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A highlight from Is the Pope Catholic? with Dr. Taylor Marshall and Harmeet Dillion
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"Work and near or with you plus you have the added comfort of knowing guaranteed ride home is there any unexpected emergency for free learn more at commuterconnections .org or call 1 -800 -745 -RIDE that's commuterconnections apply. Everything you need every time you listen. WTOP News. Hope Francis is leading a big Vatican meeting on the future of the Catholic Church he says the church is in need of repair to make it a place of welcome for everyone well CBS correspondent Sabina Kestel -Franco joins us live from to Rome talk about it Sabina thanks for being here we appreciate it my pleasure so why is this meeting getting so much attention what are some of the main points main issues being talked about well the main points here is that for the first time this is a Synod of bishops a gathering of you know clergymen from all over the world but for the first time women are actually taking part and also laymen so this is something that's never happened before and that they are going to be able to vote for the first time I mean not that any binding decisions are going to be made during the three weeks of this meeting which is actually taking place inside the Vatican in the pole the sixth hole which is where the Pope normally in the winter does his general audiences but there will be discussions about certain thorny issues in the church this includes whether women should be given greater roles in the decision -making process of the church where the priest should be allowed to marry the church's teachings on divorce and LGBTQ issues so there are a lot of issues at stake and although no binding decisions are going to be taken this is going to be an opportunity for all these people to come together and hold discussions on these matters Sabina generally speaking what do you think this says about the state of the church right now for example do you think this would have happened in the past under previous popes or is this of a sign the times with things getting more progressive there I think this is certainly a sign of times the and there are you know deep divisions within the church and this is likely to expose these divisions between liberals and conservatives in the Catholic Church now the Pope has said to church leaders at this gathering not to take a purely natural vision made up of human strategies of political political or calculations ideological battles he said this is not a parliament is this not a parliamentary meeting or a plan of reformation he made it very clear that this is a moment to come together and hold discussions but certainly there are difficult issues and he is trying to suggest you know that that there are different ways to talk about it this has not happened in the past and I think it really depend on this Pope that has wanted to do something different and is opening up the church he certainly also appeared to open up to the possibility of even assessing same -sex couples this is something very very new so these discussions will go on for three weeks and then that is not the end of it the clergymen been have preparing for two years and then there will be further a further meeting a year from now. All right Sabina thank you so much for joining us today that's Sabina Castle Franco CBS correspondent in Rome. traffic
A highlight from Episode 12 The Drama of Atheist Humanism Fr. Joseph Fessio S.J., Vivian Dudro, and Joseph Pearce FBC Podcast
"Welcome to the Foreign Book Club where David Duda, Joseph Pierce, and I, Father Fassio, continue to discuss Henri de Bloch's classic work, The Drama of Atheist Humanism, where he takes three great figures of the 19th century, whose thought influenced the whole of the 20th century, and is still influences now. We've covered Nietzsche, and then Feuerbach Marx, trying to take it as one moral person there. And now we're about to finish, the least known, I believe, in America anyway, Auguste Comte, who is the father of sociology. We're on page 248, in this chapter, positive transpositions, that is positivism, which was the form of thought and practice that was developed by Auguste Comte, transposed many elements of the Catholic church into its own humanist church. And we'll continue seeing how that happened on this section called Sociocracy, page 248. In the middle of that page, Lubbock says, in the last analysis, Christianity in general had been looking forward to the kingdom of heaven. Positivism in general, in the last analysis, an organization of the kingdom of the earth. That kind of sums it up. And then at the bottom of that page, the last word, if, and to the next page, if the advent of sociology had meant the elevation of politics to the rank of an exact science, the advent of sociocracy was to be the religious consecration of the said politics. It becomes a religion. Joseph, you're leading us in this book. Yeah, well, that's actually a good introduction to the first thing I had highlighted, which is really just three words, but I think very, an ominous few words. This is the middle of page 250, where Comte says that he has given his creed, that the motto order and progress, both words are capitalized. And in one sense, if you're going to look at those words sort of amorphously or ambivalently, everybody believes in order and progress, in the sense that the Catholic church will say an ordered life is a virtuous life, and that's progress towards the kingdom of heaven. No one's going to argue, if we're going to use the words very amorphously, what that means. But when you capitalize them as something subject to this sociology, the order is going to be state imposed order, and the progress is going to be worship of a utopia in the future for which everybody can be sacrificed. And that's what happens when you suck the divine out of notions of order and progress. So the next thing I have is 253, so I don't know if anybody beats me there. Well, the very last line of 252, I just barely squeezed in ahead of you, Joseph. The box says, since nothing could be done unless a, quote, proper nucleus of true sociocrats, those quotes, was formed. But in the field of action, the watcher was politics first. From the very outset, the new system must seek to lay hands on power. And, well, you, you may have done the same thing I'm going to do, so you take it away with 253, Joseph. Well, yeah, I mean, just commenting on that, that's the whole point is that we saw this with Nietzsche and with Marx, that it's no longer about truth, objectively understood, but about subjectively applied power and that in itself. But what I felt further down here is very interesting. This is different from Marx. Marx obviously believed somehow that the working class were going to be the people that would gain power, at least in theory, were very much an elitist. And for him, halfway down page 253, and this is ominous, it's almost like exactly what we're seeing in the capitalist ideologies, bankers. So it's actually the international financiers, the super rich, like the George Soros's. These men possessing great wealth must, provided they keep us to the pitch of their social vocation, also have the leading part in the government, that they are naturally trained for this role, by their habit of seeing things in perspective and by the spirit of calculation, that the middle classes are to disappear, leaving only a patriciate and a proletariat, that for the whole of the West, with its 120 million inhabitants, the patriciate is to number 2000 bankers. So he's actually saying that we're going to hand over the government of the world to 2000 super rich financiers. That's his idea.
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A highlight from Episode 11 The Drama of Atheist Humanism Fr. Joseph Fessio S.J., Vivian Dudro, and Joseph Pearce FBC Podcast
"Welcome, and welcome back to the Forum Book Club, with Vivian Deutero, myself Father Fesser, and Joseph Pierce continuing to discuss Henri Robach's classic, modern classic, the drama of A .K. Schumann. The last session we actually finished on the end of the chapter. Let's see what we can do this time as we begin chapter three, Positivist Transpositions. The previous chapter was about the alliance that he sought with the Catholic Church as an instrument of promoting the final status of civilization, namely the positivist order. So let's see how the transpositions take place. Joseph? Well, yes, at the top of page 12 and 16, again, I like there's an irony, a role irony, I think, in Henri de Lubac's voice here. He says, then, speaking of Comte, then the new Aristotle, so the philosopher, had changed into a new Saint Paul, so basically a religious zealot, in order to complete the edifice. Quote, I have systematically devoted my life, he says, in the systeme de politicians positif, to making real science ultimately provide the necessary basis for the sound philosophy, according to which I should then build up the true religion. So we have the evolution here. Real science leads to sound philosophy, which leads to true religion. This is where this positivism is going. And I would like to back up, if I may, to the very first page of the chapter, where de Lubac points out that this alliance that Comte wants to create to bring about his true religion was intended to be purely temporary. He thought it expedient because he no longer hoped that the triumph of his own church at any rate among the masses was as near as he had at first predicted. And I would just like to editorialize that every time people outside the church try to co -opt the church for their own purposes, for them, it's a temporary phase. You know, think about concordats with Mussolini or Hitler or any of these attempts to co -opt the church. Ultimately, the end is to destroy the church or replace it with this regime having total power. And so, thankfully, as we pointed out in the last chapter, de Lubac said this temptation will come again and again, but that it won't in the end. The church will, because of the Holy Spirit, will not be prevailed upon. But it's important to know that that temptation is a perennial temptation on the part of people seeking power to use the church and on the part of people inside the church to seek a legitimization on the part of the powers that be that want to use the church for their own ends. Yeah, but again, I do love, and this is such a, we might say, a dry topic, that I do like the Lubac's raw sense of humor. So even the first part of this, the true Catholicism, positivism through Catholicism. On page 219, three lines down, according to Kant, the new Catholicism is modeled on the old. The church had her sacraments. Skipping a couple of lines, positive has his rights to consecrations or social sacraments. And he says there are nine of these sacraments in positivism, including one that is received after death. That's an innovation. Right. Yes, he, so the transposition that's happening here is, you know, for everything that the Catholic Church offers its flock, he's going to transpose that with something of his own invention that resembles it, but is actually emptying it of all of its original meaning. Well, only these got out. Yeah, just these got out. No big deal, right? Including a liturgical calendar with saints, the cults of saints, prayers. All of this is spelled out in the next few pages of all the things he's going to make. It's sort of, as Lubac says, again, perhaps broadly, this process of incorporation after death, which may rather be compared with canonization. And in fact, it is, in fact, I think canonization, it's secular canonization. These people will be immortalized as heroes. It's going right back to paganism, right? You build statues of them all over the place. You put them on the calendar. And so, you know, if you're a good servant of the positivist religion, you will be immortal, not in the sense of going to heaven, but in the sense of being remembered and revered. Yeah, I'm going to jump way ahead to the conclusion of everything here. That's fine. Just one little sentence, 266 at the bottom, where the little box says here, Cohen's spiritual itinerary is that of man himself. Lost faith cannot long remain unreplaced. You know, you leave out God, something, some idol is going to take God's place. That's right. My father going right back 46 pages, you see it on the top of page 220. He's talking about that man becomes, quote, a veritable organ of the great being, capital G and capital B. I mean, what on earth is the great being if we're not allowed to believe in God? Is it Comte? Or if it's not Comte, is it humanity in some sense? Yes, it's humanity. The abstract deity, the great being. Yeah, yeah. That's I think, Chesson referred to that as similar to being on a crowded tram, as you would say, humanity. Amorphous mass all around you. I have something on page 229. Anybody before that? Let's go for it. Like the last part of that paragraph at the top. Apart from all questions of doctrine, this is Judelbach speaking. One cannot take seriously the musings of a man who never understood a word of the gospel and who sank deeper every day into the monstrous egocentricity. The crude and lacrimose consolations to which Comte innocently abandoned himself in his sanctuary cannot be taken for genuine spirituality. Telling it out how it is, basically, that's somewhere at the end. This is a madman, egocentric, narcissistic madman. And here's the Judelbach exercising that discernment that he says needs to be when we're dealing with these intellectual systems or ideologies, there's an intellectual discernment you have to go through and think about it. But then there's the spiritual discernment, right? That's what he said in the previous part of this book with respect to you. If we can go back perhaps to 224, just a footnote there, because this, I think, is very interesting and it has this wonderful phrase moral eunuch. This is somebody writing about Comte in a pejorative way, in a negative way, I should say. Comte is a man whom the exclusive culture of scientific ideas has reduced to a true degradation. He is a moral eunuch, all feeling, all poetry, which is to say, all manifestation of feeling is something he has completely disregarded or rather that is completely unknown to him. And now this whole different moral eunuch, not only is it a good phrase, a powerful poetic phrase, but it's really, I think, also a description of many of the worst psychopaths, right? Is that they actually have no moral compass. They have no moral feeling, no moral emotion. They can do hideous, horrible things dispassionately because they're morally impotent. Yeah, it's a strange thing. We all have a moral sense and we can't be human without it. And yet it seems to be a submersion of something. I remember years ago, I heard a confession of a young woman who is from a good family and actually lived a pretty good life. But this priest kind of seduced her. And so she was spending time in his factory bedroom and she confessed it. But it wasn't like it was something really serious. She didn't feel any moral seriousness about that, even though she did come to confession. But it just seemed like, for whatever reason, there was a colorblindness almost, you know? She could see some things, but couldn't see others. So it happened. A desensitization, which is, of course, dangerous, right? When you suddenly become so habitual, you no longer see it as being anything unusual and therefore nothing too much of an aberration, right? If you do it all the time, we excuse ourselves for it. I want to jump back to 229, unless there's something in between. The second section is called The Priesthood of the Scientist, which is a good description here. So far, only the most general of the transpositions in Catholicism has been considered. But there are two others that complete it, although he divides it into three here. A form of worship, a dogma, and a regime. In other words, it has poetry, it's philosophy, and it's politics. Those are the three transpositions I'm going to talk about. Here's one on page 232. You mentioned the thing I brought up before about the specialization of science. The new paragraph there. For what type of scientist would be worthy to belong to such a priesthood? Well, keep going. Comp never cared for empty learning. See, this is this dismissal of the theoretical pursuit of knowledge just for its own sake, which is what the pure sciences are. He has no time for that because that's just empty learning. And another quote from him, cloudy erudition that contents itself with mechanically accumulating facts and which is equally fitted to serve the most contradictory opinions. Well, that is right. When people are, you know, you might have run into somewhat the different theory from your own. Anyway, he just can't abide that. The irony is that, as I understood it from our early discussions of Comp's philosophy and positivism, was it was building a philosophy which denied the existence of metaphysics. In other words, the empiricism and scientific materialism were the only building blocks upon which any truth could be built. And yet he seems to outgrow that and sort of like a Saturn five rocket jettisons, the very thing that got him into orbit. And so the next sentence there, the true positive spirit, as he conceives it, is at bottom just as far removed from empiricism as from mysticism. So he seems to have no real connection with the very, very ladder by which he's climbed. And that's a brilliant expression of the fact that he rejects what he sees as wrong in empiricism, being too specialized. And he rejects mysticism, which is a transcendent, basically. And in the middle is what? Something's going to take the place of the mysticism, which is humanity, and him he as as the pontiff of them all. At the bottom, a couple more lines down, he blames, quote, the exaggerated intellectual narrowness that comes from an empirical specialization. And that is true. But what he says on page 233, about 10 lines down, the aim in view should be systematic generality. Analysis should be subordinated to synthesis as progress is to order in egoism to altruism. At bottom, the whole thing should be one single science, namely human, or rather social science. Social science. There it is. There it is. That's how we have departments of social science on every university campus. That's where it came from. But look how scary that is, that basically all analysis, in other words, all reason, is subject to synthesis, which is, again, it's the inversion, perversion and reversion of the whole Hegelian thing, right? Where you're using reason, you have a thesis, then you have an antithesis, and then you come to a synthesis. Well, now you get to a synthesis. This is the final synthesis. We will have no more theses and antitheses. This is this synthesis and all future reasoning, all future analysis is subject to this final synthesis to which we've arrived, right? That's absolute ideological tyranny and totalitarianism of the 20th century encapsulated. That's right. But ironically, on 233, he wants the scientist to be, this is the top of the second paragraph, to be a man with an encyclopedic mind. Well, I thought you just said you didn't want all these, you know, this detail, this clutter, you know, with, no, I guess he's going to handpick the details that are important. Yeah, the encyclopedia would be the positivist cataclysm. That's the encyclopedia, and you can't read anything other than that. But again, you know, facts themselves, you know, mathematical quantities, these have to, we have to exercise our faculty of judgment to decide of all of this litter of facts, what's really important and what's the hierarchy of value that they have and what is all of this knowledge to be in the service of in the first place, but to God. So you take that out. Now you're just going to have an arbitrary selection of facts. Okay, what does this sound like? It's going to be settled science. We're going to arbitrarily pick the facts that fit our program. Anyone who makes any questions or complaints about it is antisocial, by definition, going to be canceled, right? Like what you just said, Joseph, this is exactly the totalitarian ideological mindset that we're up against, even now. Which is putting the template in place, which will lead to the murder of millions of people or several decades later. We'll return to the Forum Book Club with Fr. Joseph Fessio, Vivian Dudrow, and Joseph Pierce in just a moment. Thank you. Did you also know that you can listen to Discerning Hearts programming wherever you download your favorite podcast, like Apple Podcasts, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Spotify, even on Audible, as well as numerous other worldwide podcast streaming platforms. And did you know that Discerning Hearts also has a YouTube channel? Be sure to check out all these different places where you can find Discerning Hearts Catholic podcasts, dedicated to those on the spiritual journey. 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Your feedback fuels our mission to help others climb higher and go deeper in their spiritual growth. Like, review, and let your voice be a beacon of light for fellow seekers on this spiritual journey. We now return to The Formed Book Club with Father Joseph Fezzio, Vivian Dudro, and Joseph Pierce. Well, on page 234 in the middle, this is what I mentioned before. He talks about the heredity and its characteristic of science only in its academic degeneration, when dispersive particularity hampers ascetic culture and the moral urge. Genuine science, on the other hand, establishes a double synthesis, first between the various branches of intellectual research and then between poetry and philosophy. But it's true that genuine philosophy would seek to find the hierarchy of sciences and show where aesthetics require human anthropology and therefore where poetry fits in. That's what true philosophy would do. But he subsides for true philosophy a kind of mechanistic social synthesis of all these dispersed facts, with no principle except his own ego. Right. And so this is the reason why we call totalitarianism that expression because of the word total. So these men who presume to be able to see the whole, right? And now they're going to impose their view of the whole on everybody else. But it can't help but be reductionist because no human being on Earth can see the whole. That's why our knowledge is in fragments. Yeah, who wouldn't like to see the whole thing? Well, when we get to heaven, even then, we won't be able to... You know, God is so beyond us, we're going to spend eternity reaching the whole, I guess. I don't know. It's why we should not trust politically or philosophically anybody who doesn't trust mystery, right? If someone hates mystery and we have to get beyond all mystery to some totality, which is encapsulated in the human mind, that person is leading himself and others to destruction. Because it can't help but be reductionist. It can't help but be reductionist. So what does that do? Oh, the man doesn't fit in this bed? Then we have to chop off his head and chop off his feet and make him fit. And it's true what Joseph said that, you know, this leaves out the transcendent in God. It also leaves out the cross. So the two main pillars of Christianity, Trinitarian God, incarnation and redemption to the cross are still rejected by him. He wants to have a utopia where there's no cross and no God, just us. Oh, by the way, and I'm in charge. That's right. And his priesthood is on 235 to spell this out even more. This priesthood in the middle of that graph on 235, in all things, this is the total, right? In all things that will decide what should be thought. Man's understanding will be subjected to it. In the positive regime, in fact, there can be no more question of free thought or of freedom of conscience. Just look at these attempts at lawmaking going on in our own country, taking away from doctors the freedom of conscience not to perform or to perform certain procedures or certain medicines or whatever. I mean, there is an all -out attack on freedom of conscience in medicine in this country going on right now. And this is a little box thesis for this whole book, the drama of atheist humanism, namely if you leave out God, you destroy man. That's right. Because the very thing that's being done here is everything which is really human, freedom of thought, freedom of choice, freedom of conscience is being subjected to some abstraction. The look -back kind of sums this up on page 237, sums up this section actually at the bottom there. Furthermore, there's nothing now to fear from complete subordination of the reason to faith because according to Kant, it's a kind of faith, but you can actually prove it if you had to, but most of them aren't capable, so they have to submit themselves. It is tantamount to that of the mind to the heart. That is to say, it subordinates personal to social instincts or more briefly, man to humanity with a capital H, and then the look -back asks the question, can humanity be a tyrant? And that the next chapter is spiritual. That's when you say, where does this lead when you suppress man's freedom of conscience? Yeah, it's interesting. I mean, that question, can humanity be a tyrant, should be an essay prompt, really, because an abstract concept itself can't be a tyrant, but those who subject themselves to the abstract concept can become and do become tyrants. That's the way I would ask it, if someone sent me an essay prompt anyway. Yes, well, and humanity can't be a tyrant because abstractions can't do anything. Right. If you claim to be the sole reliable exponent of humanity, well, then, of course, you will be a tyrant. And you can certainly, yeah, humanity is the totality. Of course, you can sacrifice people on the order of humanity, right? And on 241, de Lubac points out that it all, the purge was beginning, de Lubac says, meaning Comte was already threatening to, quote -unquote, unmask his false adherents, you know, already the purge was beginning. So this wasn't even something that was going to be saved for later. Comte was already beginning in his own circles to weed out, you know, weed out the unbelievers or the people who aren't the true believers anyway. Yeah, on 239, about six lines down, he's quoted some of this. The social order will always be incompatible with permanent freedom to reopen at will, an indefinite discussion of the rare foundation of society. So that systematic tolerance cannot exist, and it's never really existed except in connection with opinions regarded as indifferent or doubtful. So in the bottom of the page, in short, positive faith is not open to abuses because it is always demonstrable, but people cannot demand that it should be demonstrated here and now. So we've come to the truth. We're brilliant ones. Yeah, take our word for it, or you'll be shocked. Again, this quote, I'm backtracking again to 238, the beginning of this section, that block quote there, an indented quote by Mr Jean Lacroix. Competent men are so far ahead of the masses that all sorts of political and social catastrophes have tried to happen before the latter have reached a positive stage. Besides, the community as a whole must always lag behind the elite. And here we have something which is sociological and in some sense sort of socialist and certainly secular humanist, which is also elitist. And again, that also is very much what we have now, right, where basically the socialists used to be, and I think authentically, certainly in British history, was the working class. The Labour Party was a political organisation begun by the working class in order to give the working class, to enfranchise the working class politically. But now we see the elites have completely and utterly hijacked the machine and treat the masses with complete contempt. So a word like populism has become a swear word. You know, heaven forbid that a member of the elite should be popular. You know, that people might actually like him or he might be speaking for them. So this is just really systematic elitism as now the voice of the people. Right. And yes, so we must listen to the experts and suppress any opinions that are different from those of the self -appointed experts. That's right. And these experts, we see it now, cannot tell that what's in a woman's womb is a human being or can't tell what sex a person is or whether there are only two sexes. They're the experts. If you can't figure those things out, I don't want to hear your opinions on taxation or foreign policy. Well, with the famous line by William F. Buckley, he'd rather be ruled by the first 20 people randomly chosen out of the phone book than by the faculty of Harvard.
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"Welcome to Gospel in Life. When it comes to marriage, we often use words like soulmate or the one. These words can reveal an underlying belief that to have a good marriage, you just have to find the perfect person. But the biblical vision for marriage is starkly different. It's a way for two imperfect people to help each other become who God intended them to be. Listen as Tim Keller explores the meaning of marriage. The title of the sermon tonight is Marriage 3. I figured this is the summertime. At the end of the summer, you see a lot of sequels. There's Child's Play 3, there's Terminator 2, there's Rocky 85, and there's Marriage 3. I figured you'd be in the swing of it. Please turn with me to Ephesians 5. Those of you who have come to the evening service know that this is part of a series that we started 18 years ago or so on the book of Ephesians. And we're moving through the book of Ephesians at the pace of a geriatric slug pretty much. It's very, very, very slowly through the book of Ephesians. And we've come to maybe the classic text, the longest, the most famous text in the entire Bible on the subject of marriage. So let me read to you again from Ephesians 5 verses 21 to 32, and then we will take it from there. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Why submit to your husbands as to the Lord? For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now, as the church submits to Christ, so wives should submit to their husbands in all things. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it just as Christ does the church, for we are members of his body. And for this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery, but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you must also love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. This is God's Word. There's a lot of stuff to say about this passage, but here's how we've been dividing it. Let me remind you of where we've been. Let me give you a quick recap of the headings. We're looking at marriage in this passage under five headings. We're looking at the power of marriage, the definition of marriage. You know what? It's six, isn't it? The power of marriage, the definition of marriage, the priority of marriage and the purpose of marriage, the structure of marriage and the mystery of marriage. We mentioned that last week. I won't tell you what all those are, but that's what we're doing. We're moving it through it. So far, we've only looked at the first two, and tonight I want to get to the third. And the first two are the power of marriage and the definition of marriage. Quick recap. Remember what the power of marriage was? The power of marriage is in verse 21. 21 is actually a bridge. For those of you who are here in May and June, when we were looking at the verses of chapter 5, verses 18 and following, or what it meant to be filled with the Spirit, verse 21 is a direct link from the passage being filled with the Spirit to the passage on what it means to be married. What is a good marriage? There's a link. The one assumes the other. You know what the link is? The link is cause and effect. The cause of a good marriage is being Spirit -filled. So verse 21, which is the end of the passage that we looked at, verse 21 is talking about the fact that when you're filled with the Spirit, there's a Spirit -created unselfishness, a willingness to submit to other people, a willingness to serve other people, not to be defensive, to have a servant heart. And that is the basis for any kind of healthy marriage. Now, we talked about that, but let me just, let me make a couple observations to make sure those of you who weren't here know where we're going, where we've been, and those who were here have it clearly in mind. There is a spirit of servanthood. There's a servant heart, which is the foundation for any kind of decent marriage. That's why verse 21 comes before everything else. Well, some people have asked me, what do you mean? What is the servant heart? What is that? It's kind of vague. All right, let me give you at least three critical aspects without which a marriage will not run. These three things, which are really just constituent parts of a servant heart, are like the oil in a car engine. Try to run an engine without oil. Just try it. Don't put any oil in there. No lubrication. What basically happens, of course, is that the friction, the tension will destroy the engine so quickly. It'll get so hot, it'll overheat so quickly. There's got to be something in there that in a sense acts as a buffer, because obviously friction is what an engine is all about, motion and movement. Something has got to absorb that. What absorbs it? What absorbs it is the servant heart. And let me give you three constituent parts to it. The ability to hear criticism without being crushed. That's a lack of self -defensiveness, see. Secondly, the ability to give criticism without being, without crushing, without crushing. Thirdly, the ability to forgive people without residual anger. In other words, to forgive people and really let it go. That's what I mean by a servant heart. The ability to take your mind off yourself when you're giving criticism, when you're receiving criticism, when you're forgiving. Where does that come from? As we said last week, well, we can't go back into all the spirit -filledness, but what it means to be spirit -filled means that the Spirit of God is illuminating your heart and making very real to you the work of Jesus Christ. And if you remember that from June and May, when Jesus' work for you becomes very real. The example that always comes to my mind is when I talked to that 16 -year -old girl years ago in my church and she didn't have any dates. Nobody was asking her out. And she says, yeah, I'm a Christian. I know I'm going to live forever in heaven. I know Jesus loves me and cares for me. I know he died for me. I know he gave himself for me. I know he lives in me. I know that I'm his child. I know that I have his ear. I know that he comforts me and will take care of me, but what good is all that if you don't have any dates? Now, she wasn't quite that eloquent, but you see, at that moment she was saying intellectually, yeah, I know what Jesus has done for me, but right now my heart is overwhelmed with the beauty of, with the beauty of the prospect of being a desirable woman. That's what she was saying. Whereas when I think about the fact that Jesus loves me, cares for me, that doesn't thrill me. Being spirit -filled means you're in touch with reality. Reality is who cares what a drippy 16 -year -old boy thinks about you when the king of the universe says, you are mine and I will stand with you and for you for all eternity. What kind of absolutely insane person could possibly put those two things up against one another and have the pimply faced 16 -year -old win? And yet, I mean, there's nobody in this room that hasn't been through that. What does it mean to be spirit -filled? It means that your head is on straight, you're thinking, you're in touch with reality and you realize what Jesus Christ has done for me is everything. The Bible says that there's actually two, that every human being is religious. It says this in Romans 1, that there's actually a system, there's a systemic structure, there's a systemic religious structure to everybody's life. Every one of us down deep inside has a way in which we think that if we behave, things that if we get to them, then we'll be fulfilled, then we'll have nirvana, then we'll be saved. Every one of us says that I will be able to accept myself if I get this. We've talked about this before. Every human being, Romans 1 says, has got something, some form of religion, something they worship, something they say if I get that, then I'll be all right. The gospel says not your performance, not success, not relationship, not love, none of those things will ever satisfy you. You can know who you are, you can be secure when you realize that Jesus Christ has died for you and you're resting in what he's done for you. When that happens, and when you see the work of Jesus Christ for you, when you're spirit -filled, that gives you the ability to submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. You see, when it says in verse 21, out of reverence for Christ, literally out of the fear of Christ, you can submit, you get this unselfishness because Christ is so real to you, you're continually in awe before the reality of him. So how can you receive criticism without being crushed in your marriage or anywhere? The way is because in your heart you're thinking this, well, Jesus is my priest, Jesus is my friend, Jesus is my king, Jesus is my brother, I can handle this. He loves me, he cares for me, he'll show me. And so you can take criticism without being destroyed. You've got a cradle of security for your moment of great vulnerability. Or how can you give criticism without crushing? Well, you think like this, you say, I was a sinner, I am a sinner, I should be cast off. So you're using the gospel on yourself. You say, I should be cast off, but Jesus, gentle, gentle Jesus has put up with me for so long and he continually shows me the truth and I continually turn my back on him, but bit by bit he's coaxed me and he's been patient with me and he's brought me along. How then could I be any harsher with this person than he has been with me? Now, somebody's out there saying, sure, sure. Yet your wife yells at you and you're sitting there thinking about Jesus Christ as your brother and your friend and your cradle of security is one of the greatest of vulnerability. Well, look, in the beginning, when you're trying to reorient your life, when you're seeking to live your life and have your relationships, living it out of the matrix of servanthood, out of the matrix of the gospel, you do have to talk to yourself like that. But I want you to realize that this is not a mindset that you can turn on this week right away. You better get started now because it takes time. I tried to refer to this in the sermon earlier, one of the earlier services. It goes like this, most of you realize, I guess, when I'm prepared, I quote from all sorts of people. When I'm prepared, I quote. Why? Because C .S. Lewis is somebody that I've read, I've read everything that he's ever written, over and over and over and over again, ever since I became a Christian. Now, some of you are like that. There's a couple of books that you just, you master an author. You know what it's like to do that. Another guy is George Whitfield, that I've just read his sermons and read his sermons and read his sermons. Now, what happens after a period of time is that you not only get to master the person's works, but you actually begin to understand how that guy's mind works. You know what he thinks, even though you've never read anything he said about the subject, you know what he would say, right? I mean, you meet a character and you say, I know what he would say about that. I know what George Whitfield would say about that in a sermon. Why? Because I've read thousands of his sermons, not thousands, but I've read his sermons thousands of times. What happens is you can get an author that really speaks to you and you just read the stuff and you read the stuff and after a while you've gone beyond just the words of the book or the sermons and you've come to penetrate to the way the guy's mind works. That's what happened in my case with a couple of these authors. And that's the reason why when I'm just speaking extemporaneously, when I'm just speaking out of my heart, he comes out. Why? He's in there. Now, that's an image. Most of you know how that works. A lot of you may have people like that in your life, authors, people that have just sunk down so deep that you know how they think, you know how to look at life through them and their ideas and thoughts are in there so deep they just come out spontaneously. Do you realize what would happen to you and what would happen to me if we started to relate to Jesus like that? If we were so saturated in his promises to us and his summonses to us and his encouragements to us and what he says about us in his word. If that had sunk down as deep as what I'm talking about to the place where not just the words but the very way his mind works and the very way he thinks about you becomes intrinsic, inherent, spontaneous, reflexive, instinctive to you. That's when you develop the servant heart. When somebody gives you criticism, of course you're not consciously thinking, Jesus is my brother, Jesus is my friend, he loves me. His opinion matters more than anything else. I don't have to be scared to receive this kind of criticism. This is not the end of my life. This isn't the end of the world. I know who I am in Christ. You don't think that consciously and yet you're thinking that because what it's doing is it's giving its cast to everything you do, everything. There's a stability I keep talking about. There's a poise there, a deep kind of cosmic spiritual poise, a sense like I don't have to be afraid of anything anymore emotionally. It's sunk down in there. It's part of you. You're thinking like he thinks. You look at yourself through his eyes. You look at the world through his eyes. It's only when you've taken the time through prayer, through Bible study, through coming to worship, through reflection, through meditation, through fellowship of other Christians and continually talking about these things together. As time goes on, it sinks and it sinks and it sinks until the gospel dwells in you richly and eventually, eventually that will become the power in all your relationships and the power for marriage. The ability to submit to one another, to really forgive, to give criticism without crushing, to take criticism without being crushed. Only possible if you believe in Jesus. But I don't just mean believe in Jesus, but that you're thinking about him and you're thinking through him and you're thinking of him continually, almost unconsciously. Otherwise, otherwise, otherwise, your heart, my heart is so hard and we are so prone to disbelieve anything Jesus says. Even though intellectually you do, you reject it at a deeper level. Then I'm afraid 16 year old pimply faced kids are continually beating Jesus out in our hearts. You understand what I mean. The power of marriage is an unselfishness which is created by the spirit. Secondly, we talked about the definition of marriage. The definition of marriage, and you know, since I spoke on that last week, I can give you a little concise thing. The essence of marriage is a covenant, a legal, legal commitment. Somebody afterwards said to me, but that still doesn't tell me, what is a legal, what makes a marriage a marriage? Is it a minister? Now, there's a difference of opinion on, between Catholics and Protestants on this and I'm absolutely, absolutely believing, believe that the Protestant approach is right. Catholic Church will say, only a priest can marry somebody. Isn't that right? Protestants will say, a priest can marry, a minister can marry, justice of the peace, marriage is marriage. It doesn't matter whether it's a captain on a ship, it doesn't matter whether it's a justice of the peace, marriage is marriage. Why? Because look in the Bible where marriage comes up. Marriage pops up. Originally it was given to Adam and Eve. It wasn't given to only Christians, it was given to human beings as human beings. And therefore, it's not a church ceremony that makes you married, though it can. It's not jumping over a broom that makes you married. It's not stamping on a glass that makes you married. It's not the rings that make you married. What is it that makes you married? What makes you married is this, a permanent and exclusive public legal commitment to share your lives together, all aspects of it. It's got to be permanent and it's got to be exclusive. Some people say, it's time to have renewable contract marriages. You get married for three years and you have an option for three more. You've heard that. Now, that might be interesting, but that's not a marriage. By the Christian definition, even a prenuptial agreement, to be honest with you, radically cuts at the root of the Christian definition of marriage. The Christian definition of marriage is a permanent and exclusive promise to share every part of your life with somebody else. It's got to be a public legal commitment, a permanent exclusive public legal commitment to share your life with somebody else, every part of your life. If you say, no, it's not permanent, it's for three years, that's not marriage. If you say, it's not every part of your life, just here and here and here, because prenuptial agreement, you don't get this or that. All those things get at the root of marriage. The Christian definition of marriage is permanent, it's exclusive, it's a legal public binding, permanent exclusive commitment to share every part of your life with somebody else. Now, how you do that, whether it's with a minister, whether it's with a captain, a justice of the peace, whether you jump over a broomstick, whether you exchange rings, it makes no difference. Therefore, even in this culture, which is deathly afraid of obligation and commitment and responsibility and discipline, it all likes to talk about self -realization and self -actualization and growth and potential, but it hates to talk about discipline and submission and obligation. Therefore, this is the place at which the Christian understanding of marriage has a head -on collision with the society. You should not give yourself to somebody unless you've got that kind of promise and unless you're willing to give them that kind of promise. See, if you're not willing to make a permanent and exclusive public legal commitment to share your entire life with somebody, then you don't really love them enough to really be married. And the Bible says you should not give yourself to that person until that person is willing to make that promise to you and you are willing to make that promise to that person. That's why I must tell you that a number of people question me about it because, see, the implications of what we said last week, the implications of this idea that marriage is a cleaving, that's in verse 32, it's that public commitment, and that essentially love is a commitment therefore. Well, somebody says, you've de -romanticized marriage in my eyes. So what does that mean? Well, what did I say last week? I said that therefore the essence of love is a commitment. Love is an action first. It's a commitment to invest yourself in another person and meet their needs. And it's a feeling second. One of the weird things about becoming a pastor is that when you become a pastor, for the first time in your life, you are bound and obligated to be friends with all sorts of people that you really wouldn't choose to be friends with. I don't know of anybody else who's obligated, you know, doctors, for example, have to treat people they wouldn't ordinarily like, but they don't have to like them. They don't have to be friends with them. I don't know of anybody else who basically suddenly gets a body of people and the job description is you have to be friends with a lot of people that you would not ordinarily choose to be friends with. Therefore, in a sense, pastors have a kind of unique experience to talk about. You would be surprised at how you don't spend time with. You don't invest yourself in them. You don't give yourself to them. You don't listen to their problems. You don't go to see them at 3 a .m. in the morning. Now, one of the things that I found interesting in my earliest days, you know, Kathy and I moved into a new situation. I got a job as a pastor. I had basically 100 to 150 people and I started to pastor them. And there's a good number of them or people that if I was just living as a private individual in that town, I would have chosen as friends. And there were a lot of people that would never have chosen as friends. Not so much I didn't like them because you don't have that much in common. You're not quite the same. You don't have the same interests. You don't have, there's no spark, you know. It doesn't matter if there's no spark. This person is a member of your church. You're the pastor in a small town. This person's got a problem, you're there. This person's in the hospital, you're there. This person's got to talk to you at 2 a .m. in the morning, you're there. This person's son runs away, you get in the car and go chase him. This man's this man wife has run out on him, you get in the car and go find her. And that's the way it is to be a pastor, especially in a small town, in a small church. You invest yourself. You give. You do the actions of love for people that you really have no particular affinity with. And then after a couple of years, a big surprise comes to Kathy. You know, our day off, which I took every couple of months, I take a day off. And on a day off she would say, what do you want to do? What do you just want to do socially? What do you just want to do for fun? And I would say, well, let's have, let's have John and Mary Doe over. And she would say, why? Why in the world would you want to have John and Mary Doe over? I mean, that's work, isn't it? The reason you see John and Mary Doe, I mean, everybody knows all the problems they have and how obnoxious they are and the difficulties they have and why when you don't have to be with John and Mary Doe, why in the world would you choose to be with John and Mary Doe? And I realized I'd come to like them. I was the only person in town that liked them. But I really did like them. Why? Is it just because, oh, obviously as a pastor, of course, you just have this natural ability to like people and love people because you're more holy, you're more godly. That's why you're a pastor. It's your job to be more spiritual. That's not true at all. It really happened. You know why? Because I'd been loving them, even when I didn't like them. And you see, you don't have to bother, whether you like somebody, that's not what a Christian worries about. What a Christian does, if you love people, eventually you come to like them. It works in reverse, too. Remember I told you the one thing I once read where it said at first the Nazis killed the Jews because they hated them, but then after a while they hated the Jews because they killed them. It works the other way around, you see. What happens is, in the beginning, you love somebody just because you have to. The more you love them, the more you love them. The more you give yourself, the more you make a decision to invest in them, the more you find your heart tied up to them. You know why? Because the Bible says where your treasure is, there will your heart be. Where your treasure is, there will your heart be. When you invest in somebody, you're putting your treasure, you're putting time, which is tremendously valuable. You're putting emotion, which is tremendously valuable. You invest and you invest in that person, and of course, you may still feel a hostility if that person absolutely tramples you and is very cruel and harsh. That's not usually what happens. Usually you find that people that aren't terribly lovely, if you love them, you will come to love them. Now, I'm using the word love in an equivocal way. The way the modern society thinks of love, you're thinking of a feeling, but that's not the way the Bible ever uses the word love. You love them and you come to like them. You invest in them and you find that they get more and more lovely to you. I'm trying to tell you this. You don't go ahead and get married to somebody who you don't like, but I can guarantee you this. Whoever you marry, you will fall out of like with. It is an absolute necessity. Not only that, you will start to fall out of like with that person in most cases before you marry them, in the courtship or in the engagement, and that's where most people say, I guess I shouldn't marry this person. I've fallen out of like with them. Well, friends, your emotions come and go, and if the essence of marriage is a covenant, a commitment, then you will find that in spite of the fact that you kind of love this person, you feel a lot for them, you might be attracted to them, you're great friends, the fact is your emotions will come and go, and at a certain point, a marriage will not work, or even a potential marriage will not work unless you make a decision to invest in that person, and when you find that your heart gets dry and you look at the person and you don't feel any particular like, you invest in them, you give to them, you love them, you are tender, you are cherishing, you listen, you serve, and what it does is it gets you through those dry times. Not only that, it begins over the years to eliminate the dry times. That's not the way most of us do it. When the dry times, when we fall out of like, when that happens, we start to say, I guess this isn't the one for me.
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"Welcome to The Eric Metaxas Show. It's the show featuring Go -Go the Chimp. Nothing like a chimp to liven up the radio show. Easy there. Go -Go, Go -Go. No, Go -Go, no! Hey there, folks. Welcome back. As you know, the unborn are important to God, and it turns out God is important to me, so the unborn are important to me and to many of you. And someone who's been a really heroic figure, a voice for unborn human beings is Father Frank Pavone. He's the head of Priests for Life, and I have wanted to get him on recently to talk about this issue and specifically to talk about what is troubling to many people, not just Catholics. But Pope Francis's kind of mixed messages and waffling on the issue of speaking out strongly on behalf of the unborn. So Father Frank Pavone, welcome back to this program. Hey, Eric. It's great to be with you. Thanks so much. It was great to see you in person not too long ago, and thank you for all your work and advocacy as well. Well, this is important stuff. My gosh, I feel honored that I get to do anything. I don't think I get to do much, but whatever I get to do, I praise the Lord for it. You have been really at the forefront of this issue for many years. How many years has this been, you know, something that you've been involved in so directly? 47. I got involved in the pro -life movement three years after Roe v. Wade. I was a high school senior 1976, in went on my first March for Life. And then, of course, I went into seminary. I got ordained in 88. But then in 93, I got Cardinal John O 'Connor's permission to make fighting abortion my full -time work. So, Eric, I've been leading this Priest for Life movement for 30 years now. Now, Cardinal O 'Connor, I'm a New Yorker, he was a heroic figure. He spoke strongly against evil in its various forms. But it seems like not just this pope, but that many American bishops are not in the mold of Cardinal O 'Connor. Since I'm not a Catholic, I'm a very pro -Catholic, non -Catholic, I'm always mystified. And I always want to ask my faithful Catholic friends, such as yourself, what do you make of so many leaders in the Catholic Church who don't seem to share your views on this issue? It's baffling to me. It is baffling, Eric. You're certainly not alone in that. You know, I often think about the fact that when it comes to popes, we've been spoiled for most of the lifetime of those listening to us now. We've had saints as popes, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul II, right? What a great papacy he had. And there was clarity and there was conviction and there was pastoral compassion and there was the uniting of people across multiple, multiple avenues. And now we have a pope who seems to be just confusing people left and right with so many things that he says. You know, Eric, the way I'm dealing with this is very simple. I say to people, you know, it's okay to be confused about something the pope says. We never have to be confused about what the faith says. So I ask people to focus on six simple words, what the church has always taught. That's the anchor. That's an anchor to which the pope himself is responsible. He's the vicar of Christ. Vicar of Christ is a referential term, right? It's not the word of the pope. It's the word of Christ that he's supposed to be articulating as the rest of us are to do as well. So, you know, it's a time of confusion. These popes are men. They're human. They're sinners just like we are. And they're going to have their own ideologies at times. And I'm afraid that's what we're dealing with in this case. Well, I think not just non -Catholics, but many Catholics are themselves confused about the pope. They say, oh, isn't the pope infallible? And I have to I mean, I've been on Newsmax and I am, you know, as a non -Catholic having to clarify. No, the pope is not infallible. He can say idiotic things. If he's speaking ex cathedra, that's a different story. But he's almost never speaking. No pope is hardly ever speaks ex cathedra. So it's a doctrine that does not apply to the blitherings of human beings who happen to be pope. It applies in a different way. But so many people are confused by this. And so many people, particularly Catholics, think if the pope says something, I have to agree with it. Of course, that's not true. That's not the teaching of the Catholic Church. But can you say more about that? You just touched on it. Yeah, that's a crucially important point. I've been making that point recently as well. When we say the infallibility of the pope, what we're really talking about here is the faithfulness of Jesus Christ to his bride, the church. The Lord is never going to let his entire body, the church, depart from his teaching. I mean, that would be, when you think about it, a severing, right, of the head of the body, Christ from the rest of the body. That can never happen. Now, that doesn't mean that individuals in the church can't get it wrong or fall away. They can and they will. And so the pope has a particular role when he's talking about, in an official capacity, the things that the church already believes, the things that the church has always held, those things that are rooted in the word of God and the teaching of Christ. When he pronounces to the world, as you said, ex cathedra or in certain other circumstances where it's clear a he's articulating firmly held belief of the church, what we believe is the Lord is not going to let the church go astray. It has absolutely nothing to do with agreeing with everything the pope says, especially in an instance like this that came up recently. He's giving informal comments to a group that he's sitting with, where he'll give comments off the cuff on a plane ride back to the Vatican. And, you know, this is not the way that official church teaching gets proclaimed. This is the comment of a man who happens to be sharing his opinion. Well, that's what's so important to clarify. Now, you just wrote an article at gatewaypundit .com. What is the article at gatewaypundit .com about that you've just written? It responds to this statement of the pope recently that, oh, well, you know, in America, who's who are they are, they have a backwards mentality and they're replacing faith with ideology. And I basically made two points. If by going backwards, you mean holding on to the changeless teachings of the church? Well, then that we consider that being faithful. And secondly, as far as replacing faith with ideology, if you want to find the culprits there, it's the Democrat Party. It's people like Biden and Pelosi who will say, oh, I'm a practicing Catholic. And in the meantime, they're pushing for unrestricted abortion. That's replacing faith with ideology. And then they commit the further sin of saying, oh, but this is the faith. This is, you know, misguided if the pope is trying to talk to those of us who are in the conservative movement, those of us who are aligning with policies that essentially fall on the, quote, right side of the equation. Well, this is what the pope and the bishops and everybody in the church need to realize is the Democrats right now have set themselves up against everything we cherish, against faith, against human life, against freedom, against America. Unless we realize the nature of the battle right now and stand up and defend those things, we're not going to have a Catholic Church in America. We're going to have the preachers of the gospel increasingly persecuted, thrown in prison, and our religious freedom denied. That's what the agenda of the left is. I didn't know you were going to go there, but what you're saying is exactly what I've been saying a whole lot, especially over the course of the last year. I wrote a book called Letter to the American Church where I am trying to explain to people that times have changed and we cannot pretend that the Democrats are represented by Tip O 'Neill. We have to understand the reality. And when you're dealing with a political party, it would be like dealing with a political party that is pro -slavery. And then you say, well, I don't want to be political. Well, if you're some kind of a Christian, you're obliged to be political if one of the political parties has embraced slavery. If you're silent on that, you're a pig, you're a fool, you're a hypocrite. You cannot pretend that silence is an option when things are that stark. So we can talk about slavery, but what about abortion? What about all these other things? So when I come back or when we come back, I want to talk to you about all these other issues and how if you're any kind of a Christian, you have to take them seriously. We'll be right back.
Fresh "Catholic Church" from Evening News with Art Sanders
"As speaker. Here's ABC News political director Rick Klein. You can say the of seeds this were planted by all of the deals he cut back in January. You could also say the seeds of this were planted by the rise of the MAGA movement inside the Republican Party over the last eight or nine years. Even though Donald Trump was on the outside of this deal, his fingerprints are all over it. Rebuking Donald Trump, a state court judge, has imposed a limited gag order on the former president's civil business fraud trial and ordered him to delete social media posts that publicly claimed a key court staffer in New York. Five people wounded, none critically, in a shooting at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Police locked down the historically black college for hours last night. Pope Francis opening a big meeting on future the of the Catholic Church by saying it is in need of repair to make it a place for everyone. Progressives are hoping the meeting will lead to more women in leadership roles. Conservatives are thinking it could split the church. Sherry Preston ABC news radio traffic from the high performance homes traffic center in Lakewood on Westbound Highway 512 between Park Avenue and I -5 roadwork has a lane closed until 4am In the same general area Westbound Highway 512 near Steele Street police activity has the left lane block slightly slowing traffic and in Seattle the eastbound 520 on -ramp from Montlake Boulevard is closed until 6 a .m. I'm Jay Phillips Northwest news radio traffic news traffic and weather updates weekday morning and be listening for more stories and interviews to help you make sense of it all. The morning news with Manifactor and me Brian on news radio 1000 and FM. This
"catholic church" Discussed on The Bitboy Crypto Podcast
"Are you ready to wage a war without end against you? Are you ready to wage that war armed with nothing but bottomless poverty? I didn't think so. In that case, stop talking bullshit. And get yourself some shoes, because the air in here is unbreathable. Money corrupts, and that's not news. Today, it's Black Rock, Vanguard, and State Street. But not too long ago, there's an entity that held even more power than those multinational conglomerates. We're going to take a step back in time to the Catholic Church of the Renaissance and learn how it basically controlled everything it touched and how the game has stayed pretty much the same through the 21st century. We may just find similarities to how banks, hedge funds, and the uber wealthy elite wield political power today. Let's get it. Now, before you get your commenting fingers twitching about how I'm being mean to Catholics, know that I'm just talking about a political institution 500 years ago. I'm not talking about Catholicism as a religious practice or the church today. You do you when it comes to religion. This is America. Okay, now let's get back to the Renaissance. One big similarity the old school church has with our tradfi overlords is the emphasis on secrecy. Both institutions are shrouded in mystery. No one really knows their entire net worth or their intentions. Well, other than maintaining the status quo so they can rake in as much money as possible, both the Catholic Church and the banks have covered up scandal and corruption time after time so they can continue business as usual. Back in Da Vinci's time, there are all sorts of rumors of popes and other church officials not exactly keeping up with the Christian morals they were preaching. There is abuses of all kinds, incest, orgies, mistresses, bribery. We're not even talking about the polycule. You name the sin, the Renaissance popes were probably doing it. There is even a pope who supposedly drank children's blood. And that same corruption seems to be rampant within the banks and hedge funds in modern times. JP Morgan was found to be handling the payments between Epstein and the people he was trafficking with. In fact, the number of billionaires with connections to Epstein are startling. What were you doing on the island? And we'd probably hear more about similar corruption and scandals within Black Rock, Vanguard and State Street if they didn't own basically every news organization in the US. But we'll get to that a bit later. For now, the big boys just pay a lot of fines for doing bad things. And that brings us to the first tool you need if you want to control everything. Here's a hint. It's all about the money. Have you ever heard the phrase, money is power? Well, I'm pretty sure the Renaissance Church invented that concept. Most economists reckon the wealth of the modern day Catholic Church is actually immeasurable due to all the priceless artwork, artifacts and the money laundering going on. And the reported $30 billion net worth is still high despite countries going through a Protestant Reformation during the Renaissance and subsequently reclaiming church lands. So just imagine how much land and property the church owned back when Catholicism was the only thing on the Christian menu. Although it's really hard to know for sure just how much cash the pope was raking in during the Renaissance, economists estimate it would be a little over $40 million annually in today's terms. And remember, this income doesn't include the land or artwork they're receiving as gifts or claiming by force. This gave the pope the kind of capital countries are usually playing with. And thus, the church had the same power as monarchs. Some would argue even more. And folks, we may have ditched the funny tights and corsets or maybe you have, but we have the same kind of issue today. Vanguard, Black Creek and State Street manage almost $20 trillion, which is almost more than the U.S.'s GDP. And not only do they control more wealth than most countries in the world, those hedge funds are also managing wealth for countries, which creates a vicious, incestual cycle of corruption. Back in 2016, Forbes reported that the wealth gap is worse today than it was in the Middle Ages. And that's not very hard to believe when we know the top 1% holds 15 times more wealth than the bottom 50% of America. And during the COVID lockdown, the 10 richest billionaires doubled their fortunes, while 160 million people fell into poverty. So how did both the uber wealthy of the modern day and the ancient Catholic Church amass this kind of wealth? Well, the church had millions of people tithing 10% of their income. Doesn't this sound a bit like the interest we pay banks on loans and banking fees? And 10% is nothing in comparison to the types of interest we pay just to exist in the modern world. The highest credit card is over 30%, and most of us are paying somewhere in the 20s. And because the Fed is raising rates, other borrowing is getting more expensive, too. Student loan rates have increased, and taking out a loan to buy a home is nearly impossible these days because rates have almost tripled. mortgage rates haven't been above 6% since the housing crisis in 2008. And yet, somehow, it's only us plebs who are paying these kinds of rates to borrow money. The corporations like BlackRock and JP Morgan take out loans with nearly 0% interest. In fact, the wealthier you are, the less banks deem you as a risk. So you get the best rates. But in reality, this turns into a vicious cycle where the hyper wealthy hoard more money and the poor can't afford to borrow. Right now, the average interest for a personal loan is between 6% and 36%, where the average interest for businesses is 2% to 13%. Interest is leveraged against the average American the same way the Catholic Church used to leverage Ursary Usury is the practice of charging interest, and it used to be the biggest sin you could commit. But the church got creative with how it weaponized usury. It didn't go after wealthy banking families like the Medicis, who supplied the church with gifts and managed church money for free. The church conveniently cracked down on the practice so that the lower classes wouldn't have access to the extra capital that would give them the opportunity for upward mobility. It's wild how the past is so similar to our present. Why do you think day traders and TradFi have to keep at least $25,000 in their accounts? Supposedly, it's to protect the poor from the volatility of the market. But the way I see it, it's just another method of keeping smart people from changing their economic circumstances. And who do you think pressured the SEC to create that law in the first place? I'm willing to bet it was a giant money manager like State Street, Vanguard and BlackRock. They would like to have a monopoly on trading and hand all of us regular Joes a measly little 0.01% or whatever the bank interest is these days. I say no. And I want more than a toaster. And speaking of monopolies, the Catholic Church had a monopoly on salvation during the Renaissance, so people couldn't exactly go around negotiating that 10% tithing rule or what exactly counted as a sin. It's really similar to how we can't really negotiate modern prices in this supposedly free market. The monopoly aspect is something the church and our wealthiest modern day corporations have in common. Look at the bank failures recently. Despite Jamie Dimon claiming the smaller banks are good for our financial ecosystem, Chase was very quick to gobble up the banks that went under. If we weren't there already, we're scarily close to a bank monopoly. Another way the Catholic Church made money was selling indulgences to rid the nobility of their sins. The Renaissance nobility were up to some shady things too and needed to be seen as moral so they could stay in power. The most corrupt nobles could buy a spot in heaven by donating land or commissioning artwork. Doesn't this feel a lot like government subsidies and contracts for major corporations? Hey, you want to look like you support green energy? Give Elon Musk millions to play with. Oh sure, Blackstone, we'll subsidize your billion dollar debt with taxpayer money because it makes us look like we're stimulating the economy. No problem. Another modern means of absolution is corporations using carbon credits to pay off their climate sins. This is how companies like Exxon have a higher ESG score than Tesla. They know who's palm to grease. Another great way to amass incomparable wealth is to be able to claim yourself as tax-free. If you can pull that off, it's an amazing feat. Just ask the NFL. Throughout history, the Catholic Church found ways to skirt taxation by the state and that practice is alive and well today. Do you think Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos are paying income taxes? I hate taxes. You hate taxes. We all hate taxes. But in our current society, we pay them. And it's a little more than unfair that the wealthiest among us are acting like they're tax exempt. Both the mega wealthy and the Catholic Church of the Renaissance controlled education and access to information. So kind of like mind control. The church kept their religious texts in Latin to keep the masses from being able to access it themselves. We already talked about how they also chose a lot of their sins to maintain the status quo in social hierarchy. It's a sin if you don't hit the like button. Similarly, corporate lobbyists have forced the government to slash education funding. That combined with other factors have made tuition exorbitantly high. We already talked about the student loan issue. Most people can't even afford college anymore. And if you take your education into your own hands by trying to stay up to date on news and media, you'll quickly realize almost every media company is owned by major corporations who have BlackRock and Vanguard as their primary investors. So you can't always trust what they're telling you because they have an agenda to stay in power. That's why it's hard to find information on the full extent of the corruption of the likes of BlackRock and Vanguard. I'm sure many reporters have pitched stories that have been shut down by the shady higher-ups. But here at BitBoy Crypto, we're proud to bring you the content that can't be bought by dark Wall Street money. Finally, that brings us to the third way the church and finance sectors control the world. It's not what you know, but who you know. And you know me. And I know you know that I know you. Political wheeling and dealing. And if that doesn't work, position your family members in places of power. Every royal court and government had pupil ambassadors that would ride back and forth through the Vatican and other church lands negotiating with church officials. That sounds a lot like a very early version of a lobbyist to me. And because as the head of the church, the pope had immense power, he was able to recommend marriages, which usually involved installing a member of his family at a high position. Pope Alexander VI married his daughter, Lucretia Borgia, off three different times. He simply annulled her first marriage when her husband was no longer politically advantageous and the Borgias may or may not have been responsible for murdering Lucretia's second husband. Pope Clement VII married one of his family members, Catherine de Medici, to the future king of France, which was a helpful political alliance during a time fraught with Protestant uprisings. This should all sound very familiar because the majority of our politicians, no matter the political party, have familial or social ties to banks, hedge funds, and the uber wealthy elite. There are so many examples of this, we can't list them all, but here are a few to sink your teeth into. George W. Bush had an uncle who provided discreet banking services for people in Washington, DC, and his brother Jeb also worked in banking before politics. Then you have the Clintons, whose son-in-law is an investor at a Texas private equity firm. Trump is friends with all sorts of sketchy billionaires across the globe. And look at Jared Kushner. And then you have Biden, whose son Hunter has been a hedge fund principal, venture capitalist, private equity fund investor, and painter. And now we have even more of Jamie Dimon's shenanigans. He doesn't have enough power running the largest bank of America. He's thinking of going into politics? And remember, guys, political corruption is like an iceberg. The evidence we have is just the tip due to how good they are at covering their tracks. And the Renaissance pope's habit of just making princes is exactly what our financial overlords do today. Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne the Holy Roman Emperor out of nowhere, and Pope Alexander VI made one of the sons he had with his official mistress, a prince who supposedly inspired Machiavelli's The Prince. I don't think he inspired the artist, though. BlackRock and the likes are making princes, too. This is where we get into the modern day campaign financing, where it costs millions to be democratically elected prince. In 2016, only 158 families controlled 50% of campaign financing. Our biggest banks spend millions on campaign financing for Republicans and Democrats every year, and that's just the money they actually report. There's a bigger, more illicit pool of dark money that controls politics. And if you think they're spending billions on these politicians just to be nice, think again. Nobody spends something for nothing. Billionaire Bernard Schwartz is quoted as saying, I don't ask politicians to do what I say. I want them to hear me when I have a problem. And according to Vanity Fair, BlackRock's CEO Larry Fink loved to go around saying that he told Washington what to do. Doesn't all this sound a bit like the Catholic Church saying, Well, you technically can do what you want, but if you don't do what I say, your soul will spend eternity in a very hot, not-so-nice place. You don't want to know where that poker goes. And now we get to number four on our list. It is better to be feared than to be loved. Also known as scare tactics. If the immense wealth, information control, and political corruption wasn't enough to scare the living daylights out of you, the Renaissance Catholic Church took it to a whole other level. The way the church portrayed hell through artwork and story was absolutely terrifying. Of course you're going to do whatever the Pope says to save yourself from eternal damnation. And the banks and hedge funds do this too. Make sure you have an IRA because if you aren't getting our measly 5% every year, how will you possibly be able to retire? Don't worry, that number barely covers inflation on a good year. And if you don't buy things with credit cards or open a car loan and pay his interest, you won't have credit to buy a house later. And finally, this one's my favorite, guys. If you don't bail us out, the entire world will explode. We're too big to fail. And now we get to the final element you will need to succeed at controlling everything. Drum roll, please. Military power. Plato said, All wars are fought for the sake of getting money. And folks, he was probably right. The Pope would also deem certain wars holy and approve military actions. When Henry VIII left the church, the Pope excommunicated him and told his people that rising up against him was holy because he'd gone against God. Pope Alexander VI issued the Enter Saterra, which authorized Spain and Portugal to colonize, convert and enslave the Americas. And sometimes the Pope would even command armies himself. Did you know the Pope raised and commanded the army that was responsible for the Crusades? So I guess that we can be thankful that the hedge funds and banks haven't started raising their own armies. But then again, why would they when they have the entire government under their thumb and they could spend the free time bathing in gold? Today, massive corporate institutions lobby in favor of warfare because it benefits them financially. Corporations have made billions from the war in Ukraine and the Iraq war was conceived to financially benefit oil companies and their investors. Just look how much BlackRock has invested in military weapons. $56.74 billion. And you can't tell me they don't have a financial interest in the military industrial complex. That was a lot of info, guys. And I'm impressed you stuck with us for this trip down History Lane. I don't want to leave you on a gloom and doom note, however. Here's the bright side, folks. The Protestant Reformation did come as a reaction to the Catholic Church's corruption and power. And hundreds of years later, the church is still powerful. Nowhere near as powerful as they were during the Renaissance. We have the same opportunity to throw off the yoke of the banks and hedge funds that control our current financial system and government. That's where crypto comes in. No matter how much they try to manipulate the market, they can't control our gains, especially when we think long term. Do your research. Find out who the biggest investors are in the companies you buy from and patronize smaller businesses. Take your business or credit unions instead of feeding the pockets of the giant banks. Really question what politicians are telling you and push for campaign finance reform. This is a potential future where we all are free. That's all I have for you guys. DZ out.
A highlight from Who Is Worse? Blackrock Or The Catholic Church (Biggest Money Cartel In History)
"Are you ready to wage a war without end against you? Are you ready to wage that war armed with nothing but bottomless poverty? I didn't think so. In that case, stop talking bullshit. And get yourself some shoes, because the air in here is unbreathable. Money corrupts, and that's not news. Today, it's Black Rock, Vanguard, and State Street. But not too long ago, there's an entity that held even more power than those multinational conglomerates. We're going to take a step back in time to the Catholic Church of the Renaissance and learn how it basically controlled everything it touched and how the game has stayed pretty much the same through the 21st century. We may just find similarities to how banks, hedge funds, and the uber wealthy elite wield political power today. Let's get it. Now, before you get your commenting fingers twitching about how I'm being mean to Catholics, know that I'm just talking about a political institution 500 years ago. I'm not talking about Catholicism as a religious practice or the church today. You do you when it comes to religion. This is America. Okay, now let's get back to the Renaissance. One big similarity the old school church has with our tradfi overlords is the emphasis on secrecy. Both institutions are shrouded in mystery. No one really knows their entire net worth or their intentions. Well, other than maintaining the status quo so they can rake in as much money as possible, both the Catholic Church and the banks have covered up scandal and corruption time after time so they can continue business as usual. Back in Da Vinci's time, there are all sorts of rumors of popes and other church officials not exactly keeping up with the Christian morals they were preaching. There is abuses of all kinds, incest, orgies, mistresses, bribery. We're not even talking about the polycule. You name the sin, the Renaissance popes were probably doing it. There is even a pope who supposedly drank children's blood. And that same corruption seems to be rampant within the banks and hedge funds in modern times. JP Morgan was found to be handling the payments between Epstein and the people he was trafficking with. In fact, the number of billionaires with connections to Epstein are startling. What were you doing on the island? And we'd probably hear more about similar corruption and scandals within Black Rock, Vanguard and State Street if they didn't own basically every news organization in the US. But we'll get to that a bit later. For now, the big boys just pay a lot of fines for doing bad things. And that brings us to the first tool you need if you want to control everything. Here's a hint. It's all about the money. Have you ever heard the phrase, money is power? Well, I'm pretty sure the Renaissance Church invented that concept. Most economists reckon the wealth of the modern day Catholic Church is actually immeasurable due to all the priceless artwork, artifacts and the money laundering going on. And the reported $30 billion net worth is still high despite countries going through a Protestant Reformation during the Renaissance and subsequently reclaiming church lands. So just imagine how much land and property the church owned back when Catholicism was the only thing on the Christian menu. Although it's really hard to know for sure just how much cash the pope was raking in during the Renaissance, economists estimate it would be a little over $40 million annually in today's terms. And remember, this income doesn't include the land or artwork they're receiving as gifts or claiming by force. This gave the pope the kind of capital countries are usually playing with. And thus, the church had the same power as monarchs. Some would argue even more. And folks, we may have ditched the funny tights and corsets or maybe you have, but we have the same kind of issue today. Vanguard, Black Creek and State Street manage almost $20 trillion, which is almost more than the U .S.'s GDP. And not only do they control more wealth than most countries in the world, those hedge funds are also managing wealth for countries, which creates a vicious, incestual cycle of corruption. Back in 2016, Forbes reported that the wealth gap is worse today than it was in the Middle Ages. And that's not very hard to believe when we know the top 1 % holds 15 times more wealth than the bottom 50 % of America. And during the COVID lockdown, the 10 richest billionaires doubled their fortunes, while 160 million people fell into poverty. So how did both the uber wealthy of the modern day and the ancient Catholic Church amass this kind of wealth? Well, the church had millions of people tithing 10 % of their income. Doesn't this sound a bit like the interest we pay banks on loans and banking fees? And 10 % is nothing in comparison to the types of interest we pay just to exist in the modern world. The highest credit card is over 30%, and most of us are paying somewhere in the 20s. And because the Fed is raising rates, other borrowing is getting more expensive, too. Student loan rates have increased, and taking out a loan to buy a home is nearly impossible these days because rates have almost tripled. mortgage rates haven't been above 6 % since the housing crisis in 2008. And yet, somehow, it's only us plebs who are paying these kinds of rates to borrow money. The corporations like BlackRock and JP Morgan take out loans with nearly 0 % interest. In fact, the wealthier you are, the less banks deem you as a risk. So you get the best rates. But in reality, this turns into a vicious cycle where the hyper wealthy hoard more money and the poor can't afford to borrow. Right now, the average interest for a personal loan is between 6 % and 36%, where the average interest for businesses is 2 % to 13%. Interest is leveraged against the average American the same way the Catholic Church used to leverage Ursary Usury is the practice of charging interest, and it used to be the biggest sin you could commit. But the church got creative with how it weaponized usury. It didn't go after wealthy banking families like the Medicis, who supplied the church with gifts and managed church money for free. The church conveniently cracked down on the practice so that the lower classes wouldn't have access to the extra capital that would give them the opportunity for upward mobility. It's wild how the past is so similar to our present. Why do you think day traders and TradFi have to keep at least $25 ,000 in their accounts? Supposedly, it's to protect the poor from the volatility of the market. But the way I see it, it's just another method of keeping smart people from changing their economic circumstances. And who do you think pressured the SEC to create that law in the first place? I'm willing to bet it was a giant money manager like State Street, Vanguard and BlackRock. They would like to have a monopoly on trading and hand all of us regular Joes a measly little 0 .01 % or whatever the bank interest is these days. I say no. And I want more than a toaster. And speaking of monopolies, the Catholic Church had a monopoly on salvation during the Renaissance, so people couldn't exactly go around negotiating that 10 % tithing rule or what exactly counted as a sin. It's really similar to how we can't really negotiate modern prices in this supposedly free market. The monopoly aspect is something the church and our wealthiest modern day corporations have in common. Look at the bank failures recently. Despite Jamie Dimon claiming the smaller banks are good for our financial ecosystem, Chase was very quick to gobble up the banks that went under. If we weren't there already, we're scarily close to a bank monopoly. Another way the Catholic Church made money was selling indulgences to rid the nobility of their sins. The Renaissance nobility were up to some shady things too and needed to be seen as moral so they could stay in power. The most corrupt nobles could buy a spot in heaven by donating land or commissioning artwork. Doesn't this feel a lot like government subsidies and contracts for major corporations? Hey, you want to look like you support green energy? Give Elon Musk millions to play with. Oh sure, Blackstone, we'll subsidize your billion dollar debt with taxpayer money because it makes us look like we're stimulating the economy. No problem. Another modern means of absolution is corporations using carbon credits to pay off their climate sins. This is how companies like Exxon have a higher ESG score than Tesla. They know who's palm to grease. Another great way to amass incomparable wealth is to be able to claim yourself as tax -free. If you can pull that off, it's an amazing feat. Just ask the NFL. Throughout history, the Catholic Church found ways to skirt taxation by the state and that practice is alive and well today. Do you think Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos are paying income taxes? I hate taxes. You hate taxes. We all hate taxes. But in our current society, we pay them. And it's a little more than unfair that the wealthiest among us are acting like they're tax exempt. Both the mega wealthy and the Catholic Church of the Renaissance controlled education and access to information. So kind of like mind control. The church kept their religious texts in Latin to keep the masses from being able to access it themselves. We already talked about how they also chose a lot of their sins to maintain the status quo in social hierarchy. It's a sin if you don't hit the like button. Similarly, corporate lobbyists have forced the government to slash education funding. That combined with other factors have made tuition exorbitantly high. We already talked about the student loan issue. Most people can't even afford college anymore. And if you take your education into your own hands by trying to stay up to date on news and media, you'll quickly realize almost every media company is owned by major corporations who have BlackRock and Vanguard as their primary investors. So you can't always trust what they're telling you because they have an agenda to stay in power. That's why it's hard to find information on the full extent of the corruption of the likes of BlackRock and Vanguard. I'm sure many reporters have pitched stories that have been shut down by the shady higher -ups. But here at BitBoy Crypto, we're proud to bring you the content that can't be bought by dark Wall Street money. Finally, that brings us to the third way the church and finance sectors control the world. It's not what you know, but who you know. And you know me. And I know you know that I know you. Political wheeling and dealing. And if that doesn't work, position your family members in places of power. Every royal court and government had pupil ambassadors that would ride back and forth through the Vatican and other church lands negotiating with church officials. That sounds a lot like a very early version of a lobbyist to me. And because as the head of the church, the pope had immense power, he was able to recommend marriages, which usually involved installing a member of his family at a high position. Pope Alexander VI married his daughter, Lucretia Borgia, off three different times. He simply annulled her first marriage when her husband was no longer politically advantageous and the Borgias may or may not have been responsible for murdering Lucretia's second husband. Pope Clement VII married one of his family members, Catherine de Medici, to the future king of France, which was a helpful political alliance during a time fraught with Protestant uprisings. This should all sound very familiar because the majority of our politicians, no matter the political party, have familial or social ties to banks, hedge funds, and the uber wealthy elite. There are so many examples of this, we can't list them all, but here are a few to sink your teeth into. George W. Bush had an uncle who provided discreet banking services for people in Washington, DC, and his brother Jeb also worked in banking before politics. Then you have the Clintons, whose son -in -law is an investor at a Texas private equity firm. Trump is friends with all sorts of sketchy billionaires across the globe. And look at Jared Kushner. And then you have Biden, whose son Hunter has been a hedge fund principal, venture capitalist, private equity fund investor, and painter. And now we have even more of Jamie Dimon's shenanigans. He doesn't have enough power running the largest bank of America. He's thinking of going into politics? And remember, guys, political corruption is like an iceberg. The evidence we have is just the tip due to how good they are at covering their tracks. And the Renaissance pope's habit of just making princes is exactly what our financial overlords do today. Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne the Holy Roman Emperor out of nowhere, and Pope Alexander VI made one of the sons he had with his official mistress, a prince who supposedly inspired Machiavelli's The Prince. I don't think he inspired the artist, though. BlackRock and the likes are making princes, too. This is where we get into the modern day campaign financing, where it costs millions to be democratically elected prince. In 2016, only 158 families controlled 50 % of campaign financing. Our biggest banks spend millions on campaign financing for Republicans and Democrats every year, and that's just the money they actually report. There's a bigger, more illicit pool of dark money that controls politics. And if you think they're spending billions on these politicians just to be nice, think again. Nobody spends something for nothing. Billionaire Bernard Schwartz is quoted as saying, I don't ask politicians to do what I say. I want them to hear me when I have a problem. And according to Vanity Fair, BlackRock's CEO Larry Fink loved to go around saying that he told Washington what to do. Doesn't all this sound a bit like the Catholic Church saying, Well, you technically can do what you want, but if you don't do what I say, your soul will spend eternity in a very hot, not -so -nice place. You don't want to know where that poker goes. And now we get to number four on our list. It is better to be feared than to be loved. Also known as scare tactics. If the immense wealth, information control, and political corruption wasn't enough to scare the living daylights out of you, the Renaissance Catholic Church took it to a whole other level. The way the church portrayed hell through artwork and story was absolutely terrifying. Of course you're going to do whatever the Pope says to save yourself from eternal damnation. And the banks and hedge funds do this too. Make sure you have an IRA because if you aren't getting our measly 5 % every year, how will you possibly be able to retire? Don't worry, that number barely covers inflation on a good year. And if you don't buy things with credit cards or open a car loan and pay his interest, you won't have credit to buy a house later. And finally, this one's my favorite, guys. If you don't bail us out, the entire world will explode. We're too big to fail. And now we get to the final element you will need to succeed at controlling everything. Drum roll, please. Military power. Plato said, All wars are fought for the sake of getting money. And folks, he was probably right. The Pope would also deem certain wars holy and approve military actions. When Henry VIII left the church, the Pope excommunicated him and told his people that rising up against him was holy because he'd gone against God. Pope Alexander VI issued the Enter Saterra, which authorized Spain and Portugal to colonize, convert and enslave the Americas. And sometimes the Pope would even command armies himself. Did you know the Pope raised and commanded the army that was responsible for the Crusades? So I guess that we can be thankful that the hedge funds and banks haven't started raising their own armies. But then again, why would they when they have the entire government under their thumb and they could spend the free time bathing in gold? Today, massive corporate institutions lobby in favor of warfare because it benefits them financially. Corporations have made billions from the war in Ukraine and the Iraq war was conceived to financially benefit oil companies and their investors. Just look how much BlackRock has invested in military weapons. $56 .74 billion. And you can't tell me they don't have a financial interest in the military industrial complex. That was a lot of info, guys. And I'm impressed you stuck with us for this trip down History Lane. I don't want to leave you on a gloom and doom note, however. Here's the bright side, folks. The Protestant Reformation did come as a reaction to the Catholic Church's corruption and power. And hundreds of years later, the church is still powerful. Nowhere near as powerful as they were during the Renaissance. We have the same opportunity to throw off the yoke of the banks and hedge funds that control our current financial system and government. That's where crypto comes in. No matter how much they try to manipulate the market, they can't control our gains, especially when we think long term. Do your research. Find out who the biggest investors are in the companies you buy from and patronize smaller businesses. Take your business or credit unions instead of feeding the pockets of the giant banks. Really question what politicians are telling you and push for campaign finance reform. This is a potential future where we all are free. That's all I have for you guys. DZ out.
A highlight from The Holy Trinity of Skincare: 3 Products You Absolutely Need in your Routine
"This is the Art Beauty podcast where we are always reaching for truth and beauty. Remember the brands and the people on here are not paying to be here, so we get to ask them the questions we know you want answered because you deserve to be informed so you can make the best choices for yourself. With that said, I am Amber and today my fabulous co -host is Dr. Corey L. Hartman. He's a friend of the show and founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham. Welcome, Dr. Hartman. It is always great to have you. Hey, Amber. It's so exciting to be here. I'm so happy to celebrate, help you celebrate your 250th anniversary. Congratulations. That is huge. I mean, okay, well, 250th anniversary would make it sound like we've been around for 250 years. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Episode. But episodes, no. Episode, episode. So I want to address that quickly because it is our 250th episode. Thank you, everybody who has hung in there, who has been listening with us. We just really couldn't do without your support. And when I started this podcast, a big part of what I wanted to do was to have a place where there was not branded content. So we could have brands, experts on who could talk about products, but also just so we could get some information and there could be a place that was educational without you feeling like you were being sold, sold, sold down your throat. And so Dr. Hartman, I'm so happy to have you on today because I think that we have covered so many different products over the past 250 episodes, procedures we've had so many experts on. But I do understand that for some of us who don't want a 20 step routine, I mean, some of us love that, but some of us don't. Are there products that you feel like if we want to kind of simplify that are just those must haves in our routine? Absolutely. So I'm so glad you're bringing this topic up because as we've all seen over the past three years, dealing with the pandemic, when everybody was kind of at home and looking for new outlets and new ways that they could interact, skincare was one big way that everybody could kind of engage and pay a little attention to themselves and getting the self -care and get skin together. And that was great. But with that, it became a little bit onerous. Some of these skincare routines were just so laborious and so much work. And like I tell patients all the time, listen, if that is your self -care, if that's how you relax is to do an eight to 12 step thing. And that's your, you know, that's, that's how you feel good, then do it. But for the majority of us, we're leading busy lives. We have careers, we have families, we have kids, we have obligations, and we want to do what we need to do, but we can't be consumed by that. So I do a lot of educating in the office and online and just letting people know what really the basics are going to be. And then if there are specific things that you're working on, you know, maybe you have an armamentarium of products that you reached for here and there, but generally your basic foundational products really only need to be three things. And I call those the Holy Trinity. It has roots in Catholic church. I grew up Catholic. It's a very Catholic city. And then the way that we cook our Creole food talks about the Holy Trinity of seasoning. So I thought let's take it to skincare and we're actually going to trademark that too, because we use it so much. So the Holy Trinity of skincare consists of three categories of products. The first one being SPF, obviously 90 % of our extrinsic sun damage, skin sun damage comes from outside in the sun. And so SPF is going to be hugely important to protect against that. The second step is going to be your antioxidants. Now there are many different ingredients that make up that class antioxidants. We're talking vitamin C, vitamin E, ferulic acid, floretin, resveratrol, niacinamide. There are so many to choose from. You have to find the mix that works for you. And then the last bullet in the group is retinoids. And everybody's heard about retinoids. Why? Because retinoids are the most studied active ingredient for skincare with the most benefit of any product out there. So they're going to help you with just about every aspect of keeping your skin young. And you can find the one that works for you that doesn't cause a lot of irritation. You know, I'm loving that you're saying this because I feel like people are, skincare, first of all, our skin is so varied and the products that we are attracted to can be very, very different, right? We might like the texture of one. We might not like the smell of another. I would be kind of a miss though if I didn't say, can we kind of go through the three? And if you do have some favorites, I'd love to know. Let's kind of work backwards here. Let's start the retinoids. I think retinoids can be tricky because if you use too much too soon, you're going to get the irritation. I know that as I've aged, my hormones have changed. I've had trouble with retinoids that I used to use. So do you have any advice, first of all, for introducing that into our routine? Do we have to use like a certain percentage? Can you kind of fill us in on that? Good question. And retinoids as a class are confusing because they're retinols, they're retinols, they're retinoids. Some are prescription, some are not. And yes, that is why a lot of people get discouraged using it because they may have picked up a product that just wasn't intended for their skin. Generally, the prescription strength retinoids are really indicated for acne, but we know that they have other benefits as well. So if you don't deal with active acne, you probably don't need a prescription retinoid. If you're working on pore size and oiliness and texture and pigment, a regular retinol is probably okay. Now they're all vitamin A derivatives. The retinol goes through a transformation in the skin to become retinol, and then eventually a retinoid. The stronger that you apply to your skin, the more directly it's going to impact your skin. It doesn't have to go through all of those different transmutations to become the active ingredient. But retinols are what most people need, and that's where most people have the greatest success with the least amount of irritation. So there's that aspect, and then there's vehicle. And then there's climate, and there's season, and so many different things go into it. But generally, that's a good way to break that down. And then you look at, the percentage isn't necessarily that important because as you look at retinol versus retinoid, the numbers get kind of tricky. You can't really compare the two class to class. So start with something mild and start with it very slowly.
A highlight from Bitcoin News, 3% Inflation Target, and BRICS Expansion? With Dr.Jeff, Joe Carlasare, and The Caf Bitcoin Crew - August 24th, 2023
"Hello, and welcome to the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast brought to you by Swan Bitcoin, the best way to buy and learn about Bitcoin. I'm your host, Alex Danson, and we're excited to announce that we're bringing the Cafe Bitcoin Conversations Twitter Spaces to you on this show, the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast, Monday through Friday every week. Join us as we speak to guests like Michael Saylor, Len Alden, Corey Clifston, Greg Foss, Tomer Strohle, and many others in the Bitcoin space. Also, be sure to hit that subscribe button. Make sure you get notifications when we launch a new episode. You can join us live on Twitter Spaces Monday through Friday, starting at 7 a .m. Pacific and 10 a .m. Eastern every morning to become part of the conversation yourself. Thanks again. We look forward to bringing you the best Bitcoin content daily here on the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast. Good morning, everyone. Peter, Mickey, good morning, guys. Thanks, everyone, for being an early joiner on a late August morning here. I know people have a lot to do in the summertime, so thanks, everybody, for joining. Peter, how are you doing? Good morning. Doing well. It's another good day watching what's going on with the BRICs and their conference in South Africa. That is one of the many topics we'll be chatting about. Mickey, how are you doing, man? Good morning. Hey, good morning. 7 a .m. here. Just finished my exercise for the morning. So channeling my inner Steven Libka finished 8 ,000 steps before 7 a .m. today. So it's a good day. Dude, that is impressive. You're an early riser to have already done 8 ,000 steps by 7 a .m. Good for you. Steven would be proud. Well, hey, before we start getting into some topics, I just want to let everyone know today will be a little bit shorter of a show than normal. We got some people traveling to Bitblock Boom, the Bitcoin conference put on by Gary Leland in Austin, which is a fantastic conference. If anyone was thinking about going to a Bitcoin conference, we definitely recommend that one. It's a great one. If you're just thinking about checking out some of the content from it, we definitely recommend you do that as well. And speaking of that, we're going to be streaming some of the content tomorrow. So there won't be a normal Cafe Bitcoin show tomorrow, but we're going to be streaming some of the Bitblock Boom content because, again, that's just a great Bitcoin only conference. So definitely check some of that out. We'll talk more about that as the show goes on. All right, where to start here, plenty of topics that I think we can just do quick hits. Peter, I'm proposing that the Fed's new inflation target be 2 .17 percent instead of 2 .0 percent, and I wanted to know what you think about that. I think it should be 3 percent or whatever number they want it to be, because that's just what they do. There's no rhyme or reason as to why they've decided that 2 percent is the benchmark other than, I guess, they figure that they can steal that much money from people. And, you know, it's not really noticeable, of course, once you live as long as I have and you've been stolen from it 2 percent a year for the last 50 years, it's very noticeable. Yeah, quick shout out to some mental math, which I'll be honest, I don't do as much anymore. I used to be good at mental math when I was a kid in school, but with calculators and Excel, I am not nearly as good at mental math as I used to be. But there is a good one known as the Rule of 72, and this is how long it takes your money to either double or to lose half of its purchasing power. So if you get 1 percent returns per year, you double your money in 72 years. If you get 2 percent returns per year, you double your money in 36 years. That's a 72 divided by 2 and so on and so on. And it works the other way, too. So if you have 2 percent inflation every year, you lose half of your purchasing power in 36 years. If you have 3 percent inflation per year, you lose half of your purchasing power in 24 years, which I guess is approximately a generation. So at 3 percent inflation, you lose half of the purchasing power in 24 years. And that's somehow supposed to be positive for all of us. I will shout out my own tweet this morning, if you guys can bear with me here for a moment, but I just was looking at Krugman and Furman and these guys talking about how they think they've arrived at 3 percent being like a better inflation target. And they're pretending like there's some some real explanations, some real rationale. And, you know, they show a bunch of charts and stats. And I can't help but think that that's probably what the Catholic Church sounded like back in the fifteen hundreds when they said, no, no, this is why you have to pay for your indulgences. It's, you know, we're not making it up. It's not just for you to line our pockets. It's, you know, it's what the religion says that, you know, this is for your benefit and we're just telling you how it is. I honestly think it's that much B .S. that they talk about 3 percent being the quote unquote right inflation target. I just don't know how they do this stuff with a straight face, quite frankly. Not not only that, John, but but what are they basing that on? You know, I mean, they've continuously taken the, you know, components out of the the tool that they use to measure what the real inflation rate is. So, you know, to to adjust it for whatever their narrative is. And so, you know, I guess the real question is, how do we in in a in a world economy and in in, you know, in this kind of complex world, how do we really, you know, measure what real inflation is? Because I don't think the numbers they're using are real inflation. And I also don't think that the other extreme people who say that we're in a, you know, 25 percent or 20 percent inflation era, I don't think that theirs is correct either. So that that's my question is, is how do you actually what metrics would would we really need to use to get a real idea of what inflation actually is? I'm going to throw my thoughts on that. I think it's actually impossible and I'm not being overdramatic. I think it truly is impossible because there is no such thing as a singular number that objectively represents, quote unquote, prices.
FBI Memo Targeting Catholic Group Went Beyond Richmond Office
"For by the taxpayers that is to travel this this isn't you know upholding Roe v. Wade this is upholding murder so is murder what they're saying here is Ray and the FBI really tried to limit this they they gave the committee Jim Jordan committee a heavily document redacted and that document from January basically fingered the Richmond office the field office of the FBI that was it Ray said as soon as he heard about it yanked it he killed it and rejected it but now the committee has looked under some of these redactions and that wasn't they show just the Richmond field office it included the FBI offices in Oregon and Los Angeles California that's three FBI offices in other words that's the FBI the version obtained by the Washington Examiner linked so -called radical traditional Catholics now these are Catholics where the mass is often if not in a whole in part in Latin and that would include people like Antonin Scalia he he went to a Catholic Church where that's the kind of practice they had but I want you to think about what's taking place here it's the same Justice Department trying to destroy Donald Trump trying to by the rights of parents the documents first made headlines is was here after revealed the Richmond office had assessed that threat presented by the so -called radical traditional Catholics and explored threat mitigation opportunities such as engaging with certain churches
A highlight from IP#492 Sarah Park McLaughlin Praying with St. Augustine on Inside the Pages with Kris McGregor Discerning Hearts podcast
"Hi, this is Chris McGregor of Discerning Hearts. Can you please help support this vital ministry? Discerning Hearts is a 100 % listeners -supported Catholic apostolate. Now through the end of August, please prayerfully consider making a sacrificial gift to help us raise $30 ,000 to fund truly life -changing Catholic programming and prayer. The financial contributions of listeners like you enables us to continue this important ministry. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Your donations are fully tax -deductible. As an independent, non -for -profit lay organization that is not affiliated financially with any diocese, our apostolate is fully listener -supported. Again, between now and the end of August, please visit DiscerningHearts .com to make your donation. Thank you and God bless you from all of us at Discerning Hearts. DiscerningHearts .com presents Inside the Pages, insights from today's most compelling authors. I'm your host, Chris McGregor, and I am delighted to be joined by Sarah Park McLaughlin, author of four nonfiction books who taught freshman English at Texas Tech University for 34 years. Her book, Meeting God in Silence, was later translated into Korean and published in Seoul. She's a former award -winning newspaper columnist who has published numerous scholarly articles about C .S. Lewis, G .K. Chesterton, and her original theory of humor. With Sarah Park McLaughlin, we go inside the pages of Praying with St. Augustine, published by Sophia Institute Press. Sarah, thank you so much for joining me. Well, thank you for inviting me, Chris. I'm excited. Not any more excited than I am to have this wonderful book, Praying with St. Augustine. It is something that I think is so long overdue. I am so glad that you compiled all these wonderful prayers of this incredible doctor of the church. Well, thank you. It really was a labor of love. I started in the 90s collecting them old school, just looking through the Fathers of the Church books, and it was so much fun to have a mission like that. And then it got rejected quite a few times and I kind of put it aside. So I know it's God's timing that it was accepted by Sophia Institute Press. And now we have Praying with St. Augustine we can take with us to Eucharistic adoration or just uplift our spirits reading it at home. Rejected? I can't even imagine that, Sarah, because this is so phenomenal. I just love it. I will tell you the only reason was people said that they thought only people would be interested in a collection of prayers by many great saints. They couldn't really imagine that somebody would want a book with just St. Augustine, but they didn't know what they were missing. I mean, he's phenomenal. And these prayers are not ones that people accidentally run across very often. You have to really dig through his sermons to find the gems. I love what you did. I think what makes this so lovely is that not only did you just go through and read the sermons, you were listening. You were listening to St. Augustine and you could hear his prayers jump off those pages, didn't you? I really did. I mean, I think that's what makes him so amazing. If somebody looked at this and didn't know who he was or when he lived, they just thumbed through it. They would never guess this is somebody from the fourth and fifth century. Because with the modernized language referring to God as you, he's just as fresh today as if he lived 10 years ago. Get to write. We can all kind of identify with his struggles and his cries to God to make him pure, to have mercy on him. Even though he was a great saint, he never lost that sense of humility. He's not just a plaster saint on a shelf. He's a real person who struggled and who we can identify with, his prayers to God. Well, he sounds like a good friend to you. He's been very instrumental in my life. It's funny. Many different crossroads I bumped into St. Augustine. What really gave me the idea for the book was I went to a silent retreat and some nuns were reading these prayers during the temple services. I'd never heard that they were so eloquent. They started out things like, oh, banquet of love. Afterwards I asked, where are those prayers from? They said, they're St. Augustine. But they didn't have a book. They just had some notes. I thought, oh, okay, when I get home, I'll order prayers of St. Augustine. I was flabbergasted back then. Still, there's no real compilation. There have been some books in the past that kind of come and go that are small, like devotional books. And so I couldn't believe it. And I knew that I really felt like God and maybe St. Augustine was directing me to follow that lead and compile the prayers. I love the fact that you got Dr. Peter Kreeft to do the foreword for the book because he's written a little bit on St. Augustine. He knows him. He is a wonderful person. I was fortunate to meet him at an academic conference one time. He's been so helpful because I wrote to him when I was working on the book and even sent the draft to him and he commented on some of the prayers. And I asked if he would do the foreword and he graciously did. One of the funny lines in there, he says there should be a warning label on the book that if you read these prayers and you don't have the luxury of academic distance that the publisher is not responsible for what may happen to you, God is. And I think that's a terrific line because really when you read these prayers, you get goosebumps. It's reading and praying at the same time. Oh, I think it's so enlightening that he would write that because this is an experience of the heart. This is a divine communication, as it were, God speaking into this man's soul and him responding with this incredible prayer. I think you captured it beautifully. Is it OK if I read one of my favorites? Please do. You read away. Read away. Well, this one, I think, may ring a bell with I mean, many people don't know much about St. Augustine other than they may have heard hearts. You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless till they rest in you. Some people may recognize this, though. Too late did I love you. Oh, fairness, so ancient and yet so new. Too late did I love you, for behold, you were within and I without. And there did I seek you. I, unlovely, rushed heedlessly among the things of beauty you made. You were with me, but I was not with you. Those things kept me far from you unless they were in you or not. You called and cried aloud and forced open my deafness. You gleamed and shined and chased away my blindness. You exhaled sweet perfumes and I drew in my breath and panted after you. I tasted and hungered in thirst. You touched me and I burned for your peace. Now, imagine one hundred and fifty four pages of those type of prayers. Oh, it's just fantastic. They're all gorgeous and they're unique. He has prayers that are strictly praise. And it was interesting because recently I read a quote from Pope Francis in an interview who said, Mary praises God while we Christians so often forget the prayer of praise and the prayer of adoration. And so it's a lot of fun. I subdivided the prayers into groups and one of my favorite sections is the prayers of praise, just pure praise, because I think, of course, there's prayers of petition and some prayers for forgiveness, salvation, some prayers that kind of reveal God's attributes, including the incarnate Christ. But I think that a lot of us can use the models for prayers that are just pure praise. And they're they're really eloquent. And praying with St. Augustine really does draw you closer to God. I think so, too. It's because of his compelling witness, his life story, his conversion story, that he has become so relevant throughout so many centuries. I think of other great saints that have been touched by him. I know even St. Teresa of Avila looked at the confessions of St. Augustine and saw something that just really penetrated her heart. And I think that's so true. I mean, but for somebody out there, Sarah, who doesn't know St. Augustine, how would you put his life into context? As you said, you know, he had a dramatic conversion. He was not a believer in his youth. He was, of course, brilliant and precocious. And when he went on, his mother prayed for him, St. Monica, in the wings for many, many years. She's a real icon of the faith. But when he went off to university, he did want to pursue wisdom. But along the way, he was kind of rebellious and he had a mistress and he fell into some different sins. And he always kind of longed for truth. So God honors that. And when he was in his 30s, he had a profound conversion where the Lord just touched his heart. And boy, from then on, he was a ball of fire. He wanted to be a monk. He became a priest. They wanted him to be a bishop. He kind of reluctantly did. He lived in North Africa. And so he did become a bishop and he wrote literally five million words that we still have preserved today. And like I said, people may think St. Augustine sounds kind of highbrow. Some of his writings are, but these prayers are not. You don't have to have any prerequisite knowledge of him other than to know that he loved God to really get a lot out of these prayers. The thing about St. Augustine is that when he became the bishop of Carthage, journeyed with his people. He was right there in the thick of not only their suffering and because that particular area, it would become under terrible Roman attack. Ultimately, he saw the destruction, didn't he? I mean, he was right there in the thick of their everyday lives. He was. He saw the suffering and he also did a lot of work fighting the heretics. I mean, the Catholic Church has so much gratitude to St. Augustine. And that wasn't easy. I mean, a lot of doctrines back then kind of threatened the truth of the Catholic Church. And so he really stood up for the truth. And he had a profound effect on the church's understanding of the Trinity, for example. He wrote a piece called De Trinitate. And some of his prayers are fantastic because he talks about, he just speaks to God directly and says, Lord, help me understand what am I supposed to tell people? How can you be up there and down here at the same time? I mean, they're just so they're so frank. He has such an intimate relationship with God that he just spoke to him. And I think that really gives me goosebumps and kind of encourages me to just open up my heart and just tell God, you know, hey, look what's going on in the world right now. What are we supposed to say? Give me wisdom. I think that's the key and the beauty to enter into prayer by praying with St. Augustine, by entering into his particular devotion or whatever arena that might be, whatever area he's praying into, whether it's Thanksgiving or if it's in suffering or whatever that might be. It helps train us, doesn't it? That we'll ultimately find our own words after allowing St. Augustine to pray with us in his. I think so. I mean, one of the things that praying with St. Augustine will show you, I included a letter he wrote to a woman named Probut, a very famous letter, and she asked, you know, how to pray. And so he's given her all these tips on how to pray. He covers what Jesus, three most important things Jesus taught us about prayer. So praying with St. Augustine is a real guide to prayer on many, many levels. It's inspirational to see what he had to say and the struggles and prayers, what he asked for, wisdom, humility, truth, strength, forgiveness. He prayed for God to enlighten his darkness. Fill my mouth and heart and all my bones with your praise. Let my soul praise you that it may love you. Cramped is the dwelling of my soul. Expand it that you may enter in. It is in ruins. Restore it. Isn't that beautiful? Absolutely. I think that's one of the reasons why not only for men, but for women, he has this universality about him, doesn't he? That just everybody can identify with his quest to be known to God and to know God. I guess it's that relationship to know and to be known. I think you're absolutely right, Chris. And of course, a lot of people identify with his mother, St. Monica, who we have to thank for her steadfast prayer. Many people who have family members who've left the church and they're praying for them to return. And St. Monica never gave up. And look what her prayers produced, one of the greatest church fathers. It gives us a reason to think that we too can pray and pray and pray and never give up because we don't know. We have no idea the far reaching effects of our prayers. Look at St. Augustine, for example. I mean, I bet he had no idea that he would be this influential this many years after his death. He was very humble. I really enjoy your commentaries, too, in the very beginnings of each of these different sections of prayer, that those different times that in, how do I want to say, the avenues we might travel to engage in that prayer. And the very back of the book is actually the longest chapter of the book. And it talks about that petitionary type of prayer. And we shouldn't be surprised, should we, that St. Augustine would have many of those. Oh, of course. I mean, you know, Jesus told us to ask for our daily bread, even though God knows what we need before we ask. St. Augustine says that when you pray, it makes you ready to receive God's blessings. It's for your benefit, not God's. And it also establishes the relationship between you and God that, like a child, and you really relate to God like a Heavenly Father, that you're not afraid to ask for what you need. And you can ask for those things which of your blindness you don't know to ask. But you're right. The petitionary prayers are beautiful, too. I always love that section. Almost all of his prayers included a little bit of petition, like he prayed to be cleansed from sin and to be freed from anger and armed with patience, drive out the enemy from my deeds and thoughts, and he hungers and thirsts for truth. That's, of course, my favorite. One of the things I like about the prayers that I'm not sure everyone would identify with some might is that he understands somehow deep down the paradoxical nature of God. For example, how Jesus could be a tiny infant nursing with his mother, yet he's feeding her at the same time with his truths. I mean, those are deep thoughts. If you really want to sit with this book and read one of those prayers, it's just something beautiful to meditate on and let the Lord speak to your heart about those deep truths.
A highlight from Michael Medved (Continued)
"Folks, welcome to The Eric Metaxas Show, sponsored by Legacy Precious Metals. There's never been a better time to invest in precious metals. Visit LegacyPMInvestments .com. That's LegacyPMInvestments .com. Ladies and gentlemen, looking for something new and original, something unique and without equal. Look no further. Here comes the one and only Eric Metaxas. Hey there, folks, welcome to The Eric Metaxas Show. I'm not here. Chris, I'm not here. It seems like you're here. Well, it seems like I'm here now. But when we air this, I will not be here. I will be away, far, far away. I'm going to Ultima Thule. Do you know where that is? Because I don't, but the captain of the ship knows, and he's taken us to Ultima Thule. Wow. Sounds like you made up that that name. Yeah, I think it's mythical. Yeah, but anyway, no, but we thought we would pre record a segment, which that's this segment right now, because people write us letters and things. And I thought some of which we can share, some of which we can share. So I wanted to read this one. Someone wrote, well, we've got a few here that are kind of cool. And so I thought, let me let me read them. So this one says this is from Tori. It's well, it says, Hello, Eric. I read your biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer a few years back. It may be one of the most impactful books I've read. And you are in serious company among Thomas Sowell, Wendell Berry, and, of course, Dostoevsky. Of course, Dostoevsky, who wouldn't compare me and my writings to Dostoevsky? Sure. But seriously, I read something like this and I just say, you know, because I joke around and I try to be light. But that's that really means a lot to me that somebody would read my Bonhoeffer book and put it in. That's high cotton for context. This person writes, Tori writes, I was raised in a small town of mostly German Americans in Wisconsin, and my high school managed to avoid studying World War Two during history classes. Now, that is interesting because the shame. It's why I wrote the Bonhoeffer book as a German. Your shame for the Holocaust, for what happened. You're trying to process that. And so in a sense, I wrote my book to help Germans and others understand that there were many good Germans. I was going to title the book, actually, The Good German, because I thought to myself, nobody really. Talks about the fact that there were Germans like Bonhoeffer who stood up in the face of evil, who spoke out for the Jews. It really I felt it was a story that needed to be told, and it's why I wrote it. But it's interesting that that Tori writes that, you know, growing up in Wisconsin, among so many German Americans, they didn't even study World War Two. She writes, even in the 70s, 1970s, the subject was too raw in the past few years. I felt a profound sense that Bonhoeffer's story was pressing on us, on our culture. It felt as if you wrote Letter to the American Church. That's the new book in response to my own yearning. Thank you and may the peace and power of God's presence be with you always Tori. So we get a lot of letters. We don't get to read all of them, but that it just means a lot to me. And I do think that I want to say that letter to the American Church. I probably said this before, but when I was writing the Bonhoeffer book, this is amazing. It's 2008. I had no clue what I would discover. So as I'm writing the story of what happened to Germany, I'm kind of like smelling the future, like I'm thinking this. I feel like this could happen in America because the church during his time, they didn't really respond in it. Well, they didn't understand what was happening, and therefore they didn't do what could have been done to change things. Right. Right. So I kind of felt like I could sort of see this happening in America, and I felt it a little bit when I was writing the book. But in recent years, it's become really clear to me that, oh, yeah, that's exactly what is happening now. People want to know how evil took over in Germany was because of the silence of the German church. And often it was the German church, good people who felt like the smart thing to do is to be silent. And they were wrong, but that doesn't mean that they were evil, but they were complicit with evil. At the end of the day, they were very, very wrong. At the end of the day, they were complicit if they didn't repent. And so I wrote a letter to the American church, kind of like what this woman, Tori, is saying, that it's a you could you could feel that the Bonhoeffer story was becoming our story in America. And so I just felt I talked about on the Jordan Peterson podcast and in many other places I've never, ever, ever, ever felt God calling me to write a book. Now, to some people, that sounds loony. I you know, I don't know what to tell you, but it does feel to me like. I I had never felt I had never felt that feeling before that I've got to write this in obedience to God because this is happening now and I need to write this and I need to reach the Christians and the Christian leaders that are capable of being reached. Some are not. Some have just somehow tuned this out permanently. They're doing their own thing. Yeah. We also get a letter which is asking a question. So I'm going to read this if we have the time. This is about the concept of women pastors. It says, Eric, recently, the Southern Baptist Convention removed Saddleback Church from fellowship because Rick Warren ordained a woman pastor. Next year, the SBC convention will move to exclude from fellowship all Southern Baptist churches that have women pastors. They're using the scripture First Timothy, chapter three to say that being a pastor is limited to men. It seems to me that God can call whomever to do anything. Paul wrote Timothy within the context of a patriarchal society. What's your position on this issue? Thank you. And I think the name of the person who wrote this is Ivan. Well, this is a complicated one for me. I don't know what I think about this. I don't have a really, really firm views on this subject. When somebody says it seems to me that God can call whomever to do anything. That's really vague. I don't know what that means. You know, God cannot call a man to give birth. There are certain fixities in what we call reality. So to say that God can call someone to do anything it's just too vague for for me. I don't know what that means, whether women can be ordained as pastors. I speak at churches where they have the husband and his wife or pastors, so and so and so and so. And I don't have a particular problem with that. But what I find interesting is the idea where people get upset when somebody does have a view on it and they just say, well, that's not right. Like you should you should. In other words, if the Southern Baptist Convention has a fixed view on this, you don't need to be a member of the Southern Baptist Convention. But if you want to be a member of Southern Baptist Convention, you have to go along with with their rules. And don't be shocked if they say if you break our rules, you can no longer be a part of the club because those are the rules of the club. And it's the same thing with the Catholic Church. You know, you've got people angry about Catholic. It's like, look, the doctrine is the doctrine. And if you don't like it, you don't have to be a member of that that denomination. So I'm always but because I don't I don't know what I what I think about this. I mean, I feel like I can see both sides of it. And I and so I've I've never really been been clear on it. It's not it's not a deal breaker for me. And I think it all depends on what one means by being a pastor, because obviously women can do ministry. And so what are the limits of that and how does that work? I don't know. I don't know. But it's interesting because there was another church that's I think it's called Elevate.
A highlight from Dennis & Julie: Struggle with God
"One of the most peculiar species of the Latin world is the Hello body. everybody. Dennis Prager and Julie Hartman, or if you prefer, Julie Hartman and Dennis Prager. Who would prefer that actually? It is called Dennis and Julie. By the way, I finally figured out there's a tiny teensy teensy part of you that resents that it's Dennis and Julie. I made that up. I completely 100 % made that up. There isn't even a teensy teensy teensy. There's really not, and I make jokes about it, but I actually prefer the name Dennis and Julie. First of all, you should be first. You're the more established dude, if you will. And also, if you do it alphabetically, D comes before J, and it just sounds better. That's a powerful argument. Dennis and Julie sounds way better than Julie and Dennis. Is that true? I think so. Maybe it's because I'm used to it. Yeah, I think so. Anyway, that was just a joke. Hi everybody. It's great to be with you. I have a super serious thing to start with. So, I'm going to preface what I'm about to start with with a statement that I made on my show, on my radio show, that there is an openness and a self -revealing in Dennis and Julie that even I, who are very, very open and self -revealing generally, publicly, it just elicits aspects of me that I just don't come out naturally, as it were, on the radio show. Having said that, that is certainly true for you, but there's not much as a comparison, obviously, because you're so young and new and new. But this is an example of that, and I have no idea what you'll say. I have no idea. But my here's second preface. I'm sorry. So when I met Julie, it is fair to say you were a secular individual. Oh, that is fair to say. And you would have said that. Though interestingly, and I don't want to get caught on this, but interestingly, you because it's not an issue that would have arisen. See, so this is worthy of a comment, and then I won't lose track. This is worthy of a comment. People who are religious know they're religious, but people who are secular do not think of themselves as secular. You know why? Because they think that's normal. So when you're normal, you don't think, oh, I'm normal. If you're sick, you think you're sick. If you have mental problems, you think you have mental problems, psychological problems. But if you don't, you don't walk around, people don't generally walk around thinking, you know, I'm psychologically healthy. The norm is secular. So you don't think of it. Is that fair? Also, religious people know about a secular life. Secular people do not know about a religious life. They don't know what they're missing out on. Religious people do. I mean, I don't think religious people are missing out when they choose to go away from a secular life. But they know what a secular life looks like. Well, there are secular people who have rejected the religion they grew up with. So they would say, oh, I know religious life. That is fair. That's fair. And I left it. But most today. That's right. Especially your generation. It would have been it would have been much more likely that your parents closer to my generation, they rejected the religion, which is true in your case. Correct? Somewhat. They they they don't have animosity. No, no. It's not animosity. Rejection doesn't mean animosity. OK. I want to make that clear. I didn't even intend that. But wasn't one of your grandparents a pastor? Yes. My paternal grandfather was. And my my father was raised Lutheran. My mom was raised Catholic and they both said that growing up, they just had so much religion that they felt that it was too much. For instance, actually, when they got married, I'm sorry to out my my family, but there were some members of both sides of the family that didn't like that a Lutheran was marrying a Catholic and that the Catholic was marrying the Lutheran. Also, my mom talks about growing up. I'll tell you who didn't like it. The Lutherans and the Catholics. That's who didn't like it. True. And those two groups especially. Yeah, exactly. Because Martin Luther. Right. Luther, right. Of all the names. Of all people, yes. Luther was the one that started the Protestant break from the Catholic Church. Also my mom talks growing up about going to church every week. And she made it sound like and I believe her that the sermons were really kind of fire and brimstone. You're going to go to hell if you think bad thoughts. If you do X, Y, Z, she says that there was every Easter she had to sit for like five hours in here. And then the second nail was nailed to Christ. And he yelped out in pain and blood came. She just said it was really gory and too intense. So they raised us in a secular household, but they don't hate God. They don't hate religion, but they just chose not to raise us that way. Well, you opened up another subject for me and I will get back to what I originally wanted to ask you about on the secular issue. But this is really worthy of a few moments. So I realized at an early age what I was going to bring differently to the religious secular discussion. And I know you know this is true about me, but it's very important for me to say. So I am quite religious, but I don't wear it heavily. And it drove me crazy, whether it was Christian, Catholic, Catholics are Christian, so I always find that odd, but it doesn't matter, Protestant, Catholic or Jewish. Most religious people, they sort of smack you in the face with their religiosity. And it's not good for the religion, I don't think it's good for God, I don't think it's good for them, and it certainly isn't going to bring a lot of people into religion. This is a perfect example of stuff that I've never said publicly. I mean it's not a revelatory thing, but there would never have been an occasion. I remember one of my first trips to Israel, I was about 20 years old, and I speak Hebrew fluently so I was with Israelis, and I remember I was at the army headquarters in Tel Aviv, some friend brought me there or whatever, and so all these soldiers were my age. They were also in their early 20s. So we were talking, and I'll never forget it was a female soldier and we were talking, and so at one point she said to me, the issue of, I don't know how it came up, religion came up, and she said, are you religious? Now in Israel, are you religious means are you Orthodox. It doesn't really just mean religious, are you an Orthodox Jew, that's really what she was asking. So you will love this. So I had two great answers, whenever I'm put on the spot I come up with better stuff. I had two great answers. I said, I don't know if I'm religious, I only know I'm not secular. How old were you? Oh that's right. That's a pretty amazing response. Period. But especially for 20 years. Right, right. Well, you could relate, that was a compliment. So I thought that was, she didn't know what to do with the answer because she had never heard anything like that, obviously. The other one was, so she said, and if you're religious, why aren't you wearing a kippah, a yarmulke, a skullcap? And I had another answer for her. I said, because I don't think religion needs a uniform. So those were two life -setting views that I had, and I'm not in any way putting down the Jews who wear a yarmulke all the time, my son does, and my grandchildren do, and they're terrific. I totally respect those who do that. Ben Shapiro does it, you know how much I respect Ben. But anyway, that was the answer that I gave her, because all of which is my way of saying that whether it was to a Jew or a non -Jew, I realized if I'm going to make the case for the centrality of God and the Bible, that they ought to be that in people's lives, I won't do it in a heavy -handed manner. So when your parents reacted against that, I get that. I get that too. And what's great about my parents is that they taught us Judeo -Christian values without probably, maybe they realized they were Judeo -Christian values, but the great parts of their religious upbringing came through in our upbringing. For instance, I was always taught to respect my elders. I was always taught to honor my parents. Actually, I don't know if my parents explicitly said, you honor us, but clearly the Judeo -Christian values got through because I knew growing up I had to honor them. Well, okay, so forgive me. No, we have time. I heard you inhale, so I know I'm interrupting. By the way, that's Dennis's trick on the radio with callers. Don't tell them. Oh, should we blake that out? No, no, no. I'm just joking. You can tell them. No, but you told that to me when I guess it's for you. It's brilliant. Yes, it is. Because you love and respect your call. No, I love it. That's why I do talk radio. You will keep people on the air. That's why I take calls. But sometimes people can go on a little too long and you've got to cut them off at the inhale. Yes, inhale. But okay, so there are so many, so many issues that are being fleshed out, fleshed out, yeah. So this. Yes, that was a faux pas. It was. So here is what I wanted to say. Your parents, and I don't know your parents well, I could only say that I have so enjoyed meeting them and they obviously are your parents, so I adore them automatically. But your parents represent vast numbers of people in the Western world who imbibed Judeo -Christian values, but didn't keep them going in the name of Judeo -Christian values. Well said. That is, by the way, that's what Americans did. Americans American imbibed values, but didn't teach them as American values. So you end up losing them. If you don't give them a name, you lose them. I say that we are living on the dregs and fumes of Judeo -Christian values right now, but they're going to run out if we don't understand their origin and why they are important. You said this in your Torah commentary, the cut flower ethics. I use the example of a photocopy machine. So my parents were handed Judeo -Christian values. Let's just say they were written on a paper, although of course they weren't. It is an analogy. You photocopy it. The first time you photocopy something, it's going to look pretty much like the original. Let's say that was me. That's good. I like that analogy. But then if I don't continue it. Right. They get weaker and weaker. Dimmer and dimmer and dimmer. And then you can't recognize where it originally came from. That's what we're seeing in the United States. The photocopy is as good as the cut flower. I salute you. Can you explain? I will salute you. Oh, as I saluted a guy on the road today with an American flag. So I'll give you my theory on that later. I gave you my theory on the show, but we'll repeat it. So the cut flower, by the way, it's not mine. And I said it in my commentary. I don't know whose it was because the guy who I read it when I was your age said he had heard it. So it's clearly not new, but it is brilliant. So the cut flower ethic is very simple. If you cut flowers from their soil, if you know nothing about flowers, you can look at the flower and go, oh, look, it doesn't need the soil. It'll do fine without the soil. That's what people think about ethics. Oh, we cut them off from the religious soil. They're doing fine. Well, they're not doing fine. Clearly. So there are a few things you said, if you don't mind, I want to go back. What a rich topic, by the way, to state the obvious. Well, it started with you didn't know you were secular, but go on. Yes, which I want to get back to, too, and talk about my religious transformation. But the thing that you said about religion doesn't need a uniform, that intrigued me. I agree with you that shoving values at people in a really kind of aggressive way actually works against what you are trying to achieve. That was true of my parents. And that's true of some people who grow up in uber religious communities that say, you know, you're going to go to hell, you know, constantly reminding them of hell. And so I agree about that. As far as the religious uniform, I also agree that religion doesn't need a uniform. I will say now that Judeo -Christian values are so under attack in the United States. I really appreciate when I see someone wearing a cross necklace or someone wearing a And in even some cases, the word that's coming to mind is criminalized. It's not criminalized, but the word I'm looking for is it will have adverse consequences for you, both in your professional and your personal life, to reveal your religiosity. So I really appreciate those people who will wear the uniform, if you will, of their religion, because they are saying, I'm proud to be Christian, I'm proud to be Jewish, and I don't care that it's not in vogue. I have enough commitment to God to wear it proudly. But but again, the values thing is totally true. So let me react then. Sure. So I repeated those two responses that I gave to this woman soldier because I thought that they illustrated what I wanted to do with my life.
Nicolle Wallace: The 'Real Threat of Today's Republican Party'
"Missy may I call you Missy better than messy actually Missy FBI has distracted itself going after the Catholic Church going after pro -lifers going after parents I'd say its agenda has and really expanded so when people are calling them out that's we're what supposed to do if we want to be a free people we're not distracting them from doing their job you idiot and what hell the is your job why don't you just go in the FBI's payroll with a DNC's payroll what kind of moron are you anyway you have no self -respect whatsoever go ahead a chance that will wake up and have a real conversation about the threat of today's current Republican Party that's what I wanted to get the real threat of today's Republican Party you know why she said that because she knows knows what's coming mr. producer doesn't she a full expose with brass knuckles Democrat Party and what it's done to this country really since it since it was established but today yesterday ten years twenty ago years ago fifty years ago a hundred hundred fifty years ago the book the book is over 400 pages I did the final edits you know what the publishers said to me mr. producer we have to get it to printing stop stop oh they love the book only five of us actually read it I wrote it
A highlight from Michael Gibson
"Welcome to the Eric Metaxas show. They say it's a thin line between love and hate, but we're working every day to thicken that line, or at least make it a double or triple line. Now here's your line jumping host, Eric Metaxas. Hey there, folks. As you know, on this program, we always try to give you a little hope. You know, we talk about all kinds of subjects and every now and again, something comes across the transom that I say, what the heck is this? This is really cool. I'm holding in my hands a book called Paper Belt Fire. on That'll intrigue you, right? Paper Belt on Fire, how renegade investors sparked a revolt against the university. If you listen to this program, you know, I'm all about that. I love that idea. On the back of the book is a blurb, an endorsement, an encomium from Peter Thiel, whom some of you know just through my Socrates in the City event or from the culture at large, probably. But Peter Thiel says about this book, Paper Belt on Fire, part adventure tale, part manifesto, Paper Belt on Fire is a battle cry for anyone who ever dreamed of resting power back from corrupt institutions or of nailing the truth to the cathedral door. You may know that I wrote a big book about Martin Luther, who nailed something to a cathedral door about 500 years ago. I am thrilled to have the author and the perpetrator of the aforesaid events. His name is Michael Gibson as my guest. Michael, welcome to the program. Thanks for having me on. It's great to be here. Big fan. This is, well, you're really kind. This is a huge concept, what you've done. So I want my audience to understand it because I barely do. Tell us, I mean, first give us the short version so we can track with you. What is it that you and a group of investors did? Well, let's start with the Reformation and Martin Luther. So, you know, funny enough, and then that's Peter being clever with the blurb because we started a venture capital fund and we were thinking about naming it. Names are very important in the book and in what we do. And what we realized is that modern universities, there's a historical analogy with the state of the church or the Catholic church in the 16th century. And the geeky analogy we like to draw was that at the time the church was selling a piece of paper at great cost and told people it was a way they could save their souls. All you had to do was fork over some cash to the church. And when Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door and, you know, what he was protesting against was mainly the sale of these indulgences. And so the analogy we like to draw is that, you know, nowadays there's an institution, they're selling a piece of paper. They're telling you it's the only way you can save their soul. And instead of the indulgence, it's called the diploma. Okay, that is brilliant. That is absolutely brilliant. And listen, as somebody with a diploma from Yale University, I know better than anybody that what you're saying is true. These are corrupt institutions, corrupt on a number of levels, intellectually very, very corrupt. But the idea that you perceived that and you could frame it so neatly that, you know, yes, in 1517 we were protesting selling a piece of paper, which is a sham, and that lo and behold, secular institutions today, five centuries later, doing exactly the same thing. So kudos to you just for thinking of that. But when you started your firm, this was in your mind. Right, yes. So we named the fund 1517 after the year Luther nailed the theses to the church door. And what's great about numbers is, we put them on t shirts and stuff and, and people right away say 1517 What does that mean? You know, and then I get to tell some story like I just did. I did that. That's how we started the fund in 2015. But before that, you know, we, so I worked for Peter Thiel, I helped him launch a fellowship in 2010. So five years prior to the fund, and these are the events recounted in the book. And we initially started a nonprofit, we gave $100 ,000 to 20 individuals a year. But there were two conditions that were noteworthy. One was that you had to be 19 and under to apply. And the second newsworthy condition was that you had to drop out of school or not be enrolled. And so we gave out these grants over the years and, and some of the big success stories that some of your listeners or people watching might have heard of, like in 2012 2013, we discovered the young man Vitalik Buterin helped him launch the cryptocurrency Ethereum. There's another more recent Adobe bought a company called figma for 20 billion, we helped the founder start that company in 2012. So we had been doing this nonprofit, and we decided, wait a second, we, we could be making money doing this. So I wanted to tell this business story that by investing in people who don't have college degrees, who don't have credentials, can we show that there is a fulfilling path to a successful career without that credential? I mean, it goes way beyond that, because not only are most people wasting a lot of money, and a lot of time getting a piece of paper that's essentially worthless, if it were merely worthless, they'd be wasting time and money. But it's worse than worthless. It is usually a ticket to decades of ideological confusion. And that has become increasingly true over the decades. It was true when I was at Yale in the 80s. It was already very true then. But it's become increasingly true when Buckley wrote about Yale in his 1951 book, got a man at Yale, he's writing about the Yale of the late 40s. So this has been part of the academic world, but it's gotten worse and worse and worse and worse. So for you guys to be encouraging people not to go to college and to do these things, I just want to say thank you for that. So what exactly - Well, it's been fun to pick those fights. Yeah, so I wanted to, so we've talked about higher education as this institution that relies on a piece of paper. The title of the book, Paper Belt on Fire, that expands that theme. So a friend of mine, we were just jamming one night, trading ideas. And we thought, and this is back 2012, 2013, we thought just as the Rust Belt defines the Midwest and the hollowed out industries that are left barren due to either globalization or technological change, we thought there were some technological trends and political trends that were going to cause trouble for what we decided was the paper belt. Now this is from Washington DC to Boston. In DC, they print money, laws, regulations on paper. In Delaware, that companies incorporate on paper. In New York, there's media and advertising on paper, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Madison Avenue. And then we thought Boston as the pinnacle of the arch symbol of American higher education, Harvard and MIT are printing diplomas on paper. So what all these institutions have in common that are paper -based is that I think in terms of computer security, I'm very influenced by the cypherpunks. And what they notice is that if you're using a piece of paper, you need an institution to validate it and authenticate it, to validate that one, it's real, and two, that whatever information it's signaling is accurate and true and reliable. And so we can think of the Federal Reserve, for instance, and the Treasury Department, they tell us that these dollar bills they print are worth something and they authenticate whether they're real. And likewise, we've been trusting universities to print diplomas and authenticate them and say, hey, this is real. But what I've noticed is that in any of these institutions over the last 40, 50 years, the people running them are either incompetent or have become corrupted. Whether it's collusion inside, insiders against outsiders, or just plain old, hey, we don't know what we're doing, it's clear that the performance of these institutions have declined over time. So that's higher ed, the media, and even the Federal Reserve, you name it, we could go across the board. Well, I say I say often that the all these legacy institutions are dead. And people need to wake up to the fact that they're dead. Yale is dead. Harvard is dead. The New York Times is dead. They're dead. Whatever they once were. They are now decidedly not that they have been sliding. They had been sliding for a long time. But they weren't like really fully dead until recently. It wasn't until recently that I could say the New York Times is mostly trash. I could say five or 10 years ago, there's a lot there that I don't like. They're leftward leaning. But they have really become horrible. Not just ideologically off, but really horrible. I know for me, I used to read the Sunday Times just for the magazine and the book review. And like you, I know like the book reviews were excellent. And then all of a sudden, six, five years ago, that got terrible. We've got a lot more to talk about, folks. The book is Paper Belt on Fire. Michael Gibson is my guest. Don't go away. Every day, the parallel economy grows bigger and bigger. It's powered by everyday Americans who are sick and tired of all the propaganda being jammed into every product they consume. Big mobile companies are no different. For years, they've been dumping millions into leftist causes. And we had to take it because you needed a cell phone, probably thought there was no alternative. But now there is. Patriot Mobile is America's only Christian conservative wireless provider offering dependable nationwide coverage on all three major networks. 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Kevin McCullough Unpacks the Church's Mixed LGBTQ+ Messages
"Just passed on Park Avenue coming to the studio. St. Bart's Episcopal Church, which is then at the forefront of gay rights. They've got a monster gay rights flag, pride flag, whatever they call it, hanging outside the building. They've been at the forefront of this. But a Catholic church, one of the most wealthy Catholic churches in America, Loyola on Park Avenue, has a pride symbol talking about we welcome our, you know, I don't know how it says LGBTQ, you know, brothers and sisters. And I thought this is a mixed message. This is this is a Catholic church, which would typically stand firm on the basics of doctrine, basically saying, well, we're we're looking the other way now on this. We're sending a message. So it's kind of everywhere. And it's a challenge to, you know, to those of us who hold to biblical values within the Catholic Church and outside of the Catholic Church. And then just folks who don't go to church, but who say, you know what, that's not something I feel like celebrating. Why do I have to celebrate it? You know, what's interesting, Eric, is that the church and when I use the church this at this point in time, I'm meaning the kind of the corporate entity known as the church, not necessarily the body of believers. But you've seen the church be co -opted by the LGBTQ message in the last couple of years in fairly significant ways to the degree that you're pointing out. Although American episcopals have been off the reservation on, you know, the moral authority of God's word for a while. So they don't really recognize biblical tenets as being doctrine and so forth. But what's interesting about this is that it's the pastors who want to speak truthfully are going to have to do so more than ever before. And they're going to have to do it in a way that's that's
Shocking Vatican Revelation Shatters Catholic Firewall
"Talking about right now is it's very hard to process. It is one thing. You were just talking about Rick Warren. You were talking about the pressure on Protestant denominations, mainline Protestant denominations. They have already folded. I mean, the Episcopal Church, the Lutherans, the Methodists. The Baptists are not mainline Protestant. They're traditionally seen as evangelical, as one of the most conservative, faithful churches on fundamental biblical issues. No, no, I know that. But what I'm saying is that I still always, in my mind, saw a firewall. The Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, I see a firewall that as crazy as mainline Protestant denominations can become and as crazy as evangelical denominations and churches can become. This is what we're seeing. It's why I wrote my book, Letter to the American Church. Nonetheless, when I see this officially pronounced from the Vatican on the wall of a prominent Park Avenue Catholic Church with the blessing of Cardinal Dolan, that to me is new. This is a new thing. I did not expect to see that. See, Eric, having been on the inside, this was happening in a big way in the 70s. The Vatican was promoting all sorts of garbage under Pope Paul VI with or without his knowledge. When John Paul II was elected, most Catholics, we didn't even think about him as a warrior against communism. We thought he would save us from the perverts inside, from the degenerates who were allowing sex abusers to honeycomb the priesthood, allowing Catholic parishes to have rainbow masses that were really meat markets for gay men to hook up. This was happening when you and I were tweens.
John Zmirak on Pope Francis' Plan to Destroy the Catholic Church
"John Smirac. The subject is a little complicated and I don't want people to get lost here. The other day I was on Newsmax and I was asked by Eric Bolling about a recent move by the Vatican and this pope to be very inclusive and to kind of push the LGBTQ blah blah agenda. And that made me want to ask John, who I think of as authoritative, to help us understand when the pope or the Vatican is pushing something, how official is that? And John is in the course of walking through us that right now because it is confusing. And John, you just said it, it's intentionally confusing on the part of the left wingers in the Vatican. So Pope Francis will never invoke his infallible authority to teach any of these new heresies that he's promoting because he is a servant of the zeitgeist. And I personally believe he's an atheist who is cynically trying to destroy the church from within. But I think on some deep level, Pope Francis fears that God might exist and that Catholicism might be true. And that if he tried to invoke his infallible authority to teach that abortion is a sacrament or communism is great or seven people can get married. I think on some superstitious peasant level, he's afraid he might get hit by a meteorite or fall over and die from a heart attack before he was finished doing it. And I actually made a little fun video on YouTube, how to explain papal infallibility in less than two minutes. And it shows a pope trying to teach heresy, getting hit by a meteorite. I'll give you the link. You look it up on YouTube, Zmirak and Papal Infallibility, and you'll get my little cartoon. If
On this week's AP Religion Minute, the archbishop of Chicago wants more information from the Illinois attorney general about newly uncovered cases of abuse.
"This week's AP religion roundup. The archbishop of Chicago wants more information from the Illinois attorney general about newly uncovered cases of abuse. In an interview with The Associated Press, archbishop blaze sewage urged the attorney general to provide information about 125 newly uncovered cases of priests, who sexually abused minors. It really does highlight the terrible tragedy that took place in so many lives by priest who acted to responsibly, but also leaders in the church who did not respond appropriately. Cardinal sewage says he would gladly include the cases on his list of credibly accused clergy if the claims were substantiated. In his first interview, since the report was released, the cardinal expressed surprise that the report contained names he had never heard of. We are genuinely perplexed by the use of the word undisclosed reports because as far as we know and we verified this also with the state's attorney, we have gone ahead and been very careful about making sure that any accusation any allegation of sexual abuse of someone in the church has been reported to the state's attorneys. The nearly 700 page report said investigators found that more than 450 Catholic clergy and Illinois 6 diocese had sexually abused nearly 2000 children since 1950. It depicted the problem as far worse than the hierarchy had acknowledged in 2018 at the start of the state's review. The newly revealed cases wouldn't necessarily have been handled by the archdiocese, but rather the religious orders were the pre served. During the 5 years, we have constantly asked the attorney general. If you come across any accusations that have been substantiated, that we don't have who are religious orders or others, please tell us, and we will look into it and do it. So we were surprised by the new names on there. We thought we had that kind of relationship with the attorney general. And so our disappointed that we're hearing these for the first time. Super acknowledged that the report laid barrow problem in the way the Catholic Church has handled abuse cases. Religious orders such as the Jesuits franciscans and Maris often escaped scrutiny since they keep personnel files on their priests, not the diocese and leadership. I'm Walter ratliff.
"catholic church" Discussed on The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)
"This is day 51. That means we only have 300 and 14 days left. There's something like that. Is that right? I think so. I'm not sure. Will you guys, I'm using the Ascension edition of the catechism, which as I said the other day is gorgeous and beautiful and super helpful. I'd also concludes the foundations of faith approach, but you can follow along with any recent version of the catechism of the Catholic Church, same words, same thing. Awesome. Also, you can download your catechism and your reading plan by visiting Ascension press dot com slash CI. And lastly, you can click follow or subscribe and your
"catholic church" Discussed on In The Pews
"It's the fullness of the fate it is the fullness of the truth that jesus brought into the world and that truth is found in the catholic church now the separated brethren. I like that term. That's what that can to gave to to those outside of the catholic church uh-huh they're no longer called heretics. Not very a father would appreciate that you know because he talks we need to be passed. Yes But the and that word carries so much baggage. Anyway you know. But but separated brethren. I was part of the separated. Brethren you know i know what that means the separated brethren have the gospel But and i say this all humility and without being critical. But not in its fullness. It's a biological fullness. A a a physical joining in communion with the holy mother church. And when you have that and you're open to it then you begin to study the various and sundry things an open yourself up to it you know. Don't come at it from the standpoint of what's wrong with where you are now. Okay because that creates anger yes sure. That's helpful yeah you know. I really fought hard to not be angry at at how things were going when i was in my former life. You know i can't control that stuff anyway. None of us chemist. Let's let's grow up. Yes but let's look forward and see. This is the gift. I call it when jesus was teaching about the pearl of great price. We'll sell everything. Member that the merchant who sold everything to receive the pearl of great price to purchase it That's what the catholic churches and you get to a point to where you're open to do that and in fact you'll do anything and so all these men that have done this in their families that have left their livings come to the catholic church to to to be priests in the catholic church. They they don't there's no regret it's the pearl of great price you see. It's the most important thing that there is salvation god the truth capital t. truth unchangeable. Yes darnell you know. That's so important. So be open to that kind of journey is what i'm saying so don't get on the journey because you're angry you know and and it's the only way really we're going to deal with what we're dealing with in our culture today as we got to get away from the anger and get back to who we are. You know what. God why god put us here you know and the other thing is have a sense of humor about it. You know about About you know learning the faith. They're a great sense of humor. I remember reading stuff. And i didn't know that and i was raised in in a very good catholic environmental albeit. It was it was separated brethren. But i still was right. But i know that you don't brought a smile to my face. I'm doing that every day. I was preaching a homily. The other day i was telling people said you know. What are the things that i've realized being a catholic priest now for ten years. I'm still and i guess i will to the day i die hope so anyway. I'm still seeing things in scripture. I've never seen before. This.
"catholic church" Discussed on WBEZ Chicago
"Preparations for the pope's visit and proudly showed me the gift for the pontiff a miniature version of the statue of Saint Martin of Tours that graces the cathedral. Father. Shushkevich is also a contributor to a conservative daily newspaper called Pasta Oy. And quickly corrected me. When I described Francis as a liberal pope. It's a point of view. Some people, which are liberal think that he's conservative, and why Sarah's In my opinion, both Francis is definitely not a traditionalist. And he's definitely not liberal. I think he is. The right cattle calls about you. As I think Catholic concern about you is supposed to be one of these forced the about a volunteer to certainly Pope Francis is a master of soft diplomacy. The pontiff is spending some 70 hours in Slovakia, whose president Zuzanna Chapo Tova, is the embodiment of tolerance and liberal values after just seven hours in Budapest, home to the populist nationalist Viktor Orban. There. He urged Hungarians to open their arms to everyone a subtle rebuke to Mr Orban, with whom his clashed on whether Europe should accept asylum seekers, especially from the Muslim world. Journalist. Emmerich Gaza is an expert on the Catholic Church. It'll. Still not against O C. D. C. He certainly sending a strong message. Originally, People assumed he would spend the morning in Budapest the afternoon in Bratislava and then in the evening flight back to Rome. That it would be a balanced visit. So this trip is very pleasing for a slow vax. Very encouraging, but also very surprising, and we're asking the question again and again. Why did he decide to come and spend three days here? There have been various hints, but no real explanation. Maybe he himself will tell us the answer. Nadia, Mr on some old.
"catholic church" Discussed on POLITICO's Nerdcast
"Platform since two thousand sixteen so by this time the party has relieved passed by and he was under immense pressure to changes position. And do you remember that. The three day period leading up to his decision to reverse himself on high is just going to say. Take us to that moment of him. Having to make this decision. I mean he's in his seventies at this point. Seventy seventy seven. He's fighting you know fighting for his life and his in this primary and at this time it really does not look like. He's in a strong position to do well in the first contest in iowa like he's not looking as best right. Now let's be. Let's let's cut to the chase like it's not like yemi thing and the reproductive rights groups really putting the pressure on there are people inside his own campaign. He was at an aco you forum and a volunteer on a rope line while being recorded by someone else asked him very pointedly clearly. It was a kind of elderly woman who got his face. Will you support. Will you commit to repealing the hyde amendment and he said yes and like it was kinda muffled and the video really grainy and weird and like this is sort of a peer and it was like oh like joe biden what okay and then his campaign said he misspoke and there was a period of like three days where it was like really not clear at all what his position was and then you know he finally came out and i think he just in he said he would support repealing it and he has followed through on that as president. You know his first white house proposed. Budget did not include hyde amendment language. The hydrogen is beasley always in these funding bills. Saying you know these funds. Will you know like asterisk. Like none of these funds will be used for abortion. Basically and his budget did not have that in it and that was seen as a huge victory so he got there and i think he i'm not sure he could have come out of that primary without getting there. I think the interesting thing will be watching how he deals with this texas spill and seeing how he follows through on what he's promised which is a quote all of government offense to combat it and to block it and the idea that the nation's second catholic president could oversee like the death of abortion access. You know the fall of roe v. wade. This is a remarkable moment. I mean it's really an interesting complex. And difficult position for him to be. And i think given the fact that he's always struggled with this issue with the issue of abortion and changed his mind over time. What do you think happens if this texas law continues to be a major issue in the midterms and you know even thinking to to his potential re-election if a abortion rights are are genuinely threatened across the country either by the supreme court overturning roe or these states copying the texas law right now. The politics of this seemed to be democrats. You know leave. This is a sort of you know. The dog has caught the car. Moment for for republicans that the texas law and what it does is is not politically popular and that. It's actually a good issue politically for for democrats. What if that continues. Do you think it's a struggle at all for joe biden to to campaign on that or is he well past having misgivings on on this issue at this point is life. I think it's both. I think he knows what his position is. He's not going to back away from that. I think if there were any chance of that happening we would have seen it already. I frankly i didn't expect that. I mean To do so it would be so out of step with the mainstream democratic party. It just. I think he knows that. And i don't think that he has misgivings about it on an actual policy level. I think he's spoken very forthrightly in and forcefully about women's reproductive rights and the importance of protecting our you know he's vowed at every which way to fight for that I think if the midterms or the real act starts to look like it's going to be a conversation about abortion then. I think there are a couple of questions. How does his comfort level with talking about that. Look what does that look like. And how does that change over time. And also does it push this fight within the catholic church among the hierarchy of bishops that run that basically represents the us church hierarchy. Does it then put the onus back on them even more urgently to make a stand to go to war with him to target him further on trying to bar. Him from taking communion participate in his own catholic faith dots sort of something to watch and i think at that point. Does it become serve..
"catholic church" Discussed on Beyond Picket Fences
"Well. Isn't that nice for the the priest. No one is seeing exactly what they were doing. And that was the whole issue. That's how they could cover up such awful behavior so when you started questioning it did you do it through picketing did you do it through talking to others in the church did you do it through writings. Like your book all three It started out with a picketing. And how old were you in. Pardon me how old were you when you first started picketing oh that would have been back about twenty eleven agree. Yeah so i. I really new to this so And then it was funny because the scruff pastor came out of saint joe's cathedral and He said oh ma'am you'll have to go across the street. You can't pick in front of this church or how. Call the police while right next to the cathedral. Was this police station. That held nine eleven on nine eleven center and my twin sister. japan work there. So i said to the pastor. I said oh i know. All about nine eleven. Mike twin sister works there. So then i did walk aggressive streak. Because i didn't want to get arrested in. My mom told me before. I left out peggy. Don't get in. did you organize yourself. Was it just you did you bring others with you. Oh know this was call to action. There's a wonderful catholic organizations that you obviously will not hear of from the general catholic church. There's call to action. There's future church. There's women's ordination conference roman catholic woman priest now. What do i mean by roman catholic women priests back in two thousand two on the danube river. This really headed be hush hush because Regular bishop from the catholic church or deigned woman bishops in those women that wanted to be woman priest but he knew if he ever found out obviously he would be removed from the catholic church. But what was so important about. This was There's a term called apostolate succession in the catholic church and that means it goes back like from the time of the early apostles. Going back to peter so that anyone that has been ordained in this case a woman now. That is a woman bishop. Then she would have led same power to ordain life future woman. Bishops future woman priest and this runs throughout the united states in.
"catholic church" Discussed on Beyond Picket Fences
"And she was called mary. Priest in her official title was the model for all priesthood in the catholic church. And a lotta times. I think if you hear that. Mary's a priest you're saying oh command. Wait a minute. Obviously she was jesus's mother so as this may be some type of an honorary title in jan went scared when at and he was very explicit because he wanted to make this point murray. Mary was a sacrificial priest. In other words she was up on the altar during the consecration. Craciun she was as much a priest is any other male priest was and you might be wondering. Well wait a minute. Mary wasn't ordained jesus is as well was never ordained at the time of conception the holy spirit Blessed both of them and obviously mary was a part of their blessing and even the catholic church going way back in the eighteen fifty four to give the title of mary being appraised they went back in news tradition. Hebrews seven to six it says. Isn't it fitting that. Mary is such a high priest but basically the priests were using marianna sense to help them with their priesthood and they would prey to her and there was even a prayer card that had a pitcher of mary. Mother of god dressed in priestly attire. And the prayer on the other side was latin but for so many women hearing this now again if it would be seemed like a foreign concept. Because you've been told since time your little no there never were woman. Priest let alone woman. Bishops deacons in our church history. And how do you relate to that because even the readings in the church were they do mention woman so much that has just been entirely Cut out you haven't had the opportunity weekly to hear a woman's perspective anna reading. It's like half. The church is assembled at one time. And let's just pretend if the males were all over one side in the females were all over another side. that's basically what it's like. We're all in that one particular. Wherever in our neighborhood we go to a church but you have this whole other half did yes. They're supposed to be a part of the church realistically no. They aren't a part of the church because they're hall inequality is missing and you have to go way back into the early church. Were the church. Fathers inc. believe it or not roman civic law and they shape.
"catholic church" Discussed on Beyond Picket Fences
"Any woman listening here in the united states wherever to realize you think you know you are particular faith in particular. There's one principal that strolled into your mind. If you're a woman no there never were women. Priests in our church well. I heard for years rumors. And i thought i'm going to do something to try to get to this answer. Was there ever woman priests in the catholic church. I answer my twenties into my middle age and It just it was such a curiosity that it really drove me to do more research and i found such wonderful information. I'm reading this book by jan. Wins guards the ordination of women in the catholic church and i'm rooting the sentence in the sentences. Telling me that. Mary mother of god jesus was mother was a woman priest. I remember i through the book right f. I was excited then. No wait a minute. I gotta pick this book up and i got to refocus. Him is seen what i'm seeing and remember that this is all proven by biblical research. So you know it's nat someone hoping or wishing or making up some type of a a weird conjecture right. Well what does that mean. I mean as an average catholic woman to say that we're taking back carry something like that. Obviously but what does it really mean to you and in a sense i think to a lot of women. It's something it's like a former in canon sept- because if you've been in the church from the time you've been a little girl who did you see up on the altar. Obviously men men priest. The young boys growing up always have that role model. They have the role model of a mayo priest aright. Who was there for us girls in. They'll say well there was mary. Yes there was mary but obviously she was not known to have been a woman priest. And there's basically a whole religious heritage that's just been wiped away. What from generation to generation. Like if you were an irish family one generation. May sean was appraised Maybe ryan was a bishop woman. What was mary do. I mean what was Jane doing i mean there are no woman priest women bishops women deacons and you might be wondering what. Mary's name was as.
"catholic church" Discussed on Behind the Bastards
"Thousand one which is like a decade before she starts finding these death certificates the catholic church had agreed to put one hundred million euros into a special state fund for victims of abuse. Now this was not because they recognize they done bad and wanted to make it right. This was because in two thousand one. They were finally starting to get evidence out about all of the well-documented rapes that catholic priests had carried out and so as part of this agreement about dealing hushing up the rapes. The church puts one hundred million into a fund. And they say we're also saying this fund is going to go to people who were abused in our residential schools because they're going to start suing in a few years and in order to receive these funds. They have to be barred from suing the church directly. This is an agreement they make with. The irish government is the is like you guys were raping a lot of kids. You need to do something about this. And they're like okay. Here's one hundred million. Also people are gonna try to sue us for the other horrible shit. We did make sure that if they take money from this fund. They agreed to not sue us. That's fucking cool right. Good shit catholic church now. The part of the legal requirements around the funds ensured that only victims of sexual abuse and not physical abuse could receive funds so we talked earlier about one of the women whose story inspired those journals to start. Their investigation watched a little girl. Get beaten to death by nuns. If that girl had survived she wouldn't have been she wouldn't have gotten any money she wouldn't have been because she didn't get raped right again. Glee good shit from the catholic church. Nice me one of them want to abuse like that now the fact that they tried to lock all this down and put the funding out in two thousand. One was very savvy of the church because of course they were. Well aware that as the stories of mass child-sex-abuse by priests at broken containment so too with the whole story of the industrial schools the magdalene laundries and the mother and baby homes by making a deal in two thousand one. They protected themselves from the fallout win. In two thousand thirteen a comprehensive government report on the horrors of the industrial school system was finally released. Two thousand thirteen is the year when the irish president or whatever into kenny apologized for the state's role in the harbors church representatives also came out and express their horror at how bad the things they done. Work a new government scheme was announced to give out lump sum payments from eleven thousand five hundred zero to one hundred thousand euro based on a woman's length of stay in an institution. This benefits package fell well. Short of what the two thousand thirteen report had recommended and it also contained a ton of caveats enough that many victims of the system did not qualify for funds to date only about twenty nine point. Eight million euro has been paid out to just seven hundred seventy applicants most of whom got the full hundred thousand euro. Because that's how many people were profoundly abused by this system and the catholic church is still lit up. Let's look up. The expected net worth of the catholic trip. It's all this together. How much how. Much imaginary fucking numbers. Yeah because we don't know because they've hidden it all underground bankers best guests of the vatican's wealth. This is nineteen sixty five. Put it at ten billion to fifteen billion. That's nineteen sixty five is. The estimate is ten to fifteen billion. It is jesus. Close more than yeah. Here's a two thousand fifteen article. How rich is the catholic church. It's impossible to tell. How real estate is the catholic church old. What are its equity holdings. We just don't fucking no fucking imaginary numbers. Yeah fuck. this is fun. In the nineteen sixties. Italian media uncovered evidence that the vatican had tested invested in entities that conflict directly with the churches holding holy mission including instituto pharmacological. Serono a pharmaceutical company. That made birth control pills and you died a military weapons manufacturer. There have also been unconfirmed rumors of church. Money and firearms manufacturer beretta and companies with activities and gambling and pornography has been linked with dealings with nazi gold during world war. Two as well. Fuck in red baby. You love to hear it good. Yeah yeah but it's cool. They've added can passed. Its first law against money laundering and terrorist group funding in two thousand eleven. So so they've been on this for a long time they care this is important to them etcetera etcetera. 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"catholic church" Discussed on Behind the Bastards
"So there is some sort of wildly crazy mental gymnastics that you have to do to like be like an incredibly rich enclosed city and incredibly rich like fabrics and all this fucking shit on your whole thing is to be like humble on whatever but oh yeah to every second of your day as yet the mental gymnastics you must do a quote unquote representative of god to make that make sense is i'm like ra onward simone fucking byles. I'm a humble servant of the lord who happens to live in his own independent nations with billions of dollars in golden riches buried secretly beneath it guarded by swiss mercenaries. What is the problem with that. How does that. How does that not say humble servant of god to you for real. You listen to swiss mercenaries. It's the swiss mercenaries isn't new truly live in some shit. That sounds like a fairytale. no four. You're like is this something. I'm perpetuating that is precisely against thought. I pretend god is. Maybe i should take a knee and fucking renounce all this bullshit away now okay. We'll i'll just riding around in my weird bulletproof pope mobile a fun thing to do with the high up leadership of the catholic church. I'm not saying this about necessarily every single precinct because there are definitely parishes and stuff where there weren't molestation and as we've talked about nervous in the school the americas that were heroic catholic priests and nuns who fought against these right wing death squads and acts of genocide in places like guatemala. And i don't mean like. I'm not saying. Every single catholic church official is complicit in this but everyone at the highest level leadership of the church absolutely as everyone who is running the vatican. Every pope knows about this shit and is complicit in covering up in every year we get more evidence of that every high level catholic official is a part of not just this but the mass child-molestation every single one of them. And if you start to come up with defenses for them replace the word catholic church with nazi germany. And see if those defenses sound like things that defenders of earmarked say when. They're trying to claim that there were large chunks of the nazis who weren't complicit in the genocide. It's the same shell so they ran the catholic church they were part of it and also catholics were part of a complete actual holocaust and they weren't genocide that is part of world news fairness though slice. It you have to there. You have to separate the church in rome from the catholic church large parts of the church in germany. Who a big part of the resistance to hitler and in fact the three groups that reinhardt heidrick the architect of the holocaust targeted in germany were activists clerics which were catholic priests that were anti-nazi the jews obviously and freemasons so. I don't want to like again outside. Germany yeah but yes in the catholic. The pope at that point. There's a bunch of fucked up shit you can say yes i just. I never want to be the catholic. The part of the problem when you're trying to condemn the catholic church is inevitably people will be like well. What about this heroic priest who gave his life protecting. It's like yes. i'm not saying. He helped cover up mass child rape. I'm talking about the pope's. I'm talking about the bishops. I'm talking about the people. In charge of the organization the way conducted yes and is equivalent to a lot of other organizations. We're not we. Don't say every israeli person every no or whatever when we talk about. Us crimes. I'm not saying that your uncle who was drafted at age eighteen is responsible for the deployment of agent orange on the jungles of vietnam in a lotta ways. He's a victim too. But like yeah. It's it's the organization everyone running. The organization of the catholic church is complicit in this and that's cool and good sophia. it's not thank. It's india radically devastating. And i'm glad i started drinking. Yeah it's a good time to be drinking twenty twenty one just the whole year so a big part of the reason why the horrors of this system are now widely known has to do with a single woman from the village of tom and not to white not to wash out those brave journalists. Who did the important work of documenting this but that kind of covered up in the eighties. Twelve is again where that child. Mass grave was uncovered in. This woman's name is kath catherine corless. She grew up hearing the whispered stories about that mass grave which had been so efficiently hushed up and covered up by the church. She started to investigate in the early 'oughts and i'm going to quote from the journal dot i. e. here cordless works in her family farm. She didn't have an academic institution behind her instead. She worked on it in her spare time on a rainy day. I'd really get down to it and go to work in the library. She said she initially tried to contact the bon secours sisters at their core headquarters and was told that they no longer had files or information about the home. She tried the western health board. Who told her. There was no information available when she tried to access information from galloway county council. She says she was told that she wasn't allowed because she didn't have a university degree. That's exactly what i was told. I couldn't look at the records but the council would let her look at the information about the housing estate which had been built over the ruins of the old home and from this from this information about the housing estate. She was able to piece together data about the original site. She eventually hit upon the idea of going to the registry office in galway to get death certificates for every child who had perished at the home. Her contact at the office called her a week later and said do you really want all these death certificates. Because you're going to be charged for each of them and there's a fuck load of them. Corless was charged for euros for each death certificates. She requested between two thousand eleven when she started requesting them and two thousand thirteen. She came up. With seven hundred and ninety-six deaths they ranged from newborns to nine year old children. The death certificates gave causes ranging from malnutrition neglect. Measles burkey losses in pneumonia. The number of deaths and the time the home is operational. Mean that one child died there every fifteen days by overlaying map of the site as it looks today with plans for the old building. She realized the mass grave discovered in one thousand. Nine hundred seventy five had been built in the old location of the homes sewage tank. So when they didn't polish the building they step all the corpses in the sewage tank. That's good very respectful. Life matters catholic church famed advocates of the sanctity.
"catholic church" Discussed on Behind the Bastards
"You have to try to kill babysits. Seventy five percents. I'm going to quote from reuters here. Anonymous testimony from residents compared the institutions to prisons where they were verbally abused by nuns sinners and spawn of satan women suffered through traumatic labor's without any pain relief. One recalled women screaming a woman who had lost her mind in a room with small white coffins. That's good oh my god loss. Mind in a room all white coffins surrounded by baby corpses cool new nature cell phone inside live in life. You know well death but you know now very confusingly in a good article but it has a confusing phrase that it notes that by it opens by noting that alongside thousands of deaths enforce child separations quote. Children were vaccinated without consent. This doesn't seem like it belongs with the rest of that because who would consider vaccinating a child with her without consent on the same plane as murdering children will now a lot of people now but actually. This is kind of bad phrasing weirdly bad raising at the start of the article. The vaccine stories actually super fucked up absolutely worthy of inclusion. Because it wasn't that they were vaccinating children. What actually happened again. Reuters does go into this later. Is that institutionalized children were used as guinea pigs for experimental vaccines without their consent. There were at least. It's fucking rad. There were at least gangrene bullish. Shit oh yeah now. It doesn't have. It doesn't go as bad as mangled stuff. That is one of the things. I have to say about this because i think they were testing actual vaccines as opposed to mangle it. Just doing murder nonsense. There were at least thirteen. Separate child trials for diphtheria polio measles rubella and other shots now none of the against some of the children. Most of the children in these in these trials were children from general society whose parents consented to them being part of the vaccine trial but also a bunch of the people in this were children in the mother and baby homes. Some who were just fifteen years old Some of the mothers were just fifteen years. Old were not asked to give consent. This was generally justified by the fact that these mothers had mental health issues or psychiatric disorders. So normal moms have to consent to give the have their parents part of this experiment. The children mothers in the mother and baby homes don't aren't don't need to be asked for consent because they have mental problems according to the nuns who are beating them again. According to the non scorpio because an incredible. We don't know if any of these women were diagnosed by an actual doctor who had any kind of credibility to have any kind of psychiatric issues. Now that that would have made it okay. I'm just making the point that these diagnoses seem to have been just handed out by nuns and priests a large number of whom were child molesters so documentation on these trials is notoriously sketchy but just based on what. I've sniffed around it as definite with of shipping covered up. That said there is no hard evidence of any serious harms. Due to these tests there is one case of a child from one of these homes who died of cardiac and respiratory failure two weeks after receiving a vaccine. The commission that investigated. This said that the death did not appear to have been linked to the vaccines and again these facilities are killing babies left and right so there's a good chance that it was the the baby died just because of other mistreatment and yeah it's it's cool. It's really cool. So again as i noted about forty three thousand children in total took part in these trials most of them were from the general population in their parents were reached out to four consent. And that was documented. This was not the case of children from the mother and baby homes. I'm going quit from the irish examiner here. The commission noted this is an investigation later. Noted that dr hanley who did the the vaccine tests emphasize the importance of obtaining written consent prior to treatment and provided a breakdown of the number of consent forms returned in each school. No child was immunized unless written parental consent form was produced. However dr hanley made no mention of consent written or otherwise in respect to institutional children again. Like why would you give a shit. Obviously consent matters unless you're one of these kids that the catholic church jones then who cares. It's good it's great. Shit spirited now. One of the articles. I found on this noted that in the forties and fifties it was common across europe and the united states to use institutionalized children guinea pigs for vaccine trials in the us and canada. This often meant indigenous children who had been separated by their families. Forcibly to be de indian eised. This is not the story. We're telling today but it's worth mentioning that that happened. We've talked about the residential schools before this is the thing that happens outside of ireland to children who are forcibly incarcerated in institutions with similar death tolls to these homes in ireland and a lot of a lot of times in the us and canada. It's indigenous kits and. Yeah it's it's interesting that because of how fucked up the story is the part where we're talking about using child slaves as medical guinea. Pigs is the least dark part of the story. This is the least body count of anything we're talking about including probably hasbro but now it's time to go back to the dead babies specifically the mass graves of dead babies. Now the most thing. God i was wondering if you paid me for reason you. You texted me the other day saying robert. My hands are shaking. I haven't talked about mass graves of dead children in months. What am i. What are we gonna. I gotta get a fix. That's what i said. And i showed you my dad baby track track marks. Yup i gotta get back in the game. I got the need the need for dega. Babies the Drag it. you gotta chase the dragon. The dragon is a baby's corpse. Yeah now the most infamous mass child grave covered up by the catholic church in ireland is probably the one at saint. Mary's in the village of tom which is colloquially known. As the home this was a child and mother home run by the bond sukur nuns from nineteen twenty five to nineteen sixty one in nineteen sixty one. The home closed down and its child. Inmates were sent to nearby industrial schools. The building was bulldozed and low income. Housing was put up on its site in one thousand nine seventy five. Two children were playing on the site. The former site of the home they found several concrete slabs loosely covering a hollow. Being young boys they moved the slabs and discovered a hole underneath it. They crawled inside and realized to their horror that it was quote full of skeletons of children. Oh my god oh my god. Good shin right. They're the kind of thing where your mom's like okay. Can you do this. Shit you've been doing. Can you not go out and do not let go into caves that shameless you go it around in case and you're gonna find dead babies and then you go and the cave fine literal skeletons. Other children now seems like your mom planted them to just like drive her point home about what you should not have been doing. That shit is so creepy. Yeah it might be one of those things. Where like as a child you decide to stop exploring after that. Like yeah no fucking shit raymond. Become or kid going. I like computers now. I don't know how to code. I can't go outside anymore. It's full of skeletons dead. Children out there. And i cannot so these boys find a whole full of baby skeletons and they go home to tell their families now. The church immediately gets involved here and they do what they do best. Which is hush things up. A priest does amass at the burial site and the grave was covered again more permanently. This time there was no investigation into what had happened or who was buried there. But the people of tom didn't forget from the journal dot i quote a local couple began to take care of the small patch of land erecting a grotto in the corner and maintaining it for thirty five years trimming the grass and planting flowers stories continued to spread about the bodies and the institution that put them there. Similar stories spread all around ireland dipping into the cultural and consciousness like tap roots into soil. Now in one thousand nine hundred seventy six year after these kids find this mass grave a pair of journalists from the irish times. Start making inquiries about the still ongoing programs like the industrial schools in the magdalen laundries one of the journalists who started this investigation was inspired to do so because her husband a psychiatrist had a young female patient who became hysterical the moment and none entered the ward. This psychiatrist was savvy enough to be like she.
"catholic church" Discussed on More Content Talk
"Because white supremacy is deeply ingrained in the catholic church and it always has been you gotta be a certain way to write a heaven all right at least according to their philosophy you gotta look a certain way you to dress a certain way. Gotta talk a certain way you got to worship certain way you gotta dance a certain way you gotta look a certain way you got to have sex certain way you to not have too much sex gotta have enough sex. I mean there's all kinds of rules you have not even begun to understand catholocism until you have understood that rules constant rules constant demands and the beatings whippings and the torture that has resulted from this organization that you think that you're just going to walton reform because you have a degree and facts hiram for ray ray for you you know you did a great job. Coexist was a complete failure. Failure huge failure. You upset think of how many how many homosexual people thought you gave false. Hope to them always remember that. Don't give false hope to people don't do it. Don't be religious not in that way when it comes to people's hopes and dreams if a child s you mommy daddy Whatever do i have a chance being accepted by the catholic church. Tell them no not as you are son daughter. They you whatever you have. No chance of being accepted the way you are by these people. You've created that delusion for yourself because you desire to be accepted by the start desiring to be accepted by them. Please please be yourself please. i'm begging you. i don't wanna see suffer anymore. Don't waste your time organizations like the catholic church you have one life and if you spend that whole life trying to be accepted by people you will consider it a wasted life and i don't want that for you. That's why i say the things i say. That's why i tell you. Stop listening. These people calling for peace and coexistence. It's not going to happen not in this lifetime but maybe you can make your own way. Have your own piece. have your own life. I wish you nothing but the best This has been more content. Talk thanks so much for joining us tonight. Check us out on instagram. Check us out at More content talk the youtube page. The new youtube page is alive and ready to go. We have shorts. we have all of our old episodes. The didn't get put up on the podcast for whatever reason. And there's new episodes coming so likened subscribe at more content top and also just listened to us. We're all over the place. Where on stitcher were i mean spotify. More you listen to the more episodes we get to do. Thanks so much We hope you have a wonderful night and As we always say here more content tap when life gets you down laugh at something else by by everyone..
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"Don't care what you say because you discourage learning when you do that anyway. They probably know knows who knows. Some of these people in these is a catholic school. Some of these people in these schools did not qualify. They don't deserve to be teaching anyway. But they're in there because you know we have to allow people the right to ruin children's lives. It's a it's a. It's a write in america. God damn it and we're going to protect it children that you know all kinds of nutty stuff that anyway go up to send to office right. Because he's doing his homework and then the idiot teachers taking me. Why wouldn't you do this homework. Whatever i don't listen to it anymore. Anyway should have been in the office in the first place. But he's in the office and You know the the headmaster which already sounds ridiculous. He gets a black kid. This white guy. I'm the headmaster. You fucking slave on motherfucker anyway. He says the kid apologizes racism. Sorry i guess for doing my homework said you know you should bow down and do it. The nigerian way and so when he told his mom. This kid obviously very offended that this supposed- moral fair unbalanced or whatever. That's a good way to call a fair unbalanced. Fair unbiased st no fact pace logic. Ninja mutant turtle priests. You know 'cause everyone says that now you can't you can't take people who say that seriously anymore because they all think they know everything and that's just the way of saying i know everything. I'm the super logic man So you know. The kid goes his mother in. Intel's obviously like this guy was fucking races teaching and says she went down there and the guy clarified and he said well. What i meant to say was african way complete completely. He didn't get it he didn't get it one bit. You see that they don't care they don't care. The catholic church does not care about black people who've at home.
"catholic church" Discussed on More Content Talk
"That's righteous that's That's holding fast. That's that's staying. The course i suppose A lot of things. It's turning your back on people. It's deciding. I'm better deciding. i know deciding. I'm right and to hell with anyone who who goes against that right because what about what about all the people that voted all the time to performing the church. I know there were a lot of times. I would hear conversations between gay members of churches and maybe secular homosexuals and they would say you know. What are we seeing your time for. They don't like you this stuff in there about killing you understand and you know people would say well. Maybe maybe they'll change know. Maybe they'll change maybe change the change That makes for great art. You know it makes for great songs. i'm sure that that would make great taylor swift song you know. Maybe they'll maybe shane. Maybe they'll change if we keep on dreaming..
"catholic church" Discussed on More Content Talk
"All right alright. Alright hello me one and welcome to another wonderful episode of more content talk. That's the only show that cuts through all the glenn the glitz and all the bullshit to bring you. The truth is news that we can find. So what did we find this week. Well let me tell you what we found. We found something we knew was going to happen long before it happened Before tell you what that topic is. I wanna take you back to a simpler time to the good old days if you will of Two thousand and eight and there was a young upstart candidate known as barack hussein. Obama who you know people were talking about maybe being president and so this issue to whole popularity contests for who could be the most tolerant right and you saw all nations around the world. Pretty much Engaged in this kind of moral cockfight to see who was going to win. Who could be the most tolerant nation. And i'll tell you why they did that. It's because that's how you control people you do it by appearing to be the most benevolent person in the room wins over favor with people and so all these nations who you wouldn't think there are these forms of rulership some some you can call nations. Maybe not all of a sudden overnight became so tolerant and the coexist movement was born. I'm not saying that. Everyone involved in the coexist movement was insincere. I'm sure a lot of people were very insincere. I'm sure a lot of people were sincere to however one party that participated in this movement this coexist movement from the beginning. I said this is not going to last. Is the catholic church and sure enough you know almost is if sent from above a message came and that message said don't trust. These people have catholic church not the vatican. Anyway there's plenty of good catholics in the world but this vatican is corrupt. And we've seen time and time again where they've shuffled children around from organization to organization. Try to hide these these pedophile priest. And you know you think you got your hands on them and then they moved the priests to some unknown country and then they find them there and the next thing know they turned up missing. And there's a whole bunch of children been abused in their wake. It's happened in ireland. it's happened in you know africa. It's happened all over the world and they've never been held accountable for this. Yeah sure they paid a little money but never any real jail. I've never any real.
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"Caps is this is for every ten twenty twenty one Crews from the united states coast guard rescued three. Cuban nationals reportedly were stranded on a deserted island. Now they a now the bahamas modern a month off of that boat capsized on. They swam ashore. So the boat gaps is lines. A news release said a crew from the ask station. Miami spotted the three people on a routine patrol my monday narrowing willeke coast guard official says three people to there being on ireland for thirty days as horrible banks. I cruise diligently conducting routine patrols. Were able to spot people. So if they were conducting our routine patrols of date just see them off to say the same thing what i say if these are routine patrols right unless they routinely patrol every month every three days and that would make sense. Bob bob i called. Bs continue the crew dropped food water and radio. Mafuta established communication while another helicopter flew crew was deployed to the san the trio tool the crew. They had survived on counts co on coast guard officials said shells with scattered. All over official said the people who are very weakened dea trade it all of them will very weak unfor- teague showing definite signs of just being out of out in the elements when extended period of time dehydration was definitely a big factor for them. As well i suck man. that's horrible. You know what. I hate no going to the beach i thirsty as they go into one kendra get a hate us much they. I got him late in that regard hague onto the beach. I'm thirsty out in water and a cat drink. That water sucks carry freshwater the beach. Forget that why am i in. The water can't drink over. This is the words yeah.
"catholic church" Discussed on WMAL 630AM
"Iran's nuclear deal a major international challenge for the bite administration. The nuclear deal is shaping up to be a competition of who blinks First Iran's supreme leader The Ayatollah Khamenei said today that U. S sanctions on his country would have to be lifted first before returning to the nuclear deal. President Joe Biden this weekend told CBS News that America will not lift sanctions on Iran until they stop enriching uranium. The remarks from the Ayatollah, though usher in a new chapter for what Iran is calling definitive policy toward The 2015 agreement. The Ayatollah acknowledged that Iran has routinely violated the deal. Reports indicate the Islamic republic is enriching uranium at 20%, as well as maintaining more storage than was set forth in the plan Functions. Tree used the U. S Supreme Court issuing a ruling in favor of California churches that are fighting back against the covert 19 restrictions. Boxes. Christina Coleman, reports singing and chanting is still restricted at warship services. But this is still a big legal win for the churches. In this case. Now I am at Saint Monica Catholic Church here in Santa Monica. It is part of the Archdiocese of L. A, which is huge with some five million Catholics and this archdiocese released the statement saying they are gratified by the Supreme Court's ruling. Late Friday, The high court blocked California from enforcing its covert related bands on indoor worship, Sir. This is, however, as I mentioned the court left in place, the state's covert rules restricting singing and chanting and a limit on attendance. Churches were able to be open in many cities as long as they follow certain guidelines. A pelican that got blown off course and was rescued in Connecticut has been found of Florida, where he's recovering from pneumonia in frostbite. Brown Pelican was rescued from the icy Connecticut River just over a week ago. The bird, whose species is not typically seen in the Northeast, couldn't even stand or lift its head when it was found. I'm Joe cheering Fox News. Sport of baseball became segregated in 18 89 in 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the major league color barrier when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. Certainly, baseball has grown considerably, and we're quite proud of the rule..