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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  John 8:32 

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me . . .  Hosea 4:6

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.  2 Tim. 4:3-4

And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
2 Thess. 2:8-12 (NKJV; emphasis added)

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The contemporary body of corporate Seventh-day Adventists and many, many Independent Ministries are sleepwalking far behind the march of prophetic events.  It is high time to wake up and WATCH!

"The hour has come, the hour is striking and striking at you, the hour and the end!"  Eze. 7:6 (Moffatt)

The words of Jesus Christ Himself about His Second Coming - Matt. 24:

21For then shall be great tribulation , such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. [Cf. Dan. 11:45-12:1] 23Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  [Cf. Isa.  25Behold, I have told you before. 26Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. [Wrote John the Revelator - Rev. 1:7, "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him" and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. (Cf. Rev. 19)]  . . .30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.  (Emphasis added.)

Of the great antichrist God has revealed through His prophet Isaiah:

12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (Cf. Isa. 2:1-6, 19-21; bold and italic emphasis added)

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THE CALL OF THE POPE & WHO RESPONDED)

An urgent message to Seventh-day Adventists as the prophetic time clock winds down:

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The insight of A. T. Jones that needs to be kept in mind as Roman Catholic legislation proliferates throughout America - "The papacy is very impatient of any restraining bonds"  more . . .

Ellen G. White: "When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result." (GC 445.1)

"When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with Spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and Republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan, and that the end is near." (5T 451.)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Hosea 4:6

We do not go deep enough in our search for truth. Every soul who believes present truth will be brought where he will be required to give a reason of the hope that is in him. The people of God will be called upon to stand before kings, princes, rulers, and great men of the earth, and they must know that they do know what is truth. (Review and Herald, February 18, 1890; TM 119)

Spirit of Prophecy Policy on Family Planning  (For full context cf. Adventists and Birth Control; Adventists and Birth Control (Concluded)

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Certain of the popular positions mentioned approvingly in some hyperlinked reports, essays, and blogs on this web page will of necessity cause reactions of strong disagreement, or at the very least discomfort, on the part of many readers. Regrettably, these positions cannot be separated from the core issues in the reports which prove the fulfillment of major end-times prophecies, and may of themselves be fulfillment of the prophecy of the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3:1-5

LINK TO 2014

NEW►  With the electorate clamoring for legislative action to better the economic condition of the people, the totally Republican controlled House of Representatives continues to give priority to the Roman Catholic agenda - religious ideology violating the separation of church and state. Difficulties and embarassment ensue because of the extremes to which the ideology inevitably leads:-

GOP Leaders Pull Abortion Bill After Revolt by Women, Moderates -

Some Republicans worried that the 20-week abortion measure might alienate millennials and female voters. But many female lawmakers were also furious over its clause stating that women can be exempt from the ban in cases of rape only if they reported the rape to authorities.

House GOP Cancels 20-Week Abortion Ban Vote, Introduces Another Anti-Choice Bill -

To avoid disappointing the hordes of anti-choice marchers descending on Washington, D.C., for the March for Life, Republicans will pinch-hit with another bill from their deep bench of anti-choice legislation—a bill to restrict federal funding for abortion coverage. . .

It’s unclear how many female GOP “no” votes leadership would have actually seen on the 20-week ban, given that Rep. Renee Ellmers (R- NC), who led the charge to change the ban’s rape exceptions and removed herself as a co-sponsor, said she would have still voted for the bill. . .

Given that Ellmers had also warned that the party risked turning off young voters by focusing on the abortion ban so soon after taking control of Congress, her concerns seem to have been more about optics and timing than substance.

It is glaringly evident that the Republican party is obsessed with the abortion issue. That the Roman Catholic Church itself is obsessed with abortion is expressly stated by Pope Francis:

Pope Francis: Roman Catholic Church ‘Obsessed’ With Abortion, Contraception, Homosexuality -

As the Times reports, Pope Francis seeks to make the church more welcoming. “This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people,” he said. “We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity.”

While the Roman Catholic Church frequently focuses on issues like contraception and abortion, the pope himself thinks the church should take a step back. He told his interviewer, “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.”

As it is a question of public relations with those who revolted against the 20-week abortion ban, so it is a matter of making the church more welcoming. There is a snare here, both in Republican politics and in Pope Francis' preferred policy. The Pope's opposition to abortion and contraception has been expressly stated along with euthanasia, and homosexuality (referenced above,) the latter of which in particular places the pontiff on solid biblical ground, although he would not claim the Bible as his primary authority:

Pope calls abortion, euthanasia, IVF sins 'against God the creator'

Catholic moral teaching forbids abortion, euthanasia, the use artificial reproduction technologies such as in-vitro fertilization and research that involves the destruction of human embryos.

Pope Francis Challenges Filipinos: Families are Your Greatest Treasure, Oppose Abortion -

Pope Francis, in referencing the goodness and truth proclaimed by predecessors Saint Pope Paul VI and Saint John Paul II, further stated:

In the moment of challenge of the growth of the population, we have the strength to defend openness to life. The Philippines need loving families to protect the beauty and truth of God’s plan as ‘the future passes through the family.’ So protect your families — it’s your country’s greatest treasure…. Be sanctuaries of respect for life, proclaiming the sacredness of every human life from conception to natural death. What a gift this would be to society, if every Christian family lived fully its noble vocation! Our world needs good and strong families to overcome these threats.

Pope Francis Defends Catholic Church's Ban on Contraception But Says Christians Don't Have to Procreate 'Like Rabbits' -

That phrase "christians don't have to procreate 'like rabbits'" is pregnant with Roman Catholic doctrine on marital relations. The position of the papacy on both abortion and contraception are based on dogmatic claims of the Roman Catholic Church.

To some minds, the attempted legislation banning 20-week abortions is baffling; but it should not be:

House Leadership Should Thank GOP Women for Thwarting Anti-Abortion Bill -

Whether it was conviction or politics that led House Republican women to object, the party's leadership should probably be thankful that they stopped the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" from hitting the House floor yesterday. From a political standpoint, the legislation—which would have banned abortion after 5 months pregnancy—was baffling. After a midterm election spent making Democrat's "GOP War on Women" rhetoric look a little silly, one of the first things Republicans do in the new Congress is introduce federal abortion restrictions? And on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade at that? That's just spiteful. It's exactly the kind of thing that makes popular ideas about the party being anti-woman seem true.

Identification of the Republican Party with the Roman Catholic Church, and the party's aggressive promotion of Roman Catholic teachings is irrefutably based on facts:

The Vatican Connection: How the Roman Catholic Church Influences the Republican Party -

However, although Dole’s endorsement of the Catholic political agenda, along with a similar endorsement by the Republican Party platform, made the Republican Party in effect a religious or sectarian party, it is even more significant that the Catholic bishops took action to aid the Republican Party. The president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Anthony M. Pilla of Cleveland, departed from custom to tell the 250 bishops that, although they should not engage in partisan politics, they could address political issues that might be closer to the views of one party. Then, after a “stinging attack on President Clinton’s veto of a measure that banned a type of late-term abortion,” the bishops, according to the June 24 New York Times, “unanimously endorsed [Dole’s] appeal to Congress to overturn the veto.”

Meet the ‘evangelical’ Catholics who are remaking the GOP -

How many voters know that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a Roman Catholic? Or that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is a Southern Baptist, not a Latino Catholic? Or that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio worships at both a Catholic parish and an evangelical church?

More importantly, does it matter?

Actually, it does in today’s Republican Party, where a number of factors have forged a new religious identity that supersedes familiar old categories.

These prominent Republicans are emblematic of the new religious amalgam that, in many instances, has helped refashion denominational differences that were once almost insurmountable. Look no further than the stunning Virginia primary victory of Dave Brat, a Catholic with degrees from a Reformed Protestant college in Michigan and Princeton Theological Seminary, who took down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last week.

Running in a conservative district in the Richmond suburbs, Brat is described as both a Catholic and Calvinist, labels that would be considered incompatible in almost any realm. He’s a champion of a resurgent movement among Catholic intellectuals that seeks to marry Catholic social teaching with free-market economic libertarianism.

Recent presidential elections have elevated several evangelicals, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. But heading into the 2014 midterm elections, several of the Republican Party’s emerging leaders are Catholic, including some who maintain evangelical backgrounds or tendencies.

The challenge for Catholic politicians might be finding the balancing act between a Catholic and an evangelical appeal, said Amy E. Black, a political science professor at Wheaton College in Illinois.

“While the Catholic faith used to be a liability, it might even be an asset now,” Black said. “Evangelicals are a solid voting bloc in the Republican Party, whereas Catholics are likely to be swing voters. Republican presidential candidates know they need to appeal to evangelical voters, and they want to win over as many Catholic voters as they can.”

Evangelicals have been relatively predictable in the past few elections, while Catholics have been less so. . .

Cf. Rev. 13:11-18. There will be further examination of this critical subject, which is directly related to receiving the Mark of the Beast, in future postings on this web page.

NEW►  Ecumenical acclamation by non-Catholic church leaders for Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines. The SDA Elder's statement is somewhat ambiguous:-

From [D]@gmail.com:

Non-Catholic groups believe papal visit will strengthen Filipinos’ faith in God

The title of this report speaks volumes. How in the world can the office-holder who is prophetically described by the Apostle Paul as "that Wicked (One)" ['o anomoV - "he in whom all iniquity has fixed its abode" - Thayer] (II Thess. 2:8,) strengthen faith in the True God. This is the "deceivableness of unrighteousness" mentioned by Paul in verse 10, the great deception of our time - the time of the end. The culmination of this deception is the acceptance of Satan impersonating Jesus Christ. None but those who are sanctified by the Truth, which is the Word of God (John 17:17,) are protected when God sends them [those who "received not the Truth, that they might be saved"] "strong delusion, that they should believe a lie" (2 Thess. 2:11.)

NEW►  Those in deep apostasy from the Protestant Reformation declare that "mutual condemnations at the time of the 16th century Reformation do not apply to their current teaching." This prophetic condemnation ensuing from repudiation of sound doctrine by the Lutherans is stated in explicit terms by the Apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Spirit of Truth, "And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (2 Thess. 2:8-12):-

From [D]@gmail.com:

‘Epoch-Making Turning Point’ from Conflict to Communion

Junge and Koch took the opportunity to announce plans for a common liturgical guide in connection with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, of which publication is scheduled for 2015. Looking towards 2017, the Lutheran - Roman Catholic material is intended to enable churches all over the world to review the 500 years of Reformation. The guide will follow on from the dialogue document From Conflict to Communion published by both partners in 2013, and transpose it into liturgical acts. The material will reflect the structure of this document with its triple form of penitence for the wounds mutually inflicted; joy at the insights and dimensions of the Reformation; and hope for unity.

Do the terms "communion" and "common liturgical guide" envisage "visible unity" by participation in the Roman Eucharist?

Lutherans, Vatican move closer on 500-year Reformation anniversary cooperation

The general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, Rev. Martin Junge, says relations between the Lutheran and Catholic churches have reached an epoch-making turning-point.

He was speaking during preparations for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017 when Lutheran and Catholics are expected to cooperate in an act of Christian unity.

Junge was speaking during a discussion December 18 in the Lutheran church in Rome, where he said the relationship between Lutherans and Catholics is being transformed "from conflict to communion," the LWF said in a December 19 statement. . . .

The Protestant Reformation was the 16th-century schism within Western Christianity started by people questioning Catholic doctrine and practices, such as Martin Luther, John Calvin and other early Protestants.

The panelists in Rome agreed on the question of a joint act of repentance between Lutherans and Catholics. . . .

LWF and PCPCU representatives had jointly signed their joint declaration on October 31, 1999 in Augsburg, Germany, officially declaring that mutual condemnations at the time of the 16th century Reformation do not apply to their current teaching. (Cf. THE JOINT DECLARATION ON THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION)


 

CARRIED OVER FROM DECEMBER 31, 2014:

NEW►  Another Bush wants to be president, and he is the most dangerous of all. Militant Roman Catholic politician Rick Santorum described George W. Bush as "the first Roman Catholic President;" but as a Methodist, he was essentially a "fellow traveler." Jeb Bush is a deeply committed member of the church of Rome (Cf. That all-but-missing detail about Jeb Bush’s life.) Fanatical Roman Catholics have a dream social organization for America. Ave Maria, Florida, is the model, and it exists thanks to a law passed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush:-

Getting Medieval: In Florida, A Catholic Mogul Seeks To Base An Entire Town On His Personal Theology

The small town of Ave Maria, Fla., is home to Ave Maria University, a strictly Catholic institution – and critics say, an undemocratic form of government dominated by one man’s interpretation of religious doctrine.

The community of about 2,500 souls is a project of eccentric millionaire and Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan, who reportedly planned the town as an ultra- conservative Catholic enclave in an isolated stretch of Florida countryside.

Now, outsiders are raising concerns about the constitutionality of Monaghan’s dream town, which is centred around a large Catholic church. . .

If it seems a bit unusual that one man possesses so much control over the government of a town, that’s because it is. Thanks to a law passed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Monaghan co-owns the town along with the Barron-Collier development company – and they can retain that control for perpetuity. Ave Maria holds no elections. Every member of its governing board has been handpicked by Monaghan and Barron-Collier.

And that, along with Monaghan’s decision to restrict contraception access and make moral decisions for the people living under his rule, raises serious issues.

Hail Mary

Essentially, Monaghan plans to draw a line in the sand against a trend he deems evil. Even as the rapidly growing church lists right worldwide and a few rock-ribbed Catholic orders—most notably Opus Dei—are surging, American Catholics are becoming ever more progressive. . . .

Monaghan's campaign may be a first in Catholic history. For centuries, the church's schools have always been headed up by a religious order—the Benedictines, for instance, or the Jesuits. Monaghan, though, is stealing a page from Protestant evangelicals such as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell and invoking a decidedly corporate structure. "I'm a businessman," he's pronounced. "I get to the bottom line.... And the bottom line is to help people get to heaven."

To conservatives, Monaghan is a deep-pocketed savior. Florida governor Jeb Bush, a converted Catholic, made Ave Maria Town a special tax district like Disney World, giving the self-appointed Board of Supervisors (run by Monaghan's development partner) wideonging powers and exempting the town from state and local laws. John DiIulio Jr., once George W. Bush's director of faith-based initiatives, is on the university's board of regents, and Pope Benedict XVI—who has bemoaned the "dictatorship of relativism"—sees great hope in Monaghan's school. A former student of the pope, Reverend Joseph Fessio, is the provost there, and when Fessio visited Rome recently, he reported that the pope asked, "How's Ave Maria?"

Separating Church and State Still an Issue in the US

It bills itself as "southwest Florida's newest hometown . . . A town where children can ride their bikes to school, walk to the candy store and scoot their way to the ice cream shop. Where neighbors are friends and life is good. Where everyone enjoys life as it is meant to be lived."

Yes, it sounds like Mayberry, USA, but this is not the description of a made-for-TV utopia. Indeed, it's a very real place created by Domino's Pizza founder and former Detroit Tigers' owner Tom Monaghan, in partnership with the Florida-based Barron Collier companies.

Indeed, Ave Maria, Florida, was founded as an unincorporated "stewardship community district" in 2005. Florida's then-governor Jeb Bush attended Ave Maria's groundbreaking and dubbed it "a new kind of town where like-minded people live in harmony between faith and freedom."

Faith? Freedom? For Monaghan, the two are inseparable, and he has trumpeted his intention of creating a city "according to strict Roman Catholic principles." As he sees it, this means that stores will be unable to sell pornography, pharmacies will be barred from selling condoms or other forms of birth control, and cable TV will not be allowed to carry X-rated channels.

Small wonder that civil libertarians, secular humanists and those who believe in religious pluralism have a host of questions about church-state separation in Ave Maria.

Their fears ramped up after an article in Catholicstand.com hailed the town's religious foundation. "This small town used to be 1,000 acres of tomato plant and has been transformed into a college town with modern amenities and a very distinct religious lifestyle . . . Catholic culture is apparent everywhere, in street names such as Assisi, Avila and Cana . . . The entire town was built around and revolves around the center: The Oratory."

Another indicator of Jeb Bush's commitment to Roman Catholic ideology is the Terry Schiavo case:

Both of the brothers Bush, George W. and Jeb, were deeply involved in the blatant government intervention into the case, the one at the federal level, and the other at the level of the State of Florida (Jeb's hands were already unclean from his role in the theft of the 2000 presidential election.) The intervention was a violation of the US Constitution's separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. The attempt to impose religious right-wing ideology inspired by the Roman Catholic Church was also an assault on the separation of Church and State guaranteed by the Constitution. Here the Image to the Beast was plainly visible, had been since 2001, and was beginning to speak -

Terri's Law

I was stunned when the Florida legislature and Governor Jeb Bush, for religious reasons, intervened in a case that belonged in the courts. At that point I began to track events surrounding Terri Sciavo. Never in my wildest dreams did I think the U.S. Congress and President would get involved. The silver-lining in Terri Schiavo's sad death is that it illustrates the basic thesis of this web site: the theocratic right has taken working control of the Republican Party and is using it as a base from which to impose their religious beliefs on the rest of the country.

Jeb Bush, Still Playing Politics Over the Dead Body of Terri Schiavo

On June 15, Pinellas County Medical Examiner Jon Thogmartin released his long-awaited, thirty-nine page autopsy report on Terri - a report that included extensive evidence from neuropathologists who had examined her brain and spinal cord. . .

In particular, the report showed that, as over a decade of court wrangling had already proved, Terri had been in a persistent vegetative state (PVS). Indeed, the report also found that her brain had atrophied to half normal size, and that she was blind, the visual areas of her brain having been destroyed.

Nevertheless, the autopsy left an opening for politics to once again insert itself into the case - prompting Gov. Bush to instruct the state's Attorney General to investigate Michael Schiavo.

As I will explain, there is no good reason to investigate. Rather, this investigation is simply a continuation of the politics that have always surrounded the Schiavo case, as I argued in an earlier column for this site.

Terri Schiavo's case doesn't end with her passing

Over the years, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene in the case six times, most recently Wednesday. Hundreds of protesters camped outside the hospice here where she was a patient. (Related video: Years in the courts)

By the time she died at 9:05 a.m. ET, the case was an international story. The van transporting her body to the Pinellas County medical examiner's office was shown live on TV. An autopsy will be performed.

Even the Vatican got involved. Shortly after her death, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, head of the Vatican's office for sainthood, called the removal of the feeding tube "an attack against God." (Related story: Reaction at the Vatican)

President Bush said Thursday, "The essence of civilization is that the strong have a duty to protect the weak." His brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who pushed hard to intervene, said, "Her experience will heighten awareness of the importance of families dealing with end-of-life issues, and this is an incredible legacy."

Vatican addresses Terri Schiavo case, end-of-life issues

The Vatican was also asked by the U.S. bishops about another situation which is reminiscent of the Terri Schiavo case. The prelates asked, “When nutrition and hydration are being supplied by artificial means to a patient in a 'permanent vegetative state,' may they be discontinued when competent physicians judge with moral certainty that the patient will never recover consciousness?”

The response from the Vatican maintained clear and consistent respect for life at all its stages. The CDF responded, “No. A patient in a 'permanent vegetative state' is a person with fundamental human dignity and must, therefore, receive ordinary and proportionate care which includes, in principle, the administration of water and food even by artificial means."

Echoing a key distinction that Pope John Paul II made in a 2004 speech, Levada said, “[T]he provision of water and food, even by artificial means, always represents a 'natural means' for preserving life, and is not a 'therapeutic treatment.' The late Holy Father’s teaching was in direct opposition to those argued that food and water can be considered extraordinary means to prolong a patient’s life.

The "respect for life at all stages" of course embraces the fetus in a woman's womb. As pointed out repeatedly in the past, the "pro-life" movement is a vehicle for Roman Catholic dogma and ideology. The Image to the Beast began to speak clearly during the George W. Bush years, and although the speech may now seem to be muted, the laws expressing that speech continue to be passed on both the federal and state levels in the United States; particularly at the state level.

The small corporate body of Ave Maria, Florida, is a dream social organization of fanatical Roman Catholics. Now consider the constitution of the Republic of Ireland. That constitution is essentially a Roman Catholic document. Inevitably, as with Rome's Social Doctrine in general, and the claims made for the universality of the Magisterium or Teaching Authority of the Church, there are government intrusions into the individual citizen's freedom of choice. The constitution was drafted by the government of Ireland in close collaboration with a prominent priest of the Roman Catholic
Church. Ultimately the Pope had to approve:

Church and Constitution

The Irish Constitution or Bunreacht na hÉireann was enacted by the people on 1st July 1937. From early 1937, the then head of government, Éamon de Valera was bombarded with letters almost daily from Fr John McQuaid C.S.Sp. They contained suggestions, viewpoints, documents and learned references on nearly every aspect of what was to become Bunreacht na hÉireann/the Constitution of Ireland. McQuaid was the persistent adviser, 'one of the great architects of the Constitution, albeit in the shadows.' (quoted in John Charles McQuaid: Ruler of Catholic Ireland, Chapter 8: Co-maker of the Constitution)

McQuaid's central, possibly pivotal, role in the writing of the Constitution was somewhat frustrated by de Valera's refusal to enshrine the absolute claims of the Catholic Church as the Church of Christ. . .

De Valera and the Church’s special position

PRESIDENT Éamon de Valera signed into law the constitutional amendment abolishing article 44’s recognition of “the special position” of the Catholic Church on Jan 5, 1973. Ironically, the clause dealing with religion had caused de Valera the greatest anxiety in drafting the Constitution in 1937.

He had sought “to produce a constitution which would not require any fundamental change when the unity of Ireland was accomplished”. Subject to “public order and morality”, the proposed constitution guaranteed “fundamental rights”, like freedoms of speech, conscience, association, and assembly, as well as habeas corpus, and the inviolability of one’s home. All citizens were equal before the law, and there was protection against religious discrimination.

Nevertheless, the Constitution accorded closely with Catholic thinking. “The Most Holy Trinity” was described as the source of all authority in the Preamble. The document was drafted with the help of the President of Blackrock College, Dr John Charles McQuaid, who was shortly to become Archbishop of Dublin. De Valera showed early proofs of the document to some colleagues, who raised strong objections to the religious clause. “The State acknowledges that the true religion is that established by Our Divine Lord Jesus Christ Himself, which he committed to his Church to protect and propagate, as the guardian and interpreter of true morality,” the article read. “It acknowledges, moreover, that the Church of Christ is the Catholic Church.” . . .

Joseph Cardinal MacRory, the Irish Primate, opposed the new wording. Both he and de Valera appealed to the Pope.

“The Holy Father at first agreed with me,” MacRory wrote. But de Valera sent Joseph Walshe, secretary at the Department of External Affairs, to the Vatican to explain the difficulties that such a triumphal recognition would cause, in view of the sectarian divisions in Northern Ireland. Walshe persuaded the Vatican not to oppose the new wording.

Explainer: What is the 8th Amendment?

The Eighth Amendment of the Constitution Act, 1983 was effected after a referendum which asked Irish people to vote on the State’s abortion laws.

In order to make a change to the constitution, a referendum has to be held. This was done on 7 September 1983.

The wording of the amendment is:

The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right. . .

The Amendment acknowledges the right to life of the unborn, equating it with the mother’s right to life.

A case decided by the Irish Court is illustrative of the harsh impact of Roman Catholic ideology, and its invasiveness:

A brain-dead Irish woman’s body is being used as an incubator. Be angry

In Ireland, a woman who is clinically dead but 17 weeks pregnant is being kept alive against her family’s will. At this painful time, her relatives must go to court to stop the Irish state treating their loved one’s body as a cadaveric incubator.

Do those facts emotionally affect you? Then please calm down. What we need here is balance. Indeed, the Irish media considers it a moral virtue to trot out pro-life arguments alongside the facts of each and every new horror story that arises from Ireland’s abortion laws. There are two sides to this debate, after all. And Taoiseach Enda Kenny has cautioned us against “knee-jerk” reactions to sensitive cases such as this. What is the opposite of a knee-jerk reaction? Is it a tropism towards the light so slow that we wither and die in the dark? Because I think that might be a more fitting analogy here.

In 1983, due largely to pressure from Catholic lobby groups, Ireland became, as Fintan O’Toole puts it, the only country in the democratic world to have a constitutional ban on abortion. The eighth amendment holds that the right to life of a pregnant woman cannot be privileged over that of a foetus. . .

An Irish prelate has made a surprisingly enlightened statement about this case -

Catholic Archbishop: A Woman Is Not “Simply An Incubator” For Childbirth

Enter an unlikely advocate for the family’s right to take the woman off life support: the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin. In his appearance on the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk, the Archbishop made a startling revelation that seems to stray away from traditional Catholic teachings regarding life:

“From the point of view of Catholic teaching in general medical ethics, there is no obligation to use extraordinary means to maintain a life. That applies both to the woman and to the child. A woman isn’t simply an incubator, the relation between a woman and a child is a relationship and it is very clear that one has to examine at what stage is this fetus, what are the possibilities, is it right to use extraordinary means to prolong that life if it is not going to move.”

It only took 20 centuries to figure this out. Better late than never. Martin continued, saying:

“It should be within the area of the medical profession, but there seems to be a polarisation and a fear that if things go wrong then there will be a difficulty legally or with insurance and so on. It’s a pity that these have to come to the courts. We should have a more robust, open and less conflictual situation.”

It seems Pope Francis’ commonsense tone is resonating across the Catholic landscape.

The influence of Pope Francis is certainly sweeping through the Roman Catholic Church. Does this kinder, gentler tone indicate a real reformation of a true Christian Church? Not at all! It is the more dangerous for masking the true nature of the Beast while gathering more followers from the world at large (Rev. 13:3.)

Of necessity there will be much about the prophetic significance of the "Pro-life" movement in the United States (the second beast of Revelation 13,) in the 2015 edition of "Final World Events in Prophecy Foreshadowed."

For earlier entries go to:

FINAL WORLD EVENTS IN PROPHECY FORESHADOWED 2014

 
Announcement:

Elder Wm. H. Grotheer died on Sabbath, Saturday May 2, 2009.

He has left a rich legacy of theological writings and sermons which will be a blessing to many until the end of time.

Follow the adjacent link to a moving tribute written by a former student of Elder Grotheer who has been a friend of the Grotheer family for nearly fifty years.

In memory of
William Henry Grotheer October 10, 1923
to May 2, 2009

 

"The hour has come, the hour is striking and striking at you, the hour and the end!"  Eze. 7:6 (Moffatt)