ISIS has formally declared the establishment of a caliphate!!

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The ISIS map of the world: Militants outline chilling five-year plan for global domination as they declare formation of caliphate – and change their name to the Islamic State

  • Sunni militants have announced formation of Islamic state in Middle East
  • They demand Muslims around the world swear allegiance to the caliphate
  • Claim leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi now has authority over all Muslims
  • Group has also now changed its name from ISIS to just the Islamic State
  • Announcement described as ‘most significant development in international jihadism since 9/11’.

ISIS has formally declared the establishment of a caliphate, or Islamic state, in the vast stretches of the Middle East that have fallen under its control, and has outlined a vision to expand into Europe.  The announcement was described as the ‘most significant development in international jihadism since 9/11’.

Upon declaring a caliphate, the Sunni militants – whose brutality in attempting to establish control in Iraq and Syria has been branded too extreme even by Al Qaeda – demanded allegiance from Muslims around the world. With brutal efficiency, ISIS has carved out a large chunk of territory that has effectively erased the border between Iraq and Syria and laid the foundations of its proto-state.

Caliphate: A map purportedly showing the areas ISIS plans to have under its control within five years has been widely shared online. As well as the Middle East, North Africa and large areas of Asia, it also reveals ISIS' ambition to extend into Europe. Spain, which was Muslim-ruled until the late 15th Century, would form part of the caliphate, as would the Balkan states and eastern Europe, up to and including Austria

Caliphate: A map purportedly showing the areas ISIS plans to have under its control within five years has been widely shared online. As well as the Middle East, North Africa and large areas of Asia, it also reveals ISIS’ ambition to extend into Europe. Spain, which was Muslim-ruled until the late 15th Century, would form part of the caliphate, as would the Balkan states and eastern Europe, up to and including Austria

Announcement: ISIS militants (pictured) have formally declared the establishment of a caliphate, or Islamic state, in the vast stretches of the Middle East that have fallen under its control

Announcement: ISIS militants (pictured) have formally declared the establishment of a caliphate, or Islamic state, in the vast stretches of the Middle East that have fallen under its control
                               Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

 

                      Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Leader: ISIS declared the group’s chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (pictured), the head of the new caliphate under the name Caliph Ibrahim and called on all Muslims around the world to swear loyalty to him
Extremist: A gun-brandishing Islamist  loyal to ISIS celebrates the announcement of the Islamic State by waving an Islamic flag in the Syrian city of Raqqa yesterday. The area is considered ISIS' main operational base

Extremist: A gun-brandishing Islamist loyal to ISIS celebrates the announcement of the Islamic State by waving an Islamic flag in the Syrian city of Raqqa yesterday. The area is considered ISIS’ main operational base
The announcement, made on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, could trigger a wave of infighting among Sunni extremist factions that have until now formed a loose rebel alliance. A spokesman for ISIS declared the group’s chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the leader of the new caliphate, or Islamic state, and called on Muslims everywhere, not just those in areas under the organization’s control, to swear loyalty to him. ‘The legality of all emirates, groups, states and organizations becomes null by the expansion of the caliph’s authority and the arrival of its troops to their areas,’ said Abu Mohammed al-Adnani. ‘Listen to your caliph and obey him. Support your state, which grows every day,’ he added in an audio statement posted online. Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, said the announcement was likely the ‘most significant development in international jihadism since 9/11’. Al-Adnani loosely defined the state territory as running from northern Syria to the Iraqi province of Diyala – a vast stretch of land straddling the border that is already largely under ISIS control.  He also said that with the establishment of the caliphate, the group was changing its name to just the Islamic State, dropping the mention of Iraq, Sham and the Levant. However, in a map widely-shared by ISIS supporters on social networks, the Islamist group outlined a five-year plan for how they would like to expand their boundaries beyond Muslim-majority countries. As well as plans to expand the caliphate throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and large parts of western Asia, the map also marks out an expansion in parts of Europe. Spain, which was ruled by Muslims for 700 years until 1492, is marked out as a territory the caliphate plans to have under its control by 2020. Elsewhere, ISIS plans to take control of the the Balkan states – including Greece, Romania and Bulgaria – extending its territories in eastern Europe as far as Austria, which appears to be based on a pre-First World War borders of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. ISIS regularly makes statements and releases propaganda calling for the return of the geographical boundaries in place before the Great War . The group insist the carving up of the Ottoman Empire by Allied forces after the conflict – commonly known as the Sykes-Picot Agreement – was a deliberate attempt to divide Muslims and restrict the likelihood of another caliphate being established. Muslim extremists have long dreamed of recreating the Islamic state, or caliphate, that ruled over the Middle East, North Africa and beyond in various forms over the course of Islam’s 1,400-year history.

Support: Following ISIS' demands that Muslims around the world declare their allegiance to the caliphate, some already appear to be doing so. This photograph, apparently taken in the Netherlands, has been share online by ISIS supporters

Support: Following ISIS’ demands that Muslims around the world declare their allegiance to the caliphate, some already appear to be doing so. This photograph, apparently taken in the Netherlands, has been share online by ISIS supporters
Execution: With brutal efficiency, ISIS has carved out a large chunk of territory that has effectively erased the border between Iraq and Syria and laid the foundations of its proto-state

Execution: With brutal efficiency, ISIS has carved out a large chunk of territory that has effectively erased the border between Iraq and Syria and laid the foundations of its proto-state It was unclear what immediate impact the declaration would have on the ground in Syria and Iraq, though experts predicted it could herald infighting among Sunni militants who have joined forces with the Islamic State in its fight against Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his Shiite-led government. ‘Now the insurgents in Iraq have no excuse for working with ISIS if they were hoping to share power with ISIS,’ said Aymenn al-Tamimi, an analyst who specializes in Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. ‘The prospect of infighting in Iraq is increased for sure,’ he added. The greatest impact, however, could be on the broader international jihadist movement, in particular on the future of Al Qaeda. Founded by Osama Bin Laden, the group that carried out the September 11 attacks on the U.S. has long carried the mantle of the international jihadi cause.  But the Islamic State has managed to do in Syria and Iraq what Al Qaeda never has – carve out a large swath of territory in the heart of the Arab world and control it.  ‘This announcement poses a huge threat to al-Qaida and its long-time position of leadership of the international jihadist cause,’ said Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center.

‘Taken globally, the younger generation of the jihadist community is becoming more and more supportive of [ISIS] largely out of fealty to its slick and proven capacity for attaining rapid results through brutality,’ he added. Al-Baghdadi, an ambitious Iraqi militant who has a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head, took the reins of ISIS in 2010 when it was still an Al Qaeda affiliate based in Iraq.                                                                                                                                                                  

IN DECLARING A CALIPHATE, ISIS NOW CLAIMS TO LEAD ALL MUSLIMS

A caliphate is an Islamic state ruled by a ‘caliph’ – in this case Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – who is seen as the successor to Prophet Mohammed by those swearing allegiance. In much the same way as the Pope is considered the head of the Catholic church, a caliph would consider themselves leader of the world’s Muslims. They would hold themselves responsible for establishing policy – based strictly on the Quran – for all Muslims and territories. One of the first things ISIS did after announcing a caliphate was to declare all emirates and sultanates illegal. Therefore anybody swearing oath to the new Islamic state would simultaneously be declaring that they no longer recognise either the borders, laws or authority of current Muslim-led states. On announcing the Islamic state, the militants repeatedly described it as being ‘restored’. This is a reference to the last widely-acknowledged caliphate – which existed under the Ottoman Empire and effectively ended with the founding of Turkey in 1923. Many Islamists – including ISIS – blame this collapse on the geographical carving-up of the Ottoman Empire by Allied Forces after the First World War. In declaring a caliphate, ISIS now claims to partly ‘corrected’ the century-old dispute.

Brazen: An ISIS fighter holds a jihadist flag in one hand and an assault rifle in the other in a public square in the Iraqi city of Mosul last week

Brazen: An ISIS fighter holds a jihadist flag in one hand and an assault rifle in the other in a public square in the Iraqi city of Mosul last week

Protests: The group has called for Muslims around the world to swear their allegiance to the Islamic state. In Shi'ite-dominated Iran, however, there have been widespread demonstrations against the Islamist militants

Protests: The group has called for Muslims around the world to swear their allegiance to the Islamic state. In Shi’ite-dominated Iran, however, there have been widespread demonstrations against the Islamist militants
Fighting back: Members of Kurdish security forces sit in a vehicle as they keep guard during clashes with ISIS militants in the village of Basheer in Iraq yesterday

Fighting back: Members of Kurdish security forces sit in a vehicle as they keep guard during clashes with ISIS militants in the village of Basheer in Iraq yesterday Since then, he has transformed what had been an umbrella organization focused mainly on Iraq into a transnational military force. Al-Baghdadi has long been at odds with Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, and the two had a very public falling out after al-Baghdadi ignored al-Zawahiri’s demands that the Islamic State leave Syria. Fed up with al-Baghdadi and unable to control him, al-Zawahiri formally disavowed ISIS in February. But al-Baghdadi’s stature has only grown since then, as his fighters strengthened their grip on much of Syria, and have now overrun large swathes of Iraq. Following his appointment as head of the caliphate, ISIS demanded al-Baghdadi be referred to as Caliph Ibrahim – using the name given to the son of the Prophet Muhammad in order to strengthen the claim that he is now the leader of the Muslims and a direct successor to the prophet himself. The Islamic State’s declaration comes as the Iraqi government tries to wrest back some of the territory it has lost to the jihadi group and its Sunni militant allies in recent weeks. On Sunday, Iraqi helicopter gunships struck suspected insurgent positions for a second consecutive day in Tikrit – the predominantly Sunni hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein.The Iraqi military launched its push to wrest back Tikrit – a hotbed of antipathy toward Iraq’s Shiite-led government – on Saturday with a multi-pronged assault spearheaded by ground troops backed by tanks and helicopters. 

MORTAR SHELLS KILL 15 AND WOUND 50 OTHERS IN NORTHERN SYRIA

 A barrage of mortar shells hit government-held areas of the northern city of Idlib today, killing 14 people and wounding at least 50,Syrian state media said. Idlib is the provincial capital in northwestern Syria and it has been under the control of President Bashar Assad’s troops since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in March 2011. Rebels trying to overthrow Assad’s government control the areas around the city. They have been besieging the city for more than two years, firing mortars into the government-held areas and clashing with Assad’s troops at its outskirts.

Conflict: Idlib is the provincial capital in northwestern Syria. Intense fighting has taken place in and around the city in recent days, with the Free Syrian Army (pictured) among those taking part

The state-run SANA news agency said mortars shells fell on several parts of Idlib this afternoon, including a residential area and a market. State TV said children were among those who died in the attacks, and at least 50 people were wounded.  There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. State TV blamed ‘terrorists’ for the attacks, a term the Syrian government uses for rebels trying to overthrow Assad’s government.  Also this morning, activists reported heavy clashes between several Syrian rebel factions and an al-Qaida breakaway group fighting for control of a border crossing with Iraq in eastern Syria.  The fighting in the town of Boukamal, on the border between Syria and Iraq, between rebel groups and members of ISIS comes just hours after the jihadi group declared the establishment of a transnational Islamic caliphate. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the infighting was concentrated in the town and the nearby border crossing as different factions sought control of the frontier. 

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Pope Francis Keeps Missing the Dichotomy of Judgement!

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“So much is written about the gay lobby. I still haven’t found anyone with an identity card in the Vatican with “gay” on it. They say there are some there. I believe that when you are dealing with such a person, you must distinguish between the fact of a person being gay and the fact of someone forming a lobby, because not all lobbies are good. This one is not good. If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him? The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this in a beautiful way, saying … wait a moment, how does it say it … it says: “no one should marginalize these people for this, they must be integrated into society”. The problem is not having this tendency, no, we must be brothers and sisters to one another, and there is this one and there is that one. The problem is in making a lobby of this tendency: a lobby of misers, a lobby of politicians, a lobby of masons, so many lobbies. For me, this is the greater problem.”

Apostolic Journey to Rio De Janero on the Occasion of the XXVIII World Youth Day
Press Conference of Pope Francis During the Flight
Sunday, 28 July 2013

Then it happened immediately following the publication of that infamous in-flight Papal interview that five words of it – “Who am I to judge” – became like the shot heard across world. Overnight these five words of Pope Francis became the mantra for everyone who didn’t agree with the Catholic Church on the sanctity of marriage and the dignity of human life. From the slums to the highest levels of government, those five words became a license and an excuse to be apathetic towards sin and immortality. Those five words became liberals’ favorite weapon to use against people who actually care enough to care about the well-being of souls.

I got so fed up with hearing politician after politician, from all around the world using those five words (out of context) to justify why they voted in favor of legislating homosexual marriage, that I penned an open letter to Pope Francis on March 25, 2014 entitled, ‘Help, We Pray, Speak Clearly‘. I mailed it to him, hoping that he might read it and be encouraged to speak clearly about the distinction between judging a person’s actions (those things that we can know) versus judging their intentions, motives and heart (those things that only God is privy to).

Well, here we are nearly a year after Pope Francis in-flight interview and not only are those who hate the Church still using his “Who am I to judge” out of context to justify every socially acceptable evil, but rather than clarify what the Bible actually says about judging, Pope Francis, in his morning homily on Monday, June 23, 2014, has decided to double-down on this non-judgmental theology; still failing to talk about the dichotomy of judging. The backdrop to his homily was the Gospel reading from that day; Matthew 7:1-5.

Pope Francis took from that Gospel reading all of the typical things that people take from it. He said The person who judges is wrong, is mistaken and is defeated because he assumes God’s place: He who is the one and only judge.” He talked about being a hypocrite by judging others while leaving the beam in your own eye. He ending being quit judgmental himself by calling hypocrites obsessed with the person he wants to judge . . . If we want to follow the way of Jesus, the Pope said, “more than accusers, we have to be defenders of others before the Father. I see a bad thing in someone – do I go defend him? No! But keep quiet! Go pray and defend him before the Father as Jesus does. Pray for him, but do not judge! Because if you do, when you do something bad, you will be judged. Let us remember this well; it will do us good in everyday life when we get the urge to judge others, to speak ill of others, which is a form of judging.”

Continue reading – http://catholicstand.com/pope-francis-dichotomy-of-judgement/

Georgia Catholic dioceses ban guns, knives from church facilities

 Guns legal in Georgia ChurchesBp. Wilton Gregory: Those in Catholic churches will wait for police to protect them, follow ‘ways of peace and reconciliation’!!

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ATLANTA—Guns and other weapons are officially unwelcome at Catholic churches, schools and other buildings owned, leased or operated by the Catholic dioceses of Georgia.

On behalf of the dioceses, Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and Savannah Bishop Gregory Hartmayer, OFM Conv., have issued a decree prohibiting guns and knives with blades longer than five inches from parishes, churches, schools, administrative offices and other buildings owned or used by the Catholic community. It includes both handguns and long guns. It takes effect July 1.

The bishops said, in a statement, Catholic places of worship are sanctuaries where “ways of peace and reconciliation” should be the rule.

“This decree is rooted in the belief that our churches and other places of worship are intended to be sanctuaries—holy sites where people come to pray and to worship God. In this nation of ours, they have seldom been the locations where violence has disrupted the otherwise peaceful atmosphere. Should it be necessary, we will seek the assistance of trained law enforcement personnel for protection, but among ourselves we will first seek ways of peace and reconciliation,” said the statement.

Any parishioner or visitor unlawfully carrying a weapon in violation of this decree may be charged with trespassing. They will be asked to leave the facility and return only once they have removed the weapon.

The policy will also apply to activities sponsored by the Catholic Church in Georgia, such as conferences, parish and school trips.

Law enforcement workers and authorized security personnel, including campus police officers, are exempt from the ban, according to the decree.

The new policy is in response to Georgia’s Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014, which goes into effect on July 1. The act still prohibits weapons in places of worship but allows religious leaders to opt out of that requirement, an option the Catholic Church in Georgia has declined to exercise.

This decree continues the exclusion of guns and weapons in the facilities and churches of the Atlanta Archdiocese and the Savannah Diocese.

In addition to the requirements of this decree, Georgia law already prohibits a number of other weapons from being brought into schools.

There are several exemptions to the Catholic dioceses’ policy. Clergy are permitted to own and keep a weapon securely in a rectory. Ceremonial swords used by the Knights of Columbus, Knights of Peter Claver, and similar organizations are allowed. Students that use rifles for training, such as at the Benedictine Military School, in Savannah, can continue to use them.

Also, a person who has a license to carry a weapon may still drop off and pick up a person at a church facility or be in a car in the parking area, as long as the weapon is secured.

http://www.georgiabulletin.org/news/2014/06/georgia-catholic-dioceses-ban-guns-knives-church-facilities/

 

Pope Francis’ Address to Ecumenical Patriarchate Delegation

 

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       Extra Ecclesiam Nullus Omnion Salvatur!!

 

Pope Francis’ Address to Ecumenical Patriarchate Delegation

“[Our journey of spiritual ecumenism] is a journey upheld by the martyrdom of so many of our brothers and sisters who, by their witness to Jesus Christ the Lord, have brought about an ecumenism of blood.”

Pope Francis addressed the Delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the Vatican on Saturday morning to mark the Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, celebrated on June 29.

In his message, the Pope recalled the pilgrimage he shared with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to the Holy Land last month and their common prayer at the Vatican with the presidents of Israel and Palestine.

“The Lord granted us these occasions of fraternal encounter, in which we were able to express the love uniting us in Christ, and to renew our mutual desire to walk together along the path to full unity,” the Pope said.

“We know very well that this unity is a gift of God, a gift that even now the Most High grants us the grace to attain whenever, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we choose to look at one another with the eyes of faith and to see ourselves as we truly are in God’s plan, according to the designs of his eternal will, and not what we have become as a result of the historical consequences of our sins,” he said.

“If all of us can learn, prompted by the Spirit, to look at one another in God,” he continued, “our path will be even straighter and our cooperation all the more easy in the many areas of daily life which already happily unite us.”

Pope Francis’ address:

The Solemnity of the Holy Patrons of the Church of Rome, the Apostles Peter and Paul, once again gives me the joy of greeting a delegation from the sister Church of Constantinople. In extending to you a warm welcome, I express my gratitude to the Ecumenical Patriarch, His Holiness Bartholomaios I, and to the Holy Synod for having sent you to share with us in the joy of this feast.

I have vivid and moving memories of my recent meetings with my beloved brother Bartholomaios. During our common pilgrimage to the Land of Jesus, we were able to relive the gift of that embrace between our venerable predecessors, Athenagoras I and Paul VI, which took place fifty years ago in the holy city of Jerusalem. That prophetic gesture gave decisive impulse to a journey which, thank God, has never ceased. I consider it a special gift from the Lord that we were able to venerate the holy places together and to pray at each other’s side at the place of Christ’s burial, where we can actually touch the foundation of our hope. The joy of that meeting was then renewed when, in a certain sense, we concluded our pilgrimage here at the tomb of the Apostle Peter as we joined in fervent prayer, together with the Presidents of Israel and Palestine, for the gift of peace in the Holy Land. The Lord granted us these occasions of fraternal encounter, in which we were able to express the love uniting us in Christ, and to renew our mutual desire to walk together along the path to full unity.

We know very well that this unity is a gift of God, a gift that even now the Most High grants us the grace to attain whenever, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we choose to look at one another with the eyes of faith and to see ourselves as we truly are in God’s plan, according to the designs of his eternal will, and not what we have become as a result of the historical consequences of our sins. If all of us can learn, prompted by the Spirit, to look at one another in God, our path will be even straighter and our cooperation all the more easy in the many areas of daily life which already happily unite us.

This way of “looking at one another in God” is nourished by faith, hope and love; it gives rise to an authentic theological reflection which is truly scientia Dei, a participation in that vision which God has of himself and of us. It is a reflection which can only bring us closer to one another on the path of unity, despite our differing starting points. I hope and I pray, then, that the work of the Joint International Commission can be a sign of this profound understanding, this theology “on its knees”. In this way, the Commission’s reflections on the concepts of primacy and synodality, communion in the universal Church and the ministry of the Bishop of Rome will not be an academic exercise or a mere debate about irreconcilable positions. All of us need, with courage and confidence, to be open to the working of the Holy Spirit. We need to let ourselves be caught up in Christ’s loving gaze upon the Church, his Bride, in our journey of spiritual ecumenism. It is a journey upheld by the martyrdom of so many of our brothers and sisters who, by their witness to Jesus Christ the Lord, have brought about an ecumenism of blood.

Dear members of the Delegation, with sentiments of sincere respect, friendship and love in Christ, I renew my heartfelt gratitude for your presence among us. I ask you to convey my greeting to my venerable brother Bartholomaios and to continue to pray for me and for the ministry with which I have been entrusted. Through the intercession of Mary, the Most Holy Mother of God, and of Saints Peter and Paul, the princes of the Apostles, and Saint Andrew the first-called, may Almighty God bless us and fill us with every grace. Amen.

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Why does the Pope let a miracle block sainthood for Pius XII and not for others?

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              Ven. Pope Pius XII ora pro nobis

Relator of Pius XII Cause: Why does the Pope let a miracle block sainthood for Pius XII and not for others? 

Sooner or Later, Pius XII Will Be Beatified

Father Peter Gumpel, Relator of Pope Pacelli’s Cause, Tells ZENIT Beatification is Inevitable, ‘Perplexed’ By Francis’ Comments on Miracle!!

“All kinds of things have been said about poor Pius XII,” observed Pope Francis in a recent interview with the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia. Thus the present Pontiff recognizes that his predecessor, who served as Supreme Pastor of the Catholic Church during the turbulent years of World War II and of the Occupation of Rome, is the victim of a dubious historical judgment. What is the reason for this, has it slowed down the process of the beatification of the wartime Pope, and at what point is the process now? In the following interview, Jesuit Father Peter Gumpel, who was once postulator of Pius XII’s beatification cause, answers these and other questions.

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ZENIT: Father Gumpel, according to common perception, Pius XII was a cold, solemn Pontiff detached from the faithful. What can you, who knew him in person, tell us about him?

–Father Gumpel: I knew and met Pius XII several times in private audience, when I was a very young teacher of Philosophy at the Pontifical Germanic College. The first meeting happened, because he called me, wishing to thank me in person for a small archive job I did at his request. I was received with absolute simplicity, without any of the formalities that today are attributed to that time of the Church – I was put at ease immediately. Moreover, the impression that Pius XII transmitted was that of a profoundly spiritual person. This is what I can say, appealing to my personal experience. But then there was a series of customs in the way Pius XII related to the faithful, which confirm my impression. For instance, he used to hold public audiences in the midst of the people, in some large rooms of the Apostolic Palace that contained close to one thousand people. He did not give long addresses, instead he preferred to mix with the crowd and speak with them; he received their requests and said he had need of them. How can one say of such a Pope that he was cold, solemn, detached? They are considerations construed artificially, on ideological bases far from the reality of the facts.

ZENIT: Those who have construed these considerations are, perhaps, the same ones who consider Pius XII an expression of an archaic Church, the last pre-conciliar Pope  and, therefore, divergent from his Successors …

–Father Gumpel: Pius XII was, rather, a precursor of Vatican Council II. In this connection, I quote a document written for the University of Marseilles by Father Paolo Molinari (postulator of the Cause of Beatification of Pius XII, ndr): The Presence of Pius XII at Vatican Council II. Father Molinari was a member of the Council’s Theological Commission, so he could talk about this subject with great competence. Well, he rejects all the theses about the discontinuity between Pius XII and John XXIII. Father Molinari’s work evidences that in the documents of the Council there are 219 notes referring to the doctrine of Pius XII: no author was more quoted than him, not Saint Augustine, not Saint Thomas Aquinas, not other Fathers of the Church. And this is not all. Present in the minutes of the Council are 1,663 citations of Pius XII. What I ask myself is: have persons who hold that there was a doctrinal break between Pius XII and his Successors ever studied these documents? I don’t think so; perhaps they don’t have the knowledge of Latin and the theological competence to be able to do so …

ZENIT: Your work for Pius XII’s Cause of Beatification finished quite some time ago. In your opinion, how much longer must we wait before Pope Pacelli is inscribed in the roster of the Blessed?

–Father Gumpel: The Cause of Beatification for a “Confessor” (one who has witnessed his faith during his earthly life) follows a very meticulous procedure, to document that the candidate lived the Gospel in an exemplary and coherent way. A procedure carried out regularly in Pius XII’s case. We convoked and heard 98 witnesses who knew him in various periods of his life. After which I, who was the postulator of the Cause, gathered and examined all the documents present in the Vatican Archive. Subsequently, the same documents were subjected to a commission of historians which had to evaluate, in my presence, if the material was exhaustive, authentic, tested. And again, the question was then sent to nine theologians who documented that Pius XII exercised all the necessary virtues for beatification. At the end of the process, as a practice, a commission of 13, between cardinals and bishops of several nations, had to express itself, which also gave a positive opinion on the whole course of beatification. Not only that, it also gave a recommendation to the Pope, who was Benedict XVI, to sign immediately the decree of approval. A signature that is yet to happen, not because the Pope doubted the virtues of Pius XII, but rather – and this is understandable, in as much as he is German – not to have trouble s with the Jews.

ZENIT: Is it right, therefore, to attribute to the intervention of some sectors of the Jewish world the slowing down of the cause?

–Father Gumpel: First of all I stress that it is very appropriate to speak of some sectors and not of the totality of the Jews. As in all great groups, there are eminent persons, others who are very good, others who are mediocre and still others who are “rotten apples.” This is true of the Jews and of any other group. Having made this premise, I add that I understand that the Jews would have wanted the taking of an explicit position by Pius XII against the Nazi deportations. However, in this regard, I can recount a personal experience of mine. In 1942 I was in Holland, exiled from Germany for political reasons. Being a Catholic boy, on July 26, 1942 I went to Sunday Mass and to my great surprise I heard the Pastoral Letter of the only Dutch Archbishop, Monsignor De Jong, who attacked harshly the German Occupation of Holland. My spontaneous reaction was twofold: at first I appreciated the courage of this prelate but then, however, I understood that a similar gesture would have triggered a response from the Nazis.  Well, a few days later, on August 2, Germany carried out an acceleration of the deportation of Jews of Holland, also inserting in the list baptized Jews, among whom were recorded Edith Stein and her sister. In the light of this experience, we can affirm that a similar protest did not save the life of a single Jew, instead, it had a counterproductive effect. Pius XII was aware of this and, therefore, decided to act prudently.

ZENIT: Prudence that many interpret as connivance between Pius XII and the Third Reich …

–Father Gumpel: Published in the United States years ago was a book that brings together contributions of great professors, edited by Joseph Bottum, a liberal person, who is not suspected of philo-Catholic sympathies. The volume, entitled The Pius War, affirms that Pius XII’s defenders have won every single battle, refuting every opposition, but have not yet won the war. And to win the war, I add, there is need of the media. One of the greatest German historians, Professor Konrad Repgen, wrote me on one occasion that the meticulous work of us historians has spread only among specialists, while the masses “drink” what is given to them by the media, where even the first idiot (as a quotation says which has stayed impressed on me) recounts the greatest stupidities, repeated many times and through channels of wide diffusion, which become credible to the ears of the people. In my opinion, public opinion today is totally in the hands of groups that are hostile to the Church and, therefore, also to Pius XII.

ZENIT: Published recently was a book on an alleged plan of Hitler to capture Pius XII and deport him to Germany. What do you know about this affair?

–Father Gumpel: I’m convinced it’s true. This rumour circulated, with a certain insistence, in the German environment in Rome during the Occupation. There is the testimony of Nikolaus Kunkel, young German lieutenant of the headquarters of the military governor of Rome, which reveals how the order was awaited from one moment to another to invade the Vatican. It’s not the only testimony from the German side. There is, then, that of General Karl Wolff, Supreme Commander of the SS in northern Italy, who revealed the order directly to me and to Father Molinari. Under oath, he affirmed that he received personally from Hitler the order to invade the Vatican but that, however, he succeeded in sabotaging. Many think that he said this to “wash” his conscience, however, in my opinion it was a reliable statement. On the basis of a personal experience of mine, I can affirm that Wolff was not a criminal and much less so a liar.

ZENIT: In the interview given to La Vanguardia, Pope Francis expressed himself specifically in favor of Pius XII, condemning the calumnies against his figure. How do you interpret this attitude?

–Father Gumpel: In another interview on the same topic the Pontiff affirmed that the miracle is lacking to be able to sign the decree for Pius XII. It is an affirmation that frankly leaves me somewhat perplexed, in as much as the present Pope has always had great devotion to the first priest of the Society of Jesus, Peter Favre, whose process of Beatification has followed an anomalous, that is, ‘equivalent’ procedure. This means, essentially, that he excludes the necessity of the miracle. Moreover, there are many beatifications that have happened without a miracle.

ZENIT: Do you think you will ever attend Pius XII’s Beatification?

–Father Gumpel: Frankly, I don’t know, because I’m not a prophet … Personally, however, I am convinced that sooner or later Pius XII’s beatification will happen. As an historian I can say that often, immediately after their death, eminent men arouse great negative reactions. It is only in the course of time, when spirits have cooled, that a gradual reassessment is carried out. 

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Chicago Catholics march in Pride Parade – “This is all about justice’!!!”

Chicago Catholics march in Pride Parade: ‘This is all about justice’!  Justice??!!! We have been warned about God’s Justice per Genesis 18, 19, Sodom and Gomorrah – Fire and Brimstone Justice!! Welcome to Newchuch Bergoglio where everything is anything But Catholic!!!!! God will Not be mocked!

Parishioners from a Lincoln Park Roman Catholic parish are marching in today’s Pride Parade to show their solidarity with Dignity Chicago, an independent ministry for gay, lesbian and transgender Catholics.

More than a dozen parishioners from St. Clement Catholic Church in the Lincoln Park neighborhood marched behind the Dignity banner Sunday, donning T-shirts that advertised their parish affiliation.

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Parishioners from St. Clement Catholic Church at Sunday’s Pride Parade. (Photo courtesy of Rob Svendsem )

 

“We don’t want to be dictated to anymore,” said Rob Svendsen, 41, a parishioner at St. Clement for nine years. “With the new pope, we’ve all been given a new ray of hope.”

Many of the parishioners in Sunday’s procession were marching for a second time. Chris Pett, 64, former president of Dignity, said a group of about two dozen parishioners showed up last year and asked if they could join them.

“What St. Clement demonstrates is there are Catholics in the pews out there who think this is a time to be united and give witness to what the church’s true mission is,” Pett said. “We are here to advance justice. We should be a church united in justice, love and respect for one another. What’s exciting about it is they come from a very affirming community.”

Svendsen is not gay but said he could identify with gay Catholics who feel alienated by the church’s opposition to same-sex marriage. He was unable to marry his second wife in the Catholic Church because he had not annulled his first marriage. Pett appreciated that broader approach to marriage equality.

“It calls to mind the bigger picture,” he said. “This is all about justice. Justice in religious traditions means right relationship … To feel really inclusive, to feel welcome, is as important an issue as same-sex couples coming together and being acknowledged legally.”

Susan Burritt, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese, said the parishioners didn’t need the church’s permission to participate. Anything the parish does is “under the governance of the pastor,” she said.

The Rev. Ken Simpson, the senior pastor of St. Clement who’s on pilgrimage to Israel, could not be reached for comment.  But the Rev. Rex Pillai, the parish’s associate pastor, said the group’s participation in the parade wasn’t an official parish activity.

“Individual parishioners are free to do what they want,” he said. “St. Clement has always been a welcoming parish for people of certain various beliefs. It doesn’t necessarily mean we agree … especially with what Pope Francis is saying he’s trying to build a church that’s more inclusive and more engaging.”

Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George fought the gay marriage legislation that went into effect this year.

In 2012, he caused a stir by comparing the Pride Parade to the Ku Klux Klan. Clarifying his remarks later, he said although church teaching does not judge same-sex relationships as morally acceptable, it does encourage the faithful to “respect everyone.”

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Feast of St. Paul The Apostle – June 30

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Epistle and Gospel/Saint for today/Paul the Apostle Full Movie

 June 30

Feast Of St. Paul

EPISTLE Galatians 1. 11-20 

Brethren, I give you to understand that the Gospel which was preached by me, is not according to man. For neither did I receive it of man, nor did I learn it; but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my conversion in time past in the Jews’ religion: how that beyond measure I persecuted the Church of God, and wasted it; and I made progress in the Jews’ religion above many of my equals in my own na- tion, being more abundantly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased Him, Who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, immediately I condescended not to flesh and blood. Neither went I to Jerusalem to the Apostles who were before me: but I went into Arabia, and again I returned to Da- mascus. Then, after three years, I went to Jerusalem to see Peter, and I tarried with him fifteen days; but other of the Apostles I saw none; saving James the brother of the Lord. Now the things which I write to You, behold before God I lie not.   

GOSPEL – Matthew 10. 16-22

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and simple as doves. But beware of men; for they will deliver you up in councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues. And you shall be brought before gover- nors, and before kings, for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they shall deliver you up, take no thought of how, or what, to speak; for it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father that speaketh in you. The brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against the parents, and shall put them to death; and you shall be hated by all men for My name’s sake; but he that shall per- severe to the end, he shall be saved.

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I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God, I am what I am; and His grace in me hath not been void, but I have labored more abundantly than all they: yet not I, but the grace of God with me.

(1 Cor. 15: 9-10)

SAINT PAUL

St. Paul, the indefatigable Apostle of the Gentiles, was converted from Judaism on the road to Damascus. He remained some days in Damascus after his Baptism, and then went to Arabia, possibly for a year or two to prepare himself for his future missionary activity. Having returned to Damascus, he stayed there for a time, preaching in the synagogues that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. For this he incurred the hatred of the Jews and had to flee from the city. He then went to Jerusalem to see Peter and pay his homage to the head of the Church.

Later he went back to his native Tarsus, where he began to evangelize his own province until called by Barnabus to Antioch. After one year, on the occasion of a famine, both Barnabus and Paul were sent with alms to the poor Christian community at Jerusalem. Having fulfilled their mission they returned to Antioch.

Soon after this, Paul and Barnabus made the first missionary journey, visiting the island of Cypress, then Pamphylia, Pisidia, and Lycaonia, all in Asia Minor, and establishing churches at Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe.

After the Apostolic Council of Jerusalem Paul, accompanied by Silas and later also by Timothy and Luke, made his second missionary journey, first revisiting the churches previously established by him in Asia Minor, and then passing through Galatia. At Troas a vision of a Macedonian was had by Paul, which impressed him as a call from God to evangelize in Macedonia. He accordingly sailed for Europe, and preached the Gospel in Philippi. Thessalonica, Beroea, Athens, and Corinth. Then he returned to Antioch by way of Ephesus and Jerusalem.

On his third missionary journey, Paul visited nearly the same regions as on the second trip, but made Ephesus where he remained nearly three years, the center of his missionary activity. He laid plans also for another missionary journey, intending to leave Jerusalem for Rome and Spain. Persecutions by the Jews hindered him from accomplishing his purpose. After two years of imprisonment at Caesarea he finally reached Rome, where he was kept another two years in chains.

The Acts of the Apostles gives us no further information on the life of the Apostle. We gather, however, from the Pastoral Epistles and from tradition that at the end of the two years St. Paul was released from his Roman imprisonment, and then traveled to Spain, later to the East again, and then back to Rome, where he was imprisoned a second time and in the year 67, was beheaded.

St. Paul untiring interest in and paternal affection for the churches established by him have given us fourteen canonical Epistles. It is, however, quite certain that he wrote other letters which are no longer extant. In his Epistles, St. Paul shows himself to be a profound religious thinker and he has had an enduring formative influence in the development of Christianity. The centuries only make more apparent his greatness of mind and spirit. His feast day is June 29th.

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At that time: Jesus said unto his disciples: Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. 

Sermon by St. John Chrysostom

It is as though he said: Let not your heart be troubled, even though I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves, and bid you be harmless as doves; for even if I would, I could not now make things otherwise.  Even if I could make it so that ye should not have to bear anything grievous, or be at the mercy of the wolves as are other sheep, but on the contrary, could make you more dreadful to the lions than the lions to you, nevertheless I would not do it.  For thus must it needs be: and yourselves it will make more glorious; and my power it will wholly shew forth.  For thus was it that afterwards the same Lord said unto Paul: My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  That is to say, It is I that have made you to be what ye are.

But let us look what wisdom it is which the Lord requireth.  It is the wisdom of the serpent.  The serpent draweth all the rest of his body after his head, and it is no matter to him if his body be cut through, so long as he keepeth his head unharmed.  Thus, O Christian, is it with thee.  It is no matter to thee that for thy Faith’s sake thou shouldest lose all things else―money, or body, or, if need be, life itself.  Thy Faith is thy head, and the root of thy being; hold fast to that, and, as long as thou hast that, although thou shouldest lose all things else, it will only be to receive them back again with interest an hundredfold.  And thus it is that the Lord biddeth us, not to be single-hearted only, nor wise only, but both together, that therefrom we may be strong.

If thou wilt see how these words were brought to the proof in very deed, read the Book of the Acts of the Apostles.  There thou wilt see how that oftentimes the Jewish people rose up against the Apostles, and gnashed on them with their teeth.  But they, with dove-like guilelessness, gave them smooth answers, and turned away their wrath, and quenched their fury, and stopped their onset.  When the Jews said: did not we straitly command you, that ye should not teach in this Name? although the Apostles could have worked any miracles they chose, yet they neither said nor did anything sharp, but answered them with all meekness: Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.  Here thou hast the harmlessness of doves; listen now to the wisdom of serpents: We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

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Boko Haram Members ‘Being Killed by Mystical Bees and Mysterious Snakes Possessed by Ghosts’

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Strange days Boko Haram members dying from possessed bees and snakes?!?!

Members of terror group Boko Haram have allegedly been arrested in Nigeria after fleeing a forest to escape deadly bites from “mystical bees” and “mysterious snakes”.

According to Nigerian newspaper Vanguard, the captured insurgents claimed the creatures — possessed by ghosts — had killed many Boko Haram members.
“We were told that the aggrieved people who had suffered from our deadly mission — including the ghosts of some of those we killed — are the ones turning into the snake and bees,” one militant told Vanguard. “Our leaders fled, too.”

Boko Haram made headlines worldwide for the kidnappings of 220 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, last April.
The girls are being allegedly smuggled to Cameroon and Chad and sold as brides to militants for 2,000 naira (£7). Others are being forced to marry their abductors.

Some Boko Haram members believe the insects and reptiles are hunting the insurgents to punish them for the mass abduction.
“We decided to flee when almost all our comrades are leaving the Sambisa [Forest] because of constant attacks by snakes and bees, which we were told was as a result of Chibok abducted schoolgirls,” one insurgent said.

Boko Haram, which fights against the Westernisation of Nigeria and wants to establish an Islamic state, abducted 60 more women and girls and 31 boys in Kummabza village, Borno State, in June.
Toddlers are believed to be among the latest kidnap victims.

The militants, currently led by Abubakar Shekau, carry out deadly attacks in public places including schools, churches and police stations.
Violence linked to the Boko Haram insurgency has resulted in an estimated 10,000 deaths between 2002 and 2013.

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Mom also searched child car deaths!!

CNN) — Leanna Harris, the mother of a Georgia toddler who died locked in a hot car, has told authorities that she researched such deaths and how they occur, according to a police affidavit. Her husband, Justin Ross Harris, the child’s father, who is in jail without bond, has also told police that he used the Internet to research child deaths in vehicles and what temperature it needs to be for death to occur, police said.”Justin stated that he was fearful that this could happen,” the police affidavit said. In the document released Sunday, police say that during questioning Leanna Harris “made similar statements regarding researching in car deaths and how it occurs.” The time frame for when this alleged research took place remains unclear.  Their son, Cooper Harris, who was 22 months old when he died June 18, was buried after a funeral Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Leanna Harris emphatically told a crowd at her son’s funeral she loves and stands by her husband, even though he is charged with murder in the child’s death. “Am I angry with Ross?” Leanna Harris said Saturday. “Absolutely not. It has never crossed my mind. Ross is and was and will be, if we have more children, a wonderful father. Ross is a wonderful daddy and leader for our household. Cooper meant the world to him.” Police said Justin Ross Harris told them he forgot to drop his 22-month-old son at the day care center before going to work. The boy died after spending seven hours in a child safety seat in the back of an SUV. Harris was arrested hours after his son’s death and has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and second-degree child cruelty. The affidavit was filed in the application for a search warrant used to seize computers from the Harris home.

A timeline of events

On the day Cooper died, his father stopped for breakfast at a fast-food restaurant and afterward strapped his son into a rear-facing child restraint seat on his SUV’s back seat, police said. He drove to his workplace, a Home Depot corporate office, about a half-mile away. He works as a Web designer there. Usually, he would take his son to an on-site day care. But that day, police said, Harris left him in the car seat. During his lunch break, he returned to his car, opening the driver’s side door to put something inside, police said. After work, around 4:16 p.m., the 33-year-old father got in his car and drove away. A few miles away, he stopped the car at a shopping center and called for help. When it became clear Cooper was dead, Harris was so inconsolable police had to restrain him. “What have I done?” he wailed as he tried to resuscitate the boy. The Cobb County medical examiner’s office found the child’s cause of death “consistent with hyperthermia and the investigative information suggests the manner of death is homicide,” according to a Cobb County Department of Public Safety statement issued last week. Temperatures hit 92 degrees Fahrenheit on the day of Cooper’s death. The medical examiner’s office is waiting for toxicology test results before making an official ruling as to the cause and manner of the toddler’s death.

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Mom of toddler who died in car ‘absolutely not’ angry with husband

Toddler’s dad researched hot-car deaths of children online, officers said in warrant