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Monday 19 March 2012

Marxism and the Politics of Envy

My Catholic friends have been a bit dubious about my claims as to the rise of communism and Marxism in Ireland. I stand by my observations. Here in France, the Left is rising again as well. These movements are worrying, as the Catholic Church will bear the brunt of prejudice against religion, which is part of the Marxist agenda. At least in America, there is more openness among communists and Marxists as to their atheism. Here it is covered up by a veneer of culture. Note this article from yesterday's International News site from France--here.

Tens of thousands marched in Paris on Sunday to support firebrand leftist presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, who has shaken up France's election campaign with a surprise jump in the polls.
Melenchon of the Left Front, who represents a coalition of leftist parties including the Communists, has emerged as a significant factor in the campaign just as Socialist frontrunner Francois Hollande faces a resurgent threat from incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy.
His virulent attacks on the rich, France's elite and austerity measures have struck a chord with many voters and polls this week showed him surpassing the symbolic 10 percent mark, up four points from the start of the year, with only five weeks to go before the April 22 first round of voting.
Waving a sea of red Left Front and Communist Party flags, tens of thousands of supporters marched through central Paris under cloudy skies in a symbolic rally to "retake the Bastille" -- the square where the medieval fortress and prison was stormed during the iconic moment of the French Revolution.

In good Gramsci fashion and I feel another Gramsci blog approaching here this week, the symbols used are those of the Republic. Same thing is happening in Ireland, where the Republican movement has been undermined by the communists. Watch and see what happens. The Politics of Envy is alive and well in France and Ireland.

Mirror of Justice is a Great Blog

Edmund Campion and Ignatius would not agree with this statement, found on Mirror of Justice, one of my favorite blogs listed on my blog list. Read on that blog for more information.


From the New York Times, 17 March 2012:
In a letter to the president of Georgetown University, John J. DeGioia, 66 members of the law school faculty said Friday that the University should address Ms. Fluke's concerns and consider providing contraceptive coverage in the student health plan. "The current policy puts student health at risk," said M. Gregg Bloche, a professor at the law school, "and with our Jesuit tradition, we should be concerned about that."
Res ipsa loquitur.


Is anyone paying attention to Egypt?

Is anyone paying attention to the deterioration of Egypt? Over a year ago, when I was watching the so-called new spring of Arab liberties on the television in America, I knew, from history and the long desire of the Muslim Brotherhood that the spring was a ruse. Those encouraging the real liberty-seekers, the Westernized youth and the educated, were of a different ilk. Now, the great Spencer and other honest and open journalists have noted the take-over of Egypt, slowly but surely by the sharia law party, the Muslim Brotherhood. Here is a bit from the Associated Press on Spencer's website.

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament on Saturday voted overwhelmingly in favor of ensuring that its own lawmakers make up a large portion of a panel writing the country's first constitution after the ouster of longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak.
Lawmakers at a joint meeting of both houses approved a quota giving lawmakers half of the seats on a 100-member panel that will draft the new constitution.
The remaining 50 panel members will be chosen by parliament, and are likely to be legal experts, academics and Muslim and Christian scholars.
The makeup of the panel has been hotly debated. Islamists, who dominate the newly elected parliament, wanted lawmakers to have a significant role in the panel. But many Christians and liberals had pushed for more outsiders on the constitution writing body.
Amr Hamzawy, a lawmaker from a minority liberal party, said that the quota selected on Saturday is not representative enough of women, youth and other segments of Egyptian society who have little to no representation in parliament.
"What happened today lessens the chance for a wide representation of the country," Hamzawy said, adding that he voted to have only 30 lawmakers on the panel. "I would have liked that there are less members of parliament."
The Muslim Brotherhood, the country's most powerful political party, has promised that the constitution will be inclusive and are not likely to support changing key wording from its current state about the role of Islam in the government. The current language says the state religion is Islam and the principle of Islamic Sharia law is the main source of legislation.
In another article, Spencer highlights this news: and the reason why the question of divorce is important for Islamic women, is that the vast majority of marriages are forced and frequently include domestic violence, as the Koran oks the beating of wives. Unless the women of the West defend these women in Muslim countries, the situation will get worse, not better, as the sharia law parties take over.
ZeeNews, March 18 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
Cairo: An Egyptian lawmaker has proposed a controversial draft law to limit the legal provisions for women to divorce or separate from their husbands.
Mohamed al-Omda, deputy head of the People's Assembly's Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, has submitted the draft to cancel a woman's right to divorce (Khula) or separate from her husband, privately-owned Al-Shorouk newspaper reported today.
Khula is the right of a woman in Islam to divorce or separate from her husband.
The term "Khula" is used here somewhat interchangeably in two senses: in the sense in accordance in Sharia, and as an umbrella term for women's access to divorce, even where lawmakers intend to roll back that option for women.
In the bill's explanatory memorandum, Omda said women's right to divorce through courts was granted to satisfy the National Council for Women (NCW), which was chaired by former first lady Suzanne Mubarak, allegedly to save women from persecution in eastern countries.
Sharia has been under siege since then, Omda claimed. In 2000, the parliament issued a law on the regulation of litigation procedures in personal status matters.The law applied Sharia, in which the woman can obtain a divorce if she returns the financial settlement her husband paid her when they married. If a husband refuses to divorce his wife, the woman has the right to petition a judge in order to obtain to a divorce.
This law applies only to Muslim women as Christian women have a separate personal status law.
In recent months, the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party has launched an attack on laws regulating personal status in the country.
They accuse the NCW of implementing Western strategies to spoil the family and social life in Egypt.
Last week, a number of Islamist MPs criticised the Khula law and the law regulating child custody, saying they contradict Sharia.

What I find despicable in all of this are travel agents in Ireland and Great Britain pretending there are no changes to the Arab Spring into the Arab Winter, and pushing cheap flights. I have met many people in the last six months who were going to or on their way to Egypt. The same is true for some American or South American based cruises. The West cannot continue to support regimes which are becoming repressive and which may even put tourists in danger. Why no one wants to talk about this is a symptom of political correctness. When will Americans and other nations recognize that supporting uprisings without democratic leaders leads to harsh sharia law groups who have been waiting in the wings to take over? See my post of

On False Prophets and Supposed Seers

I must again repeat another theme while I am here in France and have a little time to post. It has been brought to my attention by friends in Ireland and Great Britain that many ladies and some gentlemen have been reading prophecies online on the last days and the Second Coming. Now, most of these so-called seers are harmless, but some are heretics. I have found many doctrinal errors looking briefly at some of the sites to indicate to me that most should be avoided. If those people I know would spend their time reading the encyclicals and the CCC, they would be much better off than following false prophets. I wrote about this earlier, in January and I use the same facepalm photo to get my point across. Part of the problem is in this post, on the dumbing down of lay expectations....

 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. Matthew 24:7

We are warned by Christ not to follow false prophets, and the existence of the Internet makes these people have a much larger audience than one would suspect. While I was in Ireland, I was told of three people who are now supposedly seeing the Blessed Virgin Mary regularly, and these false visions are not even on the Net, which has enough nonsense floating into people's unsuspecting souls. Most of these false prophets are anti-intellectuals, who do not have a solid grasp of the Teaching of the Catholic Church. I have already mentioned the causes at this post,

One of the most popular in the British Isles and in Ireland is this website, where just on the section on the Second Coming, I found twelve errors, including four doctrinal errors. When I have pointed these out to people, I am told that priests are supporting these statements. I hope not.

Some of the errors fall into these categories: one, that Revelation is still being given by Christ. NO, in the answer, as all Revelation ended with the death of the last Apostle, St. John. Anything else is blatantly false and should be suspect. Here is the pertinent section from the CCC on this one point.

Here is part of that section:
66 "The Christian economy, therefore, since it is the new and definitive Covenant, will never pass away; and no new public revelation is to be expected before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ."28 Yet even if Revelation is already complete, it has not been made completely explicit; it remains for Christian faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the centuries.
67 Throughout the ages, there have been so-called "private" revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ's definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history. Guided by the Magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church.
Christian faith cannot accept "revelations" that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment, as is the case in certain non-Christian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such "revelations".

68 By love, God has revealed himself and given himself to man. He has thus provided the definitive, superabundant answer to the questions that man asks himself about the meaning and purpose of his life.
69 God has revealed himself to man by gradually communicating his own mystery in deeds and in words.
70 Beyond the witness to himself that God gives in created things, he manifested himself to our first parents, spoke to them and, after the fall, promised them salvation (cf. Gen 3:15) and offered them his covenant.
71 God made an everlasting covenant with Noah and with all living beings (cf. Gen 9:16). It will remain in force as long as the world lasts.
72 God chose Abraham and made a covenant with him and his descendants. By the covenant God formed his people and revealed his law to them through Moses. Through the prophets, he prepared them to accept the salvation destined for all humanity.
73 God has revealed himself fully by sending his own Son, in whom he has established his covenant for ever. The Son is his Father's definitive Word; so there will be no further Revelation after him. 

The seer on the website claims the opposite.

Secondly, the false prophet states that there is a thousand years of peace after the Second Coming. NO, the Second Coming is the end of time and the judgement of all. Again, one only has to look at the CCC, here linked for this information. A few lines from this section are sufficient: 680 Christ the Lord already reigns through the Church, but all the things of this world are not yet subjected to him. The triumph of Christ's kingdom will not come about without one last assault by the powers of evil.
681 On Judgment Day at the end of the world, Christ will come in glory to achieve the definitive triumph of good over evil which, like the wheat and the tares, have grown up together in the course of history.
682 When he comes at the end of time to judge the living and the dead, the glorious Christ will reveal the secret disposition of hearts and will render to each man according to his works, and according to his acceptance or refusal of grace.

Another glaring error is the indication that one can pray for a Seal of some sort, to mark that person as saved. NO, we receive seals in Confirmation, completely our Baptism, and some men, who are priests, get an mark of the priesthood. All these are given within the context of the Sacraments. The seer is a Protestant. Again, the CCC can be used for enlightenment Again, I share a small segment: 
1304 Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the "character," which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness.121
1305 This "character" perfects the common priesthood of the faithful, received in Baptism, and "the confirmed person receives the power to profess faith in Christ publicly and as it were officially (quasi Ex officio)."122

There are more errors, which I elucidate later if people are interested. Another false and dangerous site is  which includes many people condemned by their local bishops. I would steer clear of all those listed on this site. The lack of Catholic Teaching and Catholic discernment means not only that many of those who read these sites are wasting their time, but that they are led astray into theories of the end times which have nothing to do with reality.

We are warned and we need to keep close to the Church in order to decide what is true and what is false. A person can lose one's immortal soul by following these deceived seers. All these prove that the prideful desire for inside knowledge, instead of the pursuit of the True Faith, leads many people into serious error. I ask priests to clarify such things for those who come to them and even from the pulpit.

And, I am simply tired of hearing the argument, such as those from some of my friends involved in Bayside, which has been condemned, that one does not have to obey a liberal bishop on matters of private revelation. Since when?