Campaigners had hoped that after his seven page letter on Saturday to Irish victims of child abusing priests in which he said he was "truly sorry" the Pope would use his weekly sermon to apologise in public. But he failed to do so and instead he asked Roman Catholics around the world to be "indulgent towards sinners and pray to God to ask for forgiveness for our failings. "He used as an example the Bible parable from John's Gospel in which Christ asks people about to stone an adulteress: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.""Our" failings.
With all due respect, that's not gonna fly.
We all may be sinners, but we all ain't pedophiles.
Kiss kiss hug hug,
Maybe the pope forgot that Jesus also said,
But whoever is a cause of trouble to one of these little ones who have faith in me, it would be better for him to have a great stone fixed to his neck, and to come to his end in the deep sea.Speaking of the deep sea, as I wrote the other day, the blood is in the water this time.
Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg said that while most cases happened outside the church, "assaults that took place in such numbers within our institutions shame and frighten me."Well, what if it is? Not the congregations, and maybe not most of the priests, but who can deny that there's an extremely serious problem with the church hierarchy? At some point, even the most ardent Catholic has to get real.
But a counterpart of Archbishop Zollitsch, Bishop Gerhard Mueller of Regensburg, instead accused the media of carrying out a campaign against the Catholic Church which was "comparable to that done by the Nazis."
In comments published on the diocese website Bishop Mueller added: "Today from many parts of the media we see an attack on the credibility of the Catholic Church. This is carried out by the use of adapted facts and constant repetition of past events which would seem to imply that the Church is a nest of of corrupt people."
The abuse allegations being revealed reflect something far beyond sexual dysfunction. Christian Brothers competing to see who can be first to rape a boy 100 times and hanging him over a well to threaten him into silence is not a case of a couple of guys suffering from a little sexual dysfunction or moral confusion. It's a group of men in the full-blown grip of evil acting with impunity under cover of the church.
How did such a thing come to pass?
At some point the Kabbalah got worked into Christianity. I think i found the point it started, though of course I could be wrong.
First off, you may be familiar with this image, the "Sephiroth Tree of Life."
Interestingly, if you do a search on "Sephiroth," you get this result.
"I knew ever since I was a child, I was not like the others. I knew mine was a special existence."
- Sephiroth, fantasy character and ultimate villain in Final Fantasy VII, part of the Final Fantasy game series
About the Sephiroth:
THE Tree of the Sephiroth may be considered an invaluable compendium of the secret philosophy which originally was the spirit and soul of Chasidism. The Qabbalah is the priceless heritage of Israel, but each year those who comprehend its true principles become fewer in number. The Jew of today, if he lacks a realization of the profundity of his people's doctrines, is usually permeated with that most dangerous form of ignorance, modernism, and is prone to regard the Qabbalah either as an evil to be shunned like the plague or as a ridiculous superstition which has survived the black magic of the Dark Ages. Yet without the key which the Qabbalah supplies, the spiritual mysteries of both the Old and the New Testament must remain unsolved by Jew and Gentile alike.
That's so funny, see, because the New Testament is really, really simple. Jesus even condensed it for people. He said the WHOLE SHEBANG can be summed up by: love God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself. See? So simples. No spiritual mystery whatsoever.
In Marked Contrast:
The Sephirothic Tree consists of ten globes of luminous splendor arranged in three vertical columns and connected by 22 channels or paths.... The 22 channels are the letters of the Hebrew alphabet and to them are assigned the major trumps of the Tarot deck of symbolic cards.
Eliphas Levi declared that by arranging the Tarot cards according to a definite order man could discover all that is knowable concerning his God, his universe, and himself. When the ten numbers which pertain to the globes (Sephiroth) are combined with the 22 letters relating to the channels, the resultant sum is 32--the number peculiar to the Qabbalistic Paths of Wisdom. These Paths, occasionally referred to as the 32 teeth in the mouth of the Vast Countenance or as the 32 nerves that branch out from the Divine Brain, are analogous to the first 32 degrees of Freemasonry, which elevate the candidate to the dignity of a Prince of the Royal Secret. Qabbalists also consider it extremely significant that in the original Hebrew Scriptures the name of God should occur 32 times in the first chapter of Genesis. (In the English translations of the Bible the name appears 33 times.) In the mystic analysis of the human body, according to the Rabbins, 32 spinal segments lead upward to the Temple of Wisdom--the skull.Oh, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah. Blablitty blah.
NONE of this has ANYTHING to do with CHRISTIANITY. As a matter of fact, I am familiar with another mystical text, the Secret Book of John, which gives a different explanation entirely for the source of these mysterious secrets governing the physical world, if one really needs to know these things, one ought to look it ALL up and not just the parts from the Kabbalah that one considers "extra" mystical because it's Jewish.
Something imperfect came out of her Different in appearance from her.
Because she had created it without her masculine counterpart
She gave rise to a misshapen being unlike herself.
Sophia saw what her desire produced.
It changed into the form of a dragon with a lion’s head
And eyes flashing lightning bolts.
She cast him far from her,
Outside of the realm of the immortal beings
So that they could not see him.
...Yaldabaoth modeled his creation
On the pattern of the original realms above him
So that it might be just like the indestructible realms.
[Not that he had ever seen the indestructible ones.
Rather, the power in him, deriving from his mother,
made him aware of the pattern of the cosmos above.]
When he gazed upon his creation surrounding him
He said to his host of demons
The ones who had come forth out of him:
“I am a jealous God and there is no God but me!”
[But by doing this he admitted to his demons that there is indeed another God.Oh heEY! The god of the Old Testament, the god of the Jews. And look, turns out he is a MISTAKE. That's what the Secret Book of John says, right there.
For, if there were no other God, whom would he possibly be jealous of?]
Again, Christianity has NOTHING to do with the Kabbalah. It really doesn't. Jesus chose the equivalent of guys from the local pub to be his apostles. Not for nothing. His teachings are not complicated, they're just hard for selfish people to follow.
Anyway, I digress. Evidently there was this one guy, Ramon Lull (Raymond Lully) 1232-1315, from SPAIN, and he decided that the best way to convert the Jews was to learn the Kabbalah and use it to convert Jews to Christianity.
What could possibly go wrong?
How about the "Christian Kabbalah?"
It was a period of intellectual turmoil that Llull started his missionary work to convert the infidel to Christianity. Llull, perhaps because of his unique circumstances of education, was able, unlike most of his contemporaries, to harness some of these ideas in his mystical philosophical exposition of the Christian faith – or the art Llull understood that– in order to convince the Jews and the Muslims to convert, the Christian doctrines had to be proven beyond a doubt.
So the answer, apparently, was to debase Christianity with the Kabbalah, to "conform" it to something acceptable to the Jews. Which didn't work anyway, but neither did Christianity go back to the way it was before blending with these occult ideas. So it was a lose-lose, or maybe from the Jewish perspective, a win-win!
And another one who blended Kabbalah with Christianity was Abraham Abulafia (ca. 1240-1291), a self-proclaimed Messiah and founder of the school of ecstatic Kabbalah.
That there were contacts between the intellectuals of the three monotheistic faiths in the later Middle Ages is well documented. Christian scholars worked together with Jews and Muslims translating works from Arabic to Latin, sometimes also via Hebrew....However, Abulafia's interaction with his Christian contemporaries was of a totally different nature. He adopted and adapted current Christian apocalyptic ideas, translated them into his own religious, historical, and moralistic world-view, and then repackaged them and tried to sell them back to his Jewish and Christian contemporaries....The focal point of Abulafia's interaction with Christians was the Franciscan Order.
This all happens 400 years before Sabbatai Zeti. Long before the curse of the Sabbateans, people who fancied themselves intellectuals and mystics were busily deconstructing and reconstructing religions to include these occult ideas from the Talmud. Right into Christianity they went, where they have corroded and eaten away like acid, the original integrity of Christianity.
Fast forward 800 years.