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VATICAN CITY - There was no mountain, no burning bush, no tablets.The M+G+R Foundation Comments:
But the Vatican yesterday issued a “Ten Commandments” to keep drivers on the straight and narrow lanes of the road to salvation.
The unusual document from the Vatican's office for migrants and itinerants warns cars can be “an occasion of sin” - particularly when used to make a dangerous passing maneuver or when occupied by prostitutes and their clients.
The Vatican tried yesterday to draw a line under a conspiracy theory that has dogged the Catholic Church for decades – that it was harbouring details of the predicted apocalypse.
The Pope's second-in-command, Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, denied that the Church was suppressing a vision of the end of the world said to have been revealed by the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children on a hillside at Fatima in Portugal exactly 90 years ago.
The three “Secrets of Fatima” were written down by one of the children, Lucia Dos Santos – who became a Carmelite nun – and sent to the Vatican in a sealed envelope. Two of the “secrets” were made public, apparently predicting the inferno of 20th-century world war and totalitarianism and the eventual reconversion of Communist Russia to Christianity.
But yesterday, as tens of thousands gathered at Fatima, 130 kilometres (81 miles) north of Lisbon, to mark the 90th anniversary of the “visions”, Cardinal Bertone insisted that the idea that the secret predicted “catastrophic world events” or the collapse of the Christian Church were “pure fantasy”.
The just will not give up, will they?Full article at: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article1784780.ece
As God revealed to us at the very beginning of miguel's journey - the moment Step No. 1 http://www.mgr.org/sequence.html takes place, all else that miguel de Portugal has been announcing, in the Name of God, since 1991 - 1992, will then be believed with one logical consequence:
The Roman Catholic Church will be confirmed as a lying institution and the little trust people had in it will be completely lost . Tragically, most people cannot differentiate between The Roman Catholic Church Administration and God and Faith. Out goes the Roman Catholic Church, and out goes "its God" and the most complete Faith on Earth http://www.mgr.org/mgrPosition.html
For greater details on this plan review http://www.mgr.org/fatconspiracy.html
We thank PB, a List Member, for the referral.
As people make comments about certain blogger's deep disgust at the Roman Catholic Church, and said blogger willingness to leave it, many use the standard Roman Catholic apologetic against the blogger. It runs like this:
- the Church is full of sinners ... always is, and was from the first.- Judas, one of the Twelve, was a traitor- Peter denied Christ thrice- All the Apostles slept through Jesus' Agony in the Garden, and all fled when he was arrested.- So ... why be shocked or angry or disappointed when Church leaders sin - even gravely - now?I thought of a reply to this apologetic: All of these cases of Apostolic treason and cowardice came before the Resurrection, and before the Apostles were given the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. They behaved badly - and admitted it in the Scriptural record - BEFORE these saving events. After Pentecost, as far as I remember from the Biblical record and with the exception of Peter's hypocrisy which was denounced by Paul [Galatians 2: 11-15], all of the Apostles remained true and faithful to the end. They healed; they told the truth; they glorified God.At some point, but not later than the time of the Constantinian Settlement, things began to go wrong. And now, we have Church Hierarchs who, as a body, behave worse than the Apostles did before Pentecost. As a group, they act as if they do not know of, or do not believe, or are unaffected by, what God did at the Resurrection and with Pentecost. Either (1) collectively, the Hierarchs of the various Christian confessions are unbelievers, or (2) at some point, God withdrew from them the graces that he had given the Apostles at Pentecost. Such conclusions are contrary to what any Church apologist would say, but they seem to follow logically from the contrast between the behavior and attitude of (1) the Apostles after Pentecost, and (2) the "successors of the Apostles", for recent centuries.
The war that broke out on June 5, 1967 radically changed the Arab-Israeli conflict: It introduced the concept of “land for peace;” It marked the beginning of the occupation; It led to the rise of the PLO; It energized the messianic settlement movement.
As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War, Americans for Peace Now presents a mosaic of opinions on the meaning of this anniversary.
TALLIE LIPKIN-SHAHAK is the former war correspondent for the daily Davar, where she covered the first war in Lebanon and the first Intifada. She is a radio personality and a regular contributor to Ma'ariv, writing on social issues, the arts, and politics. Read Essay >
MAJOR GENERAL SHLOMO GAZIT (retired) served for 33 years in the Israel Defense Forces. Following the Six Day War, Gazit served as Coordinator of Israeli Government Operations in the Administered Territories, in this capacity, he was the first Israeli ruler of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He later served as the head of IDF Military Intelligence. General Gazit has written extensively on Israeli and Middle Eastern military affairs, including a book, Trapped, which reviews Israel's administration of the West Bank and Gaza. Read Essay >
SENATOR LINCOLN CHAFEE represented Rhode Island in the U.S. Senate for seven years. He is the former Chairman of the Middle East Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Read Essay >
LEONARD FEIN is a passionate and gifted writer, teacher, and veteran social activist. Mr. Fein served as director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, and is the founder of Moment magazine; Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger; and the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy. A Board Member of APN, Mr. Fein facilitates an online conversation which can be found at conversation.peacenow.org. Read Essay >YOSSI ALPHER is a former senior official in the Mossad and the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. He currently coedits the bitterlemons family of Internet publications and writes a weekly Q & A on security issues for APN. Read Essay >
IAD J. ASALI, M.D. is the President and founder of the American Task Force on Palestine, a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Dr. Asali is a sought-after voice on Middle East issues in both the media and on Capitol Hill, where he has testified before both chambers of Congress. Read Essay >
AMBASSADOR PHILIP WILCOX is the former U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem and former Ambassador at Large for Counter Terrorism. A retired Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Wilcox also served as the State Department's Director for Israeli and Arab-Israeli Affairs and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs, among other roles. Today he is President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, a Washington D.C.-based foundation devoted to fostering peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Read Essay >
DR. MENACHEM KLEIN is a political scientist at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. In 2000, Dr. Klein served as adviser for Jerusalem affairs and final status talks to Israel’s Foreign Minister. He later joined prominent Israeli and Palestinian figures in signing the Geneva Initiative—a detailed proposal for a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. His book, A Possible Peace an Insiders’ Account of the Geneva Initiative, is forthcoming in September by Columbia University Press. He is active in Peace Now. Read Essay >
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