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Sunday, 24 November 2013

24 November 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… National Catholic Reporter Thinks that the Blunder is #2 at the Centre… What a Buncha Maroons!

Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov

Now, here’s a real power brokerYuvenaly Poyarkov

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Get a load of this howler from the National Catholic Reporter:

Speaking of a meeting between pope and patriarch, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, chairman of the Department of External Church Relations for the Russian Orthodox Church (sic) and effectively the #2 official under Patriarch Kirill, was in Rome for a conference Tuesday. While in town, he floated the idea of an encounter between his boss and Francisco in a “neutral country”.

http://ncronline.org/blogs/all-things-catholic/dolans-farewell-women-russia-stuff-you-cant-make-and-pope-watch

Firstly, the Blunder isn’t the #2 power under HH. That would be the troika of Varsonofy Sudakov, Yuvenaly Poyarkov, and Vsevolod Chaplin. Varsonofy is the Chancellor (“You can’t slip a piece of paper between them, they’re so close”), Yuvenaly is the effectual Bishop of Moscow, its unsinkable satrap since the time of Pimen Izvekov, and Vsevolod Anatolyevich is HH’s closest confidant… the Blunder is nowhere near these guys at all. The Blunder doesn’t have the cred of Mark Golovkov, the head of the Secretariat (and a kinsman of HH to boot). He doesn’t even have the pull of a Kliment Kapalin… the Blunder’s nothing but a vicar bishop with a white hat (he’s the first Chariman of the DECR not to be a ruling bishop). He’s been bleating about a meeting between HH and the Pope of Rome for four years. Each time, VAC pops up and slaps down the rumours. One time, Vsevolod Anatolyevich joked that the meeting would take place on an ice floe in Antarctica, with the penguins as official witnesses! In short, the Blunder’s statement isn’t worth a used snot rag. However, his telegenic good looks and fruity Oxbridge accent wow all the superficial zapadniki, every time, all the time. Yet, to be fair, the NCR reporter added:

In my experience, relations with the Russian Orthodox are among the handful of never-ending stories on the Vatican beat, along with diplomatic relations with China and reunion with the Lefebvrists. All three tend to have a “one step up, one step back” dynamic, and it’s wise not to get overly excited.

Now, that’s something that I could raise a glass to, and so could you! Na dzorovye!

BMD

Thursday, 26 September 2013

A Heartless Cult of Money

00 rich man hitting poor man. 26.09.13

THIS is what the Republican Party advocates… the USCCB has signed on to it, too… it’s narrow focus on abortion and homosexuality has distorted their mission. It’s time for Pope Francisco to reign in rightwing swine like George Weigel and Timothy Dolan. They bow down in worship before the very golden idol that he decries! To support the Republican Party is to bow down low before Almighty Mammon… and that’s that! HH AGREES with the Pope on this one…

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The majority of the men and women of our time continue to live daily in situations of insecurity, with dire consequences. … In my opinion, one cause of this situation is in our relationship with money, and our acceptance of its power over our society and ourselves. Consequently, the financial crisis, which we are experiencing, makes us forget that we can find its ultimate origin in a profound human crisis, in the denial of the primacy of human beings. We have created new idols. The worship of the golden calf of old (Exodus 32.15-34) has a new and heartless image in the cult of money and in the dictatorship of an economy that’s faceless and lacking any truly humane goal. The worldwide financial and economic crisis seems to highlight the distortions and above all the gravely deficient human perspective, which reduces [people] to one of [their] needs alone, namely, consumption. Worse yet, nowadays, we consider human beings themselves as consumer goods that we can use and throw away. We have begun a throw-away culture. We can see this tendency on the level of individuals and whole societies; and it’s being promoted.

Whilst the income of a minority increases exponentially, that of the majority crumbles. This imbalance results from ideologies that uphold the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation, and thus deny the right of control to States, which have the charge to provide for the common good. … I encourage the financial experts and the political leaders of your countries to consider the words of St John Chrysostom, “Not to share one’s goods with the poor is to rob them and to deprive them of life. It is not our goods that we possess, but theirs”. …

Money has to serve, not to rule! The pope loves everyone, rich and poor alike, but the pope has the duty, in Christ’s name, to remind the rich to help the poor, to respect them, to promote them. The pope appeals for disinterested solidarity and for a return to person-centred ethics in the world of finance and economics. … The church encourages those in power to be truly at the service of the common good of their peoples.

September/October 2013

Sojourners

http://sojo.net/magazine/2013/09/heartless-cult-money

Editor’s Note:

A young loudmouth priest in Potapov’s circle in the District runs about condemning everyone who doesn’t kiss the rich man’s arse as he does. This young сопляк (whose family name should be “Durakov”) is full of it… in spades. I’ve walked a picket line or two and have dealt with nastiness in the workplace… I agree with Pope Francisco and HH… not with Victor Potapov and James Paffhausen and their noxious little coterie on the Potomac.

The righties are spinning this one HARD… the only one to read the tealeaves correctly is Dolan… he’s keeping quiet for the moment until he can determine Rome‘s new line. Being an opportunist of the first water, he’ll follow the pope’s lead. However, he’ll still sneakily support Republicans. Nevertheless, in public, he’ll tone down his rhetoric. Weigel won’t… but he’s a known sorehead, so, that won’t discomfit anyone.

Which side are you are on? God IS going to ask you that some day, y’ know…

BMD

Monday, 2 September 2013

Vatican Warns “World Conflict” Could Break Out Over Syria

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On Monday, Monsignor Mario Toso, head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told Vatican Radio that the war in Syria could escalate into a global conflict, a day after Pope Francisco Bergoglio made an impassioned call for peace, saying, “The Syrian conflict has all the ingredients to explode into a war of global dimensions. The solution to Syria’s problems isn’t an armed intervention. The violence won’t subside and there’s a risk of a conflagration that could extend to other countries”. The comments came after the USA and France sought to build support for strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad‘s régime over allegations it used chemical weapons against its own people on 21 August. According to activists, more than 110,000 people died since the Syrian Civil War began in March 2011. On Saturday, Pope Francisco called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, calling on Christians, believers of other religions, and non-believers to take part.

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Pope Francisco called for a day of fasting and prayer around the world next Saturday for peace in Syria, which would include a vigil on St Peter’s Square. On Sunday, he told a crowd of thousands of pilgrims at the Vatican, “May the cry for peace enter the hearts of everyone so that they may all lay down their weapons”. The pope announced that the prayers would begin with a five-hour vigil in St Peter’s Square, telling the international community it should make “every effort” for peace. His call came as the USA and France were making plans for possible air strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s régime over its alleged use of chemical weapons. Pope Francisco said, “My heart is profoundly wounded in these days by what’s happening in Syria and I’m anxious about the prospect of dramatic developments. I condemn with particular force the use of chemical weapons. I still have in my mind and heart the terrible images of the past days. There’s judgement from God and from history on our actions that no one can escape. Weapons and violence don’t lead to peace, war leads to more war. I hope that a chain of commitment for peace will unite all women and men of good will”.

The pope said that he extended his invitation to push for peace in Syria to all Christians and faithful from other religions, as well as non-believers. He announced that Saturday’s prayers in St Peter’s Square will begin at 17.00 UTC (09.00 PDT. 12.00 EDT. 20.00 MSK. 03.00 8 September AEDT) and end at 22.00 UTC (14.00 PDT. 17.00 EDT. 01.00 8 September MSK. 08.00 8 September AEDT), saying, “With all my strength, I call on the warring parties to listen to the voice of their own consciences, not to close themselves in their own interests, but to look on the other as a brother”. The pope’s comments were his first explicit reference to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. In comments immediately following the claims, the Permanent Observer of Holy See to the UN in Geneva cast doubt on the accusations. Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi CS told Vatican Radio, “What immediate interest would the government in Damascus have in causing such a tragedy? Who does this inhuman crime really benefit?”

1/2 September 2013

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_09_01/Pope-calls-for-world-prayer-day-for-peace-in-Syria-6228/

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_09_02/Vatican-warns-over-Syria-world-conflict-8617/

Thursday, 29 August 2013

29 August 2013. Sad Indifferentism in Arnold PA… THIS is Why so many Orthodox Look Askance at so-called “Ukrainian Orthodox”

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Click here for a report on a sickening instance of indifferentism. Many Orthodox wonder about the allegiance of many so-called “Ukrainian Orthodox”… they seem to place ethnic ties above all else. “Ukrainian Catholics” are the Vatican’s tool to suborn Orthodox, there’s nothing else to say. Many Orthodox clergy and believers in Zakarpatiya and in Galicia have suffered at the hands of Uniate mobs… and these jabronies welcome Uniate clergy into their parishes and worship with them. That’s disgusting in the extreme. If “Ukrainian Orthodox” continue such antics (and they’re not new, not in the least), then, they shouldn’t be surprised that real Orthodox view them with distaste and caution. After all, they’re giggling as they put an adder on their breast. None dare call it treason and perfidy…

BMD

 

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