Thursday, September 29, 2011

Germany Wonders after…

Germany has invited Pope Benedict XVI to address the German parliament called the Bundestag in Berlin during a state visit. The visit to Germany at the end of September will be his first state visit to Germany. Previous visits were pastoral.

Some members of the Bundestag plan to walk out or boycott the event because they say it is a violation of the separation of church and state in Germany.

Pope Benedict’s four-day visit to Germany will consist of stops in Berlin, Erfurt and Freiburg. In each city he will preside over large public masses. The Pope is also holding meeting with leaders of the Jewish, Muslim and Orthodox Christian faiths.

The motto of the papal visit is “wherever God is, there is the future.”

CNA News Article

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Eurozone and the Holy Roman Empire

Germany is now telling banks that they will lose half of their investment in Greek debt, and is studying the possibility of Greece returning to the drachma. “The recklessness is breath-taking,” wrote Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the UK Telegraph.

Greek finance minister Evangelos Venizelos thinks the pressure tactic to force Greece to submit to EU-IMF demands for further austerity might bring mutual destruction. “Whoever thinks that Greece is an easy scapegoat,” he said “will find that this eventually turns against them, against the hard core of the eurozone…” (meaning Germany)

Germany’s EU commissioner Günther Oettinger thinks that Europe should send armed “blue helmets to take control of Greek tax collection and liquidate state assets.”

Greek newspapers are suggesting that the German pressure is the “Fourth Reich,” “Terrorization of Greeks,” etc.

Mr. Schauble, Germany’s finance minister, threatened that there would not be a third bailout of the Greeks unless they comply with the austerity demands of the EU and the IMF. But if that would happen there would be a “fast and furious” chain reaction among the weaker nations of the EU.

Greece is being strangled after it behaved badly for decades by “violent fiscal deflation” without offsetting factors. There has been no stimulus package, only more rescue packages. There has been no debt relief. The debt still has to be paid back to investors. And there has been no devaluation of the Greek currency, because to devalue Greek Euros would be to devalue them throughout all of Europe. Greece is now a victim of the creditor powers, a vassal state.

“Citigroup and UBS (a Swiss bank) both issued reports… on the mechanics of [European Monetary Union] break-up, both concluding… that EU leaders cannot and will not allow it to happen.”

“‘The Euro should not exist,’ said Stephane Deo from UBS. It creates more costs than benefits for the weak.” In other words, the weak states become vassals to the strong.

UBS believes that the only solution is “fiscal confederation.” Germany’s High Court however said, that “budgetary powers may not be alienated to ‘supra-national bodies.’” In other words, any economic consolidation would have to be under the control of Germany, the largest economy of Europe and the most fiscally capable of all the European nations.

Willem Buiter of Citigroup said that “there is no recent, close analogue to the EU… As a blend of national and supra-national, the EU resembles the Holy Roman Empire, which united central Europe from the 10th Century until Luther (technically until 1806).”

The resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire has been the goal of the EU and the Eurozone all along. Fiscal consolidation will only strengthen political consolidation. And many things can happen, including war and/or a personal dictatorship among them. But the ultimate beneficiary is the Vatican, the only stable, non-aligned, non-dependent nation state of the European Union. The Vatican rides above all the economic fray as a guiding voice toward the kind of centralization that she designs.

The eurozone crisis is creating the very circumstances the Bible insists will happen, in which the Holy See rules Europe through Germany like in the middle ages. The economic model of Charlemagne is now being restored. Europe is not likely to be divided, but centralized. Rome cannot rule the world as the Bible predicts without successfully reinventing itself as the dictator of Europe.

Perhaps the late September state visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Germany and his speech to the Bundestag has more significance than most people realize.

Revelation 18:9, 15
“And the kings of the earth who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail and lament for her… And the merchants [of the earth] which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off, for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing”

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bachmann Says God is Sending a Message to Washington

During her first campaign appearance, Republican U.S. Presidential Candidate, Michele Bachmann recently said that the current “acts of God” are a warning to Washington DC. “I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?”’

Her campaign spokesman said she was “only joking.” But a politician making statements that suggest that God is sending a warning to politicians is only a step away from saying that God is sending a judgment when worse disasters strike.

Bachmann tried to link the two recent natural disasters along the East Coast of the United States to excessive spending of the U.S. government. “Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending,” Bachmann said.

Getting the nation back under God’s protection is the underlying message in Bachmann’s remarks. This could easily lead to further demands that the nation listen to God, including imposing a day of rest or worship on the nation.

“Of course she was saying it in jest,” her spokeswoman told Reuters. But was she really speaking in jest? Usually, there is some truth imbedded in jest. If Bachmann were to become president of the United States, would she continue with this kind of rhetoric, invoking God, in the name of pressing her political agenda? When a major disaster strikes the United States, will these kinds of politicians restrain themselves from making these kinds of comparisons? Not likely.

In addition to the rare earthquake, Hurricane Irene “killed at least 21 people and cut power to 5 million homes and businesses along its path up the eastern seaboard from North Carolina. Vermont was battling the state’s worst flooding since 1927 after Irene swept through as a tropical storm…”

Bachmann is third among the top three candidates to win the Republican nomination in next year’s presidential campaign.
She is a favorite of the conservative Tea Party movement and of religious social conservatives… Bachmann, a republican from Minnesota and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is the founder of the House Tea Party Caucus.

“A time is coming when the law of God is, in a special sense, to be made void in our land [the United States]. The rulers of our nation will, by legislative enactments, enforce the Sunday law, and thus God’s people will be brought into great peril. When our nation, in its legislative councils, shall enact laws to bind the consciences of men in regard to their religious privileges, enforcing Sunday observance, and bringing oppressive power to bear against those who keep the seventh-day Sabbath, the law of God will, to all intents and purposes, be made void in our land.” Maranatha, page 179


Friday, September 2, 2011

Vatican official exhorts Catholics to set aside Sundays for God and rest

.- Sunday should be a day for worship, rest and time with family and friends, said Monsignor Miquel Delgado Galindo, under secretary for the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

“The Church teaches us to set aside this day, the first day of the week on which we remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ, for divine worship and for human rest,” the monsignor recently told CNA.

“On Sundays Catholics should participate in the Holy Mass, the unbloody renewal of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross” and “the greatest expression of worship and adoration that man can offer to the Lord our God,” he said.

Sundays should also be a day “devoted to rest with family and friends,” he added.

Msgr. Galindo underscored the importance of Blessed John Paul II’s 1998 Apostolic Letter, “Dies Domini,” which exhorts the bishops, the clergy and the lay faithful to keep Sunday holy and to treat it as the Lord’s day.

“We need to realize that we need more time with family and friends. It is hard to give them time during the week because of our professional and social commitments,” he noted.

Sunday rest is “a human necessity,” he continued.

“Man cannot always be working, just as a bow cannot be constantly pulled back, because at some point it will break.”

Catholics should not see rest as “doing nothing,” but rather as time in which they devote themselves to activities that require less physical or intellectual effort such as going on a family outing, reading a good book, playing sports or watching a worthwhile film.

“This makes it possible to return to our routine work with renewed energy. We need Sundays from a religious and a human point of view,” Msgr. Galindo said.

Sunday, the Lord’s Day

The letter “Dies Domini” explains that the Lord’s Day—the term used to refer to Sundays since apostolic times—has always had a privileged place in the history of the Church because of its close relationship to the very nucleus of the Christian mystery.

Sundays remind us, in the weekly succession of time, of the day of Christ’s resurrection. Therefore, it is the Easter of each week, when we celebrate the victory of Christ over sin and death, the fulfillment of the first creation in him.