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3 concerning updates on Pope Francis

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3 concerning updates on Pope Francis

Pope Francis has been quite active in 2018 and its only the beginning of February. Many big stories regarding the Pope are receiving little attention. Pope Francis seeks to be different from his predecessors but it doesn’t appear he’s immune from the pedophilia scandals within the Catholic Church. As the Pope branches out to reach more people, is the Chinese government really a good partner for the Christian faith? Lastly the Pope Francis balances his call to fight antisemitism with encouraging a highly Islamic regime.

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CBS News- AP: Despite denial, Pope Francis got sex abuse victim’s letter

Pope Francis received a victim’s letter in 2015 that graphically detailed how a priest sexually abused him and how other Chilean clergy ignored it, contradicting the pope’s recent insistence that no victims had come forward to denounce the cover-up, the letter’s author and members of Francis’ own sex- abuse commission have told The Associated Press.

The fact that Francis received the eight-page letter, obtained by the AP, challenges his insistence that he has “zero tolerance” for sex abuse and cover-ups. It also calls into question his stated empathy with abuse survivors, compounding the most serious crisis of his five-year papacy.

While the victims’ testimony was deemed credible by both Vatican and Chilean prosecutors, the local church hierarchy clearly didn’t believe them, which might have influenced Francis’ view. Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz has acknowledged he didn’t believe the victims initially and shelved an investigation. He was forced to reopen it after the victims went public. He is now one of the Argentine pope’s key cardinal advisers.

In a rare rebuke of a pope by a cardinal, O’Malley issued a statement Jan. 20 in which he said the pope’s words were “a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse,” and that such expressions had the effect of abandoning victims and relegating them to “discredited exile.”

A day later, Francis apologized for having demanded “proof” of wrongdoing by Barros, saying he meant merely that he wanted to see “evidence.” But he continued to describe the accusations against Barros as “calumny” and insisted he had never heard from any victims.

Even when told in his airborne press conference Jan. 21 that Karadima’s victims had indeed placed Barros at the scene of Karadima’s abuse, Francis said: “No one has come forward. They haven’t provided any evidence for a judgment. This is all a bit vague. It’s something that can’t be accepted.”

He stood by Barros, saying: “I’m certain he’s innocent,” even while saying that he considered the testimony of victims to be “evidence” in a cover-up investigation.

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WSJ: Pope Francis to Bow to China With Concession on Bishops

Pope Francis has decided to accept the legitimacy of seven Catholic bishops appointed by the Chinese government, a concession that the Holy See hopes will lead Beijing to recognize his authority as head of the Catholic Church in China, according to a person familiar with the plan.

For years, the Vatican didn’t recognize the bishops’ ordinations, which were carried out in defiance of the pope and considered illicit, part of a long-running standoff between the Catholic Church and China’s officially atheist Communist Party.

The bishops approved by the Beijing-backed Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association are seen as more willing to toe the government’s line, or even to support a Chinese Catholic Church free of the Vatican’s influence. Several of the bishops are members of a government advisory body controlled by the Communist Party.

It would then be up to Beijing to accept a proposed agreement giving the pope veto power on future bishop candidates, whom he would approve or veto after their selection by the Chinese government. Beijing’s major condition for that agreement has been that the pope recognize the seven bishops, the person said.

The Communist Party keeps a tight grip on all religious practice, mandating that religious institutions be free of foreign control. New regulations that went into effect on Thursday require that religious institutions gain government approval for teaching plans, overseas pilgrimages and other activities.

On the other hand, a deal would represent a breakthrough: the first official recognition by the Communist government of the pope’s jurisdiction as the head of the Catholic Church in China.

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Telegraph: Pope Francis gives peace symbol as gift to president Erdogan as Turkish forces pound Kurdish militia

Pope Francis gave a symbol of peace as a gift to Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, as Turkish forces continued their military offensive against Kurds in Syria.

The Pope and the Turkish leader had a 50-minute meeting behind closed doors, during which they discussed the situation in Syria as well as refugees in the Middle East and the Trump administration’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which they both oppose.

It was the first visit of a Turkish president to the Vatican in nearly 60 years.

After the meeting, the Pope gave Mr Erdogan a bronze medallion showing an angel embracing the world while battling a dragon.

“This is the angel of peace who strangles the demon of war,” he told the president, whose forces have been accused of grave human rights abuses in the northern Afrin region of Syria.

My Take

Full disclosure: I’m a staunch protestant. But despite doctrinal differences, I recognize the faith of Catholics who have a relationship with Jesus.

Many people had high expectations for the Pope to address and make reforms in response to the child sex abuse that is within Catholic Church. The recent article by the AP shows evidence contrary to the Pope’s initial zero tolerance stance. The Pope’s lack of zeal in dealing with a scandal that was closer to him, both geographically and through connections, demonstrates an alarming amount of hypocrisy on the issue.

The move to recognize Chinese bishops is troubling for Christians in the east. Consider a segment of this thread on Chinese persecution:

The concern with this move is that the Pope just legitimized bishops who likely have no business being bishops. Since the Communist government approved of them, the indication is clear that the “radical” teachings of the Bible will be whitewashed with government sanctioned politically correct church material. So one must wonder, how serious is the Pope taking the Great Commission? The underground church is booming by most reports and so is the persecution. By absorbing apostate Chinese churches into the Vatican, the Pope is not only doing underground Catholics a disservice but also every other denomination. China is using a can’t beat them, so lets get them to beat themselves. These state-approved Churches are detractors to faith and the Pope gave his nod to them in exchange for recognition as the head of these churches. This is naive negotiating. We all know the government will truly be the authority these bishops respond to. Whether the Pope is egotistical or naive, he’s giving the Chinese government a brand name (the Vatican) for it to control Christianity through its state-run churches.

The last story is perhaps the most dangerous. Not only is it demonstrating a high amount of hypocrisy, or at very least inconsistency, in Pope Francis’s beliefs, but it could have more eternal/providential implications. Pope Francis met with Turkish President Erdoğan after his military commenced Operation Olive Branch to terrorize Kurds in Syria. Instead of confronting his attack on the Kurds, the Pope gave this dictator a medal of peace. What’s worse is that the Pope is basically being a tool for which Turkey can advance its Islamism. While the Pope scolded America, on Christmas, for moving it’s Israeli Embassy, Turkey announced it’s opening a Palistinean Embassy in Jerusalem, unscathed by the Vatican. Who’s side is the Pope on? Is he on the side of Jesus or Muhammad? This is a serious question. The Pope pushing to divide Israel only furthers the latter’s cause. As noted in my scathing critique of Paul Nelen’s antisemitism, Jesus will return to save Israel and nations will be judged. It is my understanding that Catholics believe in the second coming like the rest of Christianity. Why then would Pope Francis cozy up to a man bent on forming the next Caliphate?

A Kurdish pastor said something which is a bit of a wake up call: Turkey is a bigger threat to Israel than Iran. In truth, we cannot say for certain when the end-times are but soon. Turkey is a big player and Erdoğan has risen to the world arena, ending Turkey’s Kamalism in favor of Islamism. He could establish a caliphate through his neo-Ottoman pursuit. His land grabs in Syria are at very least a display of power. This is not the type of behavior the Pope should promote. Many opponents call the Pope Francis the Antichrist. He’s not, but he did just give a peace medal to the current front-runner.

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PragerU’s Will Witt informs UCSD students Che Guevara was fiercely against LGBTQ

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Cuban Revolutionary Che Guevara imprisoned and murdered many homosexuals in his days fighting the “good fight” that so many progressives seem to admire. This fact of his history seems to have been wiped from the general progressive consciousness. Today, the University of California in San Diego even has a “Che Cafe” that is supposed to be a safe space in honor of the socialist icon.

Members of the LGBTQ endorsing violently homophobic Che Guevara is like African-Americans endorsing Planned Parenthood’s racist founder, Margaret Sanger. And the left wonders why conservatives often label them ignorant hypocrites.

PragerU’s Will Witt went on campus to get some perspectives from students. Surprisingly, very few actually knew much about their Marxist icon. They recognized his face from T-shirts and even professed to “love him,” but seemed oblivious to his actual history.

If it’s on a T-shirt worn by progressives, it must be safe-space-approved, right?

We’re at a point in history when a post-truth society seems inevitable. But that doesn’t give us license to stop trying, stop fighting, or stop educating budding leftists. There’s plenty of work to be done.

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Listen to every word Burgess Owens says about reparations

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Listen to every word Burgess Owens says about reparations

Former NFL player Burgess Owens delivered an amazing speech before Congress today talking about reparations. He called for them, but not from the United States government as Democrats are wanting. He wants reparation paid by the Democratic Party to the African-Americans Owens believes have been hurt by the leftist ideology espoused by today’s Democrats.

The opening minute of his speech was exceptional:

“Thank you so much for this opportunity. I’m gonna take a different tack from beginning. We are at this point, this is not about black and white, rich or poor, blue collar, white collar. We’re fighting for the heart and soul of our nation.

“We have a very, very special country instilled with the Judeo-Christian values that allowed every single generation become better than the last, and that has not ended, that has not stopped… until now. We’re telling our kids a little bit something different, that they don’t have the opportunities that we had.

“I’m going to talk about some ideologies and when I talk about them I’m not talking about people. People change. I used to be Democratic until I did my history and found out the misery that that party brought to my race. So when I talk about these ideologies, ideologies don’t change. People do.

“We are fighting for the heart and soul of our nation against socialism, Marxism, and evil that it has brought to us in distilling of our history. Karl Marx said it best, the father of socialism, an atheist, anti-semite, and a blatant racist.”

As good as his opening was, the rest of it was even better.

In our post-truth society, the words of Burgess Owens will be dismissed or ignored by the left. But hopefully some will hear them and start asking questions about Democrats as he did.

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Censorship is cowardice

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Censorship is cowardice

The Left is losing in the marketplace of ideas. It can only survive by silencing the vastly superior inspirations of Liberty.

There is a reason the social media monopolies have begun censoring free speech in earnest. There is a reason they have begun silencing the Pro-Liberty Right. The Socialist-Left can no longer compete in the marketplace of ideas, so it must silence those with vastly superior concepts of economic Liberty and individual freedom.

The primary cause of censorship by social media monopolies

There are a number of details on the social media monopoly of the Socialist-Left, but these all obscure the real issue at hand. The Socialist-Left has to control free speech because it is an inferior system that depends upon lies in order to survive; this is the reason it must assert this control and who is allowed on their ‘platforms’. Their ideology is built upon a foundation of lies that tend to disintegrate under the full exploration of an open discussion. These are the death throes of late stage socialism, with its failure is manifest to anyone of a logical mindset who soberly considers the facts of the matter.

Therefore, in a desperate attempt to protect its base ideology, the Socialist-Left must do everything that it can to keep up the lies to keep it from crumbling into dust. This includes controlling the language with political correctness edicts as well as censoring speech under the undefinable standards of ‘hate speech’.

The Socialist-Left cannot win in the marketplace of ideas, so it must silence the vastly superior ideas of the Pro-Liberty Right. The Left has to silence the opposition out of cowardice. They would have no need to silence others if their ancient ideas were able to withstand the arguments of open debate

Ancient ideas falsely cast as ‘new’

Newly elected City Council member Candi CdeBaca boldly came out for the long discredited concept of communism, claiming that ‘new’ ideas are needed to replace the prosperity and progress brought forth by Economic Liberty. The only problem is that those ‘New’ ideas are 2,400 years old, expressed in a dialog on the ‘Ideal State’ in Plato’s Republic circa 380 – 350 BC. These same ‘new’ ideas were extensively detailed in Sir Thomas More’s classic work ‘Utopia’ published over 500 years ago in 1516. These ‘new’ ideas have been the basis of experiments in Collectivism for the past 400 years, but somehow they are supposedly ‘New’. Bernie Sanders, the author of additional examples of Orwellian ‘Newspeak’ among others has tried to palm off ideas that are several millennia old as ‘new’ in other cases.

The fundamental lie of the Left: Wealth redistribution depends upon coercion

Wealth redistribution that depends upon coercion is the fundamental tenet of socialism. The Left cannot admit to this basic truth and must hide it at all costs. This coercive requirement of socialism runs counter to human nature and explains why it can never work. This also explains why it needs a monopoly on the use of force as well as being another reason it has to control free speech.

There is a whole constellation of lies to hide socialism’s true character and its horrid track record of 400 years of failure. Many of these try to foster the lie that the failed examples of socialism were something else – usually ascribed using some sort of nonsensical logic that these were somehow ‘right-wing’.

Ideological schemes such as socialism have always been a means by which some obtain power over others while others cynically use it to steal from other people and the reason the Left always has a ready set of lies to hide this fact. But, logic and practical reality tells us that lies eventually catch up to those who incessantly use them to further their socialist national agenda, as is in the present case.

The Takeaway

Consider the implications of the ‘concentration camp’ row in the news. There is a reason why both sides are jumping into the fray that boils down to semantics. The national Socialist Left would like this to redound negatively towards President Trump and the Pro-Liberty Right, with the obvious parallels to one of the biggest lies of the Left that the Nazis weren’t socialists. There is a reason the national socialist media keeps on referring to the ‘Far-Right’ whenever they can.

The Left would love to rewrite historical facts, inverting reality at the same time. They cannot accomplish this if we can refute their assertions with the truth. That is why the Left obsesses over silencing the opposition. Facts, logic and history aren’t kind to their revisionism. It makes little sense in the light of practical reality. They can only win if the argument is only from one side – their side.

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