Tuesday, July 29, 2014



At Kibeho in Rwanda an alleged seer once asserted that major events would come upon the world when it encounters unending "wars of religion." To wit:
"Today this world is full of hatred, and you will know that the time of My return is near, that I am on My way, when you hear of and see the wars of religion," this alleged visionary claimed he was told during an apparition of Jesus. "Know then that I come, for nothing will be able to stop these wars."
It is noteworthy because the seer, Emmanuel Segatashya, was a pagan boy who'd never heard of Jesus but became attached to a famous place of apparitions that achieved full Church approval back on June 29, 2001 (when Bishop Augustin Misago of Gikongoro published a declaration concerning the "definitive judgment," announcing it from the Vatican).
It is also noteworthy at a time when we see the unending conflict in the Holy Land -- really a holy war -- as well as the persecution of Christians globally.
For our discernment: are all these religious conflicts cropping up the "start" of something bigger?
Segastashya -- who died in the 1994 Rwandan genocide (which was predicted, in 1982, at Kibeho) -- was one of seven main visionaries though not among the three officially deemed by the bishop as authentic (judgment has been withheld, for the time being, on the other four). His claims, to be sure, were radical -- and apocalyptic (in the true sense of that word).
But priests, theologians, and bishops alike found this young Rwandan -- in his sudden and deep understanding of the Catholic faith -- to be humble, sincere, and unexplainable. His experience allegedly began on July 2, 1982, when Emmanuel was checking on his father's bean fields and during a respite heard a Voice he said came from Jesus, Who appeared to him as a man in His thirties with a dark-skinned complexion but not nearly as dark as a Rwandan's. He was dressed in a traditional African tunic and the material, recounted his sister, "was glowing as though it had been sewn with thread of silver and gold" [see a previous article].
"Those forthcoming times, those times that are leading up to God, will be times of trials, times when each person will have to bear his own cross. Do not be afraid, but have faith!" Segatashya claimed Jesus said. "For the one who does good will come with Me to Heaven. It is the one who does evil who will be met by fire. Therefore, hurry to do good, for Satan will one day disappear from this world and then you will never be tempted again. But hurry, for there is little time left."
Indeed: dramatic. Quite a claim. Yet in our current time (whatever our belief in a particular message), we must acknowledge that we are indeed at a unique intersection of history -- particularly when it comes to violence in the name of religion.
There are spiritual battles that are precipitating into actual military ones -- the actual glare of rockets. This occurs currently in Gaza. (No one knows how it will end.)
There are battles between Hindus and Muslims in Pakistan; and Hindus and Christians in India; and especially Muslims and Christians -- the latter slain by Muslims on a regular basis from the Middle East and Africa to the Philippines. Between 2,000 and 8,000 Christians are martyred each year, depending on the source you use. These deaths have occurred in thirty-six countries. As Pope Francis recently pointed out, that's a higher number than during the time of Roman emperors.
Just last week a missile hit a monastery in Syria at the same time that Iraq militants -- who have all but erased Christianity from that country -- seized another monastery.
Is this what Jesus, if He appeared as reported, was alluding to?
Christians -- including priests and nuns -- are kidnapped or murdered and churches destroyed or damaged on a regular basis in Nigeria, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, and Pakistan while in the West there is the "white martyrdom" of oppression by modern governments that challenge Christian values on everything from birth-control mandates to gay marriage.
The Iraqi city of Mosul, under the domain of the Islamic State, "has uprooted the centuries-old Christian presence," said the Latin Rite Archbishop of Baghdad, Jean Benjamin Sleiman, recently. "The invasion of the Islamic State [Isis] cut the country into pieces and spread general panic, with killings, destruction, ethnic-confessional cleansing, and the imposition of the Sharia. However, this at times apocalyptic picture of the events in Iraq does not obscure the real actors, namely, the governments with influence in the Middle East area and big oil and gas companies.
There is the word: "apocalyptic."
"When a fire flares up, it is circumscribed immediately to control it, otherwise it can spread," he said. "For years I have felt that the powers often start the fire in the Middle East. It’s not said that they will always be able to control it. Therefore, the fire that flares up in the region can hit Europe and cause a World War."
It is interesting that there were also apparitions -- and apocalyptic warnings -- to a seer there in Mosul, which is near the ruins of ancient Nineveh. Just last week, the tomb of Jonah was destroyed by Muslims.
There is good in most major religions but there is also contamination. In the case of Islam, there is the belief in "jinni" spirits that sound like demigods. The constant violence, wherever this religion is planted, is not a good fruit. One is correct in asking: what is wrong with this religion? Why is violence associated with it no matter the country that harbors it? In India, the pagan gods seem to frown on those who follow the One God. In England (as elsewhere) Christians are attacked by "humanists" who believe in zero gods.
In Oklahoma City: a civic center says okay to a "black mass."
Are we seeing the glimmerings of yet greater religious conflict?
How can people kill each other in the Name of God?
"It is because they love without loving," Jesus allegedly told the Rwanda peasant boy. "They believe without believing."

UK jihadist: “We are in Iraq & Sham but…our eyes are upon Rome!”

By on Jul 27, 2014 

“Imam Ahmad reported in his Musnad that Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘As (may God be pleased with him) reports, Whilst we were around the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) writing down, he was asked, ‘Which of the two cities is to be opened first, Constantinople or Rome?’ He (the Prophet) answered, ‘The city of Heraclius will be opened first!’” (Imam Ahmad, and Al-Albany)
Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradawi quoted this hadith a few years ago and added: “This means that Islam will return to Europe as a conqueror and victor, after being expelled from it twice – once from the South, from Andalusia, and a second time from the East, when it knocked several times on the door of Athens.”
And the Saudi Sheikh Muhammad bin Abd Al-Rahman Al-’Arifi, imam of the mosque of King Fahd Defense Academy, once boasted: “We will control the land of the Vatican; we will control Rome and introduce Islam in it. Yes, the Christians, who carve crosses on the breasts of the Muslims in Kosovo – and before then in Bosnia, and before then in many places in the world – will yet pay us the Jiziya [poll tax paid by non-Muslims under Muslim rule], in humiliation, or they will convert to Islam.”
There are many more such statements here.

Pakistan: Sunni Muslim mob murders five Ahmadis for “blasphemy”

By on Jul 28, 2014 

BlasphemyIn Pakistan and elsewhere, Sunnis viciously and violently persecute Ahmadis as heretics and apostates. Yet in the West, Ahmadi spokesmen such as the venomous and supercilious Qasim Rashid and the unctuously pious Haris Zafar make a tidy living allying with their persecutors and aiding and abetting their sinister agenda by telling non-Muslim audiences what they want to hear — that Islam doesn’t actually have any of the doctrines that Sunnis invoke to persecute Ahmadis and others. And indeed, Ahmadi Islam doesn’t — but Rashid and Zafar don’t bother to mention to their marks that they represent a form of Islam that is held by an actual tiny minority — and one that is rejected by the mainstream and persecuted by it as heretical.
The only effect of their endless stream of articles and books purporting to prove that Islamic texts and teachings don’t actually contain material justifying violence and supremacism (here is one recent example from Rashid) will be to render Infidels complacent and less likely to resist that violence and supremacism, or at least less likely to do so in any genuinely effective way. Ahmadi Muslims will continue to suffer because of the laws about apostasy, heresy and blasphemy that Rashid, Zafar and other Ahmadis deny exist instead of confronting and calling for genuine reform — but that doesn’t seem to trouble them.
“Five Ahmadis killed over alleged blasphemy in Gujranwala,” Khyber News, July 27, 2014:
GUJRANWALA: Four members of the Ahmadi community were killed late on Sunday and four others were severely injured when an angry mob attacked and burnt five houses belonging to members of the community over alleged blasphemy.
According to BBC Urdu, those who died in the attack include a 55-year-old woman Bashiran, a minor girl Kianat, 7-year-old girl Hira and an unborn child who died due to suffocation.
The injured were rushed to the district headquarters hospital and their condition is said to be critical.
The BBC Urdu report quoted Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of the People’s Colony Circle as saying that the trouble started with an allegedly blasphemous post on Facebook by an Ahmadi youth, following which the mob began protesting and eventually attacked and damaged homes belonging to members of the Ahmadi community.
According to police and eyewitnesses, there were seven to eight houses of the Ahmadi community in the vicinity. However, following the violence all Ahmadi families in the area managed to flee.

Jesus said that to believe in Him, one needed to enter the community of that time with faith and baptism-USCCB does not mention it

Jesus told her,
“I am the resurrection and the life;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?”
She said to him, “Yes, Lord.
I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
the one who is coming into the world.”
In today's Gospel Reading Jesus was saying that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life.Jesus was saying that to believe in Him, one needed to enter the community of that time with faith and baptism. It was not just believing in Jesus and going and doing what you wanted. Even Satan at that time knew that Jesus existed.
One had to believe in Jesus within a community. Baptism was given within a community.The community was the Early Church, the Early Catholic Church. Believing in Jesus meant  being baptized with water and living the faith and moral teachings of the community.It meant living what Jesus taught.For the Jews it was believing that Jesus was the promised Jewish Messiah.
These teachings of Jesus would be protected by the Holy Spirit .The Tradition would be passed on by the Apostles to the Early Church and then to the  succession of popes.
In this Tradition it was taught that all need this Catholic Faith along with the baptism of water for salvation.It did not mention any exceptions. The baptism of desire etc were theoretical possibilities when they were mentioned by the popes and saints in later centuries. None of them said that these cases were explicit for us and so were exceptions to Jesus' teaching on outside the Church there is no salvation (John 3:5, Mark 16:16).None of them said that the baptism of desire must exlude the baptism of water.There could be saints who died without the baptism of water and God would send them back to earth fro sacramental baptism.St.Francis Xavier among other  saints mention people returning from the dead only to be baptized with water.
But for Catholic Bishops today the baptism of desire refers to cases which  are explicit exceptions to the traditional teaching on salvation which comes down to us from the First Christians, the first Catholics.So in their homilies today they will hold the Protestant teaching. They will say that this Gospel passage refers only to belief in Jesus as being sufficient for salvation.Since for them there is salvation outside the Church since the baptism of desire etc refer to visible in the flesh cases in the present times who are objective,visible exceptions to all needing faith and baptism (Vatican Council II,AG 7) for salvation.The USCCB will not mention this subject.-Lionel Andrades

July 29, 2014

Memorial of Saint Martha
Lectionary: 402/607

Reading 1 jer 14:17-22

Let my eyes stream with tears
day and night, without rest,
Over the great destruction which overwhelms
the virgin daughter of my people,
over her incurable wound.
If I walk out into the field,
look! those slain by the sword;
If I enter the city,
look! those consumed by hunger.
Even the prophet and the priest
forage in a land they know not.

Have you cast Judah off completely?
Is Zion loathsome to you?
Why have you struck us a blow
that cannot be healed?
We wait for peace, to no avail;
for a time of healing, but terror comes instead.
We recognize, O LORD, our wickedness,
the guilt of our fathers;
that we have sinned against you.
For your name’s sake spurn us not,
disgrace not the throne of your glory;
remember your covenant with us, and break it not.
Among the nations’ idols is there any that gives rain?
Or can the mere heavens send showers?
Is it not you alone, O LORD,
our God, to whom we look?
You alone have done all these things.

Responsorial Psalm ps 79:8, 9, 11 and 13

R. (9) For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Remember not against us the iniquities of the past;
may your compassion quickly come to us,
for we are brought very low.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Help us, O God our savior,
because of the glory of your name;
Deliver us and pardon our sins
for your name’s sake.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Let the prisoners’ sighing come before you;
with your great power free those doomed to death.
Then we, your people and the sheep of your pasture,
will give thanks to you forever;
through all generations we will declare your praise.
R. For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.

Gospel jn 11:19-27

Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary
to comfort them about their brother [Lazarus, who had died].
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming,
she went to meet him;
but Mary sat at home.
Martha said to Jesus,
“Lord, if you had been here,
my brother would not have died.
But even now I know that whatever you ask of God,
God will give you.”
Jesus said to her,
“Your brother will rise.”
Martha said to him,
“I know he will rise,
in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus told her,
“I am the resurrection and the life;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?”
She said to him, “Yes, Lord.
I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
the one who is coming into the world.”

Fr.Angelo Geiger and his Franciscans of the Immaculate group cannot accept Vatican Council II ( inference-free) because of extra ecclesiam nulla salus

Fr.Angelo Geiger and his Franciscans of the Immaculate group cannot accept Vatican Council II ( inference-free) because of extra ecclesiam nulla salus

Fr.Angelo Geiger FFI, cannot accept Vatican Council II (without the visible- dead premise) since he would have to affirm extra ecclesiam nulla salus.He would be deserted by the FFI and his present supporters and would come under attack by the Jewish Left as being anti-Semitic.This would be a threat to his 'career'.
But why would he be anti-Semitic when he is affirming Vatican Council II ?
He and the other 'FFI dissidents', the break away group are affirming Vatican Council II while assuming that all salvation mentioned in the Council is physically visible in the flesh to us on earth.They can 'actually see the dead' saved with ' a ray of the Truth'(NA 2), invincible ignorance(LG 16), seeds of the Word(AG 11) etc. So for them these cases of the deceased now in Heaven are actual examples on earth of salvation outside the Church.They are examples of people who are saved in the present times without the baptism of water.So for them Vatican Council II rejects the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus with this visible-dead theory.
Fr.Angelo instead wants the traditionalists to accept Vatican Council II with this irrational reasoning.
So he is critical of the SSPX and his former colleagues and superiors.
He has not criticized me when I say that I accept Vatican Council II.I accept the Council in which all salvation mentioned or alluded to is implicit for me.It is invisible for me and visible only to God.
I affirm the literal and traditional interpretation of the thrice defined dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus. I affirm implicit for us baptism of desire and being saved in invincible ignorance.I reject explicit for us, visible in the flesh baptism of desire.So these cases refer to possibilities but not exceptions to the dogma.
If any one says that the baptism of desire etc refers to explicit cases in 2014 I reject it .It is irrational. When Cardinal Francesco Marchetti Selvaggiani suggests  this irrationality in the Letter of the Holy Office 1949, it must be accepted as an objective error.It is a fact of life that we cannot see the dead as we see the living.
So when Pope Francis presents a kerygma without the necessity of the Church for salvation, in which all do not need to enter with 'faith and baptism' (Ad Gentes 7) I reject it.It is a Protestant kergyma.I accept the kerygma with the necessity of the Catholic Church for salvation. To be saved one needs to believe in Jesus and respond to his Great Sacrifice by formally entering the Catholic Church.
When the Bishop's Conferences in the USA and Britain assume that being saved with ' a ray of the Truth'(NA 2) is an exception to Tradition it is irrational and should be rejected. This was not part of the Deposit of the Faith before 1949.
The Jewish Left has not given permission to the Catholic Church in the present times to affirm Vatican Council II without the strange inference. There is always the threat of anti Semitism laws, which they have placed in many countries, and which they use as weapon.
So Fr.Angelo Geiger, the apologists like Mark Shea, Jimmy Akins, and so many other Catholics,like those in the EWTN Administration, imply that they can see the dead, when they interpret Vatican Council II.
-Lionel Andrades