Discussion in 'The Signs of the Times' started by themilitantcatholic, Sep 3, 2015.

  1. AED

    AED Powers

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  2. Frankly

    Frankly Principalities

    Amen! and Yes! And this is found in God's Prophecies of our Future..

    JESUS Says: "Those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equaled again.

    “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them.
    At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it.
    For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. .. So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.

    But in those days, following that distress,

    “‘the sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not give its light;
    the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’

    “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
    And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heaven

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  3. Muzhik

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    It reminds me of a short story written by science fiction author Walter M. Miller, Jr. that takes place in an anti-Christian colony (?) on Mars, where the underground Catholics recognize each other by a particular fashion on their coats: 10 small buttons with one larger button at the bottom. Passers-by on the street would simply see someone nervously fiddling with their buttons as they walk along.

    FWIW: Rugged Rosaries has a collection of rosary rings and pocket rosaries (aka "Irish Penal Rosaries" or "An Paidrín Beag") for sale. It may be we will see a resurgence in the use of these items. There may also be these items available locally, either locally made or available at second-hand and antique stores. The web site notes that after Jan. 1, 2021, "... new taxes and duty fees may affect the delivery of packages to the European Nations. The customer is responsible for these fees and we cannot be responsible for orders that are abandoned because of unpaid duty fees in the EU." If you order from them, you'll need to check to see what extra taxes and fees are involved. It would be interesting to see if there are extra import taxes/fees that apply only to religious items.

    If anyone is interested, I can point you to resources that show you how to tie a rosary made from twine. You could use that to make your own pocket rosaries.
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  4. andree

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    We live in a society that is almost completely under surveillance with cameras everywhere in places people don't think of indoors and outdoors. We have cameras in our churches here, for our good of course and AI is filming all attitudes, gestures of prayer. They have developed software that will detect crimes before they are comitted. I think it's called predictive policing among other expressions. So there you go, Alexa will probably tell people in their own homes to stop the rosary pretty soon...
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  5. jackzokay

    jackzokay Archangels

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  6. Frankly

    Frankly Principalities

    Even when I was a but a young adult, the world of Ireland and all Euro Nations (and the USofA) were like Day is to Night as far as these nations are Today...

    Religious Attendances? Piety? Friendlyness and Love among and between priests and nuns and laity? Communion with Doctrine? Not a thing against any Pope or Bishop!
  7. Mario

    Mario Powers

    :LOL::rolleyes:Lord have Mercy!
  8. miker

    miker Powers

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  9. Frankly

    Frankly Principalities

    Decades ago, at least one major JESUIT Retreat? Suddenly stopped the normal scheduled time for the Rosary. Most (Not all) retreatants were shaking their heads.
    That year - and a few years thereafter it got worse and worse until I had their number and ceased going,
    it was very evident from many abominations witnessed - that those in charge of retreats had taken an abrupt LEFT TURN OFF of God's Straight and Narrow Path!
    Their damage done to God's Church? For any who bought into their Legion of Apostasies? The Holy Spirit of God was effectively blocked !
  10. Luan Ribeiro

    Luan Ribeiro Powers

    Nicaragua shuts Catholic radio stations led by bishop critical of regime
    This content was published on August 2, 2022 - 19:21August 2, 2022 - 19:21

    (Reuters) - The Nicaraguan government ordered the closure on Monday of seven Catholic radio stations linked to a bishop who has been critical of the country's president, Daniel Ortega.

    Bishop Rolando Alvarez, who serves as the radio's coordinator and leads the remote northern Matagalpa diocese, announced the closures on Monday.

    "All our radio stations have been closed, but they will not cancel the word of God," Alvarez said on Twitter.

    The Nicaraguan telecommunications agency said the radio stations did not meet the technical requirements to be on air, but did not specify what those requirements were.

    Ortega has become increasingly isolated and condemned internationally for leading a political crackdown in the Central American country since he returned to power 15 years ago.

    Relations between the Catholic Church and the Ortega government have deteriorated since 2018 when there were sustained protests against the president's rule and a subsequent crackdown by the government.

    In the northern town of Sebaco, protests erupted after a priest, Uriel Vallejos, refused to hand over the radio equipment and asked parishioners for help via a live video stream on Facebook.

    Videos shared on social media showed Nicaraguan police firing shots into the air and tear gas on Monday night, before taking control of the parish and the radio station.

    Vallejo took refuge in the parish house and, as of Tuesday morning, was still locked inside with eight accompanying parishioners, according to a tweet sent by the priest.

    Vallejos said that authorities had cut off his electricity, injured two parishioners and detained several young people who had responded to his call for help.

    (Reporting by Reuters Staff; Writing by Isabel Woodford; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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  11. Frankly

    Frankly Principalities

    Underlying: .. Ortega's authorization this June of allowing Russian military personnel, planes and ships to deploy to Nicaragua for purposes of training, law enforcement or emergency response - along with also authorizing the presence of small contingents of Russian troops for “exchange of experiences and training", was quickly followed up by the US imposing Sanctions against Nicaragua, all of which in turn, echoes memories of the past US-connected "Contra War" against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, beginning in '79, and ending in a cease-fire 1990.
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  12. Luan Ribeiro

    Luan Ribeiro Powers

    yes, in the same way, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov announced in January of this same year the strengthening of the military and economic partnership with the communist governments of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua itself, in the month before the beginning of the war. (24/02).
  13. Luan Ribeiro

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    Havana Times
    More Blackouts, More Protests in Cuba
    August 3, 2022
    Where the recent protests have occurred. Illustration by DeFacto / El Toque
    By Aleiny Sanchez Martínez (El Toque)

    HAVANA TIMES – Since June 2022, several local protests have been reported on social networks, mainly due to the energy crisis that Cuba has been experiencing for months. The first of these demonstrations occurred at the Ignacio Agramonte University in Camagüey. The students protested the long hours of blackout and the scarcity of water.

    On the night of June 14, the cry was born that would later inspire other protests on the island: “Turn on the power, pinga!” (Damn it!) Since then, the number of spontaneous demonstrations and pots and pans sounding has grown in the interior, as a result of daily and “programmed” power cuts in almost all provinces.

    The Government, without an answer for citizens or solutions to the energy deficit, has opted for the time-worn discourse of unity and resistance. President Miguel Díaz-Canel told the last session of the National Assembly: “There are some people who, to express their discomfort and misunderstanding, hit pots and pans, shout expressions against the leaders, some take advantage of the occasion to say some slogan against the revolution […] Those who act in this way […] are doing what the counterrevolution wants and what those who have us blockaded want.”

    On the sidelines, the government has implemented several measures to mitigate the crisis: cancellation of recreational activities during the summer, programming the blackouts, and a reduction to a minimum of workers in the workplace (teleworking, schedule adjustments, relocation); but it is insufficient, and discomfort grows. (It also contradicts the same government’s call to increase workplace production to confront shortages.)

    Power cuts have been the main trigger for the protests, however, not the only one. Added to this claim is the dissatisfaction with the shortages of food and medicine (...).

    Read more from Cuba here on Havana Times
    Perhaps this revives the protests against the Cuban dictatorship that took place in July last year.
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  14. AED

    AED Powers

    Sadly, no surprises here.
  15. Frankly

    Frankly Principalities


    US-Led Economic Sanctions against nations for reasons of installing US-Controlled Leaders - are Devastating to the innocent populations!
    In the case of USA against Madura? It employed murderous No-holds barred via pushing the National Assembly leader Juan Guaido
    It's All about Oil ! ... ... And to heck with Democracy and Humanism!

    UN REPORT: US-led sanctions on Venezuela "devastating" to human rights,
    issued a scathing report on the international pressure campaign on Venezuela,
    calling on the United States, United Kingdom and European Union to lift "devastating" economic sanctions

    Venezuela already had the highest inflation in the world and was experiencing chronic shortages of basic goods.
    And then? Atop that? The US/UK/EU increased its Crippling Sanctions of Money and Goods in its unrestrained efforts to overthrow Venezuela and take its OIL.

    US Sanctions blocked the country's access to basic medical and food supplies, despite exemptions for humanitarian needs.

    "Impediments to food imports, constituting more than 50 per cent of food consumption, have resulted in the steadily growth of malnourishment in the past 6 years, noting that hungry Venezuelans' "coping mechanisms" include reducing their number of meals per day, selling household assets, and child labor, among other things.
  16. Luan Ribeiro

    Luan Ribeiro Powers

    There are no surprises; in fact it is a harbinger of what will be the consolidation of a unified socialist project in Latin America whose chance has increased dangerously with the arrival of the left to power in Chile and Colombia this year; and we still have the chance of the election of communist Luís Inácio Lula da Silva in Brazil this year (great ally of Cuba Venezuela and Nicaragua) even in Brazil where the majority declares itself Catholic there is still this risk, perhaps because there are many who are not aware of the documents of the Church binding excommunication to anyone who affiliates with or votes for communist leaders.
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  17. Luan Ribeiro

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  18. Luan Ribeiro

    Luan Ribeiro Powers

    Opposition to Socialism and Communism in Catholic social teaching had already been expressed in the teachings of popes since the encyclicals Nostis et nobiscum (1849), Quanta cura (1864), and Rerum novarum (1891).[1][2][3]

    In the earlier social encyclicals the criticism of Communism described it as a system violating human rights: e.g., the right to own property.[citation needed] After revolutions in Russia, China, and Mexico had been followed by religious persecution, a new theme of criticism was added, beginning with Quadragesimo anno (1931) by Pope Pius XI. This encyclical objected to what it considered to be Communism's professed opposition to religion, and its threat to the freedom and the very existence of the Church.[4] In 1937, Pius XI rejected atheistic communism in an encyclical entitled Divini Redemptoris as "a system full of errors and sophisms", with a "pseudo-ideal of justice, equality, and fraternity" and "a certain false mysticism",[4] and contrasted it with a humane society (civitas humana).

    After the Italian parliamentary election of April 1948, in which the Communist-Socialist coalition won 31% of the vote, the Holy Office began to study the issue of Communism in order to give guidance to Catholic lay people and clergy with questions about support for Communist parties.[5]

    An additional impulse for Vatican action against Communism arose in Czechoslovakia, where the Communist government, installed by a coup d'état in February 1948, undertook a campaign to take control of the Catholic Church by several means. Among other measures, it created an organization of priests favorable to the regime, took control of church finances, and demanded that pastoral letters to the faithful or the clergy be approved by government ministries.[5][6]

    On July 15, 1948, L'Osservatore Romano published a decree which excommunicated those who propagate "the materialistic and anti-Christian teachings of Communism".[7] The document, however, did not mention the Italian Communist Party, which had changed its statutes in 1946, removing an explicit profession of Marxism-Leninism, and opening to participation by citizens, "independent of race, religious faith or philosophical convictions".[4]

    In the spring of 1949, pressure on the Church in Czechoslovakia was increasing, and, according to Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini, then papal Secretary of State, Pope Pius XII had come to feel that there would be no effective diplomatic opposition from the West. Thus the Church had to use what means it had to confront Communism, not only in the immediate situation, but for a long-term opposition.[5]

    Form of the document
    The document, as published in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, bears the date July 1, 1949 and the heading Decretum (Decree), and is presented in the form of a dubium: that is, in question-and-answer format. It presents four questions, together with the Holy Office's replies: (1) Is it licit to join or show favor to Communist parties? (2) Is it licit to publish, distribute, or read publications that support Communist doctrine or activity, or to write for them? (3) May Christians who knowingly and freely commit the acts in parts 1 and 2 be given the sacraments? (4) Do Christians who profess, defend or promote materialistic Communist doctrine incur the penalty of excommunication as apostates from the Christian faith, with the penalty reserved so that it may only be lifted by the Holy See?

    The answers in the decree were negative to the first three questions and affirmative to the fourth.

    Publication and reception
    After the document was approved by Pius XII on June 30, the text of the document was delivered to printers to prepare its release. Shortly thereafter it was leaked to the press, and so appeared in public early, with no advance notice to the clergy and no commentary to explain the document.[5]

    The decree was published in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano on July 16, 1949.[8] A commentary followed on July 27, 1949, explaining reasons for its condemnation of Communist activity and doctrine. It also made clear the scope of the excommunication stated in the decree: it did not apply to all people who voted for Communists or supported the party, but only to people who held the materialistic and atheistic doctrines of Communism.[9]

    The Decree met with some surprising public support despite the disorder around its publication: from Protestant countries there was favorable commentary which recognized the decree as a response to Communist pressure on the Church in Eastern Europe. The United States urged the Patriarch of Constantinople Athenagoras, who supported the decree, to issue a similar document for the Eastern Orthodox world.[5]

    Response from pro-Communist newspapers in Italy was sharply critical, but the Soviet press was silent. Italian Communist Party General Secretary Palmiro Togliatti was restrained in his criticism, inasmuch as many party supporters were practicing Catholics.[5]

    In the wake of the Decree Pope Pius XII encouraged efforts to develop Catholic social teaching and thus counteract the appeal of Communist social doctrine. The Decree marked the beginning of a long institutional conflict between Catholicism and Communism.[5] The Holy Office issued later documents condemning Communism:

    • Excommunication of Bishop Dechet, February 18, 1950,[10]
    • Membership in communist youth organizations, September 28, 1950,[11]
    • Usurpation of Church functions by the State, June 29, 1950,[12]
    • Illegitimate state ordered ordinations of bishops, April 9, 1951,[13]
    • Publications favouring totalitarian Communism, June 28 and July 22, 1955,[14]
    A further dubium dated April 4, 1959 from the Holy Office made the provisions of the 1949 Decree more specific, stating that it implied a prohibition on voting for parties that were helping Communists, even if such parties themselves had inoffensive doctrines or even called themselves Christian.[4]
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  19. Luan Ribeiro

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    1. ^ Pius IX, Nostis et nobiscum No. 6
    2. ^ Pius IX, Quanta Cura No. 4
    3. ^ Leo XIII, Rerum Novarm No. 4
    4. ^ a b c d Giuseppe Ruggieri (2011). "La condanna dei comunisti del 1949". Cristiani d'Italia (in Italian). Traccani. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
    5. ^ a b c d e f g Peter C. Kent (2002). The Lonely Cold War of Pope Pius XII: The Roman Catholic Church and the Division of Europe, 1943-1950. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press. pp. 242–243. ISBN 077352326X. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
    6. ^ Karel Kaplan (1986). "Church and State in Czechoslovakia from 1948 to 1956, Part II" (PDF). Religion in Communist Lands. 14 (2): 180–193. doi:10.1080/09637498608431252.
    7. ^ Stephen Schlosser (2015). David Schultenover (ed.). Reproach vs. Rapprochement. 50 Years On: Probing the Riches of Vatican II. Liturgical Press. p. xlviii. ISBN 9780814683019. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
    8. ^ Rosario F. Esposito (April 1998). "Che fatica esser presi sul serio!". Vita Pastorale (in Italian) (4). Retrieved August 27, 2016.
    9. ^ "The Decree of the Holy Office Against Communism: Some Implications". The Tablet. August 6, 1949. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
    10. ^ AAS 1950, 195
    11. ^ AAS 1950, 533:
    12. ^ AAS 1950, 601
    13. ^ AAS 1951, 217
    14. ^ AAS 1955, 455 and 558
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    Fortunately, the authority of the Church is indisputable and superior to that of the UN for those who truly profess the Catholic faith.
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  20. Frankly

    Frankly Principalities

    However, many are currently speaking of how the current leadership of the Church
    have been ignoring the warnings of popes of the past via their shifting on over to label it AntiChristian Marxism
    such as Pope Francis, via his Joining the Vatican itself to The Council for Inclusive Capitalism.. / Money, Mammon, Gold.

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