Signposts – Prelude to a Long, Hot Summer

Night Fire

By Charlie Johnston

I am deeply troubled by the forced removal of Robert Finn, Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph by the Vatican. As I recounted in this story, Bishop Finn made several significant errors in judgment, but what was notable about his case was how quickly he moved both to protect the children of his diocese from a potential predator AND to protect the rights of the accused until investigation was complete. It appalls me that a Bishop who made several blunders while genuinely trying to do the most right thing he could think of was tossed to the lions, while there are others who have acted with actual malice who remain practically unmolested. I have been quietly enraged about this – and have been working on a letter to Pope Francis which I will copy to the Nuncio and to Cardinal O’Malley of Boston. Cardinal O’Malley used to be one of my heroes. He certainly cleaned up the mess in Boston with dispatch. More recently, he was the firewall against the rise of legalized euthanasia in New England. But his participation in tossing Finn to the wolves – and the casual way in which he threw little folks to the wolves recently when NO ONE, except perhaps him, thought there was a problem has left me shaken. I hope I am wrong, but I fear he has decided he will fight abuse with systematic injustice.  That is the way of Inspector Javert, not of Christ. In any case, once I have finished the letter, I will post suitable public parts of it here. In the meantime, several things that have struck me as signs of the times…

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The howling bloodlust of the left-wing mob has led one early supporter of homosexual “marriage” to rethink his position. David French of National Review has changed his mind and decided that he is against homosexual marriage – precisely because its supporters are determined to destroy and ruin any who dare oppose – or even fail to enthusiastically support it. French is being consistent: he opposes all types of coercive fascism. He is horrified that liberal fascism is what has been unleashed with the social experiment turned mandatory pogrom against Christians.

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The unfailingly profound Kevin Williamson has come up with the insight that our most “prestigious” college campuses have become the proving grounds for the American police state. The howling mob is ascendant – and proud of their “enlightenment” even as they destroy everything in their path.

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The rioting scene out of Baltimore looks like Chicago in 1968 at the Democratic National Convention. The difference is that Chicago’s riots were the culmination of a long, hot summer. The riots in Baltimore ignite before the spring is well begun. Another difference is that in Chicago, however ineptly, public officials tried to actually protect the public and quell the riots. In Baltimore, the mayor seems eager to make common cause with the rioters rather than protect the public – commenting that this was a wonderful, peaceful protest hijacked by a few outside violent agitators. Fans were briefly held in Orioles Baseball Park Saturday while the riots raged outside. I suppose I should be surprised that left-wing public officials say the public be damned while trying to excuse rioters – but it was just a few months ago that New York’s Mayor DeBlasio, President Obama, and Atty. Gen. Holder were whipping up street hatred of police that led to numerous assassinations of police officers around the country. The summer of the shrieking mob is just ahead.

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Almost two decades ago, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani adopted the “broken windows” theory of policing. The idea was that if you stop minor offenses early, major offenses will decline dramatically. It worked fabulously. New York’s murder rate was cut to nearly a third of what it had been. The city became much more clean and livable for all. Now New York progressives are so enthused about the fallen crime rate in the city (though they still hate Giuliani) that they want to formally decriminalize the minor offenses that Giuliani targeted to make the city livable again. You don’t have to be a prophet to see where this is going to lead. When it does, you can bet those progressives will find a way to blame Christians and George Bush for the ensuing chaos. The walls will come tumbling down soon enough.

About charliej373

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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68 Responses to Signposts – Prelude to a Long, Hot Summer

  1. anne says:

    anyone here heard of Alan Ames? Has a ministry. sometimes in Australia and much time in the States. Latest book……Understanding Evil.

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    • marie says:

      Anne, I heard of Alan Ames quite a few years ago from an interview on Focus TV. Then, amazingly, he visited Denmark several years ago and my daughter and I got the chance to attend his talk and healing service. We even managed to speak to him briefly afterwards. A lovely, gentle, humble and deeply spiritual man

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    • Mick says:

      Anne, I heard him speak in California about 17 years ago. I’ll have to look into his new book. Thanks for the heads-up.

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  2. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    Yes, we are also very troubled by the issues you raise here, Charlie.

    Relative to Baltimore’s Camden Yards rioting, all I can offer is what I learned fifty years ago as a Boy Scout–“BE PREPARED.” This applies to moral, spiritual, and physical preparation. It is a very good time to think and to reflect on the senseless violence and hatred forming up early in the year.

    Perhaps the best advice I can offer comes to us from a recent saint–Pope St. John Paul II, who had seen the horrors of murderous fascism followed by the terror of godless Communism personal and close-up. He did not equivocate nor beat around the bush–you do have an inherent right to defend your own life, and, sometimes, defend the right of others’ lives.

    In his encyclical letter, Evangelium Vitae, he speaks on the tension between respect for human life, obedience to the 5th commandment, and self defense. He summarizes the issue perfectly:

    “There are in fact situations in which values proposed by God’s Law seem to involve a genuine paradox. This happens for example in the case of legitimate defense, in which the right to protect one’s own life and the duty not to harm someone else’s life are difficult to reconcile in practice.

    Certainly, the intrinsic value of life and the duty to love oneself no less than others are the basis of a true right to self-defense. The demanding commandment of love of neighbor, set forth in the Old Testament and confirmed by Jesus, itself presupposes love of oneself as the basis of comparison: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself ” (Mk 12:31).

    Consequently, no one can renounce the right to self-defense out of lack of love for life or for self. This can only be done in virtue of a heroic love which deepens and transfigures the love of self into a radical self-offering, according to the spirit of the Gospel Beatitudes (cf. Mt 5:38-40). The sublime example of this self-offering is the Lord Jesus himself. Moreover, “legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for someone responsible for another’s life, the common good of the family or of the State”. [The quotation is from # 2265 in the first edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.] Unfortunately it happens that the need to render the aggressor incapable of causing harm sometimes involves taking his life. In this case, the fatal outcome is attributable to the aggressor whose action brought it about, even though he may not be morally responsible because of a lack of the use of reason.”

    …the words of a Saint!

    (courtesy of The Catholic Gentleman, blog, “The Catholic Guide to Self-Defense,” 25 JAN 2014)

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    • SteveBC says:

      Centurion Cornelius, I have heard that the actual translation of the 5th Commandment from its earliest source is not “Thou shalt not kill” but rather “Thou shalt not murder.”

      Does anyone have confirmation or denial of this? If it was actually the latter, that would put quite a different perspective on self-defense. It would make it more reasonable to use deadly force in self-defense or in defense of others, and less likely to for that use to result in an offense against God.

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      • charliej373 says:

        It would nearly have to be “Thou shalt not commit murder,” for at the time it was given, the Jews enforced the death penalty for many offenses – much of it ordered in the law given by God.

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      • Barbara Dore says:

        You will not kill…which means many things. we can kill people by our careless word, kill their good name…destroy their family etc, I got killed many times by careless words from some cruel people, one of them had nearly destroyed my soul but Our lady pulled me up and embraced me because I am very valuable to her.

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      • Joseph says:

        Steve,
        Some years ago there was TV program about the Bible and a well-known Rabbi said exactly that, “Thou shall not murder” as the correct interpretation. IMHO,

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        • SteveBC says:

          Thank you, Joseph. I must say I am much happier with this original interpretation and greater knowledge of the original context (thanks to Charlie above). I think returning to that wording would help our modern-age debaters about the use of violence come to more common ground.

          Progressives use the “Thou shalt not kill” interpretation to go after the second amendment, war (just or not), and self-defense in general, so for christians to continue to use the new wording aids and abets the cause of the progressives. Not a very smart tactic, if you ask me.

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    • Mick says:

      You hit this one out of the park, Centurion. And your discussion of Pope St. John Paul the Great and his take on self-defense has me thinking about an issue that is going on in the diocese of Lansing right now. We have a wonderful bishop, Earl Boyea, who has nonetheless made some really confusing and dangerous statements regarding the Second Amendment.

      In brief, a pastor at one of the largest parishes in the diocese had planned to offer a concealed-carry course at the parish. The stated reason was a rise in crime in the area, including a threat in near proximity to the Catholic high school in that city. Whether the priest’s actions were wise or prudent is definitely open for discussion. But the bigger issue is this: The diocese got wind of the priest’s plan, and a spokesman for the bishop repeated some of the bishop’s remarks from a little-known 2012 statement, which essentially boiled down to “no guns on Church property, because Jesus turned the other cheek.” The bishop, in response to this whole issue, has declared all parish property to be “gun-free zones.” Here’s a link regarding this dust-up:

      http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/2015/04/20/ed-fride-mayberry-guns-ann-arbor-catholic-priest/26086691/

      My problems with this are legion. First off, in Michigan, the law (as explained to me by my husband) is that pastors have the legal right to permit parishioners to carry a concealed weapon on Church property. My husband was given this permission by our pastor about four years ago. Well, in light of the recent flap, our pastor has asked my husband not to carry. Of course, my husband will obey the bishop because the bishop has the authority to say what can go on on church property. However, I’m so perplexed and upset by all of this. At the same time as vitriol and violence are increasing against Christians in this country, our bishop has unwittingly announced publicly that it is open season against every Catholic church and school in our diocese.And this story not only made one of the largest newspapers in the state; it became a national story and even reached some publication in the UK. So now, every homicidal maniac with an ax to grind against the Catholic Church–or against Christians in general–knows that there will be no armed individual who can stop the carnage should such maniac choose to attack in our diocese during Sunday Mass or during school hours in our diocese. Our bishop has just laid the ground for the next Columbine, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, or Aurora CO (none was a church, but all were well known gun-free zones).

      Secondly, our pastor has known us for years. He has eaten at our house. He was a reference for my husband when my husband applied for his CPL. He trusts that my husband is not a trigger-happy guy who would use his pistol carelessly or needlessly. The state of Michigan has done a criminal background check on my husband, has fingerprinted him, and has concluded that he is stable and well trained and therefore qualified to concealed carry. And yet the bishop has chosen to disregard the conclusions of the state and of our pastor, and has decided to disarm my husband, and others like him, who might be able to prevent, or at least shorten, an attack occurring while he was on church grounds.

      The diocese believes the parishes are safe because they can hire security guards for protection (see the first link above). But I don’t know of one parish or school in our diocese that has done so, or that even has the funds to do so. And without a security guard (such as the one in the following link, who was a member of the congregation at which she volunteered her services after the religious service: http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/12/10/colorado.shootings/index.html?eref=onion), unarmed people in a church or school are sitting ducks.

      If we were living in a safe, sane world, I wouldn’t think much about the fact that my husband can no longer carry on church property. But we live in a world gone mad, in which hatred of and violence against Christians are escalating exponentially. Also, my diocese butts up against the archdiocese of Detroit, wherein lies Dearborn, which has the largest Muslim population of any city in the United States. Not to paint all Muslims with the same broad brush, but there is a fair amount of reasonable fear amongst many people in Michigan in this regard. Given the Obama administration’s non-enforcement of immigration laws, and given the number of “refugees” being resettled in Michigan (for one example, see http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/u-s-cities-secretly-selected-for-muslim-immigration/) it would be so easy for Islamists to blend in in Dearborn until they were ready to launch an attack somewhere. I don’t think that it’s a stretch of the imagination to think that an ISIS cell or some Islamist “lone wolf” might decide to target a Catholic church or school in the area (that is, within 40 to 70 miles of Dearborn) just for “practice,” or to make a statement. I believe that this is especially true given that ISIS has already demonstrated special animus against the Catholic Church by repeatedly stating their intent to attack the Vatican.

      Sorry for the extended rant, but all of the above are the reasons that I find our bishop’s stance to be so troubling. May God bless Bishop Boyea, and may He protect all of the parishioners and Catholic-school students in our diocese.

      Furthermore, may God bless, protect, and vindicate all bishops who attempt to Trust-Do-Love; and remove from office all those who do not.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Of late, Mick, I have taken to occasionally writing complimentary – and occasionally pointed – letters to individual Bishops. My experience has been that, as a rule, even the majority of the best Bishops get as dumb as a box of rocks when they start toying with political and public policy questions. They usually go with what is politically correct at the time without doing any serious independent research. Perhaps it is too long living with exercising authority. If they are very smart in their field, they seem to think they don’t need to actually study real evidence in secular policy fields to make solemn pronouncements on it. I think it is best to call them on it privately. Most take pride in their intelligence. When you write a respectful but pointed letter citing irrefutable facts and evidence that they have just publicly demonstrated that they are an ill-informed jackass on a particular subject – and dangerously so in this case – it both protects their dignity and wounds their pride. If they are good, that leads to a little humility when speaking outside of their area of expertise – or even the wisdom of actually studying and learning what they are talking about before making solemn pronouncements on matters of public policy. Your comment here would make a pretty good letter as it stands. I would just add that a simple way to tell how violent an area is is by looking at how strict its gun-control laws are: The tighter the gun control laws, the more violent the area is. Criminals don’t care about gun-control laws because they are…..criminals. Gun-free zones are, to criminals, safe hunting preserves. Finally, disarming victims is really a dumb way to fight crime. And you might want to remind your Bishop that when Jesus was preparing His disciples for His departure, He instructed them in Luke 22 that everyone of them had better get a sword for after He was gone for they would need it. I seriously doubt He meant they would need it for chopping vegetables.

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        • mmbev says:

          I refrain from commenting on issues dealing with bishops, priests, various parish situations etc,. because living in Canada any information I might have would have no relevance because it is often unreliable. However, I love Mick’s comment which is dead on (pardon pun), and your reply also, Charlie. You always take the correct way of enlightening the unenlightened from hierarchy to us. God has truly given you the wisdom you have obviously asked for. While I linger up here in the dark, even in regard to our own bishops thanks to poor reporting, I knows when you tell them, them best listen, ’cause them need to learn. I do have to say, however, that I am getting a pretty good education regarding how things are there, which probably means that we are the same condition if not worse.

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        • Mick says:

          Thanks, Charlie. My husband and I had been considering writing a respectful letter to the bishop, and your suggestions will help. It’s interesting that your referenced Luke 22, because on Sunday, when I was talking with our pastor about this whole issue, I referenced that same passage about Jesus’ instructions to buy swords. Our pastor’s response: “Good point!”

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      • Carmelite says:

        Gosh, Mick, would really love to get our families together next time we go to MI. Just don’t know if you would agree or how to accomplish that.
        I had sent that story about the priest to my daughter. She said he is outspoken.
        Plus, it is truly frightening just how ‘un-English’ this country has become. I almost feel like I am in a foreign country when we go shopping up there. Welcome one, welcome all … except Christians 😦

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        • Mick says:

          Carmelite, I’d love to get my crew together with your crew the next time you’re in MI. I think I remember your saying that you live in PA (I’ve got relatives in the Philly suburbs), but that your daughter is about 20 minutes from New Boston.. I’m about 20 minutes from Lansing. But I’m not sure how we’ll connect because I promised Charlie that I wouldn’t ask him to send anybody else my e-mail address. 🙂

          Charlie, there had been some previous discussion about a non-Facebook way for some of us to connect so that we could give each other our e-mail addresses or whatever. Is that still in the works?

          At any rate, Carmelite, let’s figure it out because it would be great to meet you!

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        • Mick says:

          Thank you, O dearest Charlie, for sending Carmelite my e-mail address. As the kids used to say some years back, you da bomb! 🙂

          I know you’re swamped. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be you. I also can’t fathom how you get as much accomplished as you do on a daily basis. I thought the non-Facebook project had been delegated to a gentleman who is a reader/commenter (I can’t remember his name. Tom, maybe?).

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  3. N. Wright says:

    God bless Bishop Finn ! I’ll keep him in my prayers. Prayers for Baltimore too, where relatives live and I visited in my youth – it’s too hot there in the summer for this Canadian !

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  4. Kathleen Wimmer says:

    Charlie, there is not any difference between the political progressives and the religious progressives. They seek power and do not care about anyone but themselves. Very few American Bishops and Archbishops are following in Christ’s footsteps.

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  5. In Baltimore City, listening to helicopters, sirens and other mayhem outside. Prayed the rosary with my children and moved my huge blessed image of Our Lady of Guadalupe just a little closer to our bedrooms. My kids’ schools are closed for tomorrow. We are wondering how to get out of the city – it’s safer at this point to stay home. My daughter is scheduled to be confirmed by Archbishop Lori tomorrow evening, but with a state of emergency declared, I will not be surprised if it is rescheduled. Lord help us. Please pray for us. It is going to be a long night in Baltimore.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Prayers going up for you and all in Baltimore, Daughter.

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    • SteveBC says:

      A prayer of miraculous trust, that all in Baltimore calm down and rest in God’s will, and for those in other cities who might otherwise be infected by this urge to wreck to stay calm as well so that the risk of this spreading is lowered.

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    • Charlene says:

      Dear Daughter, my husband and I join our pray with Charlie’s for you and your family.

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    • Mick says:

      Daughter, I will pray for your family and for all the inhabitants of Baltimore.

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    • Karen says:

      Sending prayers for you Daughter, your daughter and everyone in Baltimore. You are experiencing firsthand what we have been contemplating on this blog. I am leaving now to offer a Holy Hour for you all. Praying your daughter will be Confirmed soon. Did she pick a name?

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      • Thank you all for your prayers! I was getting a bit scared honestly last night when I posted. I was in touch with all my friends and other families in the area via social media and they also were on edge – many of them could hear people outside their doors, running by as they left havoc behind them. Most of the bad rioting was in the deep ghettos, not close to us, but there were pockets of problems in other areas (I am near Fell’s Point). My particular neighborhood was quiet, though I know just several blocks south and also several blocks north, there were incidents. Also less than a mile away we had some looting and damage up and down one street. It’s a bad feeling when you think that you probably should have left town, but now it’s too late. Anyway, I fell into a light sleep at about 1:30 am, and I awoke at 4 am to the blessed sound of birds chirping! Not helicopters, not sirens, just birds and quiet otherwise. I rejoiced and thanked God because I knew that a new day was dawning and He had seen us through the night. Later in the morning, I called our church to learn that yes – confirmation was ON as planned! I was thrilled and so grateful. I truly felt all of your prayers. When we were at Mass tonight, my heart rejoiced and I gave thanks for all of the people who were praying for me in particular and for all of Baltimore. I knew that there were many prayers offered. My parents came to Baltimore too for the confirmation, despite the potential problems – they said they did not want to miss it and if I thought it was okay, they were willing to come. They came and brought a beautiful Miraculous Medal necklace for me that is absolutely amazing – it was my grandmother’s and they had found it in a box, cleaned it up and decided I would love it and should have it. It was a wonderful evening, the Holy Spirit was present, the choir was beautiful, the Archbishop was warm and engaging, and the Lord truly gave us a full measure, packed down and overflowing – He gave us Himself. Blessed is He. On the way home, we saw no problems at all – our neighbors were out enjoying each other’s company and the beautiful evening. Thank you all again, and I am happy to report that at least for tonight, all is quiet in my area of Baltimore.

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        • Karen says:

          Sounds like the best possible outcome, thank God! I am sure in the days ahead that Miraculous Medal necklace will be a reminder to you of God’s faithfulness through the riots and Confirmation!

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  6. BootsOn says:

    Praying for an anointing of the Flame of Love on your daughter as she and her peers are confirmed! The future of our beloved Church!! We live outside of Baltimore and are hosting our nephew and friends at our house after the rioting got too close to their apartment. Watching the news and praying and all the while thinking how Charlie had said after the storm it will be a mess, just with no wildcats. The wildcats are busy.

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  7. Gary says:

    I was at the Chicago Convention. The “protestors” instigated police retaliation. But that was nothing compared to the west side riots in Chicago earlier. Mayor Daley did what the idiot mayor of Baltimore would not. Mayor Daley ordered a shoot to kill order on the rioters and this west side riot was quelled almost immediately. The criminal that lost his life in Baltimore supposedly by police action was one individual compared to the thousands who lose their lives by black on black violence.
    The Sheriff of Milwaukee was on FOX bitterly decrying the fact that democrat policies have caused
    this mayhem, and he is right. He is by the way racially black. The taxes and regulations are so steep and difficult to maneuver that the jobs that would have remained there for inner city youth are gone.
    The lack of a father in the ghettos of American cities and the feminization of American society has left the blacks with no mature male role models. The education system is so stilted and devoid of common decency and intellectual objectivity that these youth are growing up hating whites and western culture.. The Lake County Right to Life had a breakfast where a black minister gave the keynote speech. He said that, in 20 years because of abortion and black on black murder, and if the current rates persist, a black man walking in the streets of every major American city will be as rare as seeing an American Indian. Margaret Sanger must be quite proud of her self as she burns in hell.

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  8. Barbara Dore says:

    Bishops fight against Bishops….

    Our Lady of Akita – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Akita Cached
    Our Lady of Akita is the title of Marian apparitions reported in 1973 by Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa in the remote area of Yuzawadai, near the city of Akita in Japan.

    Our Lady of Akita – EWTN Global Catholic Television …
    http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/AKITA.HTM Cached
    The Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Akita, Japan, to Sr. Agnes Sasagawa

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  9. mmbev says:

    Very quickly, with apologies – Petra, SteveBC and Mick: I have left a comment at the bottom of “You shall neither buy or sell” in response to your very helpful comments.

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  10. mmbev says:

    I watched the riots in Baltimore, shown on Fox TV, a great deal today, and listened to the Mayor (and her unbelievable “flub” which she later denied making – duh – it’s on video tape), and was bewildered at the fact that a lot of this was done by high school students, who live in Baltimore and some of them who live in those areas.

    All I kept thinking was that this was what lawlessness looks like. The police did not respond, leaving the viewer to wonder if it was because of higher orders, or lack of backup, or both. From the news conference later, it appears it was lack of backup, which should never have happened. Given the number of riots in the recent past, that should have all been pre planned by the mayor.

    I kept thinking of your son, Charlie, and of all those officers who will remain true to carrying out their commitment to protect the public to the best of their ability. The chaos will be so great, and the possibility that planned responses may not be co-ordinated due to lack of personnel, it will be horrible for all. I am so grateful that God has given us the knowledge of what is to come ahead of time, so that we can begin to pray for those who will stand in our defense and for each other now.

    It also lets us realize in a more concrete way the things you have been saying and the need for us to practice our T-D-L each and every day. And to prepare our children so they have less fear and greater trust in God and an awareness of His constant help, love, and faithfulness. Smaller events prepare people for larger events. It’s not often that this is granted and is a tremendous gift, however horrific it seems.

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  11. malachi99 says:

    http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/from-ireland-to-indiana-the-spread-of-gay-marriage-groupthink/16852#.VT9XeJOrH7s

    The above link is to a great little piece on the illiberal liberalism of political-cultural elites and the farce that is the push for gay martriage

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    • jaykay says:

      Thanks for posting that link, malachi99. It’s exactly what I meant when I commented on another post that my own country (Ireland) now sickens me. Or words to that effect. As Yeats said: “the clever man who calls the catch-cry of the clown; the beating down of the wise, and great art beaten down.”

      St. Oliver Plunkett ( a man martyred as a result of the mob hysteria incited by the clown Titus Oates in the ‘Popish Plot’), pray for your children. J.

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  12. Dan Lynch says:

    “We Have Killed a Saint!”
    Dan Lynch

    Robert Finn was the bishop of the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Missouri. I ate with Bishop Finn at a breakfast honoring Our Lady of America at a United States Catholic Bishops’ conference. He seemed to be interested and open to the devotion to Our Lady of America. He was a pleasant breakfast companion.

    In 2012, Bishop Finn was convicted of the misdemeanor crime of failure to report in 2010 suspected child abuse to government authorities.

    While this may sound like a very serious charge, the underlying facts seem to diminish its seriousness. The charges were based upon photographs of children, some naked, found on a priest’s computer by a computer technician. There was no evidence or allegation of child abuse and no complaint by anyone. Bishop Finn never saw the photographs and he relied on subordinates to handle the issue.

    The very next day, the diocese contacted a police officer and described the naked photographs. The officer said that it did not constitute child pornography as it did not contain sexual conduct or contact as defined by Missouri law.

    Possession of non-pornographic children’s pictures is not suspected child sexual abuse and does not have to be reported. So the diocese did not contact the Independent Review Board. Bishop Finn placed the priest under restrictions. After he violated them, the Bishop reported him to the authorities.

    The Bishop’s duty in the Church is to teach, govern and sanctify. He is not a detective or a law enforcement officer and can rely upon his subordinates’ representations of the facts to him. He has no duty to personally investigate his subordinates’ reports to “see for himself.”

    The Bishop did not have a jury trial. He stood mute, like Jesus, before the judge alone and presented no defense. The trial took less than two hours. It was a foregone conclusion that he would be found guilty.

    The crowds yelled for the Bishop’s crucifixion, the hierarchy showed no mercy and a saintly Bishop was asked to resign. May we say of him, as they did of St. Joan of Arc, “We have killed a saint!”

    Mother Cecilia, the prioress for the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Missouri, came to the defense of Bishop Finn. She said:

    “It breaks my heart that so many people only know about him what they hear from the blaring voices of the media and news outlets which have carried a prejudice against him from the beginning.…

    Ten years ago, Bishop Finn was thrown into the midst of a diocese known far and wide for being a hotbed of heterodoxy and dissent. He made necessary and important changes right from the start, and those who were displeased have never forgotten nor forgiven.…

    During his time in the diocese, Bishop Finn has fostered explosive growth in vocations to the priesthood and diaconate, opened the cause for canonization of a religious sister, and overseen the building of two new churches, all of which is passed over in media coverage in favor of critics calling for his removal.

    Our bishop has endured and suffered so much throughout these years…. I continue to be amazed and inspired by his humility, charity, and patient resignation amidst so many relentless attacks.…

    Regarding the hostility and persecution shown toward our bishop, I must say with complete admiration, that he has never displayed or spoken in a manner showing any anger or hostility in retaliation of the heaps of it he has himself received. He has always accepted it meekly, and simply continued on faithfully and perseveringly with the commission the Church has given him to build up the mystical body of Christ in truth and charity.

    He has been a tremendous source of inspiration to each of the sisters. His heroic witness to the faith of the Church, and his quiet determination to reform the diocese despite tremendous opposition is like having one of the saints you read about in history right before your eyes.

    I guarantee you that Church history will be looking back and telling a different story about this man than the newspapers are at present. There have been many saints that have not been vindicated until long after their death. I have no doubt he will be one of them.”

    “In the shadow of your wings I take refuge
    till the storms of destruction pass by.” (Psalm 57).

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    Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations,
    Our Lady of America and Saint John Paul II
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    may the Reign of Jesus King of All Nations be recognized in your heart!

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  13. MT BUTTERFLY THE says:

    Prayers for ALL in Baltimore. Just got a text from our daughter asking for prayer as her husband is commuting to work there today. He works by the aquarium. Prayers for all in Nepal . All holy angels and saints pray for us.

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  14. Lin says:

    I am quite troubled by this most recent instance of rioting. It seems quite likely that the institution of martial law may be due to some sort of “race-riot”. Lord, have mercy on us!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yes, Lin, federal officials and the media have desperately been trying to foment racial tension for several years now. In the end, though, I really don’t think that is going to give them the results they are hoping for. There are too many white and black folks of good will now – and too much intermarriage for it to cut very deeply. Look around, is the narrative of the media and the administration what you see lived in the daily lives of the whites and blacks you know together? My Dad’s best buddy from the time he was in his early 30s was a black man. They were inseparable until his friend died. I have a former son-in-law who is black and two biracial grand-kids. Go into a coffee shop where there are a variety of races. Blacks and whites don’t sit separately as mutually hostile camps; they are more likely to strike up a conversation with each other.

      Now the division line is more likely to be dysfunctional inner-city subcultures. In ghettoes that are mostly black, the dysfunctional rioters will be mostly black; where they are mostly Hispanic, it will be mostly Hispanic. But these inner-city subcultures do not represent the lived experiences and aspirations of most minorities. As much as the administration and media desperately want to make it racial, it is cultural – and after a few early problems, the race angle is going to fizzle. Like I said, when I lived in Belleville, it was the black folks in town who were most adamant about keeping the black folks in the ghetto of E. St. Louis out. The media and administration like to portray ethnic minorities as all thugs and bums, children of a lesser god who can’t control themselves and must be indulged. They are not: they are children of the same God as us who want to raise their families in peace and live a good life. Most are as horrified at the toxic dysfunctions left-wing “compassion” has fomented as anybody – and more sorrowful because it is their larger community that has been so targeted. The left has done to certain segments of the minority community what the Ku Klux Klan could only dream of – and will soon enough be called to account for devastating so many lives, hopes and dreams. When they are, it will be whites and blacks together calling them to account.

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      • Lin says:

        Thanks for sharing this perspective, Charlie.

        I agree with you about the racial tension primarily being a construct of the media (along with people such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton & Co.) Like you, I have extended family members of various races, and I’m comfortable with all of them.

        I guess my concern is that some of those on the “other” side of the “cultural divide”, so to speak, no matter their ethnic persuasion, are very likely to buy into the lies presented by the media and to act upon those lies with violence….And many times, the primary trouble-makers are unguided young men who are like tinderboxes in wait of a flame…When enough large-scale rioting breaks out, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump for martial law to be declared, using the intentionally fomented “race-riots” as a pretext.

        I also am concerned about extended family members who are in racially mixed marriages possibly being targeted for harassment (by the same type of people who would engage in violence during protests) when they are out in public.

        During the campaign period before the 2008 election, I became concerned that if Obama became President, that his presence in the White House would be used by the unsavory elements in the media to stir up the rioting that we are seeing now.

        I am inspired by your mention of those who are “stirring up trouble” being called to task by people of all races!

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        • charliej373 says:

          It is a legitimate concern, Lin. I noticed some time back that when my daughter, then son-in-law and the kids went to dinner, we were as likely to get an unpleasant glare from black folks as from white (fortunately, they were fairly rare – but it was there). My son-in-law told me ruefully that racism is NOT just a white thing.

          For interracial couples, I know you have much to deal with – but you are a bridge that gives witness that we are all God’s people. Unfortunately, a bridge gets trodden on. Be a strong bridge.

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        • mmbev says:

          One bright and rather shining moment in the news over the past two days, was when the mother of one of the older students (I assume, because he was taller than her), whalloped her son a good number of times as she obviously streered him towards home, yelling at him the whole time. Her words were not heard, but didn’t need to be. The message was clearly portrayed to everyone who saw the event. And that young man knew better than to try and argue. He just scrunched himself down a bit, and headed home, his mother yelling as she herded him that direction. It was clearly so wonderful to see that I doubt she will experience any problem from any agency regarding “child abuse”.

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  15. Mack says:

    I am troubled by all this too, especially the Bishop Finn situation. I saw Cardinal O’Malley being interviewed on 60 minutes and was dismayed that he didn’t say anything to clarify the situation, that Bishop Finn tried to do what is right even though he made mistakes. Very sad times we live in.
    I also thought about the broken windows theory when I read the article about NY and “lesser crimes.” But thank God the rescue will be coming!

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  16. JG says:

    Just listened to the misdirected mayor of Baltimore. So as to my understanding she gave a stand down order to the police hence the CVS and their 80 million dollar community center was burnt down? She actually said they had to protect the ones who wanted to destroy? Insanity! As I’m listening to her speak and I hear the National Guard was called in I thought of the false flags you spoke of Charlie. Looks as though this is another venue the “goats” are going to exploit to get martial law. Hmm guess are we now going to see more rioting in more cities?

    Here’s a link to a courageous black man defending the police. http://www.ksfo.com/common/page.php?pt=Video%3A+Black+Man+Defends+Cops&id=46641&is_corp=0
    God bless that man for doing the right thing at that time, He looks pretty big & fit wondering if he;s a pro athlete?

    My prayers go out to the police – May God and St Michael protect them!

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  17. Jerry McFadden says:

    “unmolested” Interesting choice of words.

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  18. CrewDog says:

    There is much consternation & unease “Out-There”. I’m afraid we are witnessing “The Transformation of America” and the “Trigger” that will bring bring about all the “unpleasantness” we have been discussing recently ;-(
    “How Long Does America Have?” by Robert Wargas
    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/04/27/how-long-does-america-have/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  19. nicky says:

    It’s interesting listening to Obama ‘s quotes on news sites regarding the Baltimore riot. ” We can’t just leave this up to the police.” ” We have to do some soul searching.” I’m wondering what the next move from the administration will be regarding crowd control. Nice to know things seem to be settling down in the city now. We have a whole generation not being raised in traditional families anymore. I pray for our youth daily. My children were homeschooled for 8 years and are finishing there years in public school. It’s been an eye opener for us all. The suffering among the youth is great. God bless

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  20. Donette says:

    I am reading everything that Charlie is writing and everything that all of his subscribers are saying. I am also watching Fox news and seeing and hearing of all the troubles in the world and I must remain silent. I try to mode myself like Our Lady during the times of these tribulations. I have no answers to any of the problems and I can do nothing to cure or solve them, but they echo in my heart. I found the following on Catholic365.com which expresses most eloquently my thoughts and feelings of what is happening and keeps my mind remembering the promise of The Rescue and by whom that Charlie has told us about.

    In the Gospel of St. Luke, it states, “But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.” (Luke:2:19). This verse reveals so much about Our Blessed Mother and the way she handled the profound events in her life. How did she develop such a quiet and holy silence? Did this just come to her naturally? “From among the descendants of Eve, God chose the Virgin Mary to be the mother of his Son. “Full of grace,” Mary is “the most excellent fruit of redemption” (SC 103): from the first instant of her conception, she was totally preserved from the stain of original sin and she remained pure from all personal sin throughout her life.” CCC-508. Mary must have spent much time in prayer, meditating on the holy words of God. The Holy Spirit began preparing her from the moment of her birth for the role she would play in the redemption of man. “She cooperated fully in God’s plan. By pronouncing her “fiat” at the Annunciation and giving her consent to the Incarnation, Mary was already collaborating with the whole work her Son was to accomplish. She is mother wherever he is Savior and head of the Mystical Body.” (CCC-973) Jesus calls each of us to look to his mother as the perfect role model and the way to holiness in our lives. Numerous times during Jesus’ ministry, he sought a quiet place to pray to the Father. He teaches us the importance of spending time in quiet prayer and reflection. ‘Pondering these things in her heart’ indicates Mary didn’t say a lot about the things that were happening in her life. But through studying the word of God as revealed to the prophets, she began to gain wisdom coupled with a profound humility and acceptance. Many times when things begin to occur in my life, which I don’t fully understand or accept, I tend to react with a spill of needless words, which only helps to create more anxiety in my life. But when I reflect on how Mary ‘pondered these things in her heart’ it helps me more readily give up the needless words and to spend time in the quiet presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It is in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament that I can begin, like Mary to ponder things in my heart. It is during this quiet time, the peace of Jesus enters my heart. In this grace-filled silence I more readily begin to respond to situations rather than react. The more I reflect and read about Mary’s life through Scripture, Marian books and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the more I desire to imitate her humility and purity in my own life. Our Blessed Mother’s role is a simple but profound one: She brings us closer to her son, Jesus, intercedes for us as she teaches us to quietly ponder things in our heart.

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  21. barbara commins says:

    i got your musings okay

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  22. xredmondx says:

    I see all this rioting in Baltimore and what the police did to that poor guy which was so wrong. Then I think back in my late teens and early twentys, in the 1980’s when I was going up in the northwest side of Chicago. We were good kids for the most part but got into our share of trouble now and then but nothing serious. The Chicago police usually let us go but It was standard practice for them to throw us into the back of a “patty wagon” and hit every bump at high speeds, hang turns and hit the brakes. Then when they were done with us they let us out in a bad neighborhood and told us to get out and we were getting off easy. I guess it was there way of telling us don’t drink in somebody’s gangway and don’t make us chase you. I have trouble seeing this incident as racist just because of my past experience. I was also a part time police officer for six years in a suburb of Chicago and I know there is a lot of it still out there.

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  23. Donette says:

    Has anyone seen this on Allenwest.com?

    BOMBSHELL: Is this the truth about Freddie Gray’s spinal injury?

    Written by Michele Hickford, Editor-in-Chief on April 29, 2015

    133-freddie-gray-940

    A “rush to judgment” happens quite often these days – not that the eventual truth changes any minds when it does finally emerge.

    After all, “hands up, don’t shoot” has become a part of our culture, even though it was patently false in the case of Michael Brown.

    In Baltimore, the untimely death of Freddie Gray has touched off a powder keg of unrest particularly because of the reported near-severing of Gray’s spinal cord which ultimately lead to his demise. What terrible violence on the part of police could have caused such a terrible injury?

    Unless that injury was pre-existing.

    From Rickwells.us

    The media is leaving out much of the career criminal history of Freddie Gray in their reporting. It seems now that they may also be failing to discuss his very relevant medical history, one which may have included multiple surgeries for spinal injuries incurred in a car crash.

    Health privacy laws limit the availability of medical information, but a public records search in the Howard Court Civil System website provides evidence that Gray had received a settlement and had engaged with Peachtree Funding to obtain a lump sum payment.

    The media has been remiss in reporting this information, preferring to portray the career criminal as the victim of police misconduct. Other anonymous sources indicate that Gray may have had surgery as recently as ten days prior to the incident in which he was involved in a forty-five minute flee to evade the authorities. He could have easily re-injured himself in his reckless attempt to avoid capture.

    Details of the case are still sketchy and other news sources are reporting the settlement had to do with lead paint rather than an auto injury, but no doubt there is more to this story than meets the eye.

    Black lives matter, but so does the truth.

    You can review the original documentation here for case number 13C14101574

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  24. Alphonsus says:

    I suspect the last straw hovering over the camel’s back is the homosexual marriage case before the SCOTUS. The ruling is due in June. If the SCOTUS rules in favor of the plaintiffs, then it will have ruled for the entire citizenry against the natural law, and will have placed adherence to the natural law in criminal opposition to the federal constitution, a supreme form of madness. This will generate social unrest like never seen before in the US, I predict.

    The natural law regarding homosexual marriage could not be clearer or easily discerned. Recorded human history contains the proof. It will take a complete abandonment of reason to be able to concoct a basis for ruling in favor. That level of abandonment of reason, in my opinion, is the hallmark of the devil. Who could be surprised by what follows after that?

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    • Petra says:

      I recently read this on Bishop Gracida’s blog, Abyssus Abyssum Invocat, regarding the “end game” of the homosexual movement. It is about the current policies and actions in Canada after they legalize gay “marriage” in 2005. From the article: “I want to warn America to expect severe erosion of First Amendment freedoms if the US Supreme Court mandates same-sex marriage. The consequences have played out in Canada for ten years now, and they are truly Orwellian in nature and scope.”

      http://abyssum.org/2015/04/27/the-end-game-of-the-lgbt-rights-movement-involves-centralized-state-power-and-the-end-of-first-amendment-freedoms/

      Please, pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy daily if you can against this perverse decision, and storm heaven with this prayer, or any prayer, that our Supreme Court will not rule in favor of changing the definition of marriage. I know God has lifted His hand of protection for America, but He has not stopped listening to us, and He wants to know how much we actually care about this. We are not without hope. He will hear us if we pray, and pray fervently with tears and fasting over this. There is still time. I beg you, please take action in your prayer, because I believe we can at least push back the enemy a little. For the sake of this country, and for our fellow man, please pray.

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      • SteveBC says:

        Wow, Petra, I knew it was bad in Canada but did not realize it was that bad.

        In the early 2000s when I was living in California (yes, there are straight guys in California) a gay friend of mine asked me what I thought about this matter. I told him that if gays took the concept of and laws related to civil union and made it legally the same as marriage law but left the word “marriage” and the body of marriage laws alone, they would get what they wanted without significant opposition. I also said that if gays went for the word “marriage” and same-sex *marriage*, they would generate huge opposition eventually and cause a lot of heartache and damage.

        He could not agree. He wanted to be “married” the same way heterosexual relationships are. I felt for the guy. It’s hard to see such yearning and sadness and not feel sympathy at least. However, if nothing else, society needs to be able to treat heterosexual marriages, especially heterosexual marriages with children, separately from everything else, in order to encourage such relationships so as to survive and thrive as a culture, and that doesn’t even bring in the religious side of it.

        So here we all are. A sad and distressing situation it is, too.

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      • Lin says:

        Petra,
        Thank you for this information and for your exhortation to pray!

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      • Alphonsus says:

        Thanks for the link, Petra. The case before the SCOTUS indeed is a very grave threat. I have been praying that the LORD will inspire the SCOTUS to make the right decision and that the judges will be open to that inspiration. There is a powder keg in front of them.

        Recently, a number of prominent U.S. political and religious leaders have vowed civil disobedience if the court brings a favorable ruling for homosexual marriage. This differs immensely from the civil disobedience of the anarchists of late since it engages the very backbone of our society. Should such people be forced by principle to stand up and resist the government in massive numbers…well who alive has seen anything like that or its consequences in their lifetime? Nobody can predict the consequences.

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  25. Mick says:

    Wow; the story in this link made me want to cry and simultaneously showed me how weak and soft I am about sacrifice. Everybody, please say a prayer for this man:

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/04/30/mystery-man-was-worried-church-would-be-mad-when-they-found-his-envelope-the-opposite-was-true/

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  26. CrewDog says:

    VDH is a good purveyor of The Truth:
    “Victor Davis Hanson: How Civilizations Collapse — Is U.S. Next?”
    http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-perspective/050615-751347-us-shows-all-the-symptoms-of-a-civilization-in-collapse.htm?p=full
    JMJ-RNS
    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Victor Davis Hanson is one of the most brilliant public intellectuals out there today. I never miss anything he writes. He lost an adult daughter, Suzy, to leukemia a few months ago. I sure would appreciate it if readers of this site would remember both Suzy and Mr. Hanson in their prayers.

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  27. CrewDog says:

    I know Ya don’t need anymore *&^%+#% Signs but ……… ;-(
    “Marquette (“Catholic”) University Honors Cop-Killer Assata Shakur With Her Own Campus Mural”
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/05/marquette-university-honors-cop-killer-assata-shakur-with-her-own-campus-mural/
    GOD SAVE PLANET EARTH!!!

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  28. CrewDog says:

    More …. “SIGNS” ….. We have been warned!!
    Beasts of the Fields killing people and Honey Bees. Bees that are critical in the human agriculture production. Bees that are already in decline due to mysterious Bee Plague. The bread basket of the USA, California, in the worst drought in 1200 years. My State with too much Spring Rain that may hinder agriculture for the second year in a row!

    “HORNETS ‘4 TIMES SIZE OF A WASP’ ON DEADLY RAMPAGE” – ‘It sounded like a small plane going over the house’

    http://www.wnd.com/2015/05/hornets-4-times-size-of-a-wasp-on-deadly-rampage/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  29. CrewDog says:

    “CARDINALS SURRENDER TO INIQUITOUS SPIRIT OF THE TIME” – Exclusive: Alan Keyes challenges clergy for honoring results of Irish ‘gay’ marriage vote
    http://www.wnd.com/2015/06/cardinals-surrender-to-iniquitous-spirit-of-the-time/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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