August 30, 2018

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (083018)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 12:00 pm

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  1. From a non Catholic’s prospective, it seems that maybe Pope Benedict made a mistake in picking Francis as his replacement.

    Catholics Call for Investigation, Resignation of Pope Francis

    “Viganò’s affidavit specifically claimed that Pope Francis lifted Pope Benedict’s “canonical sanctions” on the disgraced cardinal imposed between 2009-2010 that forbade him from interacting with the public in an official capacity, and Viganò alleged Francis did this despite knowing of the serious allegations against McCarrick.”

    Maybe this is a good opportunity to rid the Church of their first Socialist Pope? Comments coming out of the top clergy that climate change is more important than the sex abuse issue doesn’t signal a loving administration for the faithful…just saying. From my perspective, the current Pope is side tracking the mission of the Church from forgiveness and redemption to something secular and dehumanizing. Climate change is as dehumanizing as it gets.

    Comment by dscott — August 30, 2018 @ 5:21 pm


    ““I love the smell of napalm in the morning” is one of the great lines in Apocalypse Now. Can we adapt the line to Trump foreign policy? In the case of the Islamic Republic of Iran, I love the sound of mullahs whining all day long.

    Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported that Iran’s oil exports are dropping faster than expected before the Trump administration’s new sanctions are scheduled to kick in on November 4. “The developments reflect in part a reluctance of tanker companies to ship Iranian oil,” according to the Journal.

    The Trump administration has formulated the zero option for Iranian oil exports. Now that’s audacity. It’s all part of the great undoing. Thank you, President Trump.

    The Iranian economy is going to hell. The rial is collapsing and unemployment is surging. The pitiful performance of the Iranian economy is roiling Iranian politics. Iranian President Rouhani blames the country’s economic problems on President Trump. Once again, thank you, President Trump.”

    Taking Iran’s oil off line means, everyone else has to increase their output to make up the difference. MORE FRACKING PLEASE., i.e. more US oil drilling jobs… Of course oil is a fungible commodity, so China will no doubt be buying that oil from Iran via the pipeline. Unless…Trump makes that painful as well.

    Comment by dscott — August 30, 2018 @ 5:29 pm

  3. How The Pederasty Cover-Up Will Make Civil War Within The Catholic Church

    “Since his election, Pope Francis has done everything within his power to soften and subvert the church’s teaching concerning human sexuality. He also packed the College of Cardinals with the Lavender Mafia…

    …A few years ago, we also learned that a host of high-level figures in the Curia were being blackmailed by their male lovers. I am told that Pope Benedict, who had by that time contracted Parkinson’s Disease, resigned his office in this connection because he knew there needed to be a purge and he feared that he did not have the physical stamina to carry it out. In his memoirs, Pope Benedict touches on the “gay lobby” and confesses to a lack of resoluteness. As everyone understood at the time, the task of cleaning house was to be left to his successor.

    In the interim between Pope Benedict’s papacy and that of his successor, we received another indication of the depth of the problem. In the newspapers of Scotland, we learned that Keith Michael Patrick O’Brien, a cardinal and archbishop who was the primate of Scotland, had been buggering seminarians and young priests for years and nothing had been done in response to the complaints they had submitted to the Papal Nuncio. It was only when they went public in 2013 that the Vatican acted.

    Unfortunately, however, Benedict’s successor was Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, the man who calls himself Pope Francis. As a Belgian cardinal named Gottfried Daneels — who had been removed as an archbishop because he had covered up the pederasty of another Belgian cardinal and had come out in support of contraception, divorce, gay marriage, euthanasia, and abortion — revealed in his memoirs, Bergoglio’s candidacy was promoted by the St. Gallen Group, a part of what Catholics call “the Lavender Mafia.”

    This disgraced figure stood on the balcony with Bergoglio after he was elected pope. He was chosen to say the prayer at the new pope’s inauguration. And there was joy in the ranks of those inclined to break the vow of celibacy.

    If you want to get a sense of what such people thought, I suggest that you read “The Vatican’s Secret Life,” an article that appeared in Vanity Fair in December 2013. It is an eye-opener. Its author, Michael Joseph Gross, is not scandalized by what he found. He celebrates it and, tellingly, never once mentions, even under the guise of pedophilia, the propensity of prominent priests to indulge in pederasty. As Gross observes:

    At the Vatican, a significant number of gay prelates and other gay clerics are in positions of great authority. They may not act as a collective but are aware of one another’s existence. And they inhabit a secretive netherworld, because homosexuality is officially condemned. Though the number of gay priests in general, and specifically among the Curia in Rome, is unknown, the proportion is much higher than in the general population. Between 20 and 60 percent of all Catholic priests are gay, according to one estimate cited by Donald B. Cozzens in his well-regarded The Changing Face of the Priesthood. For gay clerics at the Vatican, one fundamental condition of their power, and of their priesthood, is silence, at least in public, about who they really are…”

    It’s time for a renewal of the Catholic Church and that starts at the top…

    Romans 1:18

    18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

    21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

    24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

    26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

    Comment by dscott — August 30, 2018 @ 5:46 pm

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