Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Patriarch Kirill Thanked Pope Francisco for His Balanced Stance on the Ukraine

00 Uniate blasphemy. 12.03.15

Blasphemous Galician Uniate “icon”

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On Thursday, at a ceremony bestowing an honorary degree upon him at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Federation, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias thanked the Vatican for its position on the situation in the Ukraine, “Francisco the Pope of Rome and the State Secretariat of the Holy See maintained a balanced position on the Ukrainian situation, avoiding unilateral judgements and calling for an end to fratricidal war. This position coincides with our position in the Moscow Patriarchate. This is very important because, as we know, in the Ukraine, the Greek Catholics and schismatics take a bigoted position, they pour oil onto the fire, they incite vicious feelings, they play off one against each other, calling it ‘protection of national interests’, they arrange ‘witch hunts’, and they seize Orthodox churches… so, they’re not forces for peace, they’re ideological factions, serving only one side of the civil conflict. Today, only the UPTs/MP has the standing to be a peacemaker, precisely because it’s always stood firmly for positions advocating peace”.

30 April 2015

Interfax-Religion

http://interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=58700

5 May 2015. America Needs God… NOT Jayzuss… NOT Jesus™… NOT “Family Values”… It Needs Compassion and Mercy

00 America needs God. 05.05.15

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America DOES need morality… it needs ethics… it doesn’t need “religion” that aligns itself with predatory crapitalism… it doesn’t need a spurious “Christ” that brandishes a rifle and blesses continual warmongering in foreign parts. It needs people of good will, whether religious or secular; it needs justice and hope for all. What’s so difficult in that? Our Lord Christ went to the Cross at the demand of the respectable well-off well-connected people of His day. What would make you think that he favours them now that He’s risen? He does NOT… Christ is NOT the Saviour of the oligarchs with their boodle bags. If He came back today, the Koch brothers and the Waltons would have him shot by the cops. “Goddamn Red rabble-rouser… he got what he deserved…”

By the way, I love taking “conservative” demots and turning them around to serve the truth. It’s sweetest revenge of the best kind, isn’t it?

One last thing… those who say that the Church and the Republican Party are allies lie… they spit in Our Lord Christ’s face. How can the Man who had no place to lay His head have anything in common with such filth as the oligarchs who finance and direct the Republican Party? Yes… isn’t that oxymoronic? Christ was a workman… not an executive, a priest, or an “investor”… fancy that…

BMD

Friday, 6 February 2015

Pope Francisco Declares Oscar Romero a “Martyr”

00 Juana Alicia. Monsenor Oscar Romero. 1996

Monseñor Óscar Romero

Juana Alicia

1996 

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This week, Pope Francisco Bergoglio declared Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez a “martyr” for the Catholic faith, the last major step on the road to becoming a saint. Almost thirty-five years ago, on 24 March 1980, American-trained and -backed death-squader Roberto d’Aubuisson ordered Romero’s assassination. The National Catholic Reporter wrote that there was unease with Romero’s case for sainthood amongst high-ranking prelates, including Benedict XVI Ratzinger, “because of Romero’s embrace of liberation theology, a type of Christian theology that posits that Christ didn’t just seek liberation from sin, but from every type of oppression”. In fact, the Vatican had a ban on Romero’s beatification, which the pope lifted with his declaration.

Liberation theology, which originated in Latin America, was a powerful force within the Catholic Church, aligning the church with the poor and condemning American-backed militarism. In Empire’s Workshop, I made the case that liberation theology posed an existential threat for the rising New Right, both its secular and religious versions. In many ways, it was the first “political religion” that united post–Vietnam War conservatives, before they moved on to Islam. Liberation theology’s threat was primal, since it represented a reformed and progressive version of Christianity that emphasised inherent rights… only not the kind of inherent rights our libertarian Mullahs emphasize (i.e., property rights). Liberation theologians had a vision of individual dignity based on social solidarity and earthly economic justice. In the 1970s, both respected conservative theologians like Michael Novak and fringe Bible-thumpers set their sights on liberation theology as an evil that they had to be doctrinally defeat and institutionally eradicate. It’s in this context that Oscar Romero being cleared for beatification (by a pope from Latin America who has his own complicated relationship to liberation theology) is important, which progressives should see as a rearguard battle in the culture wars, which are political wars, which are economic wars, which in Central America were real life-and-death wars.

5 February 2015

Greg Gindin

The Nation

http://www.thenation.com/blog/197073/pope-francis-declares-oscar-romero-martyr-faith-whose-faith

Editor:

This points up the inherent contradiction at the heart of the so-called “Pro-Life” movement. You can see that in a website called “Consistent Life”… they try to square support for rabid rightwing neoliberalism and American exceptionalism with “Pro-Life” rhetoric. It falls entirely flat, as they’re trying to combine inherently opposite concepts. If you were Pro-Life… you’d oppose capital punishment… but the Republican Party is all for it. If you were Pro-Life, you’d be for a vigorous social safety net (as both Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francisco support)… but the Republican Party is against it in its support of unbridled greed and cupidity. If you were Pro-Life, you’d oppose American aggression in foreign parts… but the Republican Party is all for it, as it profits its big donors. In short, Consistent Life spits on Archbishop Romero’s legacy by supporting a political faction that spat (and still spits) on what he held near and dear. Consistent Life supports the godless and theomachistic Republican Party… ergo, they’re hypocrites of the most noisome sort. On the one hand, you have Archbishop Romero, who died for his beliefs… on the other, you have Consistent Life, which spits on those beliefs by supporting the Republicans who killed him (and who continue to press for a godless Crapitalist Corporate Hegemony over the world). You can honour one or the other… they’re mutually exclusive. I know where I stand. What about you?

BMD

Sunday, 28 December 2014

RT Presents… Catholics Around the World Celebrate Christmas

00 Catholic Christmas 01. Bethlehem. 28.12.14

Thousands of believers gathered in the biblical town of Bethlehem (Bethlehem Governorate. PALESTINE) in the West Bank to celebrate Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve at the Church of the Nativity.

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00 Catholic Christmas 02. Bethlehem. 28.12.14

Pilgrims prayed inside a grotto where Christians believe the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus, under the Church of Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, during Christmas Eve Midnight Mass.

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00 Catholic Christmas 03. Bethlehem. 28.12.14

Catholic clergy waiting for the arrival of Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal at the Church of the Nativity.

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00 Catholic Christmas 04. Vatican. Pope Francisco. 28.12.14         

Pope Francisco Bergoglio served a traditional Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at St Peter Basilica at the Vatican, urging the world to find courage, warmth, and tenderness.

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00 Catholic Christmas 05. Vatican. Pope Francisco. 28.12.14

Pope Francisco venerated a statue of the Baby Jesus as he arrived to serve Christmas Eve Mass at St Peter Basilica at the Vatican.

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00 Catholic Christmas 06. Baghdad. 28.12.14

Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at Sacred Heart parish in Baghdad (Baghdad Governorate) IRAQ.

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00 Catholic Christmas 07. Baghdad. 28.12.14

At Sacred Heart parish in Baghdad, they sang “Praise Jesus our Lord, O Praise Him”. Worshippers remembered the thousands of Christians displaced by Islamic State militants this year.

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00 Catholic Christmas 08. Jordan. 28.12.14

Refugee Iraqi Christians gather for Christmas Eve Midnight Mass in Amman (Amman Governorate) JORDAN.

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00 Catholic Christmas 09. Jordan. 28.12.14

Iraqi refugees at St George the all-Victorious Catholic Church in Amman JORDAN for Christmas Eve Midnight Mass.

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25 December 2014

RT

http://rt.com/in-vision/catholics-world-celebrate-christmas/

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