On Wednesday, January 25, 2017,Veri Catholici, the International Association of Catholics for the Defense of the Faith against the Errors of Cardinal Kasper, published in the Times of Malta Newspaper, on p. 29, an Open Letter to the Bishops of Malta and Gozo regarding their recent pastoral document, in which they have openly approved of communion for those living in public sin.
The Republic of Malta, one of the smallest Nation States of the European Union, is a Republic consisting of numerous islands, the largest two of which are Malta and Gozo. The Archbishop of Malta is Msgr. Charles Jude Scicluna, a native of Canada; the Bishop of Gozo is Msgr. Mario Grech, a native Maltese. The Archbishop, like all the principal members of “Team Bergoglio”, traces his episcopal lineage back to the notorious Mariano Cardinal Rampolla del Tindaro, rival of Pope St. Pius…
The Federal Reserve System: the root of many evils in these United States of America and in the entire world.
Thirdly, it is transnational global capitalism. This is the material motor of the Swamp. It is loans and the Federal Reserve System printing poisonous green bills. We need to end all of this and return to the real productive sector and mercantilist approach. – http://katehon.com/article/donald-trump-swamp-and-fire
It is so important to audit The Federal Reserve, and yet Ted Cruz missed the vote on the bill that would allow this to be done.
2 Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brethren; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their service are believers and beloved.
False Teaching and True Riches
Teach and urge these duties. 3 If any one teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching which accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit, he knows nothing; he has a morbid craving for controversy and for disputes about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, base suspicions, 5 and wrangling among men who are depraved in mind and bereft of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 There is great gain in godliness with contentment; 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world; 8 but if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs.
– 1 Timothy 6:2-10Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)
The Wicked Prince by
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
– 1840 –
Once upon a time there was a proud and wicked prince who thought only about how he might conquer all the nations of the earth and make his name a terror to all mankind. He plunged forth with fire and sword; his soldiers trampled down the grain in the fields, and put the torch to the peasant’s cottage so that the red flames licked the very leaves from the trees, and the fruit hung roasted from black and charred limbs. Many a poor mother caught up her naked baby and tried to hide behind the smoking walls, but the soldiers followed her, and if they found her and the child, then began their devilish pleasure. Evil spirits could do no worse, but the Prince rejoiced in it all.
Day by day his power increased; his name was feared by all, and fortune followed him in all his deeds. From the conquered cities he carried away gold and precious treasures, until he had amassed in his capital riches such as were unequaled in any other place. Then he built superb palaces and temples and arches, and whoever saw his magnificence said, “What a great Prince!” Never did they think of the misery he had brought upon other lands; never did they listen to the groans and lamentations from cities laid waste by fire.
The Prince gazed upon his gold, looked at his superb buildings, and thought like the crowd, “What a great Prince!” “But I must have more, much more! There is no power that can equal – much less surpass – mine!” And so he warred with his neighbors until all were defeated. The conquered kings were chained to his chariot with chains of gold when he drove through the streets; and when he sat at table they lay at the feet of the Prince and his courtiers, eating such scraps as might be thrown to them.
Now the Prince had his own statue set up in the market places and the palaces; yes, he would even have set it in the churches, on the altars, but to this the priests said, “Prince, you are great, but God is greater! We dare not obey your orders!”
“Well,” said the evil Prince, “then I shall conquer God too!” In the pride and folly of his heart he had built a splendidly constructed ship in which he could sail through the air. It was as colorful as a peacock’s tail, and seemed decorated with a thousand eyes, but each eye was the barrel of a cannon. The Prince could sit in the center of the ship and, upon his touching a certain button, a thousand bullets would stream forth, and the guns would at once be reloaded. Hundreds of strong eagles were harnessed to the ship, and so it flew away, up and up toward the sun.
Far beneath lay the earth. At first its mountains and forests appeared like a plowed field, with a tuft of green peeping out here and there from the sod; then it seemed like an unrolled map, and finally it was wholly hidden in mists and clouds, as the eagles flew higher and higher.
Then God sent forth a single one of His countless angels, and immediately the Prince let fly a thousand bullets at him, but they fell back like hail from the angel’s shining wings. Then one drop of blood-just one-fell from one of the angel’s white wing feathers onto the ship of the Prince. There it burned itself into it, and its weight of a thousand hundredweights of lead hurled the ship back down with terrible speed to the earth. The mighty wings of the eagles were broken, the winds roared about the head of the Prince, and the clouds on every side, sprung from the smoke of burned cities, formed themselves into menacing shapes. Some were like mile-long crabs .stretching out their huge claws toward him; others were like tumbling boulders or fire-breathing dragons. The Prince lay half dead in his ship, until it was finally caught in the tangled branches of a dense forest.
“I will conquer God!” he said. “I have sworn it; my will shall be done!” Then for seven years he built other magnificent ships in which to sail through the air, and had lightning beams forged from the hardest of steels, to batter down the battlements of heaven itself. From all the conquered countries he assembled vast armies which, when formed in battle array, covered mile after mile of ground.
They embarked in the magnificent ships, but as the Prince approached his own, God sent forth a swarm of gnats – just one little swarm – which buzzed about the Prince, and stung his face and hands. In rage he drew his sword, but he could cut only the empty air; he could not strike the gnats. Then he ordered that he be brought costly cloths, which were to be wrapped around him so that no gnat could reach him with its sting. His orders were carried out; but one little gnat had concealed itself in the innermost covering, and now it crept into the Prince’s ear and stung him. It smarted like fire, and the poison rushed into his brain; he tore the clothes loose and flung them far away from him, rent his garments into rags, and danced naked before the rugged and savage soldiers. Now they could only mock at the mad Prince who had started out to conquer God and had been himself conquered by a single little gnat!
Historical Types of the Antichrist and their Tragic End
The three and a half years’ persecution of the Jews by Antiochus Epiphanes 168-165 BC had become the standard time of a persecution. Three and a half years = 42 months = 1,260 days (v.3). – Cf. The Navarre Bible – New Testament Compact Edition Explanatory Note to Rv 11:2
6 King Anti′ochus was going through the upper provinces when he heard that Elyma′is in Persia was a city famed for its wealth in silver and gold. 2 Its temple was very rich, containing golden shields, breastplates, and weapons left there by Alexander, the son of Philip, the Macedonian king who first reigned over the Greeks. 3 So he came and tried to take the city and plunder it, but he could not, because his plan became known to the men of the city 4 and they withstood him in battle. So he fled and in great grief departed from there to return to Babylon.
5 Then some one came to him in Persia and reported that the armies which had gone into the land of Judah had been routed; 6 that Lys′ias had gone first with a strong force, but had turned and fled before the Jews;[a] that the Jews[b] had grown strong from the arms, supplies, and abundant spoils which they had taken from the armies they had cut down; 7 that they had torn down the abomination which he had erected upon the altar in Jerusalem; and that they had surrounded the sanctuary with high walls as before, and also Beth-zur, his city.
8 When the king heard this news, he was astounded and badly shaken. He took to his bed and became sick from grief, because things had not turned out for him as he had planned. 9 He lay there for many days, because deep grief continually gripped him, and he concluded that he was dying. 10 So he called all his friends and said to them, “Sleep departs from my eyes and I am downhearted with worry. 11 I said to myself, ‘To what distress I have come! And into what a great flood I now am plunged! For I was kind and beloved in my power.’ 12 But now I remember the evils I did in Jerusalem. I seized all her vessels of silver and gold; and I sent to destroy the inhabitants of Judah without good reason. 13 I know that it is because of this that these evils have come upon me; and behold, I am perishing of deep grief in a strange land.”
a. 1 Maccabees 6:6 Gk them
b. 1 Maccabees 6:6 Gk they
20 Now Herod was angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; and they came to him in a body, and having persuaded Blastus, the king’s chamberlain, they asked for peace, because their country depended on the king’s country for food. 21 On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and made an oration to them. 22 And the people shouted, “The voice of a god, and not of man!” 23 Immediately an angel of the Lord smote him, because he did not give God the glory; and he was eaten by worms and died.
24 But the word of God grew and multiplied.
25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from[a] Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their mission, bringing with them John whose other name was Mark.
[The] Battle of Megiddo is recorded as having taken place in 609 BC when Pharaoh Necho II of Egypt lead his army to Carchemish (northern Syria) to join with his allies, the fading Neo-Assyrian Empire, against the surging Neo-Babylonian Empire. This required passing through territory controlled by the Kingdom of Judah. Judaean King Josiah refused to let the Egyptians pass, perhaps thinking that the Assyrians and Egyptians were weakened by the death of the pharaoh Psamtik I only a year earlier (610 BCE) and also attempting to help the Babylonians.[2 Kgs 23:29] The Judaean forces battled the Egyptians at Megiddo, resulting in Josiah’s death and his Kingdom becoming a vassal state of Egypt. The battle is recorded in the Bible, the Greek 1 Esdras, and the writings of Josephus. – Battle of Megiddo (609 BC) | Wikipedia
RSVCE Footnote Rv 16.16 Armageddon: i.e., Megiddo where Josiah was defeated by the king of Egypt, cf. 2 Kings 23.29.
Finally early in the seventh century Josias tried to bar near Mageddo the advance of the Pharao Nechao towards Mesopotamia and “was slain when he had seen him” (2 Kings 23:29-30; 2 Chronicles 35:22; Jos., “Ant.”, X, v, i; Max Müller, “Mittheil. d. Vorderas. Gesell.”, III, 1898, p. 56; but against cf. Zimmern and Winckler, “Die Keilin. und A. T.”, 105, who follow Herodotus, II, clix). The mourning for this calamity became proverbial (Zechariah 12:11). The warlike reputation of Mageddo is perhaps confirmed by Apocalypse 16:16. – Catholic Encyclopedia > M > Mageddo
Choose A Side Wisely
In the two battles of the end [second one in Rv 20] a side must be chosen wisely. The devout King Josiah, having disregarded God’s word through prophet Jeremiah and making his own interpretation on the word of God, chose wrongly and paid for it with his life. In the upcoming assembling at Armageddon the Babylonians and those with them are doomed and will finally be defeated definitively.
However, Corriere della Sera reported Nov. 10 that, according to its research, most in the Vatican were backing Hillary Clinton as the “lesser evil.” Trump, on the other hand, was considered “unelectable” due to his “aggressive chauvinism,” in addition to his threats to deport 11 million illegal Mexican immigrants and ban Muslims from immigrating to the United States.
Now that the “greater evil” has won, the Vatican is viewing the United States as “angry and radicalized,” Corriere della Sera wrote. “For the Holy See, it is a bitter defeat, cultural rather than political. Among other things, it indicates that the Catholic Church hadn’t registered the very deep upheavals taking place in the greatest Western country.”
A “lot of incomprehension” and “bitter shock” were generally prevalent for many in the Vatican, agreed one U.S. official who spoke with the Register. Based on “failings of reporting,” he said, Clinton was represented as far preferable to Trump, who was portrayed as a “buffoon,” and reporting about Clinton’s shortcomings “never sunk in.” Due to a general lack of understanding of the U.S. “culture wars” in Italy, Clinton’s radical pro-abortion-rights position also hardly figured at all in media commentary. (My emphasis)
– VATICAN | NOV. 15, 2016 How the Vatican Views Trump’s Presidential Victory – Views are mixed, ranging from ‘incomprehension’ and ‘shock’ to optimism that a Republican presidency opens new possibilities for cooperation. by Edward Pentin | NCR
Edward Pentin’s translation of
Esplora il significato del termine: Il Vaticano aveva scelto la strategia del «male minore». E alla fine sembrava così rassegnato alla vittoria di Hillary Rodham Clinton da pensare a lei come alla candidata meno sgradita: sebbene forse non ci credesse fino in fondo. Donald Trump era considerato «non votabile» per le rivelazioni sul suo maschilismo aggressivo, che si aggiungevano alle minacce di deportare oltre il confine sud undici milioni di messicani, di impedire l’entrata negli Usa agli islamici: cose ormai archiviate. E invece, il presunto «male maggiore» Trump è emerso a furor di popolo come nuovo inquilino della Casa Bianca, a conferma di un’America arrabbiata e radicalizzata. E per la Santa Sede si tratta di una sconfitta bruciante: culturale prima che politica. Tra l’altro, è il segno che la Chiesa cattolica non aveva captato i sommovimenti più profondi in atto nel maggiore Paese occidentale.Il Vaticano aveva scelto la strategia del «male minore». E alla fine sembrava così rassegnato alla vittoria di Hillary Rodham Clinton da pensare a lei come alla candidata meno sgradita: sebbene forse non ci credesse fino in fondo. Donald Trump era considerato «non votabile» per le rivelazioni sul suo maschilismo aggressivo, che si aggiungevano alle minacce di deportare oltre il confine sud undici milioni di messicani, di impedire l’entrata negli Usa agli islamici: cose ormai archiviate. E invece, il presunto «male maggiore» Trump è emerso a furor di popolo come nuovo inquilino della Casa Bianca, a conferma di un’America arrabbiata e radicalizzata. E per la Santa Sede si tratta di una sconfitta bruciante: culturale prima che politica. Tra l’altro, è il segno che la Chiesa cattolica non aveva captato i sommovimenti più profondi in atto nel maggiore Paese occidentale.
– LA CHIESA Elezioni Usa e Vaticano, i cardinali che tifano per Trump – Si tratta di settori minoritari che però adesso si sentono rafforzati. Capofila è il cardinale Raymond Leo Burke, critico coriaceo delle aperture di Bergoglio