by Dr. David Pence and A. Joseph Lynch
I. POPE FRANCIS AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
500 YEARS OF PROTESTANTS-MARTIN LUTHER PROCLAMATION WAS IN 1517: A good survey at Christianity Today.
FRANCE A CATHOLIC AWAKENING? Mass attendance is still very low but awakening. France - THE European nation? A captivating essay on her place in geopolitics.
NIGERIA'S CHRISTIANS: When will an African Strategy Emerge - until then a growing faith meets a growing danger.
PRESIDENT TRUMP MESSAGE FOR PASSOVER AND HOLY WEEK: Strong and faithful - this is who we are - Trump is an American Protestant. He understands who we are as a people.
FROM ANTHONY ESOLEN: "...A mob is to a congregation as a 'demonstration' is to a religious procession, as lust is to love, as shouting is to conversation, as wrath is to the hunger for righteousness, as the habituating force of vice is to the liberating habit of virtue. The mob chants a slogan; the people in a procession pray as their fathers did. The mob is sub-rational, and can turn a Socrates into a beast. The procession is supra-rational, and can make the most ordinary of mortals glow like an angel. The procession attracts, the mob appalls - and sometimes attracts precisely because it is appalling..."
II. ISLAM, THE MIDDLE EAST, AND AMERICAN POLICY
FOUR SCHOOLS OF ISLAMIC LAW - WHY SHOULD AN OFFSHOOT OF THE HANBALI SCHOOL DOMINATE THE HOLY CITIES? Wahhabism is a further purification of the most literalist school of law in Islam. The Hanbali school (Ahmad ibn Handball 780-855) is the last of the four main branches of Law. It is centered in Saudi Arabia after its revival by Muhammed ibn Wahhabi (1707-1792). Their alliance with the Saudi clan and their takeover of the Holy Cities from the Hashemites in the 1920's was cemented with the discovery of oil and a new alliance with American oil companies in the 1930's and 40's. That fateful trinity off Wahhabi extremism, Saudi royal rule, and American oil interests now presents the religion of Islam and the nation of America with a culminating crisis. But first it is good to see this is not all Islam, but a faction of a faction.
YEMEN: FIGHTING HOUTHIS HELPS AQAP - OUR REAL ENEMY: An analysis of one of our more dangerous fronts. Saudis. UAE and US: Differences to be exploited in deciding which war to fight in Yemen.
ATTACKING EGYPT'S CHRISTIANS - ISIS STRATEGY IN IRAQ AND YEMEN WAS TO TARGET SHIA. IN EGYPT - TARGET CHRISTIANS: Understanding the Salafist Sunni strategy and tactics - clarity at Atlantic.
INTERVIEW WITH EGYPTIAN PRIEST ON SOURCE OF ISLAMIC VIOLENCE: Fr. Samir at National Catholic Register.
CHRISTIAN EXODUS IRAQ AND SYRIA: A living presence diminished - will it be destroyed? Robin Wright on the Mideast Christian exodus.
OLIVER ROY ON WHO BECOMES A JIHADIST: Always he has insights, always he over concludes.
SYMPATHETIC BUT OBJECTIVE NEWS ON IRAN - IRAN PRIMER: Robin Wright website.
WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DESCRIBE THE ATTACKERS VERY PRECISELY: But the victims were CHRISTIANS.
PAT BUCHANAN ON EASTER AND CHRISTIANITY IN THE MIDEAST: His Happy Easter is our dilemma.
PALM SUNDAY IN EGYPT: The attack. How many Egyptians will favor a policy aggressively protecting Christians? Pope Francis will visit soon.
JERUSALEM - IN THE END WILL IT BE ABOUT THE TEMPLE MOUNT: A good summary of the great dispute between those who would rebuild the Jewish Temple for sacrifice, the Muslims who now abide on the Dome of the Rock, and those awaiting the Messiah.
THE ISRAEL LOBBY - MORE THAN A LOBBY: Phillip Giraldi calmly tells a disturbing tale.
THE UNTOUCHABLE JOHN BRENNAN: By Yemen expert Gregory Johnsen.
ERDOGAN WINS REFERENDUM TO CENTRALIZE RULE IN TURKEY: A close vote but a real sentiment that the purpose of government is to govern.
ENTANGLING ALLIANCES: Why is North Korea our problem? Pat Buchanan asks the right questions.
III. CULTURE OF LIFE, CULTURE OF PROTECTION
AT THE UN PRO-FAMILY FORCES WIN: The Trump USA, Russia, Africans, and Muslims vs the sexual left.
THE JESUIT, THE CHURCH AND THE MEN WHO KISS: In Jesuit James Martin's speech and now new book he says first the Church should give respect. "First, respect means, at the very least, recognizing that the L.G.B.T. community exists, as any community would want its existence recognized. It also means acknowledging that the L.G.B.T. community brings unique gifts to the church, as every community does." We couldn't agree more. We must start by admitting the huge homosexual subculture among our priests and bishops. That is how we "by recognizing the LGBT community exists." Finally some common ground with James Martin.
James Martin and New Ways Ministry. This Crisis piece is informative about Martin's treachery but seriously deficient in naming the problem. What if Crisis and The Catholic Thing and other American Catholic internet spent half the time on the homosexualization of the priesthood that they do on the their anti-Pope Francis screeds?
The duplicity of the Judas priests associated with homosexuality in the Catholic priesthood and episcopacy is the primary reason a brotherhood of fathers has become a fractured body of effeminate cliques which allowed the widespread clerical sexual abuse of mostly teenage boys. James Martin is the soft face of Judas still pretending to be part of the apostolic band up to the last moments. The gay feminist cult of the media and urban Democratic Party salutes him. Eventually Our Lord told Judas to leave and do what he must to do. Then he cleansed the apostles of the Judas priest with the sacred priestly foot washing. Then he ordered his apostles and all future bishops to do what he had done. We await for one to obey his command.
PIETY AND PATRIOTISM: Some reflections on Anthony Esolen Out of the Ashes book. His emphasis is very different than Rod Dreher's Bendict Option. Dreher's book is about a man who formed the patriarchal fraternity (an abbott and his monks) that some say is the cultural basis of Europe and her Catholic nations. Though he is talking about monks and their lessons for a thick Catholic culture he never mentions Fatherhood, filiation and fraternity as the web of foundational relations of public Christianity. This reviewer understands that Esolen is unique in paying attention to some very old Christian rudiments of culture: piety, patriotism, patriarchy, and the need for male groups to socialize young males.
A HISTORY OF JUDGE WARS WITH NIXON AND LBJ: A great history lesson from Pat Buchanan.