Vatican flags ‘Christianophobia’ as new social evil

PARIS – A Vatican diplomatic campaign to have “Christianophobia” recognised as an evil equal to hatred of Jews and Muslims is causing concern among some Christian activists and diplomats who draft new human rights rules.

The discreet drive, which the Roman Catholic Church first mentioned publicly last Friday, seeks official recognition by the United Nations and other international organisations of discrimination against and persecution of Christians.
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Dr. John Mark Reynolds on Holland

Holland is Leaving the West

HughHewitt.com: “The advocacy of the establishment of committees charged with dealing out death –and the admission that such decisions have already been taken in the West– is not an event about which one can really be neutral.”

The values of the dealers of death who sit calmly in rooms and move and second people to destruction are not Western. These are the values of the Low Pagans who painted their faces blue and mixed babies blood with the mortar of their houses. Holland is leaving the West and will lack the moral strength to defeat Islam.

Read the rest on Eidos: Following the Logos Where He Leads

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The Democrats’ Self-Created Hell: The ‘Godless’ cannot win

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-viguerie15nov15.story

By Richard A. Viguerie and David Franke
Richard A. Viguerie and David Franke are the authors of “America’s Right Turn: How Conservatives Used New and Alternative Media to Take Power” (Bonus Books, July 2004).

November 15, 2004
John F. Kerry is hardly the first politician to be rejected by religious Americans for failing to measure up to their standards.
There was Thomas Paine, for instance, the pamphleteering superstar of 1776, whose ‘Common Sense” — published in January of that year — lighted the fuse that became the American Revolution. By December, the brash optimism with which the war had started was facing the chilling reality of Valley Forge. Paine came through again with “The Crisis,” which Gen. George Washington read to his troops before they successfully attacked the Hessians in Trenton with their morale restored by Paine’s passionate call to arms.
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Anglicans to ban gay bishops?

http://tvnz.co.nz/view/news_world_story_skin/453646%3fformat=html

The Anglican Church will order its world leaders to sign an unbreakable covenant forbidding the ordination of openly gay bishops, according to British reports.

The covenant will be unveiled in a long-awaited report, in an effort to heal a deep rift in the church over the issue of homosexuality.

The Church’s 38 provinces would be made to sign a “unity agreement”, preventing the ordination of openly gay bishops such as Gene Robinson, who was consecrated in the United States last year.
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Father Pat’s Pastoral Ponderings

By Fr. Patrick Reardon

It is well known that commerce tends to dominate the transmission of culture across geographical divides and ethnic lines. It is the merchants, arriving from afar, who chiefly barter the achievements and accoutrements of diverse civilizations; it is businessmen who tie the world together.

Knowing this, we are hardly surprised to learn that history’s earliest examples of shared international vocabulary—words and phrases commonly adopted across deep linguistic divisions—derived from the lexicon of commerce. The traveling salesman, as he transported his commodities, transmitted also the terms of trade. When merchandise made its way across the world, mercantile expressions tagged along, if only in the sense of a price tag. As the products became common, so did the words.
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The Evil at Beslan

For those who remain confused about whether the terror perpetrated at Beslan was evil…

They Knifed Babies, They Raped Girls

Nothing justifies or excuses this. No “cause” can explain or soften the brutality displayed. In Orthodox theology evil has no ontological reality, it does not exist as an entity unto itself. It cannot be rationalized or explained. It can only be named. Evil is moral chaos, represented in scripture as the swirling waters that drown life. (Now we may begin to understand what Christ entering the waters at baptism is really about.) Beslan is complete and utter moral chaos, a depravity drawn from the dark nights of Dachau, Lubyanka, or the killing fields of Cambodia.

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Neuhaus’ optimism about secularism’s decline.

I took this from Christopher’s blog. It’s a good site. I, too, am optimistic.

Christopher wrote:

I dug up the text of a speech Fr. Richard John Neuhaus I once read, because I knew it reflected the same kind of optimism I have for the future of Christendom. A quote from that speech will appear in my essay, Tactics for a New Christendom:

. . . on the stage now are these comprehensive statements with regard to the human future. Andre Moreau, the great French intellectual who died in 1986, shortly before he died said that the 21st century will be religious or it will not be at all. I think that’s right. It is another one of those grand statements that you don’t know exactly what it means, but my hunch is that it is right. If you were looking at the world today, if you were looking around and the so-called legendary man or woman from Mars came along and said, “what’s the most important thing that is happening on planet earth today?,” I think I would use a big sweeping statement and say that what is happening is the de-secularization of world history. What’s happening is the collapse of the hegemony of the secular enlightenment. What is happening is the collapse of the confidence that there is any alternative to understanding the human project as the creation of God, drawn from and directed to the absolute. Christianity, and the Catholic form of Christianity, provides the most comprehensive, the most coherent and the most compelling understanding of what that means. (The “Catholic Moment” in Higher Education. The Thirteenth Annual Frank L. Marcon Lecture, delivered at De Sales University on April 17, 1996.)

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Worth Its Salt — Can the Church Still Impact American Culture?

Although written for an Evangelical audience, the autor makes important (and insightful) points relevant to Orthodox believers as well. Thank you to Orthodoxnet.com for bringing the piece to our attention.

(AgapePress) – For Christians in America who believe their faith can and should have an impact on their culture, it has not been a good year.

In less than a 12-month span: The Supreme Court struck down state sodomy laws, in effect invalidating both natural law and the Judeo-Christian foundations of our nation as a sound basis for our society; The Episcopal Church consecrated an openly homosexual man as one of its bishops; The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court legalized same-sex marriage; and a halftime show on the Super Bowl — in which a pop singer’s breast was exposed — shoved in nearly everyone’s face just how debauched our pop culture has become.

Nothing that Christians or pro-family groups have done has seemed to stop American society from rushing headlong down the tracks to moral oblivion. It appears that secularism and postmodern relativism have successfully teamed up to overthrow Judeo-Christianity as the dominant philosophical force in our culture.

Read the entire article on the Agape Press website.

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No Christianity in new E.U. Constitution

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BRUSSELS, June 15 (UPI) — The European Union has rejected the requests of some member nations to recognize Christianity in its new constitution.

Seven nations, including Italy, Poland and the Czech Republic, urged the EU to refer to the “Christian roots of Europe” and explicitly mention Christianity and God in the constitution currently being drafted. The Vatican also made clear it wants a reference to Christianity in the Constitution.
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