Wednesday, November 24, 2010

US Says it Will Adopt a "Measured and Unified" Approach on North Korea



--->White House Official: China Needs to Do More, US-South Korea Joint Military Exercises Possible in Coming Days...

--->China and Russia renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade...

--->Listen to North Korea By Jimmy Carter...

--->Only the Koreans can end their conflict...

--->China urges peace and talk after North Korea shells South...

--->Tensions on the Korean peninsula: "What you need to know..."

--->Nuclear Proliferation Questions. North Korea’s neighbours to create A-bombs of their own?

--->US army non-hostile deaths in Iraq exceed combat...


--->Update: US, SKorea launch war games in tense Yellow Sea...
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--->Equivalence? (Post) Modern Russia embraces both Orthodoxy and Islam as essential to Identity? (click) "When people in modern Russia start talking about limiting or dividing Orthodox Christianity and Islam, these two components of our national identity, when they suddenly start contrasting them, either they are foolish people who are not familiar with Russia’s history and current situation, or they intentionally seek to destabilize the foundations of our state. This may sound tough, but those who contrast Orthodox Christianity with Islam want our state to disintegrate. This is how we should view all those discussions." ---Historian Aleksandr Sotnichenko [Note: Will this come as news to most Russians?]

--->Benedict Says "Difficulties, I had counted on it." A Preview by Sandro Magister in Rome: The most piquant passages of the latest book-interview of Benedict XVI. On condoms, sexual abuse, female priesthood, Jews, the burqa... But above all on the future of Christianity, which he sees as being full of light...

On Jewish-Christians relations, Benedict says "A change also seemed necessary to me in the ancient liturgy. In fact, the formula was such as to truly wound the Jews, and it certainly did not express in a positive way the great, profound unity between Old and New Testament. For this reason, I thought that a modification was necessary in the ancient liturgy, in particular in reference to our relationship with our Jewish friends. I modified it in such a way that it contained our faith, that Christ is salvation for all. That there do not exist two ways of salvation, and that therefore Christ is also the savior of the Jews, and not only of the pagans. But also in such a way that one did not pray directly for the conversion of the Jews in a missionary sense, but that the Lord might hasten the historic hour in which we will all be united. For this reason, the arguments used polemically against me by a series of theologians are rash, and do not do justice to what was done. (ibid.)

The shock of the abuse

"The facts did not take me entirely by surprise. At the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, I had worked on the American cases; I had also seen the situation escalate in Ireland. But the dimensions were still an enormous shock. Ever since my election to the see of Peter, I had repeatedly met with victims of sexual abuse. Three and a half years ago, in October of 2006, in a speech to the Irish bishops I had asked them to "establish the truth of what happened in the past, to take whatever steps are necessary to prevent it from occurring again, to ensure that the principles of justice are fully respected and, above all, to bring healing to the victims and to all those affected by these egregious crimes." To see the priesthood suddenly tarnished in this way, and with it the Catholic Church itself, was difficult to bear. At that moment, however, it was important not to look away from the fact that good exists in the Church, and not only these terrible things." (ibid.)

The media and abuse

"It was evident that the action of the media was not guided solely by the pure search for the truth, but that there was also enjoyment in putting the Church in the pillory, and, if possible, in discrediting it. And nonetheless it was necessary that this be clear: as long as efforts are being made to bring the truth to light, we must be appreciative. Truth, united with love when understood correctly, is the number one value." (ibid.)

The Church

So Paul did not see the Church as an institution, as organization, but as a living organism, in which everyone works for the other and with the other, being united on the basis of Christ. It is an image, but an image that has profound repercussions and is very realistic if only for the fact that we believe that in the Eucharist, we truly receive Christ, the Risen One. And if each one receives the same Christ, then we are truly all united in this new risen body as the great space of a new humanity. It is important to understand this, and therefore to see the Church not as an apparatus that must do everything – the apparatus also has its place, but within limits – but as a living organism that comes from Christ himself. (ibid)

--->Pope links failure to tackle abuse with 1960s reform..."The prevailing mentality was that the Church must not be a Church of laws but, rather a Church of love: she must not punish . . . This led to an odd darkening of the mind, even in very good people." ...More

Note: When I hear a report of a wrong going on in, say, a Catholic school of higher learning (where, by the way, students of the Faith are presently engaged in spiritual warfare with students and some faculty against the Faith), or any other place, I immediately forward it to the Vatican. It's almost always futile to complain to the culprits.

--->God's love is great, but hell 'exists and is eternal,' Benedict XVI reminds us...

--->Financial Meltdown on Wall Street. Excerpt from Introduction to The Global Economic Crisis. The Great Depression of the XXI Century by Michel Chossudovsky...

--->Straight-jacket Time: The Grinch Peter Singer, meanwhile, Says Full Moral Status Not Earned by Babies "Until After 2 Years"... "Earned"? Will he be wanting abortion "rights" up to 2 years postpartum now? Time for the madhouse for this soulless technocrat who lobbies for killing babies and the disabled in the name of "compassion".

Ill-gotten wealth--->Sorry Mr. Bankerman, We Just Don't Trust Ya Anymore: Bank Run Protest Spreads to USA...

--->Hong Kong tycoon forces Catholic Church to apologise after 'devil' comment... Let's not act like swine. Fr Law spoke out against Hong Kong's rapacious property barons to a group of worshippers. He said: "Those [who build] properties with inflated prices should be scared of death." [The greedmeisters can't change what the people are thinking though, can they...The people know what's going on; and the culprits know that they know. Better to return to decency and real justice and true equity now. He said he planned to give money to the Church. No, keep the donations which are excess taken from the poor and Middle Class, give justice instead. It would be a sin to accept such donations. Let's rend our hearts, not our garments]

--->A childhood of persecution prepared his ministry: Despite the challenges of living and ministering in an atheist society, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz says that the faith of the Catholics has remained strong amid persecution...

--->Fox News Condom Lies... Note: Benedict's meaning was immediately clear except to the malicious. It's as though he were saying that if a man was determined to rob a bank (commit sexual sins) and kill the guard at the door (his own soul), the least he can do is not kill all the Tellers and customers (potentially infect customers with lethal disease)....rough analogy but I think you know what I mean. (Update: See a clarification here...)

--->Defund Planned Parenthood Multinational Butchery. Congressman Mike Pence is pressing for support for his bill he expected to re-introduce in the next session of Congress to de-fund Planned Parenthood — and the abortion [Big] business is not happy...

People worry me--->Castro calls NATO "world's police force", refers to the West after the Second World War as "brimming with hatred" against the Soviets in contrast to the mere "errors" of Stalin. The old Cuban Fleabag still can't think in terms of reasonable, even if trenchant, criticism but remains ensconced in the bipolar vitriol of Soviet-style propaganda. Meanwhile there is as always some truth in what he says, but serving it up in the bad gravy of Marxist ideology turns the appetite.

--->Dennis Kucinich: Fake Taliban Leader, Fake Elections, Fake Deadline, Real Trouble...Afghanistan War, Nightmare without End for Troops, Innocent Civilians and US Taxpayers... "The war in Afghanistan is taking place in a netherworld where facts and common sense have no place. Elections are fake. Our deadline to withdraw is a fake."

--->Peter Hitchens: Political Party Admits it Was Wrong
. Nobody Notices...

--->Hope in Haiti. Let's not forget...

--->Abortion-Vote Wife Bashes Husband, Considered Abortion. Upset that her husband has garnered the media attention for admitting the web site was a hoax, she placed a new post on the blog today emphasizing her pro-abortion views and saying she lost her job because of the web site...

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