The Catholic Church Has Gone Socialist

Since we published our article, “Catholic Church Captured by ‘Progressive Forces,’” it is starting to dawn on many in and out of the media that Pope Francis has come down on the side of the “progressive,” and even Marxist, forces in the world today.

Writing on TheBlaze and commenting on the pope’s friendly meeting with Cuban dictator Raul Castro, Catholic writer Stephen Herreid of the Intercollegiate Review called the pope’s dealings with Castro and other Marxists “a new Catholic scandal” as significant and terrifying as the presence of pedophiles in the church. He wonders how conservative Catholics can continue to pay respect to a pope “intent on making friends with the enemies of religious liberty.”

Francis had a one-hour meeting with Raul Castro on May 10. The day before, Castro had greeted Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Francis will visit Cuba in September prior to his tour of the United States.

The Associated Press reported that Castro commented, after meeting with the pope, that the pontiff “is a Jesuit, and I, in some way, am too.” Castro added, “I always studied at Jesuit schools.” He also promised, “When the pope goes to Cuba in September, I promise to go to all his Masses, and with satisfaction.”

The evidence is getting too big for the major media to ignore: the pope has made common cause with the forces of international Marxism, which are associated with atheism, the suppression of traditional Christianity, and the persecution and murder of Christians.

Conservative Catholics and many others are terrified of what is to come. Some fear that the Roman Catholic Church has joined the campaign for a global socialist state that could turn into an anti-Christian tyranny.

Dr. Timothy Ball, author of The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science, told me during a recent interview, “I think the Catholic Church is regretting making him the pope. They did it because the previous pope was starting to deal with the problems of pedophilia and corruption in the money in the church. So the powerful Cardinals pushed him [Benedict] aside. It wasn’t a health matter at all. He just realized he couldn’t beat them…He [Francis] is bringing in these socialist ideas. He’s already expressed some of them—about inequities of wealth, redistributing the wealth, which are themes you’ve heard from Obama.”

Benedict had also been a strong opponent of Liberation Theology.

As Herreid put it in his Blaze column, “In a matter of months, Pope Francis has announced a desire to ‘quickly’ beatify a deceased liberation theologist bishop, reconciled with a Sandinista activist priest who once called Ronald Reagan a ‘butcher’ and an ‘international outlaw,’ and even invited the founder of the liberation theology movement, Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, to speak on the need for a ‘poor Church for the Poor’ at an official Vatican event this week.”

In fact, this is the latest example of Francis welcoming advocates of Liberation Theology—a doctrine manufactured by the old KGB to dupe Christians into supporting Marxism—directly into the Vatican.

Francis received Gutiérrez, considered the father of Liberation Theology, in September 2013, but in a private audience without photos. Then, on November 22, 2014, at the end of an audience granted to the participants of the National Missionary Congress of Italy, Francis warmly greeted him personally. Gutiérrez, a Peruvian theologian and Dominican priest, is being welcomed as an official guest at the Vatican to participate in this week’s Caritas Internationalis General Assembly, the theme of which is, “One Human Family, Caring for Creation.”

Caritas is a global confederation of 164 Catholic organizations. Its U.S. affiliates are Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services.

Herreid comments, “Neither Pope St. John Paul II nor his trusted friend and successor Benedict XVI were taken in by liberation theology. John Paul fought Communism throughout his pontificate, and Benedict was equally forceful against liberation theology’s interpretation of the traditional ‘preferential option for the poor’ as a preferential option for violent state-mandated wealth-redistribution.”

The Francis-Marxist alliance seems to confirm the predictions of the late Vatican insider Malachi Martin, who wrote penetrating books about the Catholic Church entitled The Jesuits and The Keys of This Blood. He believed that Mikhail Gorbachev, who presided over the “restructuring” of the old Soviet Union, never gave up on Marxism-Leninism but adopted the viewpoint of the Italian communist Antonio Gramsci that a worldwide communist state could only be achieved gradually. It was to be a “revolution by infiltration.” He said, “Liberation Theology was a perfectly faithful exercise of Gramsci’s principles.”

Martin wrote that “The most powerful religious orders of the Roman Church—Jesuits, Dominicans, Franciscans, Maryknollers—all committed themselves to Liberation Theology.”

In addition to Gutiérrez, one of the speakers at this week’s Vatican conference is Jeffrey Sachs of the U.N.’s Millennium Project, an advocate of a global tax that could impose a cost of $845 billion from the U.S. alone. Sachs is speaking at a panel discussion on “Growing inequalities: a challenge for the one human family.”

Sachs previously appeared at a Vatican conference on “Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature: Our Responsibility,” which was held from May 2 – 6, 2014.  It was held under the authority of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

A joint statement published after the close of that Vatican conference called for Sustainable Development Goals “to guide planetary-scale actions after 2015.”

It said, “To achieve these goals will require global cooperation, technological innovations that are within reach, and supportive economic and social policies at the national and regional levels, such as the taxation and regulation of environmental abuses, limits to the enormous power of transnational corporations and a fair redistribution of wealth. It has become abundantly clear that Humanity’s relationship with Nature needs to be undertaken by cooperative, collective action at all levels—local, regional, and global.”

This week’s Caritas conference includes consideration of a “strategic framework” for the years 2015 to 2019 that quoted Francis as calling on every Christian “to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor…”

In building “a civilization of love,” the document urges the “transforming [of] unjust systems and structures” and desires an outcome in which “Justice is attained with respect to climate change and the use of natural resources…”

Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, explained what all of this means in simple language. “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history,” she said. “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution. That will not happen overnight and it will not happen at a single conference on climate change…It just does not occur like that. It is a process, because of the depth of the transformation.”

The pope’s left-wing supporters at the Catholic Climate Covenant are ecstatic over his upcoming encyclical on ecology and climate change and believe it can be the catalyst for this deliberate transformation. Dan Misleh of the Catholic Climate Covenant tells his supporters that his group is creating what he calls “an educational, inspirational video” on how to stop global warming and developing new programs to help Catholics “reduce their carbon footprint.”

Members of his climate coalition include:

  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development
  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Migration and Refugee Services
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Catholic Health Association of the United States
  • Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
  • Conference of Major Superiors of Men
  • Carmelite NGO
  • Catholic Rural Life
  • Franciscan Action Network
  • National Council of Catholic Women
  • Leadership Conference of Women Religious
  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
  • National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

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Devastating Video Explains How President Obama Is The False Messiah

This Youtube video has a chilling message of biblical proportions. It describes itself as “apocalyptic literature” written by a pastor’s wife in “biblical prose” for a commentary of current events. It was uploaded in 2013 but is ever more relevant in 2015.

The video commentator opens by saying:

And it came to pass in the age of insanity that the people of the land called America, having lost their morals, their initiative, and their will to defend their liberties, chose as their Supreme Leader that person known as, The One.

He emerged from the vapors with a message that had no meaning; but he hypnotized the people telling them, “I am sent to save you.”

“My lack of experience, my questionable ethics, my monstrous ego, and my association with evil doers are of no consequence. I shall save you with hope and change. Go, therefore, and proclaim throughout the land that he who preceded me is evil, that he has defiled the nation, and that all he has built must be destroyed.”

And the people rejoiced, for even thought they knew not what The One would do, he had promised that it was good; and they believed.

The video runs through much of what the Obama administration has done to “fundamentally change” America. It covers taxing of the rich and redistributing the wealth, marxist policies, approval of radical [Islamic] terrorism, the falling housing market, the disruption of the coal market and increasingly-expensive electricity, amnesty, mandated healthcare, and the destruction of businesses.

The video ends with the people becoming aware of what “The One” had done to their once-great nation. The “hope” and “change” he spoke of destroyed them and left their homeland in ruin.

You may think this is a fairy tale, but it’s not. It’s happening right now.

Has Obama corrupted our great nation? Is his fundamental change our destruction? Let us know what you think and spread this message to inform those who may be blinded to “The One.”

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Teen Conservative Fights Marxist Government In Brazil And Is Changing His Country!

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Have you ever felt that it’s over in America, that the lights are about to be shut off after years of Marxist decisions by the Democratic Party and its minions? Have you ever needed some inspiration to just get out of bed and fight the good fight for another day?

Well, today I have that inspiration for you.

It comes in the form of a skinny, nineteen year-old mixed-race kid who decided he wanted to study Milton Friedman, Ludwig von Mises, and free market economics. The part-Japanese Brazilian has become a force for change against the communist principles of the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who is well on her way to destroying the Brazilian economy and its democratic foundation.

Here is Kim Kataguiri in his own words:

“What Lula and Dilma have done shouldn’t just result in their being banned from politics. It should result in them being in jail!” Kim Kataguiri yelled, denouncing Rousseff and her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.  

Yahoo News goes on to report:

Kataguiri says he had a political awakening two years ago when he began questioning a classmate’s position that a popular cash transfer program applauded by many experts around the globe was responsible for the expansion of Brazil’s middle class and for lifting millions of citizens from poverty during the last decade.

He believed the credit instead should go to the country’s commodities boom. “That’s what has helped the poor,” he said.

Kataguiri and others in the group believe the best remedy for Brazil’s corruption is the expansion of free-market views and making the government smaller and more fiscally responsible — following classic tenets of American conservatism.

The young activist has become a social media sensation in Brazil. His now-one hundred thousand-plus-strong group is changing hearts and minds in the barrios of Sao Paulo and Rio as they push their free-market agenda and challenge the government. The group has even found a way to start impeachment proceedings against the government for corruption and incompetence.

I wish we could find more young people like him in America. I wish we could find the courage to start impeachment proceedings against our Marxist president.

As the old saying goes, “from the mouths of babes…”

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Stan Evans’ Battle Against Paganism And Cultural Marxism

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Those who assembled on March 12 at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Leesburg, Va., to celebrate the life of conservative thinker and writer M. Stanton Evans heard several references to his monumental 1994 work, The Theme is Freedom. This book is worth remembering and re-reading as we are being treated repeatedly to the spectacle in the media of “conservatives” endorsing gay rights and gay marriage.

In an illustration of what Stan called the “pagan ethic,” he cites on page 128 “the campaign to change societal views of homosexuality—to treat it as an ‘alternative lifestyle,’ as valid in its way as heterosexual conduct.” Stan comments, “Among other things, this is a reversion to pagan ways of thinking.” He cites acceptance of homosexuality in ancient civilizations such as Babylon and notes, “All of this was unequivocally condemned by the religion of the Bible.”

Yet, as Austin Ruse points out in his Breitbart article, “GOP Elite Ask Supreme Court to Impose Gay Marriage on America,” a brief to celebrate homosexual “marriage” as equal to traditional marriage has been submitted to the court and signed by 300 conservatives and/or Republicans, including no less than 26 former senior Mitt Romney staffers.

These so-called “conservatives,” who are not conservative in any real sense, are part of a “Project Right Side” that is designed to confuse the public about the meaning of the term. The “media” section of the website tells us how news organizations have covered the “conservative case for gay marriage.”

But there is nothing “conservative” about asking the Supreme Court to impose homosexual marriage on all 50 states. What’s more, as Stan Evans says, it is a return to paganism.

The fact that many don’t recognize this as paganism demonstrates how the definition of “conservatism” is being changed right before our eyes.

Many are deceived because the media repeatedly offer up so-called “conservatives” who endorse homosexual marriage. The names of several of them appear on the brief to the Supreme Court. They are:

  • Alex Castellanos, a Republican media advisor who appears regularly on NBC’s Meet the Press and currently serves as a member of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television”
  • S.E. Cupp, CNN commentator
  • Margaret Hoover, CNN contributor
  • Abby Huntsman, MSNBC political commentator
  • Ana Navarro, CNN commentator
  • Nicolle Wallace, co-host of ABC’s “The View”

The subtitle of The Theme Is Freedom is “Religion, Politics, and the American Tradition.” The dedication reads, “For my father, who kept the faith.” The acknowledgments include the touching comments, “…these pages are not only dedicated to the memory of my father, but also reflect the many conversations I had with him across the decades about the religious basis of our society, and countless other issues.”

Stan described the book as “an effort to trace, conceptually and as a matter of historical fact, the nexus between religious values and the rise of our political system.” He notes for example:

  • “That biblical teaching was the formative influence in the creation of Europe, and that Europe was the nursery of freedom as we know it, are both established facts of record.”
  • “If Christian doctrine is opposed to freedom, then liberty ought to flourish where Christianity has had the smallest degree of influence, and languish where that influence is the greatest. That a general survey prima facie says the opposite suggests that something in the conventional history is mistaken.”
  • “…this correlation of Christianity with the rise of freedom is anything but accidental. In fact, the precepts of our religion provided the conceptual building blocks for the free societies of the West—including the very idea of liberty as we know it, limits on the power of the state, and institutions that gave these practical expression.”

The so-called conservatives who promote gay marriage can say anything they want, but their position is not conservative or Biblical. Regarding the latter, Robert A. Gagnon’s book, The Bible and Homosexual Practice, is the best authority. The case against same-sex intercourse is based on scripture.

In chapter seven of his book, The Rise of Neopaganism, Stan Evans explains why and how Marxist concepts have become embedded in Western thought. “More problematic in an immediate sense,” he writes, “are aspects of the Marxist worldview, generally not recognized as such, that have already penetrated liberal thought and are considered perfectly routine and normal.”

He is describing what we know to be the process of cultural Marxism. The return of paganism is cultural Marxism dressed up in “progressive” camouflage.

Paganism also denies the humanity of the unborn. “The Christian tradition from the earliest period says the unborn child is a human life that deserves respect and ought to be protected; the pagan view tells us it is not a legal person, and thus entitled to no protection,” Stan writes.

The pagan view is dominating America, thanks to the “conservatives” who join the liberals in either adopting or refusing to fight it. Stan describes how it works in practice for America’s children:

…it is considered perfectly proper for children from religious homes to be taught the precepts of Darwinian-Huxleyan evolution, extreme environmentalism, the value-free “alternative lifestyle” view of homosexuality and sexual conduct generally and other Neopaganism in their school work…Children may be taught the precepts of neopagan nature worship; they may not be taught the precepts of the Bible.

Incredibly, the paganism even infiltrates groups which call themselves religious. The organization Dignity USA, which claims to be Catholic, is holding a conference featuring Dan Savage, described merely as a “writer, TV personality and gay activist.” Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth describes Savage, who has been invited to the White House to celebrate “gay pride,” as “the face of progressive hate.” Catholic League president Bill Donohue says Savage has a history of offering obscene anti-Catholic rants.

The latest “conservative/libertarian” to jump aboard the gay marriage bandwagon is Charles C.W. Cooke of National Review, a Brit who argues in his new book, The Conservatarian Manifesto, that “there is more to be gained by including gays in the institution [of marriage] than by keeping them out.” With that statement, he dismisses the Judeo-Christian tradition, which is the foundation for our freedoms. “Gay Marriage: The Wrong Fight” is one of his chapter titles. The battle against gay marriage “has been lost,” he says.

It might be worthwhile to be pro-life, he concedes, since “scientific advances” might yet prove the unborn child is a human life. Again, there’s no reference by this modern “libertarian” to the religious tradition that human life is sacred.

Cooke, a legal immigrant to the United States, would be well-advised to return to Britain and fight for the Christian values that are quickly disappearing in his home country. Mike Overd, a Christian street preacher, is going on trial in Britain for proclaiming the gospel in a public setting. The group Christian Concern reports, “Mike has been preaching the gospel on the streets of Taunton for over five years. But he’s faced real opposition—police even appealed to the public in a local newspaper to record him preaching so that they could get evidence of him making ‘offensive remarks.’” He was previously charged with quoting anti-homosexual references from the Bible.

Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch reports that one of his most recent “offensive” comments may have been discussing the Muslim Prophet Muhammad marrying a 9-year-old girl by the name of Aisha. Overd compared the life of Muhammad to the perfect life of Jesus. Spencer asks, “Will British authorities seize and destroy copies of the hadith of Bukhari for stating that Aisha was nine [when] Muhammad consummated his marriage with her?” Bukhari’s collection is recognized by most Muslims as an authentic record of stories about Muhammad.

Commenting on the case, Spencer notes, “Britain is dying, while its authorities do nothing to save it, for fear of being called ‘racist.’ When telling the truth becomes an offense for which someone can be arrested and prosecuted, the society in which this happens [is] in its death throes.”

Who and what killed Britain? Consider the book, The Rise of Gay Rights and the Fall of the British Empire. The author defines homosexuality as “resistance” to Western religious traditions and “imperialism.”

This is how Britain began its decline. The Brazilian philosopher and writer Olavo de Carvalho says every nation has an elite or aristocracy. When this group goes against the traditions of their own country, rather than defending them, we see the nation begin to decline in influence and power. He says the elites begin focusing on their egotistical sexual desires rather than the good or interests of the nation.

The same thing is happening in the United States. The founder of the modern gay-rights movement in the United States was Harry Hay, a member of the Communist Party who also championed the rights of pedophiles. Now, key members of the Republican establishment have joined this campaign for gay rights.

What “Project Right Side” has done for us is name the members of the conservative movement and the Republican establishment who are signing up to accelerate our own nation’s decline. One notable name on this list is David H. Koch, described as a “philanthropist,” but more widely known as a major funder of the conservative movement and the Republican Party. The groups taking his money have a lot to answer for.

The result of these efforts, as Stan Evans predicted in his book, will be to help Barack Obama transform America into something we won’t be able to recognize as being in any sense American. It will be a Marxist or pagan America stripped of its Christian traditions.

Just like the Christian street preacher on trial in Britain, our children will lose their freedoms in the process. Stan Evans saw it coming. He warned us. Whether it’s called paganism or cultural Marxism, surrender would not be an option for Stan Evans.

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America Is About To Have A Constitutional Crisis

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There is one thing for sure, the United States of America will look very different from what it is today in a few years.  The only question is what that reality will look like.  The outcome of the November elections and the presidential election in 2016 will determine to a great degree what kind of country we are going to have in the future.

Today we have an imperial president flagrantly violating the Constitution in order to further his radical, Marxist agenda.  We have government spending that is out of control and a national debt that has long past the redline that historically calls into doubt the viability of a country’s finances.  We have an administration that has no qualms about using the vast power of the federal government to harm its political opposition.  Racial relations are at an all time low.  Our national leadership is nonexistent in global affairs and serious, deadly national security threats are not only looming but crossing the horizon globally.  The question is, is this the kind of government that Americans really want?

I believe there is still time to save the country.  If we can elect a leader, an adult, who will deal efficiently with all of the issues listed above, I believe America can recover.  However, that is a BIG if!  In the meantime, we are barrelling towards a Constitutional crisis.  The most obvious issue facing the country regarding the separation of powers is the Obama administration’s threat to legalize five million illegal immigrants currently in the country.  The President’s lawlessness will be so exposed by this illegal power grab and action that the country will be thrown into an uproar.  I’m talking fire and brimstone, riots in the streets, cats and dogs sleeping together, Bull Run kind of turmoil.  Only time will tell if our Dear Leader will undertake this criminal act.  If he does, there will be consequences for the country and his party.

While this situation plays itself out, there are many other paths of crisis that could work themselves out in the short run.  First and foremost, there is the IRS scandal.  We now hear from some in the IRS that, well what do you know, Lois Lerner’s emails probably still exist somewhere in the technological cloud at the tax collection agency. If this email trail leads to the White House, well, all bets are off.  Will the liberal, corrupt, mainstream media finally get on the impeachment bandwagon?  Another variable is whether or not this will happen prior to the elections in November.

Also working its way through the court system is the Speaker of the House, John Boehner’s lawsuit against President Obama for overstepping his Constitutional authority.  The legal opinions on the outcome of this legal action are all over the map so it is a real wildcard that could easily go either way.

We also have the House of Representatives Select Committee investigation of the Benghazi disaster.  What if the White House is found to have been derelict in its duty to protect our diplomats?  Or, what if worse information comes out, that the agenda driving the decision making process was based on political factors and not the best interest of the United States?  With all of these issues getting closer to their final outcomes, American citizens can be sure that they will witness history over the next couple years. I hear they quit teaching civics in high school; make sure your child watches this crisis to get an education he may not be getting in our government schools.

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