Rome in the News, May 2015

Here are some Rome and eschatology-related headlines from this past month (Note: some are older headlines that I missed posting last time):

A message from ‘His Excellency’ Sam Adams and ‘The Most Worshipful’ Paul Revere to the 21st Century: Time capsule buried by the real ‘Sons of Liberty’ opened after 220 years — Note the Masonic plaque that was in the capsule

‘Absolutely gutless’: Victims of church pedophiles slam Cardinal George Pell for failing to front abuse inquiry in Ballarat… as it’s revealed that just weeks ago he visited school where the most evil acts occurred

Changing face of American religion: How the US spiritual landscape has transformed as protestants lose majority status.  Three guesses as to which religion is replacing Protestantism

‘Father wants to cleanse you, 29’: Nun’s chilling words to a young boy, 5, who was given a NUMBER instead of a name when he was raped by a priest in ‘horror room’ for the first time

Francis and Obama: together on Palestine, Liberation Theology, and Marxism

‘I want to know what it will take to keep you quiet’: Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic clergyman George Pell accused of trying to bribe the nephew of rampant paedophile priest 

In Praise of The Pope, Amnesty, and Environmentalism: Meet the ERLC’s Russell Moore

In September, The UN Launches A Major Sustainable Development Agenda For The Entire Planet:  “And did you notice the language about “the world’s religions acting in unison”?  Clearly, the Vatican believes that it has the power to mobilize religious leaders all over the planet and have them work together to achieve the “UN’s sustainable development goals”.”

Installing ‘angel-hood’ on Christian persecutors.  President Obama: “I want to thank His Holiness Pope Francis, whose moral example shows us the importance of pursuing the world as it should be, rather than simply settling for the world as it is.” (KRCR News, April 22, 2015)

Matt Redman to headline Catholic youth event

Obama Warns of Anti-Globalization Sentiment in Both Parties

Pope ‘canonizes’ Abbas as ‘angel of peace’, betraying Iraqi nuns

Pope Francis is so impressive I might return to the Catholic Church, says Cuba’s Raul Castro

Pope Francis Meets With Female Head Of Church Of Sweden, Archbishop Antje Jackelén – note how all the leaders of so-called “Protestant” churches ape the Pope’s attire all the time.

The Pope embraces the religion of global warming

Pope to allow absolution of abortion during Holy Year

Pope’s top adviser blasts US climate skeptics

Roman Catholic Priests, Sex Abuse, and Cover-Up: They’re Still At It

State senator claims Vatican backs mandatory vaccination, because there are no fetal cells in vaccines

Terror and chaos – from whom?  A quote: “Why was Barack Hussein Obama calling for a “New World Order” in Europe before becoming America’s president claiming that there was “no other way”?”

The Catholic Roots of America’s Needless War with Russia

The tragic toll of child abuse: 12 of the 33 children in this 1973 class photo took their own lives after years of sexual and physical abuse at Ballarat Catholic school

Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty

Vatican rewriting American Founding Father History

Victim of Catholic paedophile priests weeps as he recalls being raped multiple times throughout primary school and high school… and again when he went to ask for ADVICE on how to deal with the vile abuse

Why “Left Behind” Should Be Left Behind

William Tyndale


Beacon of Truth:

On the surface there would have been little reason to think that the birth of a child in Slimbridge, Gloustershire, England in 1494 would change English history. However, that child, William Tyndale, would later translate and print the Word of God in the English language and the impact of that translation is still felt today.

A brief review of events taking place at the close of the fifteenth century will help to place the birth of Tyndale in perspective.

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Daniel 9:26 and the Antiochean Crisis

Roberts Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem

Daniel 9:26: And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.


Triablogue discusses the liberal interpretation of this verse and makes an excellent observation.  The liberal understanding of this passage is that it refers to the Antiochean crisis.  Yet, Daniel 9:26 speaks of the Second Temple and Jerusalem being destroyed. If Daniel was writing after the Antiochean crisis and trying to make a “prophecy” fit what happened, then why would he mention events that never occurred during that time period?  As Triablogue says:

If, according to the liberal reconstruction, the anonymous author of Daniel was writing “prophecy” after the fact, if he was writing history in the guise of prophecy, how could he be so inaccurate about something so important and so well-known–both to himself and his immediate audience?

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Neo-Monasticism in Evangelicalism

John Pless on the tendency of modern evangelicals to adopt a Catholic view of vocation, ie. a strict sacred/secular distinction, my emphasis added:

Henriette Browne Mutter Kind“Medieval Roman Catholicism presupposed a dichotomy between life in the religious orders and life in ordinary callings. It was assumed that the monastic life guided by the evangelical counsels (i.e., the Sermon on the Mount) provided a more certain path to salvation than secular life regulated by the decalog. American Evangelicalism has spawned what may be referred to as “neo-monasticism.” Like its medieval counterpart, neo-monasticism gives the impression that religious work is more God-pleasing than other tasks and duties associated with life in the world. According to this mindset, the believer who makes an evangelism call, serves on a congregational committee, or reads a lesson in the church service is performing more spiritually significant work than the Christian mother who tends to her children or the Christian who works with integrity in a factory. For the believer, all work is holy because he or she is holy and righteous through faith in Christ.

Similar to neo-monasticism is the neo-clericalism that lurks behind the slogan, “Everyone a minister.” This phrase implies that work is worthwhile only insofar as it resembles the work done by pastors. Lay readers are called “Assisting Ministers” and this practice is advocated on the grounds that it will involve others in the church as though the faithful reception of Christ’s gifts was insufficient. It is no longer enough to think of your daily life and work as your vocation, now it must be called “your ministry.”” [“Liturgy and Vocation.”]

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The Catholic Roots of Obama’s Activism

BarackObamaportrait“CHICAGO — In a meeting room under Holy Name Cathedral, a rapt group of black Roman Catholics listened as Barack Obama, a 25-year-old community organizer, trained them to lobby their fellow delegates to a national congress in Washington on issues like empowering lay leaders and attracting more believers.

“He so quickly got us,” said Andrew Lyke, a participant in the meeting who is now the director of the Chicago Archdiocese’s Office for Black Catholics. The group succeeded in inserting its priorities into the congress’s plan for churches, Mr. Lyke said, and “Barack Obama was key in helping us do that.””

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The Antichrist Destroys 3 Nations After The Fall of Rome

This is from a Seventh Day Adventist source, but it gives a fairly standard Historicist understanding of the 3 horns in Daniel 7. Different scholars identify the 3 horns somewhat differently depending on how the 10 kingdoms are divvied up. In any case, this video gives the general idea with some nice graphics:

A Christian Perspective on the Lord of the Rings

El Señor de los Anillos lecturaHere is an interesting look at the Lord of the Rings books from a Christian perspective:

Personally, I do not have an issue with reading certain literature written by non-Christians as long as one can read with discernment.  I tend to take a “plunder the Egyptians” approach to things produced by the unbelieving world.  The above review provides insight into the Lord of the Rings that helps with that plundering.

Continuity, Unity, Stability

Great schism 1378 1417-C2R. Scott Clark:

“Like Christians during the Avignon crisis, we live in an age when authority and order seem to be dissolving before our eyes. Some Christians, who are sensitive to these cultural shifts and to their effect upon evangelical churches, see the problems reflected in liturgical changes and general spiritual and ethical chaos. They are thus attracted to Rome on the basis of her claim to continuity with the past, ostensible unity, and stability.

The Avignon crisis is just one of many examples from the history of the medieval church that illustrate the futility of seeking continuity, unity, and stability where they have never existed. The historical truth is that the Roman communion is not an ancient church. She is a medieval church who consolidated her theology, piety, and practice during a twenty-year-long council in the sixteenth century (Trent). Her rituals, sacraments, canon law, and papacy are medieval. The unity and stability offered by Roman apologists are illusions—unless mutual and universal excommunication and attempted murder count as unity and stability. Crushing opponents and rewriting history to suit present needs is not unity. It is mythology.”

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Christians Rapped For Refusing to Pray to Hindu Deity

Three Christian lawmakers refused to partake of a HIndu prayer ritual at their state capitol.

The Episcopal church is not pleased with their action:

“It was therefore disappointing to me that certain senators protested his prayer and spoke disparagingly of his faith,” Nevada Episcopal Bishop Dan Edwards wrote in a letter to the Idaho Legislative Services office. “An apology certainly seems to be in order. … We believe that truth is best discovered where all viewpoints can be expressed.”

Neither is Rome:

“I find it sad that some legislators in Idaho could not respect the importance of religious diversity by their presence at a brief prayer,” added Charles T. Durante, vicar general of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Reno.

So be warned: If you’re a Christian, you may not call another religion “false” and refuse to participate in or approve of its rituals.  However, if you practice any other religion, you may call Christianity “false” and act accordingly.

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Bufo 6759Revelation 16:13-16: And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.  For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Peres Taps Pope to Lead One World Religion

The Daily Sheeple:

600px-Pope_Francis_in_March_2013“A few months back, former president Shimon Peres met with the Pope at the Vatican and proposed that the Pope head up a UN for religions.

Via The Jerusalem Post:

But the main topic of conversation was Peres’s idea to create a UN-like organization he called “the United Religions.”

Peres said the Argentina-born pontiff was the only world figure respected enough to bring an end to the wars raging in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.

“In the past, most of the wars in the world were motivated by the idea of nationhood,” Peres said. “But today, wars are incited using religion as an excuse.”

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed to reporters that Peres had pitched his idea for “the United Religions” but said Francis did not commit to it.

“The pope listened, showing his interest, attention, and encouragement,” Lombardi said, adding that the pope pointed to the Pontifical Councils for Interreligious Dialogue and for Justice and Peace as existing agencies “suitable” for supporting interfaith peace initiatives.

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Revelation 16:13-16: And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.  For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.