February 2015

From my friend David Palm who runs the website www.GeocentrismDebunked.com. It almost seems crazy to post blogs debating whether the sun rotates around the earth, or that the earth is the center of the universe with everything revolving around IT. But there are actually people out there with aluminum foil caps with antennas :-)  who still believe this.

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The last update of Geocentrism Debunked focused on the false scientific claims of the new geocentrists, specifically their extravagant claims about the cosmic microwave background (CMB).  This update will focus more on the theology, specifically from a Catholic vantage (but those from a non-Catholic background, please read on to the end.)

 A traditional Catholic supporter of the new geocentrists recently insisted in an on-line discussion that the whole matter is a “tempest in a teapot”. To him “[Robert Sungenis] is clearly no threat to the integrity of faith and morals”. He asks, “Is the geocentrist theory a threat to faith and morals? No on all counts” and insists that “At any rate, these people aren’t bothering anybody.”

 These claims prompted me to finish an article that I’ve had in the works for a long time. Geocentrism as a scientific view is a massive exercise in special pleading gummed together with conspiracy theories. But taken by itself, it’s not theologically erroneous. The problem is that that geocentrist hold it first and foremost as a matter of faith. And for the Catholic geocentrists, this runs them right onto the rocks of an actual heresy that has been formally defined by the Catholic Church.

 This is documented in the new article “Geocentrism: Tempest in a Teapot or Theological Shipwreck?

 Presented in three parts, this piece answers directly the brush-off that the new geocentrism “is clearly no threat to the integrity of faith and morals” and that the new geocentrists, “aren’t bothering anybody”.  Ironically, in their zeal to uphold what they think is the “True Faith”, the Catholic geocentrists end up falling into a serious theological error that has been formally condemned by the Catholic Church.

 We also have three other articles that support that thesis and highlight the defective scholarship of the new geocentrists:

 “Geocentrism and the First Vatican Council”, which highlights still further the serious theological challenges faced by the new geocentrists. It’s not just the 1820-22 decrees that they have to face, declaring that there are “no obstacles” or “any difficulties” for Catholics to hold to non-geocentric views, but many other official acts since then.

 “Sungenis and Pius VII: Turning the Evidence on Its Head”, in which Robert Sungenis gets the import of an entry in the Acta of the Holy Office exactly backwards, and…..

 “It’s All in the Translation”, in which Sungenis mistranslates a French word and distorts a scholar’s meaning.

 Now, for those who come at this issue more from the vantage of what sacred Scripture has to say on the matter, please consider these articles:

 “Sungenis Looses What He Has Bound on Joshua 10”, in which Sungenis himself admits that there are “inumerable” ways in which God could have accomplished the miracle recorded in Joshua 10 and,

 “Geocentrism and the Pitfalls of Over-literal Interpretation”, highlighting the sometimes humerous results when one applies a wooden literalism, even to the poetic parts of sacred Scripture.

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If you read my blog regularly you remember that a friend of mine for over 15 years converted to Christianity and the Catholic Church about a month or two ago. He came here to my house and received the Rite of Election. You can read the post here with pictures

Turkey is 99.9% Muslim so Okan has a great price to pay. Here is an article about his conversion written by Bishop James Conley of Lincoln Nebraska. He was with me in Istanbul with our St. Paul Cruise. Okan asked him to lay hands on him for a blessing and he did. Okan felt heat rush through his whole body. 

You can read the article here. The “American friend” referred to in the article is me :-) This picture above is Okan coming out of Mass in Turkey.

http://www.lincolndiocese.org/op-ed/bishop-s-column/3273-ready-to-pay-the-price

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‘Islamic State’ begins Executing Seized Christians

by Steve Ray on February 26, 2015

Killing Christians (and Muslims)

Terrorists Murder Young Assyrians Fighting to Defend Christian Villages and Families

By John Newton

ROME, February 26, 2015 (Zenit.org) – Terrorist group Islamic State (IS) has started killing hostages seized after it took Assyrian Christian villages in Syria’s Hassake governorate – with reports that around 15 are dead.

In a message sent to Catholic agencies working in the region, including Aid to the Church in Need, Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana passed on news of the executions from a contact in Hassake city – and said the number still being held exceeds 350.

Archimandrite Youkhana, who supports persecuted Christians in the Middle East,said: “Around 15 young Assyrians are martyred. Many of them were fighting to defend and protect the villages and families.”

From the village of Tel Hormizd 14 people were taken – 12 men and two women – who were fighting to defend their homes.

Reports indicate that of the Tel Hormizd fighters one woman has been beheaded and two men were shot. There is no information about who the other executed captives are.

But they may be some of the 13 Christians from various other villages, who were seized while fighting to protect their homes. Archimandrite Youkhana’s source in Hassake reported that at least 350 people have been captured by IS.

In addition to the fighters mentioned above 81 people were seized from Tel Jazira, 21 from Tel Gouran, five from Tel Feytha and three from Qabir Shamiya…

There are no families left in the 35 Assyrian Christian villages, all remaining villagers have now fled to Hassake or Qamishli.

Fr Bakos from Tel Tamar was the last person to leave and travel to Hassake.

He reported that the only people left there are Tel Tamar fighters who are trying to defend the town alongside Kurdish PYD (Democratic Union Kurdish Party) soldiers.

Archimandrite Youkhana said: The displaced registered families till yesterday evening are 800 families in Hassake and 175 in Qamishli.

“The numbers are to be updated today [Thursday, 26th February]. It is expected to reach 1,200 families.”

For the whole article, click here.

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China: 33 Million More Men Than Women – Forced Abortions and Sex Selection

February 24, 2015

Picture of Chinese father handcuffed to his young daughter to keep her from being kidnapped and used for a future bride or worse. What a disaster! Read the article – a ticking time bomb: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/viral-photos-of-little-girl-and-her-dad-capture-why-china-is-a-ticking-time? ??

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China: 33 Million More Men than Women – Forced Abortions, Sex Selection

February 24, 2015

Picture of Chinese father handcuffed to his young daughter to keep her from being kidnapped and used for a future bride or worse. What a disaster! Read the article – a ticking time bomb: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/viral-photos-of-little-girl-and-her-dad-capture-why-china-is-a-ticking-time? ??

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Truth about Children of Same-sex Couples: British Journal of Education, Society, and Behavioural Science

February 22, 2015

Same-Sex “Marriage” and Children: New Study Points Outs Problems By Father John Flynn, LC ROME, February 22, 2015 (Zenit.org) – At a time when many states in America have legalized same-sex marriage a new study has provided evidence that the best results for children is that if they are raised in a heterosexual marriage. A paper […]

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Welcome to “Throuples” – the next wave of “marriage” possibilities and realities in a twisted America

February 22, 2015

Yup. I knew it was coming. It was a mathematical certainty. Remove the traditional definition of “marriage” and all relationships and arrangements will be considered equal — and legally valid. If marriage is not defined and and protected in a society as a man and a woman in an exclusive and matrimonial relationship  with the […]

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President Obama’s Moral Cowardice – Refusing to Call Egyptian Martyrs “Christians”

February 18, 2015

News Article and Commentary The Muslim radicals of ISIS said they were killing the Egyptians, not because they were Egyptians but because they were CHRISTIANS! – the People of the Cross. These were foreign workers in Libya who came to work so they could send money home to their families (the women crying to the […]

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Finally Here! Pre-Order Abraham DVD – Order all 8 DVDs and get a signed book for free (Links fixed)

February 18, 2015

 After 8 years, the new DVD in the Footprints of God series is now completed! We are taking pre-orders with a special offer. DVDs will ship at the end of March 2015! ABRAHAM: FATHER OF FAITH & WORKS along with a Comprehensive Study Guide.  The story of salvation from Abraham to Augustine he left his […]

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Nine Things You Should Know about Lent, by Jimmy Akin

February 17, 2015

Jimmy is one of my good friends and favorite guys, especially when it comes to biblical, Catholic and apologetical issues — and square dancing :-) I also love the looks of his bushy red beard. You can visit him at http://jimmyakin.com. Now, on to the matter of Lent: 1. What is Lent? According to the Universal Norms […]

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ISIS Beheads Christians

February 15, 2015

Sunday 15th of February 2015 02:42:40 PM   (It seems to be true, if any other info, let me know)  The victims, dressed in orange jump suits, were beheaded after being forced down on the ground. The video appeared on the Twitter feed of a website that supports Islamic State.  Religion of peace reported: “Twenty-one […]

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Canada’s Supreme Court Legalizes Euthanasia: The US will be next…

February 15, 2015

Neither Dignity Nor Justice: Canadas Supreme Court Legalizes Euthanasia By Father John Flynn, LC ROME, February 15, 2015 (Zenit.org) – On February 6 the nine judges of the Canadian Supreme Court legalized euthanasia in a unanimous decision, reversing a previous 1994 ruling. The move continued a tendency towards judicial activism that started with the striking down […]

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Did Jesus Raise Himself from the Dead?

February 14, 2015

Today I received an e-mail with this question: The other night, in one of the RCIA session for which I am responsible, we looked at Who Is Jesus? In that video, some thing was said that struck a very wrong cord. It said that “Jesus raised himself from the dead.” I had never heard that […]

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Muslim Converts to Christianity on Journey Home

February 13, 2015

Many people think that Muslims are impossible to convert to Catholicism – not so. Daniel Ali proves this incorrect. In fact, there are droves of Muslims converting to Christianity.  Not only is this a good conversion story, but it also will help you understand Islam – which is forcing itself on the West whether we […]

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Desire of the Everlasting Hills

February 9, 2015

If you haven’t watched this 1 hour video yet, do so. A good friend told me about it at a men’s conference this weekend where I was speaking. Janet and I turned it on tonight and were captivated. If you want to understand the homosexual lifestyle, the sadness and emptiness it brings — this is […]

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Two Priests Comment on the Holy Land – and what it meant to them

February 8, 2015

These priests experienced the Holy Land for the first time in December. They traveled with us and brought great joy and fun to the whole group. They were devout, serious and holy, yet they were fun, laughing, full of stories, played cards until the lights went out and bonded with the group like affectionate brothers. […]

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