Thursday, May 4, 2017

We started the day at 5 AM by walking the Via Dolorosa or the Stations of the Cross. We arrived at Calvary and Touch the Top. After a Tour of the Holy Sepulcher we had Mass in front of the Tomb.

After breakfast we went to the Western Wall and had fun watching all the bar mitzvahs with a wild and fun music.  A tour of the Holy Shroud Exhibit and a free afternoon we had a nice dinner with farewells and goodbyes what you’ll enjoy.

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Good Homily here.

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Catholic Enablers of Islam

by Steve Ray on May 4, 2017

Catholic Enablers of Islam

Iran President Hassan Rouhani walks with Pope Francis at the Vatican on January 26, 2016. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Andrew Medichini/Pool *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-ROUHANI, originally transmiteed on Jan. 26, 2016.

by WILLIAM KILPATRICK in Crisis Magazine

I recently wrote a piece about the civilizational struggle with Islam. In response, a reader asked for some specific practical ways that Catholics could resist Islam. I replied with a short list of steps Church leaders could take:

  1. Break off dialogue with Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups such as ISNA and ICNA. Stop lending them legitimacy.
  2. Stop backing the phony “Islamophobia”/hate crimes campaign manufactured by Islamist groups. The “Islamophobia” campaign is aimed at shutting down all legitimate examination and criticism of Islam.
  3. Develop apologetics and educational materials that will provide Catholics with a fuller understanding of Islam.
  4. Develop programs in Catholic schools, colleges, and seminaries that will better inform Catholics about Islam. Currently, most Catholic schools are acting as apologists for Islam—simply echoing the Islamic apologists.
  5. Catholic refugee resettlement programs should concentrate on resettling Christian refugees from Muslim countries. Catholic encouragement of Muslim migration to Europe has already had disastrous results and may eventually lead to the extinction of Catholicism in Europe.
  6. Catholic media need to present a more balanced picture of Islam. For the most part, the Catholic fourth estate simply seconds the Islam-positive view of the USCCB.

At that point I realized that these suggestions would not even be considered by the great majority of the Catholic leadership. They would be dismissed out of hand as both unnecessary and discriminatory. In short, Catholic leaders won’t take steps to resist Islam because they see no reason to resist it.

Historically, Islam has been an enemy of the Church. It conquered large parts of the Christian world and, on several occasions, it advanced far into Christian Europe. Moreover, these conquests and attempted conquests were motivated not only by expansionist ambitions but also and primarily for religious motives. Christians were infidels and Allah and his prophet commanded that unbelievers must be subdued.

poland12Islam still wants to conquer the Christian world and, in particular, Christian Europe. This time, however, the battle plan is different. Instead of an army of soldiers, Islam has deployed an army of migrants. This army has encountered very little resistance on its march through Europe. Indeed, for the most part, it has been welcomed by the authorities and subsidized by them.

In addition to this Trojan horse tactic, Muslims have another strategy of conquest. For a long time, the Muslim birth rate in Europe has far exceeded the native European birth rate. In this “war of the wombs,” Islam is the clear winner. “Mohammed” is the most popular name for baby boys in numerous European cities, and in some places—such as Birmingham and Vienna—there are already more Muslim than Christian children. When the recent influx of millions of Muslim refugees is added to the tens of millions of Muslims already living in Europe, it makes for a combustible critical mass. It means that Islam has been able to establish a fifth column of immense proportions inside Europe’s borders….

For the rest of this excellent article, click here. For Steve Ray’s talk Islam, What Every Infidel Should Know, click here.

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Cute Joke: Bad Starts that End Good

May 4, 2017

Jack wakes up with a huge hangover after attending his company’s Christmas party.  He didn’t even remember how he got home from the party. His head is pounding. Jack had to force himself to open his eyes. The first thing he sees is a couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the […]

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