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Breaking the mold: Brazil’s “Miss Bumbum” pageant will allow transgender males

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Miss Bumbum contestants Oliveira (l) and Spinella (r)/Splash News Photo

This has got to be a buzz kill for the guys…

From Fox News: Brazil’s infamous Miss Bumbum pageant is drumming up even more buzz than usual this year, as the entry of the competition’s first-ever transgender contestants is sparking rage among some participants.

Though the derriere pageant supports the two contestants in question, some of the other 25 hopefuls are eager to have them removed from the lineup ahead of the August event.

On May 10, transgender contestants Paula Oliveira and Giovanna Spinella told The Sun they’re totally confident in their abilities, despite the harassment they are receiving.

“They are feeling threatened because they are seeing a trans who is more beautiful than them,” Oliveira said. “I’m not offended by what they said, because it’s clear they want me out because I’ve got a much sexier a–.”

Spinella chimed in that she is “honored to be able to take part” in the eighth annual pageant and go head-to-head with beauties representing Brazil’s 27 states. The lone winner of the event crowned with the “best bum” scores overnight fame and the opportunity to get rich quick with modeling contracts.

Finalist Ellen Santana is among the ones protesting Oliveira and Spinella’s participation. “The competition is supposed to be 100 percent feminine and yet we’re going to have bottoms which are men’s bottoms. It doesn’t matter if they’ve had surgery, changed their names or sex on a piece of paper,” the 31-year-old biology student told The Sun.

“I’m not intolerant, I know there are a lot of trans people who are more beautiful than lots of women. I just think that they should compete in a pageant for trans, and not be allowed to compete in Miss Bumbum, which is all about the beauty of the Brazilian woman.

“I just think that the competition is for women, not for men,” 29-year-old Debora Porto echoed in agreement. “It’s them who should leave because they are men with a man’s body and a man’s bottom. I think the whole diversity thing has gone too far.

Unfortunately for Santana and Porto, this year’s theme for the competition is “diversity,” with organizers encouraging participants to “break the mold.” Furthermore, Miss Bumbum’s officials have threatened to disqualify the angry entrants if they continue to “prejudice” their transgender peers.

“As long as these women have undergone sex reassignment surgery, and have become fully women, there is nothing that prevents them from taking part. The truth is that, by the law, they are 100 percent women,” Miss Bumbum founder Cacau Oliver said.

According to the Daily Mail, Brazil began providing free gender reassignment operations in 2007 through its public health system, and transgender individuals can legally register their gender change. Nevertheless, the South American nation “has one of the world’s highest rates of fatal violence against transgender people,” making Oliveira and Spinella’s debut all the more noteworthy.

This latest controversy swirling around Miss Bumbum isn’t the first time the posterior pageant has made headlines. In November 2017, hopefuls sported beef bikinis to protest sexual harassment in the wake of the #MeToo movement. And the year prior, promotional photos of the contestants re-enacting “The Last Supper” by Leonardo DaVinci in barely-there swimsuits had Brazilian Catholics up in arms.

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Fake-Pope Francis invites satanist Katy Perry to promote Transcendental Meditation at Vatican

Pop singer Katy Perry is a self-professed satanist.

In an interview with a woman wearing a pair of upside-down cross earrings, Perry said she had sold her soul to the Devil. She said:

“I released a record when I was 16, because I grew up in a household where all I ever did was sing gospel music and my parents were both traveling ministers, I kind of sing about what was going on in my life at 15. That’s how I got introduced to the music industry. I swear I wanted to be like the Amy Grant* of music. It didn’t work out, so I sold my soul to the Devil.”

*Amy Grant is called the Queen of Christian Pop.

If you think that interview was a fluke or that Perry was joking, here she is some years later, saying the same thing:

“When I was 15, because I grew up in a household where all I ever did was listen to gospel music and my parents were both traveling ministers, so I kind of sang about what was going on in my life at 15 and that’s how I got introduced to the music industry. I swear I wanted to be like the Amy Grant of music. Yeah. But it didn’t work out, and so I sold my soul to the devil.”

Katy Perry is also a vocal LGBT advocate and a promoter of cannibalism.

But fake pope Francis saw fit to invite this admitted satanist to the Vatican to speak on Transcendental Meditation (TM) at a New Age-y conference on April 26-28, “Unite to Cure — How Science, Technology and the 21st Century Will Impact Culture and Society”.

The conference has the imprimatur of the Vatican: it was co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the CURA Foundation, a tax-exempt global health movement; conference collaborators included the Vatican Secretariat of State, the Vatican Secretariat for Communications, and the Pontifical Academy for Life.

LifeSiteNews reports that among the conference speakers were New Age guru and alternative medicine mogul Deepak Chopra, motivational and self-help life coach Tony Robbins, and pedophile former-VP Joe Biden.

On day three of the Vatican conference, Perry joined a discussion on “Impacting Children’s Health Through (Transcendental) Meditation Globally” with her mentor, Bob Roth — CEO of the David Lynch Foundation and a TM mentor to Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Oz.

Roth’s organization distributed a gift pack to participants at the beginning of the conference, which contained a one-eye “meditating” charm bangle and a book promoting TM.

A Vatican official said: “They did manage to distribute these gifts through (at least) one hotel where some conference participants were staying. Many other guests distributed their own materials to fellow attendees, as is the nature of these events.”

A source close to the Vatican told LifeSiteNews:

“For Katy Perry to speak about Transcendental Meditation from the same seat used by the Pope during major Church meetings is symbolic of the chaos, disorientation and scandal that marks this pontificate. It would be one thing to have her presence moderated by a Church leader, but to have the podium given over to celebrity TM proponents with no Church voice to counter them is unconscionable.”

Perry and her boyfriend, paddling-a-canoe-while-nude actor Orlando Bloom, were later treated to a royal tour of the Vatican by Archbishop Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, and an audience with fake-Pope Francis.

The Catholic Church has long regarded Transcendental Meditation to be an occult practice:

  • In 1989 in a letter to bishops issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (who became Pope Benedict XVI) warned against TM: “it can degenerate into a cult of the body and can lead surreptitiously to considering all bodily sensations as spiritual experiences.”
  • In 2003, the Pontifical Council for Culture issued this warning about TM: “Many people are convinced that there is no harm in ‘borrowing’ from the wisdom of the East, but the example of Transcendental Meditation (TM) should make Christians cautious about the prospect of committing themselves unknowingly to another religion (in this case, Hinduism), despite what TM’s promoters claim about its religious neutrality.”

LifeSiteNews contacted the Pontifical Council for Culture to ask why Perry was an invited speaker, but has received no response.

Meanwhile, the body of Catholic clergy of cardinals, archbishops, bishops and priests continue their silence about this imposter pope in Rome.

See also:

~Eowyn

Congress critters trying to defund Planned Parenthood — and those who are not

It may seem like this:

But there are good people trying to reverse the avalanche-sized tide.

(1) The Trump State Department has removed the term “reproductive rights” — a euphemism for abortion — from its annual human rights report, U.S. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017, released last week.

Replacing “reproductive rights” is the more accurately-descriptive term, “coercion in population control”. The new “Coercion in Population Control” section is under a larger section of each country’s report, titled “Discrimination, Societal Abuses, and Trafficking in Persons,” which features reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization procedures, and “other coercive population control methods.”

The “reproductive rights” term was first coined by, no surprise, the Obama administration in the 2012 State Department report. (Catholic News Agency)

(2) 41 senators and 153 House members are trying to defund Planned Parenthood via changing the Title X Family Planning Program.

Although both President Trump and the GOP-dominant Congress have made multiple attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, taxpayers are still funding the abortion mill. Planned Parenthood executed an astounding 321,384 abortions in 2016 and still continues to receive an average of nearly $60 million annually from the Title X program.

On April 30, 2018, 41 senators and 153 representatives sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting that the department move swiftly to issue new regulations for the Title X Family Planning Program. Existing Title X regulations blur the line between abortion and family planning.

The letter calls for revised regulations that will require the federally-funded Title X service sites to be physically and financially separate from facilities that provide abortion, and to eliminate the federal mandate requiring Title X providers to refer for abortions.

To read the House letter, click here.

To read the Senate letter, click here.

Below are the names of the senators and representatives who signed and did not sign the letter. You’ll be surprised by some of the “did not sign” names.

The 41 senators, all Republicans, who signed the letter are:

  1. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming)
  2. Roy Blunt (R-Missouri)
  3. John Boozman (R-Arkansas)
  4. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina)
  5. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-Louisiana)
  6. John Cornyn (R-Texas)
  7. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas)
  8. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
  9. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
  10. Steve Daines (R-Montana)
  11. Michael B. Enzi (R-Wyoming)
  12. Joni K. Ernst (R-Iowa)
  13. Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska)
  14. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina)
  15. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
  16. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah)
  17. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota)
  18. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi)
  19. James N. Inhofe (R-Oklahoma)
  20. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia)
  21. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin)
  22. John Kennedy (R-Louisiana)
  23. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma)
  24. Michael S. Lee (R-Utah)
  25. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)
  26. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas)
  27. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky)
  28. Dave Perdue (R-Georgia)
  29. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
  30. James E. Risch (R-Idaho)
  31. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas)
  32. E. Michael Rounds (R-South Dakota)
  33. Marco Rubio (R-Florida)
  34. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska)
  35. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina)
  36. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska)
  37. John Thune (R-South Dakota)
  38. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina)
  39. Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania)
  40. Roger F. Wicker (R-Mississipi)
  41. Todd Young (R-Indiana)

10 Republican senators did not sign the letter:

  1. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee)
  2. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
  3. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee)
  4. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona)
  5. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado)
  6. Dean Heller (R-Nevada)
  7. John McCain (R-Arizona)
  8. Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia)
  9. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
  10. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama)

The 153 House representatives (152 Republicans, 1 Democrat) who signed the letter are:

  1. Ralph Abraham, MD (R-Louisiana)
  2. Robert Aderholt (R-Alabama)
  3. Rick Allen (R-Georgia)
  4. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas)
  5. Brian Babin (R-Texas)
  6. Don Bacon (R-Nebraska)
  7. Jim Banks (R-Indiana)
  8. Lou Barletta (R-Pennsylvania)
  9. Andy Barr (R-Kentucky)
  10. Jack Bergman (R-Michigan)
  11. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Washington)
  12. Andy Biggs (R-Arizona)
  13. Gus Bilirakis (R-Florida)
  14. Mike Bishop (R-Michigan)
  15. Diane Black (R-South Carolina)
  16. Marsha Blackburn (R-South Carolina)
  17. Mike Bost (R-Illinois)
  18. Kevin Brady (R-Texas)
  19. David Brat (R-Virginia)
  20. Ken Buck (R-Colorado)
  21. Larry Bucshon, MD (R-Indiana)
  22. Ted Budd (R-North Carolina)
  23. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Texas)
  24. Bradley Byrne (R-Alabama)
  25. Earl “Buddy” Carter (R-Georgia)
  26. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio)
  27. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming)
  28. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma)
  29. Doug Collins (R-Georgia)
  30. James Comer (R-Kentucky)
  31. K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas)
  32. Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota)
  33. Rich Crawford (R-Arkansas)
  34. John Culberson (R-Texas)
  35. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio)
  36. Rodney Davis (R-Illinois)
  37. Scott DesJarlais (R-South Carolina)
  38. Ron DeSantis (R-Florida)
  39. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin)
  40. Jeff Duncan (R-South Carolina)
  41. Neil Dunn, MD (R-Florida)
  42. Tom Emmer (R-Minnesota)
  43. Ron Estes (R-Kansas)
  44. Drew Ferguson, DMD (R-Georgia)
  45. Chuck Fleischmann (R-South Carolina)
  46. Bill Flores (R-Texas)
  47. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebraska)
  48. Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina)
  49. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida)
  50. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin)
  51. Tom Garrett, Jr. (R-Virginia)
  52. Greg Gianforte (R-Montana)
  53. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio)
  54. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia)
  55. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona)
  56. Garret Graves (R-Louisiana)
  57. Sam Graves (R-Missouri)
  58. Tom Graves (R-Georgia)
  59. Morgan Griffith (R-Virginia)
  60. Glenn Grothman (R-Wisconsin)
  61. Brett Guthrie (R-Kentucky)
  62. Gregg Harper (R-Mississippi)
  63. Andy Harris (R-Maryland)
  64. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri)
  65. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas)
  66. Jody Hice (R-Georgia)
  67. Clay Higgins (R-Louisiana)
  68. Richard Hudson (R-North Carolina)
  69. Bill Huizenga (R-Michigan)
  70. Randy Hultgren (R-Illinois)
  71. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif)
  72. Evan Jenkins (R-West Virginia)
  73. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kansas)
  74. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio)
  75. Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana)
  76. Sam Johnson (R-Texas)
  77. Walter B. Jones (R-North Carolina)
  78. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
  79. Mike Kelly (R-Pennsylvania)
  80. Trent Kelly (R-Mississippi)
  81. Steve King (R-Iowa)
  82. David Kustoff (R-South Carolina)
  83. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho)
  84. Darin LaHood (R-Illinois)
  85. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado)
  86. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif)
  87. Robert Latta (R-Ohio)
  88. Daniel Lipinski (D-Illinois)
  89. Billy Long (R-Missouri)
  90. Barry Loudermilk (R-Georgia)
  91. Mia Love (R-Utah)
  92. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri)
  93. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas)
  94. Roger Marshall, MD (R-Kansas)
  95. Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina)
  96. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif)
  97. Michael McCaul (R-Texas)
  98. Tom McClintock (R-Calif)
  99. Patrick McHenry (R-North Carolina)
  100. David McKinley (R-West Virginia)
  101. Luke Messer (R-Indiana)
  102. Paul Mitchell (R-Michigan)
  103. Alex Mooney (R-West Virginia)
  104. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota)
  105. Ralph Norman (R-South Carolina)
  106. Peter Olson (R-Texas)
  107. Steven Palazzo (R-Mississippi)
  108. Gary Palmer (R-Alabama)
  109. Steve Pearce (R-New Mexico)
  110. Robert Pittenger (R-North Carolina)
  111. Ted Poe (R-Texas)
  112. Bill Posey (R-Florida)
  113. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas)
  114. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio)
  115. Martha Roby (R-Alabama)
  116. Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-Virginia)
  117. David Phil Roe, MD (R-Tennessee)
  118. Mike D. Rogers (R-Alabama)
  119. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif)
  120. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana)
  121. Francis Rooney (R-Florida)
  122. Peter Roskam (R-Illinois)
  123. Keith Rothfus (R-Pennsylvania)
  124. Steve Russell (R-Oklahoma)
  125. John Rutherford (R-Florida)
  126. David Rouzer (R-North Carolina)
  127. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana)
  128. Austin Scott (R-Georgia)
  129. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wisconsin)
  130. John Shimkus (R-Illinois)
  131. Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania)
  132. Adrian Smith (R-Nebraska)
  133. Christopher H. Smith (R-New Jersey)
  134. Jason Smith (R-Missouri)
  135. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pennsylvania)
  136. Chris Stewart (R-Utah)
  137. Claudia Tenney (R-New York)
  138. Michael Turner (R-Ohio)
  139. David Valadao (R-Calif)
  140. Ann Wagner (R-Missouri)
  141. Tim Walberg (R-Michigan)
  142. Mark Walker (R-North Carolina)
  143. Jackie Walorski (R-Indiana)
  144. Randy Weber (R-Texas)
  145. Daniel Webster (R-Florida)
  146. Brad Wenstrup, MD (R-Ohio)
  147. Bruce Westerman (R-Arkansas)
  148. Roger Williams (R-Texas)
  149. Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina)
  150. Robert Wittman (R-Virginia)
  151. Robert Woodall (R-Georgia)
  152. Kevin Yoder (R-Kansas)
  153. Ted Yoho, DVM (R-Florida)

85 House Republicans did not sign the letter:

  1. Justin Amash (R-Michigan
  2. Mark Amodei (R-N
  3. Joe Barton (R-Texas)
  4. Rob Bishop (R-Utah)
  5. Rod Blum (R-Iowa)
  6. Moe Brooks (R-Alabama)
  7. Susan Brooks (R-Indiana)
  8. Vern Buchanan (R-Florida)
  9. Ken Calvert (R-Calif)
  10. John Carter (R-Texas)
  11. Mike Coffman (R-Colorado)
  12. Chris Collins (R-New York)
  13. Barbara Comstock (R-Virginia)
  14. Paul Cook (R-Calif)
  15. Ryan Costello (R-Pennsylvania)
  16. Carlos Curbelo (R-Florida)
  17. John Curtis (R-Utah)
  18. Jeff Denham (R-Calif)
  19. Charles Dent (R-Pennsylvania)
  20. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida)
  21. Daniel Donovan (R-New York)
  22. John Duncan Jr. (R-South Carolina)
  23. John Faso (R-New York)
  24. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania)
  25. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-New Jersey)
  26. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
  27. Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina)
  28. Kay Granger (R-Texas)
  29. Karen Handel (R-Georgia)
  30. French Hill (R-Arkansas)
  31. George Holding (R-North Carolina)
  32. Trey Hollingsworth (R-Indiana)
  33. Will Hurd (R-Texas)
  34. Darrell Issa (R-Calif)
  35. David Joyce (R-Ohio)
  36. John Katko (R-New York)
  37. Ruben Kihuen (R-Nevada)
  38. Pete King (R-New York)
  39. Steve Knight (R-Calif)
  40. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois)
  41. Leonard Lance (R-New Jersey)
  42. Jason Lewis (R-Minnesota)
  43. Frank LoBiondo (R-New Jersey)
  44. Frank Lucas (R-Oklahoma)
  45. Tom MacArthur (R-New Jersey)
  46. Tom Marino (R-Pennsylvania)
  47. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky)
  48. Brian Mast (R-Florida)
  49. Martha McSally (R-Arizona)
  50. Pat Meehan (R-Pennsylvania)
  51. John Moolenaar (R-Michigan)
  52. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma)
  53. Dan Newhouse (R-Washington)
  54. Devin Nunes (R-Calif)
  55. Erik Paulsen (R-Minnesota)
  56. Scott Perry (R-Pennsylvania)
  57. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine)
  58. Tom Reed (R-New York)
  59. David Reichert (R-Washington)
  60. Tom Rice (R-South Carolina)
  61. Harold Rogers (R-Kentucky)
  62. Tom Rooney (R-Florida)
  63. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida)
  64. Dennis Ross (R-Florida)
  65. Ed Royce (R-Calif)
  66. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)
  67. Mark Sanford (R-South Carolina)
  68. David Schweikert (R-Arizona)
  69. Pete Sessions (R-Texas)
  70. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho)
  71. Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
  72. Elise Stefanik (R-New York)
  73. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio)
  74. Scott Taylor (R-Virginia)
  75. Scott Tipton (R-Colorado)
  76. Glenn Thompson (R-Pennsylvania)
  77. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas)
  78. Dave Trott (R-Michigan)
  79. Fred Upton (R-Michigan)
  80. Greg Walden (R-Oregon)
  81. Mimi Walters (R-Calif)
  82. Steve Womack (R-Arkansas)
  83. David Young (R-Iowa)
  84. Don Young (R-Alaska)
  85. Lee Zeldin (R-New York)

Pray for the good people who are trying to reverse the tide.

~Eowyn

Sunday Devotional: The two witnesses of the Resurrected Christ

Luke 24:13-35

That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus’ disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them,
“What are you discussing as you walk along?”
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
“Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
who does not know of the things
that have taken place there in these days?”
And he replied to them, “What sort of things?”
They said to him,
“The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people,
how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
to a sentence of death and crucified him.
But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
and besides all this,
it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
they were at the tomb early in the morning
and did not find his body;
they came back and reported
that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb
and found things just as the women had described,
but him they did not see.”
And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into his glory?”
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them what referred to him
in all the Scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
But they urged him, “Stay with us,
for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
“Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
where they found gathered together
the eleven and those with them who were saying,
“The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”
Then the two recounted
what had taken place on the way
and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.

Modern Christology, the systematic study (“ology”) of Jesus Christ, is a product of the Enlightenment, distinguished from the pre-modern variety in its purpose and intent. Instead of studying Christ as the object of religious devotion or faith by, say, exploring the abiding mystery of the Trinity (that three persons are in one God) or the hypostatic union (that Jesus has two natures, both God and man), modern Christology means to study Jesus as a figure in history, i.e., Jesus the man instead of Jesus the Christ.

Modern Christology’s historical reconstructions of Jesus have regularly been put forward as challenges to faith. In a speech in 1996, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said that “The identification of only one historical person, Jesus of Nazareth, with . . . the living God, is now relegated as a relapse into myth. Jesus is consciously relativized as one religious leader among others.” The result is an erosion of faith even among the clergy. As examples:

  • A survey in 2002 found that a third of the clergy in the Church of England doubted or outright disbelieved in the physical resurrection of Christ. No doubt the percentage is much higher today, 16 years later.
  • At the 2017 Christmas midnight Mass, Fr. Fredo Olivero of the Church of San Rocco di Torino in the Archdiocese of Turin, Italy, substituted the syrupy Italian pop-religious tune “Dolce sentire” for the Creed, explaining, “Do you know why I do not say the Creed? Because I do not believe it. . . . After many years I understood that it was something I did not understand and that I could not accept. So let’s sing something else that says the essential things of life.” (Source: George Weigel in First Things)
  • Not to be outdone, Fr. Paolo Farinella of Genoa, Italy, announced in the leftist Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, that Christmas is just “a fairy tale from the nativity scene with lullabies and bagpipes, the exclusive support of a capitalist and consumerist economy”. (First Things)

Having studied some of the writings of modern Christologists, what I find curious is that, in their search for the historical Jesus, these theologians and scholars pay scant attention to an important concept in law which is critical to the testimony and determination of truth.

That concept is “percipient witness.”

According to Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary, a percipient witness is “A witness who testifies about things she or he actually perceived. For example, an eyewitness.”

The apostles and disciples were the percipient witnesses of the historical Jesus. Their accounts are contained in the four canonical Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. And it is their behaviors, lives, and deaths that provide the most compelling testimony of not just Jesus the man, but Jesus the Christ.

This is what we know:

  • All the apostles, except the youngest named John, abandoned Jesus after he was taken away from the Garden of Gethsemane by Roman soldiers.
  • The apostle Simon Peter—on whom Jesus founded and to whom he entrusted his Church—thrice denied he even knew Jesus.
  • The apostles were understandably frightened by Jesus’ crucifixion, which was the Roman Empire’s cruelest form of execution reserved for the worst criminals. They were so frightened that they went into hiding.
  • On the third day after Jesus died, His body disappeared from the tomb.
  • After that, the apostles became completely transformed—from cowering to being fearless men; from illiterate fishermen to bold preachers in different languages (!) to crowds of strangers; from having abandoned their master and teacher to die alone on the cross to become martyrs for the faith.

Such a total transformation can only be accounted for and explained by their witnessing something extraordinary that happened in that brief interim between the crucifixion of Jesus and the disappearance of his body. What happened had to be something even more extraordinary than the miracles the apostles had witnessed in the three years of Jesus’ public ministry. Those miracles included:

  • The multiplication of a few fishes and loaves to feed thousands;
  • The healing of the blind, the lame, and the sick;
  • The resurrection of Lazarus from the dead;
  • The casting of demons from the possessed;
  • Jesus walking on water;
  • Jesus calming a stormy sea;
  • Jesus reattaching the severed ear of a Roman soldier in Gethsemane.

That super-extraordinary event was the Resurrection.

Only the risen Christ could have so convinced sane, rational men such as the two disciples in Luke 24, as to completely, with assistance from the Holy Spirit, transform them into men they were not. Only by seeing the risen Christ — by speaking, walking, and eating with Him and in the case of doubting Thomas, by touching the wounds of the risen Christ — could the apostles have changed overnight from being frightened little rabbits into fearless outspoken men whom no one could silence and who went to a martyr’s death, willingly and joyfully, for their risen Lord.

And so, in the end, modern Christologists’ quest for the historical Jesus remains ever sketchy and elusive because of their refusal to heed an important concept in law for determining and establishing truth — that of percipient witness. The quest for the Christ Jesus is right there, in the personal testimonies, lives and deaths of His apostles and disciples.

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May the peace and joy of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

55,000 Poles march in Warsaw for right to kill

Poles demonstrate against restricting abortion, March 23, 2018

Reuters reports that on March 23, 2018, tens of thousands of Poles dressed in black protested across the country against a bill by the ruling conservative Law and Justice Party and the Catholic Church to ban most abortions.

A Warsaw city spokesman said about 55,000 people took part in the protest in the capital, the largest one in the country. Police gave a lower estimate at 20,000. Thousands of people participated in other major cities.

Several thousand protesters gathered near the parliament building in Warsaw, with banners reading: “Woman is a Human Being Not an Incubator” and “We Are Going after Law and Justice”. The protesters chanted “freedom of choice instead of terror”.

Malgorzata Judyta Pajak, 58, a psychologist who joined the “Black Friday” protest in Warsaw, fumed: “I am against treating woman as an inferior type of human being. I support women’s rights to decide about their bodies and their lives.”

Poles demonstrate for right to kill unborn, March 23, 2018

Isn’t it strange that a protest in Poland would have a sign in English?

The “Stop Abortion” draft bill would remove the main legal recourse Polish women have for getting an abortion in a country that already has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the European Union.

Under current rules, abortion is allowed in three circumstances:

  1. Danger to the mother’s health.
  2. Rape or incest.
  3. When prenatal tests show serious, irreversible damage to the baby.

The bill, already approved for further debate by the lower chamber of parliament in January and by a parliamentary committee earlier this week, would remove the third category, which currently covers more than 90% of legal abortions.

A survey conducted by IBRiS pollster in January showed that 70% of Poles are against the proposed restriction.

Poles demonstrate for right to abort, March 23, 2018

A ghoulish protester for her right to kill

A group of U.N. human rights experts called on parliament to reject the bill, saying it risked causing serious damage to women’s health. Nils Muiznieks of the Council of Europe human rights group said, “Preventing women from accessing safe and legal abortion care jeopardizes their human rights”.

It is the second bid by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party to tighten abortion rules. In 2016, after about 100,000 people joined protests and support for PiS declined, the party rejected a bill that would have imposed a near-total ban. PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said his party would strive to amend laws to make sure that even severely deformed fetuses are born so they could be “baptized, buried, and be given a name”.

Polish Catholic bishops called in March on lawmakers to show “unconditional respect for every human being in all moments of its existence”. The PiS party has close ties to the Catholic Church and depends on its support in elections.

~Eowyn

Polish priest wishes Pope Francis a quick death for open door policy to Muslims

Pope Francis, real name Jorge Bergoglio, has called on Christians in Europe and the U.S. to open their doors to Muslim refugees and migrants. Last August, he went so far as to pontificate that refugees’ wellbeing trumps national security., while he himself is safely ensconced behind the Vatican’s 40 ft. tall walls.

Wall that surrounds the Vatican

Bergoglio’s stance on Muslim refugees and on other issues has so alienated some Catholic clergy that a former high-ranking member of the Roman Curia, the administrative apparatus of the Holy See, penned an open letter. Addressed to Pope Francis, the anonymous cleric lays out the “difficulties” he and “many others have with the way you talk and act.”

Speaking through various mouthpieces, Bergoglio’s response is to threaten his critics, both laity and priests, with excommunication, like Italian priest Alessandro Minutella.

All of which has resulted in what a cardinal calls a “pervading sense of fear” within the Curia, a church in schism, and conservative Catholics “in rebellion”. The editor of the reputable religious journal, First Things, went so far as to declare Francis’ papacy a failure.

The latest development is another, shocking indicator of church schism.

A senior conservative priest in Poland publicly said he wishes Pope Francis a quick death if he continues to refuse to listen to criticisms.

CBS13 Sacramento reports that on February 25, 2018, in a church speech in Krakow, Poland, prominent theologian and former seminar rector Monsignor Edward Staniek said Pope Francis has departed from the teaching of Jesus, and wrongly interprets mercy as opening up to Muslims and allowing communion for divorced Catholics.

Note: According to the Catholic Church’s longstanding teaching, Catholics who had divorced (not annulled) and remarried (outside of the Church) live in mortal sin and are not allowed Holy Communion.

Calling Pope Francis an “alien body” in the church, Msgr. Staniek said the pope’s words are used by secular media that are hostile to the church. Staniek said he’s praying for wisdom for Francis and a “heart open to the Holy Spirit, and if he does not do that, for a quick passage to the House of the Father” — meaning death.

Poland’s leading archbishop, Krakow Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski, said he “deplores” Staniek’s remarks with “great pain and regret”. Jedraszewski said he has discussed them face-to-face with Staniek, and that the Krakow diocese is praying ardently every day with only the best intentions for Francis.

Krakow was the seat of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the late Pope St. John Paul II. Poland’s church remains attached to John Paul’s orthodox stance, with a majority of bishops seeing their mission as preserving the traditional Catholic values from secularization.

Pope Francis conceals the cross in his waist sash so as not to offend Jewish rabbis

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~Eowyn

Fake News: Vatican distorted Pope Benedict XVI’s letter praising Pope Francis

Section 1, Chapter 1, Article 8, No. 1853 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

Sins can be distinguished according to their objects, as can every human act; or according to the virtues they oppose, by excess or defect; or according to the commandments they violate. They can also be classed according to whether they concern God, neighbor, or oneself; they can be divided into spiritual and carnal sins, or again as sins in thought, word, deed, or omission.

Four days ago came news from the Vatican that in a letter Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI praised his successor, Pope Francis, as a “man of profound philosophical and theological formation,” and that there is an “inner continuity” between his pontificate and that of Pope Francis.

Benedict had written the letter in thanks for having received an advance copy of a series of books on the theology of Pope Francis, released on the eve of Francis’ 5-year anniversary as pope.

The Vatican, in the person of Msgr. Dario Edoardo Viganò, prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communication, released this photo (see below) of Benedict’s letter, next to the stacked series of 11 books on Francis’ theology. Note that only the first page of the letter is visible.

In the portion of Benedict’s letter made public by the Vatican Press Office we read the following:

“I applaud this initiative that seeks to oppose and react to the foolish prejudice according to which Pope Francis would only be a practical man devoid of particular theological or philosophical formation, while I would have been only a theoretician of theology that understood little of the concrete life of a Christian today.

The little volumes rightly show that Pope Francis is a man of profound philosophical and theological formation and they help therefore to see the internal continuity between the two pontificates, even with all the differences of style and temperament.”

Nicole Winfield reports for the Associated Press that on March 14, 2018, the Vatican admitted that it had altered the photo of Pope Benedict XVI’s letter about Pope Francis, which changed the meaning of the image in a way that violated photojournalist industry standards.

Most independent news media, including The Associated Press, follow strict standards that forbid digital manipulation of photos. The AP norms, considered to be the industry standard among news agencies, states that “No element should be digitally added to or subtracted from any photograph.”

The Vatican admitted it had blurred the two final lines of the first page of Pope Benedict’s letter where he begins to explain that he had not actually read the books in question, and therefore cannot contribute a theological assessment of Francis as requested by Msgr. Vigano because he has other projects to do.

According to the AP, Msgr. Vigano read only parts of Benedict’s letter during a press conference launching the series of 11 books on Francis’ theology, including the lines that were blurred out. But Vigano didn’t read the whole letter. The Vatican didn’t respond to a request to see the full text.

Remember the sin of omission?

This is what Pope Benedict XVI, age 90, actually wrote in his letter, which is concealed by the Vatican (source: The Remnant):

“However, I don’t feel I can write a brief and dense theological passage on them because throughout my life it has always been clear that I should write and express myself only on books I had really read. Unfortunately, if only for physical reasons, I am unable to read the eleven volumes in the near future, especially as other commitments await me that I have already assumed.

[Tuttavia non mi sento di scrivere su di essi una breve e densa pagina teologica perché in tutta la mia vita è sempre stato chiaro che avrei scritto e mi sarei espresso soltanto su libri che avevo anche veramente letto. Purtroppo, anche solo per ragioni fisiche, non sono in grado di leggere gli undici volumetti nel prossimo futuro, tanto più che mi attendono altri impegni che ho già assunti.]”

In other words, Pope Benedict XVI is saying:

  1. He has not read the series of 11 slim volumes on Pope Francis’ theology.
  2. Consequently, he cannot comment on Pope Francis’ theology, as Mgsr. Vigano requested.
  3. Furthermore, Pope Benedict XVI has no intention to read the series because he has other things to do.

That being said, Pope Benedict XVI did send mixed messages in his letter. As Christopher A. Ferrara of The Remnant points out:

The fact remains, however, that Benedict has lent his name and signature to the fraudulent claim that Bergoglio [Pope Francis’ real name] exhibits a profound philosophical and theological formation, even though he has spent the past five years engaged in shallow mockery of “the theologians,” whom he would consign to a desert island, while shamefully misrepresenting the teaching of Saint Thomas as supportive of his campaign to admit public adulterers to Holy Communion. […]

Despite its contrary signaling, therefore, Benedict’s letter to Vigano must be seen as cooperation in a scheme to rescue Bergoglio’s imploding papacy from itself, no matter what Benedict’s subjective intention may have been in going along with the ruse. The letter’s claim of an “internal continuity” between his pontificate and Bergoglio’s is a transparent evasion of the truth. “Internal continuity” is just another way of saying “apparent lack of continuity.” Nor can the apparent lack of continuity be reduced to “differences of style and temperament.” There is not an even arguable continuity between the two Popes regarding the dominant theme of Bergoglio’s pontificate: an absolutely unparalleled attack on the Sixth Commandment and even the natural law, far more dramatic than Bergoglio merely trudging along the path of “ecumenism,” “dialogue” and “liturgical renewal” established at Vatican II. […]

Benedict would have to know in particular that Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia reduces the Sixth Commandment, an exceptionless precept of the divine and natural law, to a mere “rule” and an “ideal” that does not bind strictly in certain “complex circumstances,” thereby smuggling into the life of the Church, under the guise of “authentic Magisterium,” precisely the evil of situation ethics that John Paul II condemned. […]

The unprecedented and untenable division of the Church into traditionalist, “conservative” and liberal branches, with Bergoglio now clumsily attempting to saw off the first two branches, signals an historical turning point at which it seems only divine intervention of the most dramatic sort will be able to restore the Church [….]

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Update (March 21, 2018):

The Vatican said Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of Mgsr. Dario Vigano and named his deputy, Monsignor Lucio Adrian Ruiz, to run the Secretariat for Communications. (AP)

~Eowyn