Pope in 1937: Communism is the greatest Evil known to Humanity

From Divini Redemptoris (On Atheistic Communism) in 1937;

“The promise of a Redeemer brightens the first page of the history of mankind, and the confident hope aroused by this promise softened the keen regret for a paradise which had been lost. It was this hope that accompanied the human race on its weary journey, until in the fullness of time the expected Savior came to begin a new universal civilization, the Christian civilization, far superior even to that which up to this time had been laboriously achieved by certain more privileged nations.

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2. Nevertheless, the struggle between good and evil remained in the world as a sad legacy of the original fall. Nor has the ancient tempter ever ceased to deceive mankind with false promises. It is on this account that one convulsion following upon another has marked the passage of the centuries, down to the revolution of our own days. This modern revolution, it may be said, has actually broken out or threatens everywhere, and it exceeds in amplitude and violence anything yet experienced in the preceding persecutions launched against the Church. Entire peoples find themselves in danger of falling back into a barbarism worse than that which oppressed the greater part of the world at the coming of the Redeemer.

3. This all too imminent danger, Venerable Brethren, as you have already surmised, is bolshevistic and atheistic Communism, which aims at upsetting the social order and at undermining the very foundations of Christian civilization .

4. In the face of such a threat, the Catholic Church could not and does not remain silent.” read Divini Redemptoris online

The New Anti-Catholicism

Anti-Catholicism has a long history in America. And as Philip Jenkins argues in The New Anti-Catholicism, this virulent strain of hatred–once thought dead–is alive and well in our nation, but few people seem to notice, or care.  Jenkins has been called “America’s most even-handed commentator on religion”.

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A statement that is seen as racist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, or homophobic can haunt a speaker for years, writes Jenkins, but it is still possible to make hostile and vituperative public statements about Roman Catholicism without fear of serious repercussions. Jenkins shines a light on anti-Catholic sentiment in American society and illuminates its causes, looking closely at gay and feminist anti-Catholicism, anti-Catholic rhetoric and imagery in the media, and the anti-Catholicism of the academic world. For newspapers and newsmagazines, for television news and in movies, for major book publishers, the Catholic Church has come to provide a grossly stereotyped public villain. Catholic opinions, doctrines, and individual leaders are frequently the butt of harsh satire. Indeed, the notion that the church is a deadly enemy of women–the idea of Catholic misogyny–is commonly accepted in the news media and in popular culture, says Jenkins. And the recent pedophile priest scandal, he shows, has revived many ancient anti-Catholic stereotypes.

It was said that with the election of John F. Kennedy, anti-Catholicism in America was dead. This provocative new book corrects that illusion. buy the book here

READ a summary article of the book here

Christian Zionism

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What is Christian Zionism

 

 

This largely political activity is a lifelong work of discovery by the founders of We Hold These Truths. Christian Zionism is confusing because it masquerades as a faith. We may have been the first to define Christian Zionism as: “the belief that the present day State of Israel is the fulfillment of Biblical prophesy. ”As such, Israel has assumed a semi-god status in the minds of some 50 million or more professing Christians.

 

 

Rome & Jerusalem

Rome and Jerusalem, cities for the ages.  Cities that the world revolves around, or at least the Western world.  Rome and Jerusalem, spiritual centers of the two most influential religions in the last 2000 years.  No Tale of Two Cities can eclipse the drama these two have lived, the hope these two have inspired, the future these two have beckoned.

Rome erupted onto the world stage about 300 B.C., and quickly clashed with the Jerusalem which had been the spiritual center of the Jewish people for almost a millennium already.  Then in 70A.D. Rome destroyed Jerusalem and its Temple, resulting in the deaths of 1,000,000 Jews and dispersing the rest to the winds.

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Rome and Jerusalem, for two millennia the spiritual capitals of the West, have catapulted to the center of Western civilization over the last 100 years, since 1917, in a whole new and more dramatic way.  Moses Hess, spiritual father of Karl Marx, wrote about the two cities in Rome and Jerusalem prefiguring in his influence through Marx  the increase of Jewish influence so much that Yuri Slezkine could call the last 100 years The Jewish Century.

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Some say the Jewish people, finding a new found power in the Jewish Century, are set on revenge against Rome for sacking Jerusalem in 70AD.

The fact of Jewish influence in the media, publishing, entertainment, education and government, coupled with the penultimate demonizing of perhaps the three greatest inheritors of Rome’s legacy, would lend credence to that.

The three most demonized entities over the last 100 years, the Jewish Century, are Russia, Germany and of course the Roman Catholic Church.  Islam would be right in there but we’ll focus on the 20th Century here.  And what do these three entities have in common?

Russia has been known as The Third Rome for carrying on the legacy of Christendom after the power of the Roman Catholic Church had waned.  Thus Russia was the most demonized country in the world in the 1800s until in 1917 Communism seized control of this once Christian country.

And the World War II axis powers of Germany, Austria and Italy are the precise local of the Holy Roman Empire that began with Charlemagne in 800 AD.  No country has been demonized more than Germany over the last 100 years.  World Wars I and II were both started by the Allies in order to limit Germany’s power.  And it was Judea that declared war against Germany in 1933, six years before historians consider WW II to have started.  A book Germany Must Perish by Theodore Kauffman was lauded in the NY Times before the U.S. entered the war.f

And of course the Roman Catholic Church has been demonized in America like no other religion, so much so that an eminent historian can write a book The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice.

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It is apparent to many that The Jewish State, Israel, is still nurturing ancient animosity against Persia in modern day Iran, Babylon in modern day Iraq, and Assyria in modern day Syria, etcetera.  So is it a stretch to wonder if the Jewish people have not been harboring a similar ancient animosity against Christianity and the civilizations it has birthed?

After all, it was Jesus Christ who prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem by Rome.  That does not mean he wanted it, after all he cried “Jerusalem, Jerusalem…” as recorded in Matthew 23:37.  Nevertheless, Jesus did include a pronouncement of judgment against Israel and Jerusalem and declared her disinheritance at the time.  Jesus flung open the doors of salvation to the gentiles, whom the Jewish people have harbored a distrust and hatred of as can be seen in writings too numerous to imagine.

Yes, Rome and Jerusalem have thrust themselves into the center of world history for ever.  Only time will tell when Jerusalem as well as Rome will each hear the words of Isaiah 40:1-2;

 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
    and cry to her
that her warfare is ended,
    that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the Lord‘s hand
    double for all her sins.

 

 

 

 

Israel Is Walling Off Bethlehem, The Birth Place of Jesus

Millions of American Christians are unaware of the plight of the city of Bethlehem and its Palestinian inhabitants in the West Bank of Palestine. The Israeli built separation wall snakes its way around Bethlehem, even cutting off Palestinians from their own land and nearby Jerusalem. This story is courageously told by Palestinian filmmaker, Leila Sansour in her Open, Bethlehem documentary that is part of a campaign to educate her fellow Christians and the world about the stranglehold by Israel that is slowly causing Palestinian Christians to leave the Holy Land because of the hardships imposed by the military occupation.

To increase the awareness of what is happening to Bethlehem, a Bethlehem Passport is being issued by the OPEN, BETHLEHEM campaign in partnership with the Governorate of Bethlehem.  So far, the passport has been granted to more than 500 people around the world, including church leaders and heads of states, such as Archbishop Rowan Williams, Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Jimmy Carter. The passport states: “In that the bearer of this passport is a citizen of Bethlehem; that they recognize this ancient city provides a light to the world, and to all people who uphold the values of a just and open society; that they will remain a true friend to Bethlehem through its imprisonment, and that they will strive to keep the ideals of Bethlehem alive as long as the wall stands; we ask you to respect the bearer of the passport and to let them pass freely.”More on this article