the Hand of God. It was said that God sent to mankind
      the Flood to punish mankind and he would send fire the next time.

      Another interesting aside; the Jews of antiquity believed that meteorites were some kind of divine light. They called them rocks, Hence Jesus called Simon, Peter, and upon this Rock the gates of Hell will not prevail. Also the Holy Grail, the chalice that Christ raised to His Father and said this is my Blood of the New and Eternal Covenant, was the same chalice used by Melchizedek of whom came so close to the offerings of Christ.

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  46. marti says:

    When I was visiting my late Spiritual Father, Bishop Roman Danylak in Toronto one evening while we were chatting in his living room he called Gianna Talone Sullivan who he knew and approved of her messages. I asked the question, “Is there anywhere we can read about the two Suns that our Lady speaks about in your message you received on June 5, 2008?” She replied, ” Yes, read the book that was so dear to St. Theresa, “The End of the Present World.” She used to go into ecstasy reading it and even took it to her convent with her. Spiritdaily.com carries the book.

    Also, the headline for today on Spiritdaily.com and what the Pope has said should be taken
    VERY SERIOUSLY…
    “Pope warns that greed is destroying earth and will provoke nature into doomsday vengeance”.
    Its ALL coming to a head. Look at Buffalo!! Charlie was right about Christmas, as was a visionary who told me this same thing two years ago regarding last Christmas…”It would be our last happy Christmas until the Triumph.” Her name is Yvetta from the island of Goa.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, I said it would be our last traditional Christmas until the rescue. Many, of course, will be very unhappy through this – but I am very happy, for this is the instrument by which our deliverance comes – for which I have waited all my life, and which is now at hand. I will cherish these next three Christmases as islands in the Storm.

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      • malachi99 says:

        Hi Charlie,
        When you say it will “be our last traditional Christmas” are you thinking from a North American perspective or a global one (thus foreseeing perhaps a cosmic event???) . And just to clarify by Traditional Christmas do you mean the usual festivities, gifts, Christmas dinner, carols, making merry etc.

        God bless,

        JPW

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        • malachi99 says:

          Hi Charlie,
          I raise these questions in relation to Pope Francis’ statement the other day regarding his planned visit to the USA next year. He said he was going to be present there in accordance with the “will of the Lord”. I think this event is planned for either August or September next year so it’s hard to envisage a world turned upside down and business going on as usual. Hence the reason I asked what you mean by “last traditional Christmas”.

          God bless

          JPW

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          • charliej373 says:

            Dignitaries have visited many areas over the course of history where the world has been turned upside down. Why would you think that because the Pope says he will visit in docility to the will of the Lord that it means it will be business as usual? It may be the will of the Lord precisely because much of the world has been turned upside down.

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        • charliej373 says:

          If Christmas were tomorrow, Malachi, it would be a Christmas where, throughout the globe, Christians are now being hunted and murdered with impunity…where Christians in American may not safely buy nor sell without bowing to the beast of paying for abortion, supporting homosexual “marriage;” where Christians cannot easily and heartily say “Merry Christmas” without concern for offending or even being hit with a lawsuit if they happen to run a business – and perhaps being fined for the offense. Christmas and Christianity is not the cultural norm it was – and it is so flaccid that the west cannot even mount a defense of those who are routinely being mutilated in other parts of the globe. The only nationa seriously trying is a nation creating its own disorders, Russia.

          Many will, can and should enjoy their festivities, but it is from a sort of modern catacombs – and if it is not with conscious that Christians are now the most persecuted people around the globe, which we are largely ignoring, it speaks to our failure to live – or even recognize – our ideals and our call.

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          • malachi99 says:

            Hi Charlie,

            Thanks for your wisdom and bringing to our thoughts the sufferings of our Christian brothers and sisters throughout the world. I reckoned that this was what you were thinking of but with many of the posts here about “Nibiru” and all sorts of cosmic cataclysmic events I just wanted some clarification as to what you meant by “last traditional Christmas”. In fairness though there has been a good few years now of open intolerance of the faith of Christians; the message of the Gospel has been driven from the public square of the West for many years.

            Though I would say, from my own experience here in Ireland, there has been an increasing passionate intensity of hatred and repudiation of our Catholic identity this last two years in particular. The divisions are real and frightening. I attended the All Ireland rally for life recently and witnessed first hand the irrational hatred and anger that has filled the hearts and minds of many of our people. It was like the bowels of hell had spilled out on to the street.

            God bless,

            JPW

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          • charliej373 says:

            I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to elucidate that, JP. We have reached a tilting point – culturally hostile to Christians, in a world that once valued them. It is like a dear friend who finally got past his struggles with alcoholism, He had a slip and called me in grief over it. I told him that it will be a lifelong battle, but that 10 years ago, he lost almost all the time; that two years ago, he lost a little more than he won and that a year prior, when I was visiting him, he had reached a critical point where he won far more often than he lost. Didn’t mean the battle was over, only that the tide had turned decisively – and if he stayed watchful, his life would continue to blossom. He has.

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          • Tom says:

            Have to question you a bit more on this one, Charlie. I also was very struck by your earlier comments that last year was our last traditional Christmas. You now are parsing that saying “Christians are now being hunted and murdered with impunity…where Christians in American may not safely buy nor sell without bowing to the beast of paying for abortion, supporting homosexual “marriage;” where Christians cannot easily and heartily say “Merry Christmas” without concern for offending or even being hit with a lawsuit if they happen to run a business – and perhaps being fined for the offense. Christmas and Christianity is not the cultural norm it was – and it is so flaccid that the west cannot even mount a defense of those who are routinely being mutilated in other parts of the globe”

            Well, that same set of circumstances you describe above did not just occur since last Christmas. In fact that same set of circumstances was in place last Christmas, so in those instances there’s no difference between last Christmas season and this one, if nothing else changes in the next few weeks. Christians were being hunted and murdered last year, Obama was shoving the mandate down our throats last year, it’s been years now that people have said “Happy Holidays” instead of Merry Christmas, the progressives were shoving homosexual marriage upon us for years now and attacking businesses that spoke out against it.

            So the way you phrased it has led many of us to believe that something drastic was to occur before the next Christmas. Can you expound on this, because your explanation doesn’t make sense how last year’s was traditional and this year’s isn’t.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Things happen so quickly now that sometimes people do not recognize how much has changed in merely a year. Last year at this time, people were not losing their jobs or businesses or being fined because of opposition to gay marriage. Last year at this time, Christians had not reached a point international human rights groups listed them as the single most persecuted group on earth. Last year, courts had NOT confirmed governmental assaults on Christian practice (though some in Canada and Great Britain had). Last year at this time, no West European nations had yet declared swaths of their internal territory to be subject to Sharia, rather than national, law.

            I won’t be upset if you think the changes in the last year have not been dramatic enough to match what I said. I think they already are if no new offenses rise at all – and we have a good month and a half left.

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    • Gary says:

      I had begun years ago to believe that the state of man’s sinfulness had a bearing on the weather. By our sin we messed up the natural order of the universe and the more sin the more disordered things became. Part of the message of Fatima when the sun was spinning out of control was that the family would become disordered. The family is so central to the life of the world that when it too becomes corrupted it is like the dun spinning out of control.

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      • That is a perfectly orthodox thought. The sin of Adam and Eve changed the earth and changed their own bodies and their descendants fate. I do not remember the exact verse (may be one of the readers will) but in Leviticus there is a passage that clearly says that those who forget the Law will be punished by changes in the environment: “I’ll make the heavens to be like iron and the ground like bronze” (paraphrased.) It is sin, and not carbon emissions what is messing up the planet. Repentance and a return to virtue will fix it quickly and effectively.

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  47. Julia says:

    Just to share a little something I heard this morning as it is relevant to some of the posts here.

    Apparently, there is a muslim man who comes and cleans our Catholic church. It appears he had a dream in which he was told to clean churches.

    I am certain he will have got permission from the Parish Priest.

    Now after reading some of the comments here, I don’t know whether he is in cursing the Church, or whether we are seeing a miracle of conversion in the making.

    I have read muslims are having dreams and being converted to Christianity through them.
    Great Saint Michael, protect our Holy Church from any infernal attacks or intentions. Amen.

    Thought you would be interested to hear about it.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, many are, Julia, and many more will follow. I would not worry about the man…curses against Christians are without effect unless the Christians assent to them by an act of their will. The National Cathedral invited in an alien faith which rejects Christ to perform their anti-Christian rituals. Had the Muslims tried to do it by force, their curses would have had no spiritual effect, for satan has no power over God. But that those who are supposed to be God’s servants invited them in for desecration is the offense.

      I once had pagans and wiccans in three states, irritated by a secular column I had written, hold meetings on the same night to curse me – and more than a few gloated in telling me when it was going to happen. I laughed and told them to curse away: my Boss is more powerful than their – and they had best be careful lest my Boss decide to redound their curses onto their heads.

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      • One eery anecdote: a person I used to do business with learned about my being Catholic and got aggressive. He was a huge guy almost 7 ft. tall and not a weakling at all. One afternoon I went to pay a bill I owed him and he started to talk loud, not against me but something seemed to upset him. Finally beating the center of his chest with his right middle finger, he said several times “I, sir … I-do-not-go to church!” I went home wondering why he was so upset. Perhaps he hated Catholics. Just a few days later I run into his business partner. He informed me the man had died of a massive heart attack while walking to work. At that moment I thought of his insistent pointing at his heart and bragging that he would not go to church. I bet he is a believer now, poor soul.

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        • Hmm…maybe we should all get in the habit of praying the Prayer of Miraculous Trust in strange cases like this where God puts these people in our paths. I suspect if we do that, more of these things might happen to us as our Lady uses us to help save those souls most in need of God’s mercy.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ha, Janet! In my pocket I keep a constantly updated roll of a dozen saint – which I use in that prayer for people, both when asked and when I do it silently. One might say I randomly assign saints to particular intentions…I prefer to think that God sends me the people who need these particular saint’s help and guidance. It does tickle me that many people have told me of the fruitful, rewarding relationship they have built up with the saint I invoked when praying for them. Sometimes I feel like a little bit of a divine matchmaker.

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          • NancyA says:

            Being new to that prayer, I find myself caught up short when I get to the part to invoke a saint. I have no lack of saints to whom I can turn, so I make a quick, unplanned choice either related to the person or the need. Then I have to battle the silly scrupulosity of worrying if I should have thought more about it, etc, till I shake off that temptation and JUST TRUST. Then, I’m a bit compulsive and so I’ve taken to jotting down the intention, so as not to inadvertently repeat it. Oh, my, I have some work to do on myself!

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          • charliej373 says:

            Haha, don’t sweat it, Nancy. When we honestly fumble at our sincere efforts, it gives God as hearty a laugh as we get at a puppy who goes charging after a stick while tripping over its own feet. Our inelegant efforts often charm God more than our refined ones do!

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      • Pawel says:

        I do not see much offense in having Muslims pray in a cathedral without Jesus present in the Tabernacle, in a cathedral in charge of which is a female reverend. Female priest in there may be more offensive to God than a bunch of Muslims. These pieces just fit together.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I understand your point, Pawel, but the former things can be a honest effort to honor God. Misguided, but perhaps, but sincere – and God does take into account our intentions even in our errors. The latter is open betrayal with an undeniable act of the will.

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          • NancyA says:

            In which case we must take into consideration, as well, the sincere but misguided intentions that led to the invitation to the Muslims to use that house of prayer, and put the entire onus on the Muslims who abused the nature of the invitation.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Thank you, Nancy…both a charitable and penetrating insight.

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          • NancyA says:

            It is by and through their steady walk away from the True Faith that it has come to this point with the Episcopal church. I wonder if this might lead to more mass conversions of Episcopalians to RC.

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  48. Diane says:

    Hi family,
    I have been away to visit my mom and brothers up north, it was cold, more so because i live in the south and have become a wimp. catching up on all the musings and comments. So much to catch up on. Few comments…
    my mom lives 2 blocks from a Catholic church that used to have daily mass,and 3 or 4 masses on Sunday and now it is down to one mass at 4:00pm on Saturday – that is it. Not even the proper Sunday Vigil mass.
    Because of our financial difficulties we downsized Christmas about 5 years ago, i put up the Nativity Scene, but we don’t have a tree, no gifts, but we try to have a nice dinner. The first year was difficult, but then I really focused on the mass and our family and found i did not miss the hustle and bustle of shopping at all. Now that things are a bit more stable for the time being, we will not change our new tradition.
    i work in a funeral home and have seen an uptick in suicides this time of year – pray hard for the souls who feel alone and without hope, pray that they will catch that ray of light that shines from you because you are the light of Christ.

    Boy i missed you all.

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  49. Cristina says:

    When I hear about the horrific acts of evil committed against the Armenian people a hundred years ago I understand what the Blessed Mother meant when she told the children in her apparition as Our Lady of Fatima that people “must not offend our Lord any more, for He is already too much offended!”

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