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Vatican upholds herself as the ONLY “true” church of Jesus Christ
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:7-8, KJV)
As we see the signs of time rapidly enfolding before us today, it becomes more clear that the enemy’s plan has long been played out by those in their camp. Puzzle pieces of Bible prophecies that are falling into place today have long been made ready by those who will be in the picture in the End Times.
The One World Religion will soon become a reality as one religious system slowly but boldly gathers the rest of the world under her wing. With the fast forward move of Ecumenism, where the Pope aims to reunite ALL of the world’s religion, it is becoming more clear today who will sit in leadership for the One World Religion.
In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI has reasserted the universal primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday that says Orthodox churches were defective and that other Christian denominations were not true churches.
Benedict approved a document from his old offices at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that restates church teaching on relations with other Christians.
It was the second time in a week the pope has corrected what he says are erroneous interpretations of the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 meetings that modernized the church.
Formulated as five questions and answers, the document is titled “Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church.”
It says although Orthodox churches are true churches, they are defective because they do not recognize the primacy of the Pope.
“It follows that these separated churches and communities, though we believe they suffer from defects, are deprived neither of significance nor importance in the mystery of salvation,” it said.
The document adds that Protestant denominations — called Christian Communities born out of the Reformation — are not true churches, but ecclesial communities.
“These ecclesial communities which, specifically because of the absence of the sacramental priesthood … cannot, according to Catholic doctrine, be called ‘churches’ in the proper sense,” it said.
The document is similar to one written in 2000 by the Pope — who was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at the time — that sparked an angry reaction from Protestant groups.
“I suspect there will be some reactions that are rather passionate,” said Raphaela Schmid, director of the Becket Institute, a group that advocates religious freedom. “I hope they will not be angry because we all try to understand about each other.”
The document is issued by Benedict’s successor in doctrinal matters, Cardinal William Levada, and endorsed by the Pope, said Reuters.
Pope still committed to Ecumenical Dialogues
The Rev. Sara MacVane of the Anglican Centre in Rome, said there was nothing new in the document.
“I don’t know what motivated it at this time,” she said. “But it’s important always to point out that there’s the official position and there’s the huge amount of friendship and fellowship and worshipping together that goes on at all levels, certainly between Anglican and Catholics and all the other groups and Catholics.”
The document said Orthodox churches were indeed “churches” because they have apostolic succession and that they enjoyed “many elements of sanctification and of truth.” But it said they lack something because they do not recognize the primacy of the pope — a defect, or a “wound” that harmed them, it said.
“This is obviously not compatible with the doctrine of primacy which, according to the Catholic faith, is an ‘internal constitutive principle’ of the very existence of a particular church,” the commentary said.
Despite the harsh tone of the document, it stresses that Benedict remains committed to ecumenical dialogue.
“However, if such dialogue is to be truly constructive, it must involve not just the mutual openness of the participants but also fidelity to the identity of the Catholic faith,” the commentary said.
Father Augustine Di Noia, undersecretary for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said the document did not alter the commitment for ecumenical dialogue, but aimed to assert Catholic identity in those talks.
“The Church is not backtracking on ecumenical commitment,” Di Noia told Vatican radio.
“But, as you know, it is fundamental to any kind of dialogue that the participants are clear about their own identity. That is, dialogue cannot be an occasion to accommodate or soften what you actually understand yourself to be.”
Source – MSNBC
Another disturbing performance at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards
“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Revelation 17:4-5)
Perhaps it was more of a revelation than a mockery what happened at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards when Nicki Minaj surprised many as she entered adorned in witches robes and with an actor dressed as the Pope.
Many Grammy attendees were heard voicing their disgust for so-called artist Nicki Minaj. Blake Shelton was heard saying, “Nicki Minaj needs to crawl back inside the fiery pit she came from… back to her father, Beelzebub.”
Simply evil in everything she does
Nicki’s disturbing performance at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards was a blatant attack on the Catholic church. No one is sure why she has such disdain for the Church but many actually believe she is simply evil and it reflected in everything she does and every song she sings and every performance she gives.
It might be easy to excuse Minaj as just using these type of theatrics simply to get attention and sell records. But many argue that is not the case here. Friends and family admit Minaj had embraced Satanism when she was a child around 14 or 15 years of age because her music is quite bad and most critics criticize her for having no talent whatsoever.
Other critics of Minaj believe that no one in their right mind, who does NOT worship Satan would play her whole career on “on all things Satanic” as Minaj does. This is no game. This is real. Many stars in the audience were heard murmuring such things as, “Minaj should definitely seek professional help. Normal people dont play like this”
If the stage was set as a Jewish Holocaust, or a black slavery set or some kind of mockery of Muhammad and Islam glorifying slave owners, there would be outrage. But because its the Catholic church that Minaj is mocking, somehow it’s allowed.
Never has a more evil rotten satanic performer been given the chance to grace the stage with such music greats and perform for so many top rated stars and have them sit there through it.
The Grammy show consisted of an exorcism, levitation and a demon possessed Minaj. She had an actor portray a priest attempting to exorcise her. Minaj believes she is the demon possessed spirit of someone called Roman.
That same actor priest had accompanied Minaj into the Grammy awards earlier wearing a Pope’s pontiff and robes. Many in the Christian community, not just the Catholic church are outraged that the Grammy producers would allow such blatant mockery and disrespect of the Church.
The Catholic church is outraged. Bill Donahue will be speaking out about it on the Monday morning talk shows, no doubt.
The argument is that no performer would be allowed to perform a show mocking the Holocaust or Black slavery, or the Muslim religion. And they are right.
Minaj’s home life growing up was traumatic and chaotic. Her parents apparently fought with each other a lot.
She developed an escapism which consisted of creating fictional characters (demons) she she would often live her life through them. In an interview with New York she said, “To get away from all my parent’s fighting, I would imagine being a new person. ‘Cookie’ was my first identity – that stayed with me for a while.
I went on to ‘Harajuku Barbie,’ then ‘Nicki Minaj’. Fantasy was my reality.”
With Minaj’s debut album she created another alter-ego named “Roman Zolanski”. Roman, the “Demon within Her” Was on full display Sunday in her shocking Grammy performance.
Minaj stated that in songs like “Bottoms Up” with Trey Songz it is not Minaj rapping, but instead Roman Zolanski. Nicki claims that Roman is her “twin sister”. She claims that he was born inside her, out of rage, and becomes him when she is angry. She has also stated that, “Roman is a demon inside me”. – source - DividedStates
Bill Donahue of the Catholic League will be speaking out about it… or will he?
It will definitely be an interesting thing to watch for if the Catholic League’s President will really raise up the an outrage against this performance by Nicki Minaj. It may be important to note that Donahue brushed off Lady Gaga’s “Judas” music video last year as that she was “dancing on the line” but never actually crossed it.
Gaga, by the way, starred in her “Judas” video as Mary Magdalene envisioning a thorn-crowned Jesus. The video opens with Jesus wearing a crown and cornrows as the apostles fitted in leather head down a freeway on motorcycles. The rest of the video is full of religious imagery, including foot washing in a bathtub, crosses on Lady Gaga’s bra and plenty of gyrating.
Bill Donohue appeared underwhelmed in his statement:
In her “Judas” video, Gaga plays fast and loose with Catholic iconography, and generates several untoward statements, but she typically dances on the line without going over it. Donohue called the video a “mess.” “Incoherent,” he continued, “it leaves the viewer more perplexed than moved. The faux-baptismal scene is a curious inclusion, as is her apparent fondness for the Jesus character.”Though disappointing as this video was, we said that we weren’t to be going ballistic over the confused star’s latest contribution. If anyone thought otherwise, it is clear they haven’t a clue of what constitutes anti-Catholicism. - source – Catholic League
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The sensational prediction was allegedly made by Cardinal Paolo Romeo, the archbishop of Palermo in Sicily, on a recent visit to China.
Cardinal Romeo reportedly made the startling prediction of the Pope’s death during a trip to China in November 2011.
He seemed so sure of the fact that the people he spoke with, including Italian businessmen and Chinese representatives of the Catholic Church, were convinced that he was talking about an assassination attempt.
They were so alarmed by his remarks that they reported them back to the Vatican.
The extraordinary comments were written up in a top-secret report, dated Dec 30, 2011, and delivered to the Pope by a senior cardinal, Dario Castrillon Hoyos, a Colombian, in January.
The Vatican has reportedly opened an investigation into the claims.
The report was written in German, apparently to limit the number of people within the Vatican who would understand it if it was inadvertently leaked.
It warns of a “Mordkomplott” – death plot – against Benedict.
The story was broken on Friday by an Italian daily, Il Fatto Quotidiano, with the headline “Plot against the Pope – he will die within 12 months”. The newspaper, which has a reputation for scoops, published a page from the confidential report.
“During his talks in China, Cardinal Romeo predicted the death of Benedict XVI within 12 months. His remarks were expressed with such certainty and resolution that the people he was speaking to thought, with a sense of alarm, that an attack on the Pope’s life was being planned,” the paper reported.
“Cardinal Romeo could never have imagined that the indiscreet remarks he made on the trip to China would be communicated back to the Vatican by third parties.”
Asked about the reported comments on Friday, however, Romeo said that the words attributed to him were “absolutely without basis.”
“It is so outside of reality that it should not be given any consideration,” Romeo was quoted by Italian news agency ANSA as saying.
The Vatican’s spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, said the report was “so incredible that we cannot comment on it”.
“It seems to me something that is so far from reality that I don’t even want to address it,” Father Lombardi said. “It seems an incredible story and I don’t want to comment.”
He did not deny the existence of the document to AFP, but added that it was “devoid of reality”.
Cardinal Romeo also named Benedict’s XVI likely successor as Cardinal Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan – meaning the papacy would return to an Italian after the German Benedict and his Polish predecessor, John Paul II.
He allegedly told his contacts in China that Pope Benedict could not stand Tarcisio Bertone, his Secretary of State and the Vatican’s second most senior figure, amid reports of bitter power struggles going on within the Holy See.
Experts said the release of the document could be part of a power struggle within the Vatican administration to try and force Bertone to leave.
Cardinal Romeo said Benedict viewed Cardinal Scola as his ideal successor because they had similar personalities and theological outlooks. Cardinal Scola was previously the Patriarch of Venice, but was promoted to the archbishopric of Milan by Benedict in June last year.
The most recent attempt on a pope’s life was in 1981 when John Paul II was shot and critically wounded in St Peter’s Square by Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turkish gunman with links to a shadowy militant group called the Grey Wolves.
It has been claimed that the assassination attempt was backed by the KGB and Bulgarian secret service, in retaliation for the pope’s support for the pro-democracy Solidarity movement in his native Poland and his opposition to Communism. source – Telegraph UK
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Catholic leaders upped the ante Monday, threatening to challenge the Obama administration over a provision of the new health care law that would require all employers, including religious institutions, to pay for birth control.
Catholic leaders are furious and determined to harness the voting power of the nation’s 70 million Catholic voters to stop a provision of President Barack Obama’s new heath car reform bill that will force Catholic schools, hospitals and charities to buy birth control pills, abortion-producing drugs and sterilization coverage for their employees.
“Never before, unprecedented in American history, for the federal government to line up against the Roman Catholic Church,” said Catholic League head Bill Donohue.
Already Archbishop Timothy Dolan has spoken out against the law and priests around the country have mobilized, reading letters from the pulpit. Donohue said Catholic officials will stop at nothing to put a stop to it.
“This is going to be fought out with lawsuits, with court decisions, and, dare I say it, maybe even in the streets,” Donohue said. source – CBS News