Saturday, December 16, 2017

Pope: Media sins by dredging up, sensationalizing old news

•December 16, 2017

Pope Francis stands during the audience with Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno at the Vatican, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Andreas Solaro/Pool Photo via AP)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is criticizing journalists who dredge up old scandals and sensationalize the news, saying it's a "very serious sin" that hurts all involved.

Francis, who plans to dedicate his upcoming annual communications message to "fake news," told Catholic media on Saturday that journalists perform a mission that is among the most "fundamental" to democratic societies.

But he reminded them to provide precise, complete and correct information and not to provide one-sided reports.

The pope said: "You shouldn't fall into the 'sins of communication:' disinformation, or giving just one side, calumny that is sensationalized, or defamation, looking for things that are old news and have been dealt with and bringing them to light today."
He called those actions a "grave sin that hurts the heart of the journalist and hurts others."

Pope Francis in dialogue with Europe

#210 - December 2017


Pope Francis in dialogue with Europe

For Pope Francis the future of Europe is of crucial importance.
For the fifth time, he delivered a speech on the topic of the continent where his family’s roots lie.

The high point of the “Rethinking Europe” dialogue in Rome was the eagerly anticipated closing address by Pope Francis. With sober realism he took as a starting point the plurality of cultures and religions in Europe, observing that “for many people Christianity is regarded as a thing of the past, both alien and irrelevant”. The audience sat up and took notice when he criticised secularist prejudice that “is incapable of seeing the positive value of religion’s public and objective role in society, preferring to relegate it to the realm of the merely private and sentimental”.

Focus on people

Although he may make fewer references than his predecessors to Europe’s Christian roots, Pope Francis is in no doubt that the countries of Europe have, over centuries, been shaped by the Christian faith. As already stated in his speech on accepting the Charlemagne Prize, he believes that the most important contribution made by Christians to today’s Europe is to ensure that the focus is on people. He clearly stated how today’s issues are so often reduced to discussions revolving around statistics – “There are no citizens, only votes. There are no migrants, only quotas. There are no workers, only economic markers. There are no poor, only thresholds of poverty. The concrete reality of the human person is thus reduced to an abstract principle, thereby rendering it more comfortable and reassuring.”

By contrast he valued giving people their human face, people who commit to responsibility that is genuine, personal and effective. There is an interesting resonance here to the opening address by Frans Timmermans, European Commission first vice-president. Timmermans pointed to one of the specific aspects of Christianity: the ability of a Christian to see the world through the eyes of others, “even if it is an African refugee drifting in a boat on the Mediterranean.”

Rediscovering a sense of community

The Pope declared that the second contribution made by Christians to the future of Europe “is to help recover the sense of belonging to a community”. He drew attention to this word “community” as the very word used by the founding fathers of the European project. A sense of community is the greatest antidote to the spread of individualism which leads to an uprooted society that lacks any sense of belonging or heritage.

Satan Uses Influences of Mind on Mind.

Cast out of heaven, Satan set up his kingdom in this world, and ever since he has been untiringly striving to seduce human beings from their allegiance to God. He uses the same power that he used in heaven—the influence of mind on mind. Men become tempters of their fellowmen. The strong, corrupting sentiments of Satan are cherished, and they exert a masterly, compelling power. Under the influence of these sentiments, men bind up with one another in confederacies, in trade unions, and in secret societies. There are at work in the world agencies that God will not much longer tolerate.—Lt 114, 1903.

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One day the papacy will return to her glory and shortly thereafter shall her persecution reemerge. "And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was HEALED: and all the world wondered after the beast." Revelation 13:3. The bible declares that "...all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." 2 Timothy 2:12. Are you ready for what is about to come upon the earth? Have you made your calling and election sure? Are you willing to die for what you believe? Time is short and the time of trouble is yet upon us. Watch and Pray.

Queersmas' Celebration Held in Home of Andrews Professor

December 13, 2017 ChurchMouse

Hello friends, ChurchMouse here, reporting on some strange goings-on in Berrien Springs! I declare, these chaps have totally run amuck in their rainbow tutu's.

On December 8, 2017, there was a "Queersmas" celebration held in Berrien Springs, Michigan. The event was hosted byAULL4One. In their own words:
AULL4One is a growing group of LGBTQ students, community members, and allies (unofficially affiliated with Andrews) whose mission is to create safe spaces for LGBTQ+.

Our name, AULL4One, has multiple meanings. AULL = Andrews University + all. Everyone here at AU is included- no one is left out. AULL for one reflects our unity as a group and as a family: we support each other unconditionally and accept everyone for who they are. AULL for ONE expresses our appreciation of individuality and the beautiful uniqueness and intrinsic value of each person. Most importantly, Aull for ONE signifies our focus on the One, Jesus Christ, and His inclusive message of love for all.

In case you were wondering--and I'm quite sure you were--the aforementioned address is none other than the home of an Andrews University Professor. A simple Spokeo search reveals that 2807 E Snow Road, Berrien Springs is the home of Nancy Carbonell, a Professor of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Andrews University.

According to her biography, Nancy is an expert on multicultural competency, mindfulness, racial issues, diversity and self-talk.

It's all a bit disturbing, lads. There may be something 'in the water' up there at Andrews, churning out liberals at full production speed, like a hobnail boot factory running on overtime. Praise God for the faithful believers in Berrien Springs, diminished though they are. The rest don't need LGBTQ+ parties, they need repentance.

"Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Ephesians 5:11).

"And God blessed them [husband and wife]. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:28).



The Workplace – And The Sabbath

Published On: Mon, Dec 11th, 2017
Front Page / Monday Manna | By Online Staff

Photo Courtesy Rick Alovis
Jim Mathis

Many of us struggle with not having enough time to get things done at work. Some employers expect us to be on call 24 hours a day. Self-employed people have an even greater challenge in being able to get away from their work for a few days, or even a few hours. We must put in the time that is needed, we reason. But at what cost?

Studies have shown productivity drops dramatically if we do not take time to rest, to “sharpen our axe.” There is a very practical adage that the fastest way to cut wood is to first set aside time to make certain the axe is sharp. This principle holds true even if you are not in the wood-cutting business. Nearly every new idea I have gotten for my businesses has come while I am on a vacation or away from work, where I had time to gain a new perspective or discover fresh thinking from a totally random, even unrelated source.

This necessity to take time to step away from our work, our vocations, is so important it is even given as a divine directive in the Bible.

In the biblical creation account, God created the world in six days and then rested on the seventh day. The idea of resting on the seventh day was codified when the Ten Commandments were handed down to Moses: “Remember the Sabbath day by keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work…. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day….”(Exodus 20:8-11).

Jesus later clarified this Sabbath commandment, teaching that honoring the Sabbath is not about following a set of rules, but that the day was established for man – a time of rest, reflection and recuperation, a time to slow down and enjoy the world God has created. “Then he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath’“(Mark 2:27).

Over the centuries, the idea of the Sabbath for Christians has shifted from the seventh day to the first day of the week. This has been a source of conflict and confusion for me. Should we rest on the seventh day, Saturday, or the first day,Sunday? I thought maybe our calendars are just labeled wrong. Recently, however, I have begun to realize both days are right. We need to honor the seventh day of the week as a day of rest. My wife calls it a REAL Saturday, meaning a day to rest, recuperate, spend time with friends, have a relaxing meal, and just enjoy being alive. Sunday then becomes the day to honor Christ and remember His resurrection. It becomes a time to start the week by giving the first few hours of the week to God, sort of the first fruits of our time – of our week.

Saturday, the seventh day of the week, becomes my day of rest. Sunday, the first day of the week, becomes a time to worship God and start the week right. This idea might sound radical for some, but it can serve as a test of our trust in the Lord and His provision. As Psalm 127:2 assures us, “It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.”

Practically speaking, I often start my work week on Sunday afternoon or evening, planning the week and getting a few things ready for Monday morning. That makes sense for me, realizing I have rested on Saturday and devoted the first few hours of the week to the Lord. Then it becomes time to work until the next Saturday, the true Sabbath in terms of getting rest, preparing mentally, physically, and spiritually for a new week.

Jim Mathis is the owner of a photography studio in Overland Park, Kansas, specializing in executive, commercial and theatrical portraits, and operates a school of photography. He formerly was a coffee shop manager and executive director of CBMC in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri.

Happy Sabbath

Australian Report Urges Vatican to Reject Celibacy, Rethink Secret Confessions


Child sex abuse inquiry found tens of thousands of victims across many Australian institutions; the Catholic Church the worst offender

A five-year inquiry into child sexual abuse in Australia’s institutions found the greatest number of alleged perpetrators and abused children were in Catholic institutions. PHOTO:EVANDRO INETTI/ZUMA PRESS

Robb M. StewartDec. 15, 2017 4:53 a.m. ET

SYDNEY—An Australian investigation into decades of child sexual abuse, involving tens of thousands of victims, called for sweeping changes in the Catholic Church and other organizations, including making celibacy voluntary for clergy and forcing ministers to report abuse concerns that come to light through confession.

The broad-ranging probe urged Australia’s Catholic Church to request the Vatican make changes to canon law, including removing limits on the time in which the church can take action on child sexual abuse cases, as well as removing a requirement to destroy documents relating to criminal cases in matters of morals.

The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse produced a 17-volume final report. PHOTO:JEREMY PIPER/ASSOCIATED PRESS

It recommended the government make it a criminal offense to fail to report knowledge or suspicions of abuse disclosed in a religious confession.

Catholic Church Singled Out In Australian Sex Abuse Report

December 15, 20172:52 AM ET


The bronze statue of Cardinal Moran stands by the entrance of St. Mary's Cathedral, in Sydney, Australia.Nina Dermawan#145440/Moment Editorial/Getty Images

In a far-reaching report on child sex abuse in Australia, a government commission is recommending that the country's Catholic Church lift its celibacy requirement for diocesan clergy and be required to report evidence of abuse revealed in confession.

Those are among the 400 recommendations contained in the 17-volume final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, which is wrapping up a five-year investigation – the longest in Australia's history.

"We have concluded that there were catastrophic failures of leadership of Catholic Church authorities over many decades," the report said.

The Australian reports: "More than 15,000 people contacted the commission to share their experiences of abuse, more than 8,000 of them spoke personally with the commissioner about the trauma it caused, and approximately 2,500 cases have now been referred to police."

The commission said the church failed to properly address allegations and concerns of victims, calling the Church's response to them "remarkably and disturbingly similar."

The report also detailed abuse in churches of other denominations and at such institutions as schools and sports clubs. However, it concluded that the greatest number of alleged abuse perpetrators were found in Catholic institutions. The commission has concluded that 7 percent of priests who worked in Australia between 1950 and 2009 had been accused of child sex abuse.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Pontiff's General Audience, 13.12.2017 (about Sunday Rest)

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General Audience, 13.12.2017

Catechesis of the Holy Father

Greetings in various languages

This morning’s General Audience took place at 9.35 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and all over the world.

In his address in Italian the Pope focused on the theme “Why attend Mass on Sunday?”

After summarising his catechesis in several languages, the Holy Father addressed special greetings to the groups of faithful present.

The General Audience concluded with the recital of the Pater Noster and the Apostolic Blessing.

Sunday rest, worship are focus of Pope’s public audience

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis devoted his weekly public audience on December 13 to honoring the Sabbath. Since many “secular societies have lost the Christian meaning of Sunday,” he said, “it is necessary to revive this awareness.” The Pope remarked: “Without Christ, we are condemned to be dominated by the fatigue of everyday life.”The above note supplements, highlights, or corrects details in the original source (link above). About CWN news coverage.

Pope Francis: Think 'being good' is enough? It’s not. Go to Mass

Pope Francis during his Oct. 25, 2017 general audience in St. Peter's Square. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

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Vatican City, Dec 13, 2017 / 03:20
Pope Francis: Think 'being good' is enough? It’s not. Go to Mass: According to Pope Francis, a Christian can’t just be a good person and skip Mass on Sundays, because it is the Eucharist that provides the nourishment needed to truly live the Gospel well in our daily lives.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Vatican’s Dirty Money Problem

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast


A mysterious firing and a new report on the Vatican’s creative bookkeeping begs the question: Why does no one ever get in trouble for laundering money at the Holy See?

Barbie Latza Nadeau

12.12.17 1:06 PM ET

ROME—In 2015, the Council of Europe’s financial-evaluation arm Moneyval laid down the law for the Vatican Bank, telling the rather unholy financiers who had been accused of abetting money laundering for years that it isn’t enough to just smoke out suspicious account holders and freeze assets. Instead they said the Vatican Bank, formally known as the Institute for Religious Works, or IOR, needed to start actually prosecuting criminal cases.

Two years later, thousands of accounts have been closed or frozen, but Moneyval still isn’t happy. According to its 209-page December 2017 progress report, the Vatican gets good marks for not funding terrorism and for flagging potential illegal behavior. But the holy bank fails once again to actually hold anyone accountable for what are clearly crimes such as “fraud, including serious tax evasion, misappropriation and corruption,” according to the report.

More curious still, a week before the highly anticipated report was released, the IOR Deputy Director Giulio Mattietti was fired with no advance warning and escorted from his office out of fear he might remove files from his desk.

Mattietti was hired in 2007 by Paolo Cipriani, the former head of the bank who resigned under pressure a few months after Pope Francis was elected in 2013, after a Vatican accountant nicknamed “Monsignor 500” for his penchant for 500-euro notes, was arrested for trying to smuggle $26 million to Switzerland. Mattietti’s removal followed the sacking of a lower-level IOR employee days earlier. The Vatican gives no official reason for either of the firings beyond “reforms,” but a source close to the bank says the bank employees who were let go may have been whistleblowers who were alerting officials outside the bank about continuing impropriety.

In fact, despite apparently precise record keeping on the part of IOR, Moneyval evaluators still found 69 actions involving 38 customers that were not in accordance with money laundering and fraud standards set forth by the Council of Europe. None of those suspect cases were prosecuted to the fullest extent under the law, and instead Moneyval investigators point to vague records that imply that the cases were closed.

“Eight money-laundering investigations have been closed formally without any charges, while six additional investigations have been concluded without an indictment for any offense and their formal closure has been requested,” the report states.

And that is a problem.

California gov: Trump doesn't fear God or 'existential consequences'

December 09, 2017 - 09:49 AM EST


California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) says President Trump's stance on climate change demonstrates that he does not appear to fear the "wrath of God" or have any regard for the "existential consequences" of his environmental policies.

"I don't think President Trump has a fear of the Lord, the fear of the wrath of God, which leads one to more humility ... this is such a reckless disregard for the truth and for the existential consequences that can be unleashed," Brown said in an interview on CBS's "60 Minutes," which is set to air on Sunday.

Brown, who studied to become a Jesuit priest prior to entering politics, has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration.

His latest comments come as the southern portion of California battles massive wildfires that in just a few days have damaged thousands of acres of property and destroyed hundreds of buildings.

Trump declared a state of emergency in California, which permits federal assistance to supplement the state and local response to the fires.

The order allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts in the areas affected by the wildfires.

Northern California grappled with a series of wildfires earlier this year that took the lives of 44 people and resulted in billions of dollars of damage.

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Trump's Jerusalem declaration sparks talk of 3rd Temple

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Trump's Jerusalem declaration sparks talk of 3rd Temple

Israeli activist: 'Words of prophecy are coming forth from the Bible and becoming facts'

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President Donald Trump addressing the United Nations Sept. 19, 2017 (Video screenshot)

WASHINGTON – While Muslims jeer, Israelis cheer President Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, prompting Jewish religious activists to suggest building the Third Temple is closer to reality than ever before.

“What he did … was an enormous step in bringing the Temple,” said Asaf Fried, official spokesman for the United Temple Movement, an association of organizations working towards making the Third Temple a reality.

He added, “This necessarily had to come from a non-Jew in order to bring them into the process, so they will be able to take their part in the Temple.”

Fried sees Trump’s role similar to the one played by Cyrus, the Persian king who ended the Babylonian exile and helped build the Second Jewish Temple.

“There have been amazing advances towards bringing the Temple this year. It was clear that Trump was part of that process, guided by Hashem (God),” Fried declared.

He is hardly alone in his jubilation about the possibilities of rebuilding a Temple last destroyed in A.D. 70 – 1,948 years ago.

“The prophets’ words of prophecy are coming forth from the Bible and becoming facts right before our eyes,” said Likud lawmaker and prominent Temple Mount movement figure Yehuda Glick.

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