Saturday, July 2, 2016

Religion and Geopolitics Review: Saturday, July 2

by Dr. David Pence and A. Joseph Lynch


Another plane interview with the Pope. Read the full interview to see how out of context the reporting is, and to see how fascinating is the conversation on returning from Armenia (6/26/2016).

The headlines say 'the Pope says Church must apologize to gays,' but the heart of the interview is about Armenia and genocide, Brexit and community, and the insights of women. He defended his use of the word genocide about Armenia, and said the 20th century is marked by the three genocides:  Armenia, Hitler, and Stalin. During all three the great powers looked away for a time. His position on homosexuals was very unlike Cardinal Marx. He even talks about CONDEMNING some of the more outlandish acts of the political gay movement. No headlines on that line. He also corrected the notion that "the Church" must apologize. No, "CHRISTIANS must apologize, the CHURCH IS HOLY." This is a critical distinction lost by liberals and conservatives alike. The Pope goes forward to Poland and Azerbaijan, but the US press has only time for "apologizing to gays." It is as if the communal life of religions and nations does not exist - only gender ideology.

ON WOMEN:  "The women think differently from us, and one cannot make a good decision without listening to women. Sometimes in Buenos Aires, I consulted with my advisers, and then I asked women to come and they saw things in another light, which departed greatly . . . But, then, the solutions (were) very fruitful, very lovely. . . But this, I would like to emphasize, is more important: the way of understanding, of thinking, of seeing of women and the capabilities of women. The Church is a woman. It is 'la Chiesa', who is not a spinster; she is a woman married to the son of God, she is the spouse of Jesus Christ."

ON USING GENOCIDE TO DESCRIBE ARMENIAN EVENT:  "I didn’t know another word. I come from this word. When I arrived in Rome, I heard another word: 'The Great Evil' or the 'terrible tragedy,' but in Armenian, I don’t know how to say it… and they tell me that no, that that is offensive, that of 'genocide,' and that you must say this. I’ve always spoke of three genocides in the last century… always three! The first was the Armenian, then that of Hitler, and the last is that of Stalin… there are small ones, there is another in Africa, but as in the orbit of the two great wars there are these three… I’ve asked why… 'but some feel like it’s not true, that there wasn’t a genocide'... another said to me… a lawyer told me this that really interested me: the word 'genocide' is a technical word. It’s a word that has a technicity that it is not a synonym of 'extermination.' You can say extermination, but declaring a 'genocide' brings with it actions of reparation… this is what the lawyer said to me. Last year, when I was preparing the speech, I saw that St. John Paul II had used the word, that he used both: Great Evil and genocide. And I cited that one in quotation marks… and it wasn’t received well."

ON HOMOSEXUALS - NOT MARX AT ALL:  "I will repeat what I said on my first trip. I repeat what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: that they must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally. One can condemn, but not for theological reasons, but for reasons of political behavior... Certain manifestations are a bit too offensive for others, no? ... But these are things that have nothing to do with the problem. The problem is a person that has a condition, that has good will and who seeks God, who are we to judge? And we must accompany them well...this is what the catechism says, a clear catechism. Then there are traditions in some countries, in some cultures that have a different mentality on this problem. I think that the Church must not only ask forgiveness – like that “Marxist Cardinal” said [laughs] – must not only ask forgiveness to the gay person who is offended. But she must ask forgiveness to the poor too, to women who are exploited, to children who are exploited for labor. She must ask forgiveness for having blessed so many weapons. The Church must ask forgiveness for not behaving many times – when I say the Church, I mean Christians! The Church is holy, we are sinners! – Christians must ask forgiveness for having not accompanied so many choices, so many families..I remember from my childhood the culture in Buenos Aires, the closed Catholic culture. I go over there, eh! A divorced family couldn’t enter the house, and I’m speaking of 80 years ago. The culture has changed, thanks be to God."

CARDINAL MARX ON THE OTHER HAND(FROM 'NCR' ARTICLE) -- "German Cardinal Reinhard Marx wants the church to do more than apologize to gay people - a statement Pope Francis affirmed June 26. He said society must create structures to respect their rights, like civil unions, and the church should 'not to be against them.' Marx made his comments to journalists in Dublin, where he had delivered a keynote address at the conference 'The Role of the Church in a Pluralist Society: Good Riddance or Good Influence?' hosted by the Loyola Institute in Trinity College. Marx, who is president of the German bishops' conference and a member of the pope's advisory council of nine cardinals, called on not just the church to apologize to gays and lesbians, but society as a whole, which he said was implicated in this 'terrible scandal.' 'The history of homosexuals in our society is a very bad history because we have done a lot to marginalizes them. It is not so long ago and so as church and as society we have to say sorry.' The 62-year-old cardinal archbishop of Munich and Freising reiterated his view, expressed at the first Synod of Bishops on the Family in 2014, that, 'You cannot say that a long-term relationship between a man and a man, who are faithful, is nothing. That it has no worth.' He admitted his views had shocked some at the synod. Referring to the passing of legislation in Germany recognizing civil partnerships, he urged the church 'not to be against them'. He said the state had to make arrangements for homosexuals so that their rights are recognized as equal but he also suggested that marriage is something different. So far, there has been no move in Germany to permit gay partners to marry."

The position of Cardinal Marx of Germany and Bishop Lynch of Florida is diametrically opposed to the position of Pope Francis and the Catechism. To the Pope there is "nothing remotely analogous" about homosexual relations to marriage. To Marx and Lynch male homosexual relations are a form of LOVE which deserves respect. Again, the most important apology relating to homosexuality and Catholic clergy should come from the huge hidden subculture of homosexual priests and bishops who perpetrated and covered the sex abuse scandals in Germany, the US and Dublin. How can anyone say the Catholic clergy was not welcoming to gays in the last 40 years - we turned our priesthood and episcopacies of several large rich countries over to them and their sympathizers. This is especially true in the sexually corrupted, financially plush state-supported dioceses of Germany.



ARE WE REALLY AT WAR WITH SAUDI ARABIA? A six-point strategy for war against the Salafists and Saudi Arabia by Dr Pence.

Turkey (72% Sunni, 28% Shia) has been an ISIS enabler to this point focusing hostility on their wars with the Kurds and Syria and animosity toward Russia. They are actually ranked the Mideast premier military power. If they were part of a serious coalition to destroy ISIS, it would happen.


BREXIT - NATIONS RISING AS THE GLOBALIST PRESS MELTS: Buchanan applauds. The Washington Post says double down on NATO so we can show Putin (of Russia) and Xi (of China) there is still a West with Brits and US arrayed against them.

THE RUSSIAN SOUL: Putin, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky. Each nation has a gift - a ray of life. The real Russian project.

POLAND SET FREE FROM THE SOVIETS - A NEW FILM: From a review of the film: liberating Continent - JPII and the fall of communism. "Interestingly, the film rightly posits the beginning of the end of the Polish Communist regime with one event. On the first trip to Poland, in 1979, at the Mass in Victory Square the Holy Father prayed loudly and intently for the Holy Spirit to come upon his homeland and set it free. As he did so, something happened."


NEO-CON KAGAN FOR HILLARY -- SHE WAS A HIGH ALTITUDE WARRIOR AS FIRST LADY, TOO: The husband of Victoria Nuland is stumping for Mrs. Clinton. Globalism vs. nationalism really is the debate. Hillary, Madeleine, and getting Bill to bomb those Serbs.

THE REVOLT OF THE ELITES - AN ANALYSIS OF TRUMP: American Conservative Editor McConnell - very good article and reminder of the early campaign.

TRUMP SPEECH: His most coherent sustained differentiation of the two candidates.


FROM 'A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS' TO 'BONNIE AND CLYDE': A masterful piece on the degradation of cinema and the new Hollywood. Real insight about one facet that turned American culture.

THE SEXUAL LEFT: The best historian of the sexual left is Professor Paul Kengor. Here he is on an influential founder of America’s homosexual/leftist connection.

NEW CHAIR OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ, appointed by President as Chair of Religious Freedom.

RUST BELT PATRIOTISM BEATS THE CALIFORNIA VALLEY: From Cleveland on Lebron James - God, Country, and the NBA championship.

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