For one thing, it will mark Yom Kippur, the Jewish "Day of Atonement."
According to Jewish tradition, God inscribes each person's fate for the coming year into a book, the Book of Life, on Rosh Hashanah, and waits until Yom Kippur to "seal" the verdict. During the Days of Awe, a Jew tries to amend his or her behavior and seek forgiveness for wrongs done against God (bein adam leMakom) and against other human beings (bein adam lechavero). The evening and day of Yom Kippur are set aside for public and private petitions and confessions of guilt (Vidui). At the end of Yom Kippur, one considers one's self absolved by God.That's right. Just by reciting the Kol Nidre three times, an ancient formula from the Babylonian Talmud, many Jews will absolve themselves *in advance* for breaking any oaths and vows until next Yom Kippur.
Oddly enough, the Pope will be visiting the UK this very same weekend. He arrives in Edinburgh on the 16th, where after meeting the Queen, he will be greeted with a big parade honoring St. Ninian, the St. Patrick of Scotland. The parade is to be "joyous, charitable, and inclusive." And the organizers will hand out lots and lots of Saltires (Scottish flags) to insure that the Pope sees "a sea of blue."
"The Scottish national flag is a white-on-blue saltire (i.e. a diagonal cross on a coloured background) and it derives from the shape of the cross on which Scotland's patron saint, St Andrew, was crucified."
He will depart for London in the evening. On Friday he will start the day by celebrating Catholic education, the gold standard for conditioning young minds. He will meet people and give speeches all day long.
[By the way, this visit is very expensive. Twenty million pounds. UK taxpayers pony up about half, and the church has raised money, but still, as they say in Russia, it's not for nothing! Catholics will be paying admission fees to attend mass with the Pope. But it's not really an "admission" fee because it covers transportation and security, which is totally different.]
Saturday morning he will meet politicians Cameron, Clegg and Harmon. At the end of the day, he will conduct an open air vigil at Hyde Park in London. The vigil is a Big Deal. It will be about "The Heart of the Church." The pope will deliver a long speech.
As the papal visit website points out, Hyde Park is a place of witness, the site of the Tyburn gallows and hanging tree. A place where many Catholics and others went to their martyrdom.
And Speakers' Corner, in Hyde Park, is an area where public speaking is allowed on any subject without fear of legal repercussions, as long as the subject is not the British Royal Family or the overthrow of the British government.
Watch some history of the place. WARNING: disturbing.
The entire vigil will be highly orchestrated and controlled. Each attendee must have a Pilgrim Pass, and will be assigned to a Pilgrim Group with a Pilgrim Leader, departing from a Pilgrim Point. Control. Pilgrims will be expected to cooperate with security and bring photo identification. This is very, very important. Why? It's a vigil. It's a ritual. Catholicism is about rituals. The highest masses happen at night, midnight mass on Christmas Eve, the Easter Vigil mass. The miracles happens at night. The mystery happens at night. The morning mass celebrates the miracle of the night before.
Cardinal John Henry Newman will be beatified on the morning following the vigil.
Who is Cardinal John Henry Newman? He lived from 1801-1890. You can read a profile of him here: Nona-People: Cardinal Newman.
Why is Cardinal John Henry Newman so important? Cardinal Newman aimed to bring the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church back together.
The Berean Beacon website has extensive analysis of what the pope's visit means, and why he is focused on Cardinal Newman. The opening paragraph of this document states:
The Pope’s visit begins in Edinburgh on Thursday morning, September 16th, when upon arrival he will be received at Holyrood House by the Queen. The main route after his visit with the Queen is to be along Princes Street where a large number of people are expected to gather. An actor has been hired by the Catholic Church to play the part of John Knox in front of the pope-mobile as it proceeds along Princes Street. Here Knox must be presented falsely, for the real John Knox did not kowtow to any Roman Catholic prelate nor even greet such persons. Historically, by God’s grace, the real John Knox helped to wipe Catholicism out of Scotland, where for 450 years it had been entrenched. The highest purpose of the great Reformer was that the Bible and the Gospel of grace should have free course in Scotland and across the world. By presenting Knox in pageantry, the Papacy is attempting to portray him as a visible herald of Scotland’s impending return to the papal fold. Thus, like a conqueror, the Pontiff is to parade along Princes Street. Knox is being used as a sop to the ecumenists. The true Evangelicals, like Knox, are having none of it. Their preparations for the Pope’s visit are most promising.The pope seems to be looking for some allies. We have suspected for some time that a very important power struggle is taking place between the corrupt Catholic Church and the corrupt Jewish power structure, ie: the banking sector. We wonder if this weekend will see both groups conducting important rituals to consolidate power. It is hard to tell what is going on because the groups overlap, and of course, because there are so many lies and hidden agendas to sort through.
However, we remember reading about the despicably corrupt Silvio Berlusconi (who inspires Facebook groups of horrified Italians) hosting the wealthiest Jews on the planet in Rome, in November 2009, and some of their remarks as reported at the time on a Russian language site. (They also enjoyed private tours of the Vatican.)
For context, see the post: corruption:
"On three days' stay in Rome, the largest Jewish philanthropists portal IzRus told a representative of the Keren Ha-Yesod, "in Russia Ronny Vinnikov. He said that the commemorations have begun in a symbolic location - near the Arch of Titus, which depicts the victory of the Romans over the Jews and the imposition of the menorah from the Temple of Jerusalem (AD 70). Former Chief Rabbi of Israel Yisrael Meir Lau asked the guests: "Where are those Romans and where are we? the language of the Emperor Titus long been told of his empire was nothing left, and Jews have preserved their language, have created their own state, and revived their culture."
Then, Jewish philanthropists, accompanied by a government escort motorcyclists have visited the palaces of the president and prime minister of Italy, met with Speaker of Italian Parliament, the Mayor of Rome and the chief rabbi of the country. In one of the palaces of Italy's best opera singers sang "Hatikva". At the Villa Madama, the official residence of the Prime Minister for receiving heads of state, the Jewish oligarchs met at a top level - with a solemn guard, saluting each guest as a leader of a foreign power. By the way, the ball to Jewish patrons of the palace came from Berlusconi and the Ambassador Russia to Italy Alexei Meshkov."The joy of Jewish organizations and beneficiaries, the ranks of the world of philanthropy is increasingly supplemented by people of the" Russian "origin - those who live in the CIS, Europe, USA, Canada and Israel. The arrival of these people to charity - this revolutionary moment," - said Ronnie Vinnikov. He expressed the hope that the leaders of world Jewry "open the door to benefactors of the CIS could go with the right foot to the leading position in the Jewish world." According to Vinnikov, vote-rich Russian Jews should be equally heard on all matters of collection and distribution of funds from donations."
Victorious language. Victorious over Rome. Victorious over the Vatican?
We view these events through that lens. Is the RCC trying to absorb the Anglican Church? Is this a defensive measure against attackers, or a coordinated move toward the One World Religion? We do not know.
We do know that the RCC has been under sustained attack, and we do expect the pope to come under withering criticism. We do not see why the pope would make this visit unless there was something major to be gained. It is worth noting that the Queen requested the visit back in July. Presumably the Queen will make the visit worthwhile?
See: who wants a Pulitzer prize?
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We also wonder about this and this.
Cardinal Newman made some prophetic remarks.
"[The] powers of human skill [will be] in the hands of the devil . . .. [Ahriman/Satan] may attempt to seduce us in little things, and so to move the Church . . . little by little from her true position . . .It is his policy . . .to divide us, to dislodge us gradually from off our rock of strength. And if there is to be a [bloody] persecution, perhaps it will be then; . . .when . . . all parts of Christendom [are] so full of schism, so close upon heresy. When we have cast ourselves upon the world and depend for protection upon it, and have given up our independence and our strength [to World Government], then he may bust upon us in fury . . . [using Antichrist and] barbarous nations."Newman based his thinking on the Fathers of the Church, but especially Augustine and prophesied that first there would be a non-bloody persecution in which the marshalled forces of Evil under the guise of "liberalism" would fatally undermine the character, confidence and prestige of the Churches. Moreover, Cardinal Newman's prophecy that Christians would be divided and dislodged bit by bit from the Rock has proven accurate. Newman was witness to the emergence from the dark shadows of the age-old secret conspiracy, the ancient secret ambition of the secret societies for World Empire under their control. That is, the New World Order with its One World Government and One World Religion all under the control of the externalised hierarchy of occult adepts and their Ascended Masters. Cardinal Newman saw the strands of the Jewish-Masonic New Age starting in his time (manifesting as evolutionary theory, Feminism, Communism, ecumenism, syncretism) and he warned of a Great Conspiracy uniting these apparently disparate strands.
"Surely, there is at this day a confederacy of evil, marshalling its hosts from all parts of the world, organizing itself, . . . enclosing the Church of Christ as in a net, and preparing the way for a general apostasy from it … Far be it from any of us to be [one] of those simple ones, who are taken in that snare which is circling around us! Far be it from us to be seduced with the fair promises in which Satan is sure to hide his poison! Do you think he is so unskilful . . . as to ask you openly . . . to join him in his warfare against the Truth? … [Ahriman / Satan] offers you baits to tempt you. He promises you civil liberty [democracy, which has produced many, many bad governments]; he promises you equality [feminism, "gay," children's rights etc]; he promises you trade and wealth; he promises you a remission of taxes [how many wicked rulers have Catholics elected on the basis of economic promises?]; he promises you reform [nearly all pernicious effects and changes in civil affairs, education and the Churches have been made in the name of "reform"] … This is the way in which he conceals from you the kinds of work to which he is putting you; he tempts you to rail against your rulers and superior . . . or he promises you illumination -he offers you knowledge, science, philosophy, enlargement of the mind."Newman was alluding to the Organised Evil on Earth whose human agents in the secret societies are the Black Adepts in the Cult of Evil who control the underworld of the occult society, especially Freemasonry, and by them much of the temporal affairs of the World. Newman understood that for Evil to prevail it required the destruction of Christianity and therefore the integrity of the Churches. Newman said that "putting all forms of religion together" ultimately means having no religion, and he predicted a future age, our age, would be one of irreligion and a "general apostasy" from the Churches. That is why Newman witnessed and prophesised the massive effort that has been mounted to dissolve the influence of the Churches caused by a great apostasy overwhelming them that would give raise to the Antichrist. Newman's reference to a battle of the mind is precisely what has manifested as the New Age Movement with its chief heresy, Pantheism. That is, most New Age ideologies or tenets are pantheistic, such as false ecumenism, syncretism, evolution, environmentalism, earth worship, Communism, Humanism, the global civilization, the One World Government, the One World Religion. Cardinal Newman remarked:"I thank God that I live in a day when the enemy is outside the Church, and I know where he is and what he is up to. But I foresee a day when the enemy will be both outside and inside the Church. . . and I pray now for the poor faithful who will be caught in the crossfire." Tract Eighty Three (1838)
We are not religious scholars qualified to parse Newman's "cunning teachings" or have an opinion on his sincerity. We think the focus will be on the problem of secularism, and defending the place of religion in society, and pushing for reconciliation between the Anglican church and the RCC.
And no Catholic anything can happen without taking great care not to offend the Jews:
Rabbi Jonathan Romain of the Maidenhead synagogue noted controversies under Pope Benedict that included the reintroduction of a Latin Mass referring to "perfidious Jews", and the lifting of the excommunication of breakaway Catholic Bishop Richard Williamson, who has denied that Jews died in Nazi gas chambers.
On the other hand, Romain told ENInews, "There is his commitment to good inter-faith relations, along with his obvious warmth when he visited the Rome synagogue.
The stakes are high because it would be
if the tremendous progress made in Jewish-Christian relations over the last 50 years might be reversed."
In our experience, only the most secretly desired outcomes are ever spoken of as "regrettable," especially in advance.
"From the mouth of the beast, the dragon and the false prophet
unclean spirits come out like frogs."
Beato de Osma, f. 139 (source)