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July 14, 2015

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/14/cesnik-nun-murder-maskell_n_7267532.html

In Baltimore in 1969, Giangrasso said, it was very difficult, if not impossible, to investigate a Catholic priest for any crime. The Archdiocese of Baltimore is the oldest in the United States, and the church considers it to be the premier Catholic jurisdiction in the country. More than half the city’s residents identify as Catholic. According to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, Baltimore City prosecutors have charged only three of the 37 Baltimore priests who have been accused of sexual abuse since 1980. Just two of those priests were convicted, and one of those convictions was overturned in 2005.

Maskell in particular was a difficult target. At the time, he served as the chaplain for the Baltimore County police, the Maryland State Police and the Maryland National Guard. Maskell kept a police scanner and loaded handgun in his car, drank beer with the officers at a local dive bar, and often went on “ride-alongs” with his police friends at night to respond to petty crimes or catch teenagers making out in their cars.

Bob Fisher, the owner of an automotive repair shop in southwest Baltimore where Maskell took his car on his days off, remembers the priest boasting about his police privileges to anyone who would listen. “He’d say, ‘I’d hear something on the scanner, and we’d jump in the car and take off, and we’d catch these people!’” said Fisher, 74. “Really wild stories.”

Maskell’s older brother, Tommy, was a hero cop who had been shot and injured while trying to stop a robbery. Going after Maskell would mean violating the unwritten rules by which the police operated. “We’re a police family,” Giangrasso said. “The policeman’s involved, his family’s involved, we try to help the guy out. When we found out Maskell’s brother was a lieutenant, we knew we had a problem.”

 

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ASK YOUR PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES WHY THESE CRIMES ARE NOT BEING DEALT WITH?

You who have VOICE … why aren’t you helping these children? Why wouldn’t you want this sickness—this corruption—removed from power—moved as far away from your communities—YOUR WOMEN- CHILDREN—as possible? Are you in any way a part of this problem—in the way of these very important investigations? Are you in league with those in offices that hide these crimes? Are you in a position to help but choose not to help because your own name is in those files that create the fear-monguering and the silencing of victim’s voice?

Sit idle … hide behind titles … think you are immune … IT’S COMING FOR YOU … Oh, YES …

YOUR NAME WILL BE IN LIGHTS … BUT NOT THE WAY YOU MIGHT THINK …

 

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Pilfering partiers … patchmakers and paraders of pickpocket policies beware … YOU WILL FEEL THE HOT SEAT. Who are these that are coming to stage you? Let’s just say they have creative genes as their medal of honor.

 

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Peace and Love

 

 

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54 Comments
  1. opheliart permalink

    BC THE TRILOGY is already powerful in detail and critical exegesis on these issues.

    Book THREE contains similar concerns … in what we see in the MASKELL story …

    • opheliart permalink

      when you attend your parishes … DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR PRIEST, BISHOP, ARCHBISHOP … POLICE CHIEF and POLICE OFFICERS SITTING NEXT TO YOU IN THE PEW ARE CLEAN? as they go up to receive that wafer and sip … have they CONFESSED all they should?

      this is not about demonizing religious and law enforcement … this is about the truth … knowing what you are paying into—facts—safety …

      LOVING NEIGHBOR AS SELF

  2. opheliart permalink

    We have been warning for years now …

    YOU WILL BE INVESTIGATED FOR CRIMES

    • opheliart permalink

      tis better to come out with it now—the truth … tis better to demonstrate your belief and your love than to continue hiding crimes against humanity … for the world WILL SEE YOU AND YOUR SYSTEMS AS DERELICT —DANGEROUS— DISGUSTING … you name it they will find you in error and they will rip into your homes, your lives … all you thought you knew but didn’t because you were either engaging in illicit trade and poor parenting or in denial—thriving on complacency and ignorance … but you WILL BE LOOKED AT AS A PROBLEM

  3. opheliart permalink

    think about the strength TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD has … how it helped form/mold the minds of so many YOUTH …
    I recall seeing the movie first. I was babysitting very late one night—a mere 12-yr-old … trying to stay awake … I turned on the TV and there it was … I was mesmerized! In awe! This is WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT! not glorified heros with blazing guns blowing up cities and towns and ALL LIFE within this! we are talking about justice—sleepy little towns where you can feel the steam rising from the hot streets on a summer day …. no wind … flowers frozen in the scorching rays … hungry bees feeding mercilessly … and the mocking jays resting in the shadows, waiting for the creepy crawlers … that peddle out from beneath their porches onto the paved walk …

    I bought the book soon after and have known its real. It is time for movement, folks … the injustices that rot the pines … that stain the economic perspective … that reek havoc on the voices of the abused … and poorly used …

    we do not want robots roaming our halls … we want diggers and diamonds found in narrow places … not mines where children are exploited … in the heart of truth

    if you are of the piggy cults—beware of the unbridled tempest looking to wash the filth from the portraits … of man

    • opheliart permalink

      I am not running for office … I am not of the vocational religious, claiming titles that marry self to institution, and all those biases … and favoritism … I AM FORTUNATE … not lucky … I AM blessed to be not a mess or attracted to success or of academic digress 😉 … its stuffy cleavage …

      so, I do not have to conform to the rudiments of its system of expression … its cans and cannots
      I am not afraid to speak truth … and not bound by man’s perimeters for fear of losing ground, or position …

      what am I?

  4. opheliart permalink

    topic: ssm … paperwork in texas

    hmm … we shared in ssm a while ago and do not wish to wade into these waters, however, a little needs to be said. the ssm is, to us, a no-brainer, always has been … but we “understand” the belief system at large for many many generations … you can’t just pull the rug out from under this … many topple and those without proper balance and footwear get injured … yes?

    do not be so unkind, so pragmatic … so insulated in your own agendas. work with what you know to be legit … and forget this “idea” of discrimination as it is a backward motive now … truly, it is.

    look ahead … what looms? freedom to marry anyway anyhow with anything (this was prophesied by Enoch ages ago but …) … man with multiple marriages does what in the communities? man married to sister does what to child rearing? man married to his pet goat does what to our NEED TO EVOLVE? it may sound funny but is speaks a little on what Harper Lee showed in Atticus’s mind that angered Scout … (have not read the THE WATCHMAN yet but did read a review). This is prophesy, folks … 😉 … Lee had it at her fingertips without realizing it. now …

    how can we evolve faithfully and realistically if marriage becomes other? or just anything? ss couples have been living together and sharing together and contributing to society for ages and ages, and it would seem that they should be entitled to the same language as the traditionally married (the no brainer) but they have not been, and have developed some of their own language to fit their needs and or agendas. *we have our LANGUAGE and it evolves—in case you had not noticed—and this is important to our credibility—our safety and our purpose. If marriage becomes anything, and strangely so … even many ss couples will be raising brows and feeling as if they do not want to be linked to or in compliance with certain forms of marrieds (let’s just say I was stunned to learn the interests and desires of some people—it was truly sickening, and unsafe, and yet there are no laws in our society prohibiting these acts … and look at the many, many awful things done to children and women in marriages … marriages that people accept and seem oblivious to in society) … so, if gays desire ssm and are willing to break from the activism in demands and are willing to create a language that will assist in protecting their idea, life, institution of marriage, even image and intent … they should do this and they can do this by allowing the traditionals to keep their verbiage or to add TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE to their forms while the ssm couples can alter this by using something like CIVIL MARRIAGE … as for where and how these are executed ceremonially will vary depending on each. a ssm is not a marriage of oppose sex … it’s just not … no matter how caring and generous and trusting the couples may be. it is something other and should be understood as such … heck, we are believers in SPIRIT—are in knowledge and understanding of THE CHRIST BUT DO NOT DEMAND THAT WE USE THE TERM CHRISTIANITY, OR EVEN CHRISTIAN … let them have it … we do not want to be lumped in with all those Christians 😉 that are way, way WAY deep in a mud pit or extreme ignorance…yes? we would help them but they like it where they are … and only a big storm will wash them out of it—yes?

    • opheliart permalink

      and that, my dear Jonathan, is just the tip of the iceberg on the vaticant hypocrisy 😦

      you are being kind

      • opheliart permalink

        and to not allow people to comment SILENCES the voice of the people AND … it again appears as if there is a tight reign on how much of the pope/rrc hypocrisy—-agenda—dishonesty—crimes … are exposed

  5. opheliart permalink

    http://news.yahoo.com/happened-benghazi-focus-clinton-071144636–election.html

    we said on rns that it would be wise for hilary to not run for president
    she has her foundation and her granddaughter … never underestimate the importance of these by hogging the stage … she will now be more thoroughly investigated and this will be a tug o war … like my jack russell who would never let go of the drying towel after his bath, even when you pulled and it lifted him off the ground …

  6. opheliart permalink

    Susan July 14, 2015 at 12:09 pm
    I have read the New Testament and I found it to be hateful to Jews and Judaism. Mostly it made me feel sick to my stomach.

    a comment on rns … obviously pro judaism … some things are just easy to pick up on without much detail, and yet, the detail is pronounced in a way that signals agenda, but more to the purpose and intent of BIAS.

    she is of a mindset that does not understand the LANGUAGE … did it make her sick to her stomach? it is her stomach and possibly her positioning that puts her in that frame … I HAVE NEVER IN ALL MY YEARS HEARD THIS … hmm … she can probably watch kill bill movies and her stomach remain untroubled 😉 but the New Testament? oh my? such horrors!

    these people are NOT the ones to assist in movement … they are of a mindset that lacks UNDERSTANDING … choosing to remain in partiality

  7. opheliart permalink

    Betty Clermont Jul 14, 2015 at 7:20 am
    A “poor Church”? Bergoglio hasn’t even hinted that his Vatican, bishops and superiors of religious orders divest their assets. Instead, he has packed the Vatican with vulture capitalists and those who support them. https://opentabernacle.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/the-popes-treasure/
    Bergoglio always opposed Liberation Theology.
    http://www.democracynow.org/2013/3/14/a_social_conservative_pope_francis_led
    http://www.desaparecidos.org/nuncamas/web/investig/igldict/igldict_cap7.htm
    http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/pope-francis-9781472903709/
    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/jesuit-questions-pope-francis-s-record-in-argentina-1.1350776
    http://ncronline.org/news/global/path-papacy-not-him-not-him-therefore-him

    from mark silk’s lib theology article

    ============have not looked into these links yet but i see that this may be something to include here

  8. opheliart permalink

    Pope Francis has verbally struck out against unfettered capitalism and the “idolatry of money.” Yet he has appointed immoral experts working on behalf of the global plutocracy to maintain and grow his treasure. He can do this without scruples because, like all bishops upon their elevation to cardinal, he swore to put the good of the Church above all else. “I, _____, of the Holy Roman Church, Cardinal of _____, promise and swear from this hour hence as long as I live….to try in every way to assert, uphold, preserve, increase and promote the rights, even temporal, the liberty, honor, privileges and authority of the Holy Roman Church.”
    After the Vatican’s last monarchical ally, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was defeated in World War I, Church leaders embraced fascism. Communism is atheistic and democracy is a dangerous ideology for prelates whose power depends on unquestioning obedience.
    Since then, millions have suffered and died because the Church has protected, endorsed and provided financial support, services and cover to fascists and other right wing dictators, terrorists, politicians and financiers. The quid pro quo is that these secular leaders will advance the influence and wealth of the Church.

    from the first link …

    ah, right off the bat we see what? which goes against what ANGEL JAMES SAYS—-

    But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

    and so, ROME SHALL FALL …

    • opheliart permalink

      and, please note the PARTIALITY … nowhere in GOD’S WORD or the worth of the HOLY Spirit are we told of a ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH as our authority …

  9. opheliart permalink

    cont …

    Since then, millions have suffered and died because the Church has protected, endorsed and provided financial support, services and cover to fascists and other right wing dictators, terrorists, politicians and financiers. The quid pro quo is that these secular leaders will advance the influence and wealth of the Church.
    Pope Pius XI’s coffers were empty when Mussolini offered him the equivalent of a billion dollars in today’s money if the Catholic Church would enthusiastically back his dictatorship. More importantly, Il Duce also created a sovereign state placing the pope and his men outside and above all civil law.
    Pius XI placed the windfall from his 1929 treaty with Mussolini in the hands of the financial genius, Bernardino Nogara. With the full knowledge of Popes Pius XI and XII, Nogara built an economic partnership with Mussolini and invested the pope’s money without regard to moral constraints such as a country’s culpability in World War II. So close was the Vatican to the Axis, the Allies intentionally fed the churchmen incorrect strategic information knowing it would reach the Italians and Germans. In addition to the Church’s direct involvement in the slaughter of Orthodox, Roma and Jewish Croatians, the Vatican’s investments and diplomatic support for the Axis made them participants in the deaths, misery and displacement of millions.[1]
    “World War II also played a huge role in the creation of the Vatican Bank, as well as the unique power it held. As the Allies imposed restrictions on bank accounts, it became harder to move money around. Nogara created the bank, called the Institute for Religious Works (or IOR), in 1942 to avoid having financial transactions tracked through western banks. Because it resided in Vatican City, it was exempt from all wartime restrictions and became ‘the world’s best offshore bank.’”
    “[T]he ultimate purpose was to give the IOR as much independence in financial dealings as possible, while at the same time protecting the Holy See [the legal and juridical name of the global Catholic government] from any unpleasant publicity that might be generated by such transaction, especially in the delicate and difficult wartime conditions.” (Pollard, Money and the Rise of the Modern Papacy p 200)
    After the Allies won, the Vatican established a new partnership with the bellicose U.S. military-industrial complex. Under the guise of anti-communism, the Vatican made their financial facilities and agencies available to right-wing dictators, terrorists, politicians
    and intelligence agencies not only in post-war Italy, Greece and Eastern Europe but also Southeast Asia and Latin America.[2]
    Pope John Paul II brought the Church’s alliance with plutocracy out into the open by appointing “culture warrior” bishops, including Jorge Mario Bergoglio, to oppose progressive government. He used his Church’s resources to support Latin American military dictatorships including the Argentine junta.”
    Americans have been adversely affected by Vatican-connected corruption in a more direct financial manner also.
    Richard Hammer’s The Vatican Connection “offers a remarkable account of a multimillion-dollar deal in counterfeit stocks and bonds between the Mafia and the Vatican of Pope Paul VI, focusing on the work of New York police detective Joseph Coffey whose investigation broke the case” in 1973.
    Franklin National Bank on Long Island, New York, “was once the United States’ 20th largest bank. On October 8, 1974, it collapsed in obscure circumstances, involving Michele Sindona, renowned Mafia-banker and member of Propaganda Due” or P2. P2 was the clandestine shadow Italian government of politicians, terrorists, intelligence spooks, law enforcement officials and churchmen which actually ran the country. Sindona and P2 partnered with American Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, head of the IOR. “Sindona used his influence in the Republican Party and the Nixon administration to ensure that his background did not inhibit his ability to become vice chairman and largest stockholder in the bank… It was at the time the largest bank failure in the history of the country.” The FDIC paid the depositors for their losses. Eventually the FDIC was able to sell Franklin assets but the American taxpayers were still owed $185.3 million in interest.
    The Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company in Chicago was one of Nogara’s “correspondent banks,” i.e. a financial institution which provides services on behalf of another. The bulk of Vatican investments in the U.S. stock market were funneled through this bank. Sindona had been introduced to David Kennedy, Nixon’s first secretary of the treasury and chairman of the Continental by Marcinkus, who had been given a few days training in finance at the bank. Sindona in turn introduced two Spanish Opus Dei bankers to Kennedy who purchased for Continental an 18 percent interest in Banco Atlantico, an Opus Dei bank, through a Swiss company. Sindona also sold a 24 percent interest in his Milan bank to the Continental.[3]
    While I don’t know if these transactions contributed to the Continental’s collapse, the connections are illustrative because Opus Dei is a secretive group of global plutocrats seeking hegemony under the auspices of the Catholic Church.
    Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company, the nation’s eighth largest bank, required a government bailout in 1984. By 1991, Continental Illinois had been returned to the private sector, but U.S. taxpayers had suffered a $1.8 billion loss.
    The Vatican’s availability for money-laundering was not lost on American convicted felon, Martin Frankel. Frankel bought seven small life insurance companies in order to steal their reserved assets. His scheme lasted from 1990 until his arrest in 1999. Because insurance companies are regulated by the states rather than the federal government, five state insurance commissioners, as guarantors, were forced to use 200 million tax-payer dollars to pay creditors, policyholders and shareholders for their losses suffered due to Frankel’s fraud. The commissioners brought a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization) suit against the Holy See for laundering Frankel’s ill-gotten gains.
    In the “factual allegation” section of their suit, the commissioners name six priests, one monsignor, one bishop, one archbishop and four cardinals (two of whom were former nuncios or ambassadors to the U.S.) who were consulted or participated in laundering the money in Frankel’s dummy St. Francis of Assisi Foundation to Serve and Help the Poor. Frankel paid “at least” $135,000 to several of these clerics and $100,000 to one cardinal for his “charitable causes.” Frankel’s money flowed through the IOR account of Msgr. Emilio Colagiovanni. (The monsignor pleaded guilty in Hinds County, Mississippi, to state criminal fraud charges in a separate action.)
    Like all other legal actions by U.S. citizens against the Vatican – including three involving child sex abuse and one by survivors of the Croatian holocaust seeking return of their assets U.S. military records show were deposited in the IOR – the defense of “sovereign immunity” was raised and no further action has been taken, although
    After 9/11, western financial regulators began to exercise oversight on states which failed to comply with international rules regarding the financing of terrorists and money laundering.
    In September 2010, Italian financial authorities seized 23 million euros from two Vatican bank accounts held in Italian banks because the Holy See refused to disclose the source of these funds.
    In March 2012, JPMorgan Chase closed an IOR account in Milan also because Vatican officials refused to provide its provenance. The JP Morgan account had been used to transfer 1.5 billion euro ($1.95 billion) within an 18 month period – and that’s just one Vatican bank account!
    The IOR stopped doing business with Italian banks after the Bank of Italy (the country’s central bank) was forced to consider the IOR as a bank operating outside the EU regulations and “transferred much of its financial assets to Germany.”
    A Vatican attorney complained: “’The IOR has financial relations with more than a hundred countries; it has banking ties with forty of these and has links with financial entities across the European Union. But as far as I can see it, only one of these countries treats the Vatican as unequal in terms of anti-money laundering.’ And that country is Italy.”
    When the Vatican continued to refuse to cooperate, the Bank of Italy banned any banks operating in Italy from doing business with Vatican “until it cleans up its act.”
    On January 1, 2013, “the Bank of Italy, which has placed the Vatican bank under intense scrutiny, blocked Deutsche Bank Italia from operating financial services at the Vatican, including the use of credit cards at its museums, after the Vatican failed to meet a Dec. 31 compliance deadline.” The Vatican began losing $40,000 a day in lost sales.
    “We don’t have problems with other European countries. On the contrary, we have close collaboration. No other country in the world [except Italy] has adopted similar measures. I repeat, therefore, that I’m truly surprised,” said one Vatican official.
    After a few months, the Vatican announced that it found a consortium in Switzerland, the Aduno Group, which does not belong to the European Union, to replace Deutsche Bank Italia.
    Perhaps other national governments hadn’t taken direct action but, according to the Financial Times, regulators had required financial institutions to stop doing business in unregulated countries like the Vatican City State. One adviser to the Vatican told the FT that “the pursuit by prosecutors and regulators of the Vatican created a shift in mood among bankers to the Holy See. It was the bankers’ fear of being tarnished by their links with the Vatican Bank after the credit crisis – and fears of fines from emboldened regulators – that led them to take steps that forced [the Vatican] to clean up its act.”
    “There’s also an imminently practical motive. If a state is perceived to be at risk for money laundering, its financial institutions – in this case, the Vatican Bank in particular – usually pay a price. Depositors may take their business elsewhere, worried about possible seizures of assets, while banks in other countries may impose higher transaction costs to cover more aggressive ‘due diligence’ measures. In general, a state’s ability to play the global financial game is impeded. In other words, it’s not just the Vatican’s moral capital at stake, but its dollars and euros too.”
    That the IOR would be hampered in its ability to service the legitimate financial needs of dioceses and religious orders in Third World countries or areas where Christians are being persecuted, and the fact that the Vatican was losing revenue, the cardinal/electors would demand that a new pope must “reform” Vatican finances.
    Jorge Mario Bergoglio elected
    Launching an “anti-Italian” campaign to tarnish the leading papabile – motivated in part by the actions of Italian financial authorities against the Vatican – American cardinals in their role as adjuncts for the global plutocracy, successfully had their man, Jorge Mario Bergolio, elected. Within months, the new pope began hiring U.S. companies who advised the plutocrats. “At one stage, an Italian writer jokingly suggested relocating the Vatican from Rome to New York to save all those doyens of profit the commute.”
    On June 13, 2013, the pontiff selected McKinsey & Co. “to design that reform of the curia which everyone expects from Pope Francis.”
    “One of the market-leading ‘Big Three’ management consulting services to the Fortune 500 set, along with Bain & Company and The Boston Consulting Group,” in 2011, McKinsey used “questionable methodology and cherry-picked information” on a survey regarding the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The results became “a useful tool for critics.” “Before its collapse, Enron was one of the firm’s biggest clients. McKinsey senior executives were among others convicted for insider trading. McKinsey & Co. has also provided the rationale used as “cover” for CEOs to justify layoffs and increasing their own pay.
    Promontory Financial Group was hired by the pope at a cost of “well above seven digits”.
    The hiring of Promontory by the Vatican “represented a triumph of the American on the [layman’s] board of the IOR, Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus” – who have “invested millions” in the Catholic Church’s war against women and gays – and the “American consortium led by Msgr. Peter Bryan Wells,” all Republicans. “Behind the moves of Promontory are not only the U.S. clergy who made a decisive contribution to Bergoglio’s election, but also some foreign financiers,” reported l’Espresso.
    In the U.S., “Promontory’s activities focus heavily on the adept circumvention of regulations.…At a U.S. Federal Reserve foreclosure review meant to provide compensation to abused homeowners, whistleblowers from Bank of America came forward to provide compelling evidence that the bank and its independent consultant, Promontory Financial Group, attempted to suppress evidence that borrowers had been harmed by the false and deceptive practices of the mortgages lenders.”
    In another advisory capacity, Promontory stated “’well over 99.9 percent’ of the loans issued by Standard Chartered bank complied with the law and only $14 million of them were illegal. Then the bank admitted that $250 billion of its deals, not $14 million, were illegal. That’s 17,000 times as much illegality as Promontory found in its ‘review.’”
    When the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) asked banks to review their foreclosures, “Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and PNC picked Promontory to do the work for them….Nearly a year and a half into the process, the reviews, which cost banks a whopping $10,000 or more per loan file, had produced no relief payments to borrowers….Promontory and the other consultants involved in the program had received a combined $2 billion in misspent cash.”
    Promontory’s main contribution to “cleaning up” Vatican finance was to close “around 2,600 dormant accounts and 400 customer relationships” some of whom had “already moved their money to a German bank.”
    Depositors are now restricted to “Catholic institutions, clerics, Vatican employees or former employees with salary and pension accounts, as well as embassies and diplomats accredited to the Holy See.”
    However, as we have seen, this is no guarantee the remaining depositors will not be used as “fronts” for illegal activities. “Despite the introduction of anti-money-laundering laws and the assurance given by Vatican Bank heads that it no longer holds any anonymous accounts, investigators found that dirty money can also pass through non anonymous accounts belonging to priests or clerics.”
    The IOR produced its first public financial statements for the year 2013 showing deposits of $5.9 billion. Fifty million euros of its profits was given to the pope to do with as he pleases.
    Like any bank, the IOR makes a profit by investing these deposits. In particular, the Vatican bank has always been active in bond and currency markets “and lots and lots of gold,” 22 thousand ounces according to the financial report. (At $1,190/ounce that comes to over $26 million). Fortune magazine, however, reported in August 2014 that the Vatican has $50 million in gold on deposit at the U.S. Federal Reserve meaning other Vatican departments also have assets in gold.
    IOR investments include “tens of millions of euro in recent years to buy real estate and financial funds (especially in the U.S.).” In the 1990s, the bank purportedly had investments of “billions of dollars in foreign companies… in such industries as banking, insurance, chemicals, steel, construction and real estate.”
    One of the IOR’s investment funds, the “Ad Maiora operation,” requires the Institute to make deposits in foreign investment funds in Luxembourg and Malta. As reported in November 2014, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) claimed that more than 300 companies, including Deutsche Bank AG (more on that late), “secured secret deals from Luxembourg to slash their tax bills. The companies appear to have channeled hundreds of billions of dollars through Luxembourg and saved billions of dollars in taxes.”
    Promontory employees were appointed as IOR officials: Rolando Marranci as acting Deputy Director; Antonio Montaresi in the newly created position as acting Chief Risk Officer with the remit of overseeing compliance and special projects; Elizabeth McCaul and Raffaele Cosimo, as Senior Advisers.
    The pontiff replaced the members of the Cardinal’s Commission of the IOR with his own men.
    The pope also hired accountants Ernst & Young and KPMG.
    Ernst & Young “has agreed to pay $99 million to former Lehman Brothers investors who have accused the auditor of helping Lehman misstate its financial records before the investment bank’s collapse triggered a financial crisis in 2008.”
    “KPMG Facilitated the Financial Fiasco” – “Pioneers of mortgage debt securitization from Morgan Stanley and Black Rock set the stage for the financial crisis that severely disrupted the global economy. While these players and poor government policies have received much attention in recent years, auditors, such as KPMG International, enabled the crisis to metastasize at an accelerated rate. KPMG was the auditor for the key players in the mortgage crisis, including Fannie Mae, Countrywide Financial and New Century Mortgage.”
    While any opposition to the pope’s financial “reform” is always portrayed in the media as coming from those corrupt, pre-Francis, Curia members, some of the above consultants have “seized Vatican secrets, with the possibility to raise infamous campaigns against the Vatican if things do not meet their expectations.” The same Vatican reporter added: “All of their proposals suffered from limitations when it came to understanding the inner nature of the Vatican. Which is not to generate revenues, but to preserve a sovereignty that is needed for the mission of the Church…. Who spun Pope Francis to fill the Holy See with consultants?”
    Some might think that this type of professional expertise is necessary to manage a $10 billion treasury. But when the phrase “cleaning up” is endlessly repeated to describe this pope’s actions, forensic accountants working for Interpol or the FBI or one of the regulatory agencies could have been hired to actually sanitize the Augean Stables of Vatican money. Additionally, while the pope has exhorted others on numerous occasions to give more to charity, no one with expertise in large international charities, NGOs or non-profits has been hired.
    Other Financial Institutions Used by the Vatican
    While any IOR depositor can front for others for their own personal gain, the pope and his officials have other financial institutions to hide any transaction.
    The Vatican maintains financial institutions in the Cayman and Turks and Caicos islands, both havens for off-shore tax shelters and other dubious activities. It was reported that the pope’s Cayman facility has clients which “include German arms dealers and criminal elements.”
    La Stampa reported that Deutsche Bank became the IOR’s “main partner” after an inquiry by the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Rome for breaking anti-money laundering laws, and that the IOR “now works almost exclusively with Deutsche Bank” implying that the German government will be more willing to look the other way than Italian officials.
    In the early 1980s, John Paul II appointed Herman Abs to head a special counsel investigating the Ambrosiano scandal which included the hanging death of Roberto Calvi, head of the Banco Ambrosiano and member of P2, and Sindona’s poisoning in an Italian prison.
    Abs was “personal banker of Hitler as head of the Deutsch Bank which played an important role in the economic despoliation of Nazi-occupied Europe.” Abs was also the Deutsche Bank’s representative on the board of I.G. Farben which manufactured the Zyklon-B gas used to exterminate Jews. “Two rabbis from the Wiesenthal Center of Holocaust Studies called a press conference and expressed dismay. The New York Times and Wall Street Journal prepared lengthy stories which were never printed. No one covered the story. Some rabbis granted an official audience [with the pope] were told not to discuss this as ‘the matter will take care of itself.’ It did not.” (Higham, American Swastika p xiv).
    Ronaldo Hermann Schmitz, ex No. 2 at Deutsche Bank, was appointed by Benedict XVI as the IOR’s interim president after Ettore Gotti Tedeschi was ousted for advocating too many reforms and too much transparency.
    Recall that it was the Italian branch of Deutsche Bank, the only foreign bank operating inside the Vatican City State, which was shut down by the Bank of Italy.
    Thirty days after his election, Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Richard Marx as one of his Council of Cardinals, or C9, to be his closest advisers. The pope later appointed Marx as head of his Council on the Economy. Marx had been invited to address the members of Opus Dei who were holding a meeting held at Deutsche Bank.
    After Francis’ election, Banco Santander offered to make itself available “at the Vatican’s disposition.” The bank is also a Vatican consultant.
    It has been widely assumed that Pope John Paul II made Opus Dei the major power player in the Vatican and universal Church after they put up the $224 million the Vatican was forced to pay in compensation to Banco Ambrosiano creditors because the Vatican Bank was broke and no one else had this kind of money. Banco Santander is Opus Dei’s flagship financial institution. It is “a colossus with 10,000 branches which prides itself on having the most’ branches than any other bank in the world” and is “present mainly in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, those territories inhabited by tens of millions of Catholics.”
    Americans are still being harmed by financial institutions with Vatican connections.
    “Deutsche Bank was one of the major drivers of the collateralized debt obligation (CDO) market during the housing credit bubble from 2004–2008, creating….The 2011 US Senate Permanent Select Committee on Investigations report on Wall Street and the Financial Crisis analyzed Deutsche Bank as a ‘case study’ of investment banking involvement in the mortgage bubble, CDO market, credit crunch, and recession.”
    December 9, 2011: “Huge Eurobank, rated ‘Britain’s worst,’ now accused of gouging U.S. consumers.” “The defendant in a flurry of lawsuits is Europe’s largest bank, Banco Santander S.A., which is preparing to make a big push into U.S. retail banking.”
    November 14, 2014: “The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs announced that it had issued subpoenas to two subsidiaries of the Spanish lender Banco Santander, which together represent one of the country’s largest originators of auto loans….The subprime auto lending industry is facing increased regulatory scrutiny. Critics say the industry takes advantage of vulnerable borrowers, who often have to pay steep rates for the loans.”
    April 23, 2015: “Deutsche Bank has been fined $2.5bn (£1.66bn) by US and UK regulators for trying to manipulate interest rates. The German bank has been fined $2.1bn by US regulators, and £227m by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority….It is a record penalty for such misconduct because Deutsche tried to mislead regulators and could have hampered investigators.”

    • opheliart permalink

      cont …

      Cardinal George Pell
      Pope Francis appointed Australian Cardinal George Pell to his C9 and then as his “tsar” in charge of Vatican finances. As creator of the “Melbourne Response” and the “Ellis Defense,” Pell’s only financial expertise was cheating clerical sex abuse victims out of a just compensation.
      As archbishop of Melbourne, in 1996 Pell introduced a compensation scheme for sexual abuse victims. “According to many scholars and commentators, it was in fact, a system ‘designed to control the victims and protect the Church’… Pell intended to ‘minimize the crimes, conceal the truth, manipulate and intimidate the victims’…. Some relatives of abused children have called the cardinal a ‘sociopath.’”
      The John Ellis case “was all about deterrence.” Ellis sued Pell and the Church trustees in 2006 over abuse he suffered as an altar boy in a Sydney parish. “Ellis lost and the case became legal history.”
      “The Ellis case came to public prominence because the archdiocese and their lawyers decided to play hardball in the litigation, first by pleading that there was no relevant Church entity which could be sued, and second by contesting whether Ellis had actually been abused by (Fr Aidan) Duggan, even though the relevant Church authority had accepted that Ellis had been serially abused over some years. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse decided to investigate this case in part as an exemplar of litigation going wrong, causing further trauma for a victim of abuse.” Abuse survivors had testified to being re-traumatized by having to tell their stories to people whose prime motivations reflected Pell’s – protect the Church’s reputation and control payouts.
      “Pell – who a few years ago was acquitted for lack of evidence against an accusation of molestation on a child of 12 years – answered questions at a royal commission hearing in August 2014 with a sentence which shocked the panel. Pell explained that the Church has no legal liability by comparing pedophile priests who abused children to truck drivers who molest hitchhikers: “I do not think that the transportation company may be responsible for the actions of its drivers.” Pell said. Pell told commission chair Peter McClellan his request for all papal documents relating to every abuse case involving an Australian cleric was “unreasonable” because they were “the internal workings of a sovereign state.”
      After the pope dismissed the “Bishop of Bling” in October 2013, one Australian queried, “How is it that the maximum payout of victims of sexual abuse can hope to achieve through Cardinal Pell’s ‘Towards Healing’ process is $75,000 yet the Church can find as much as $30 million to acquire a property in Rome?” The reference was to Pell’s approving “$30 million – though one estimate goes as high as $85 million” to purchase “a guest house, with a 150-seat auditorium, and includes a private apartment for Cardinal Pell.”
      As a result of Pell’s strategies, “Sydney’s Catholic Archdiocese, thought to be the richest in the country, controls funds with assets of $1.24 billion…according to evidence at the child sex abuse royal commission….Since Pell’s appointment as archbishop in 2001, the archdiocese has received 204 claims and paid out just under $8 million to victims of child sexual assault, the commission has been told….The archdiocese’s business manager, Danny Casey, said the funds are ‘ultimately controlled by – owned by, if you like – the archbishop of the day.’”
      Pell established a Project Management Office (PMO) in the Vatican headed by Casey “to implement and introduce some of the proposed changes” beginning with transferring control of the “ordinary section” of Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA) to the PMO. This puts Casey in charge of all Vatican purchasing, routine expenditures, payroll and
      its vast real estate holdings.
      According to Fittipaldi, much of the property acquired by Nogara is still owned by the Vatican. Holding companies for commercial properties in London, Paris and Switzerland; “houses and apartments spread across Europe in 2013 have reached a total value of 342 million euro….” Rental income was 23.5 euro in 2011. The Vatican “made a profit of £33 million in 2004/5 from the sale of various buildings.”
      Reports vary as to the Church’s Italian property, although not necessarily owned by the Vatican. “The Catholic Church owns about 100,000 properties in Italy, a third of which are commercial”; another report, “110,000 properties, worth about 9bn euros,” of which “there are 3,300 hotels run by religious bodies, which have an annual turnover of £3 billion.”
      Pell has been described “spiritual adviser” to Australia’s rightwing PM Tony Abbott or “Abbott’s Thomas Wolsey, scheming, power-mad, and cares not at all for the victims of the Catholic Church,”
      and as “one of the three most influential people in Abbott’s political life.” Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News channel, is named as one of the other two. Fox News Rome correspondent and member of Opus Dei, Greg Burke, is one the pope’s top media advisers.
      The week before Pope Francis named Pell to his C9, Pell attended a “gala dinner of the ultra conservative Institute of Public Affairs, which openly boasts about its political influence, which in truth is its raison d’être. This is not an inexplicable coincidence…The guest of honor and keynote speaker was Rupert Murdoch…”
      Pell’s appointment as financial “tsar” prompted this tweet from Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch): “Pope Francis appoints brilliant Cardinal Pell from Sydney to be no. 3 power in Vatican. Australia will miss him but world will benefit.” (No. 2 is head of the C9, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, “some might say vice pope.” “Opus Dei participated actively in the [2009] coup against constitutional President Manuel Zelaya, said a study ….Opus Dei is headed by Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez who has not denounced the violation to the Constitution that the coup was, and has instead blessed it.”)
      After his promotion to archbishop, Pell invited Opus Dei to establish themselves in Melbourne and then Sydney. Under Pell’s patronage, “Opus Dei‘s star is on the rise” a columnist wrote in 2002. This reporter saw “signs of a new elitism….a clerical culture is being encouraged in which there is a highly select ‘in’ crowd around Pell.”
      Pell’s Men
      Frenchman, Jean-Baptiste de Franssu, former CEO of Invesco’s European operations, was named as head of the IOR and Maltese Joseph F. X. Zahra as vice-coordinator of the new Council for the Economy. Both are reported as Pell’s “two right-hand men,”
      “allies” or have “ties” to Pell
      De Franssu’s son, Louis-Victor Douville de Franssu, is now working for Promontory but previously as an intern in the government-affairs division of Goldman Sachs in London. Goldman Sachs is termed the “Vampire Squid” by Rolling Stone for “buying up [heavy industry] and inventing bigger, bolder and scarier scams than ever.” The prelate of Wall Street, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, recently appeared on the Goldman Sachs You Tube channel along with Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman CEO Goldman Sachs.
      Under de Franssu, “the IOR will shift more of its 6 billion euros ($8.2 billion) in client funds into asset-management products”
      under de Franssu’s direction.
      Zahra is currently chairman of Middlesea Insurance Co Ltd. MAPFRE, “the leading insurance company in Spain and the largest non-life insurance company in Latin America” owns a controlling interest in Middlesea. MAPFRE is referred to in the insurance market as a branch of Opus Dei.
      Pell added the following members to the layman’s board of the IOR:
      Mauricio Larrain is external director of Santander Bank Group Chile and general director of Opus Dei’s ESE Business School at Los Andes University of Chile.
      Mary Ann Glendon is the Catholic theocons’ token female and member of the board of too many right-wing organizations to mention; also Bush 43’s ambassador to the Holy See. Glendon described Bush’s invasion of Iraq a “humanitarian intervention. Of course, that wasn’t the precise issue.”
      Clemens Boersig, ex-chairman of Deutsche Bank, along with four other bank executives were ordered in March 2015 to stand trial on fraud charges in Germany.
      Sir Michael Hintze, former Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse executive,” is an Australian-born hedge fund billionaire. He’s also a major Tory party donor, despite falling out with David Cameron over gay marriage.”
      George Yeo, former finance minister of Singapore and a Brigadier-General in the Singapore Armed Forces is a member of the Vatican Council of the Economy. He is on the advisory board of Harvard Business School and Opus Dei’s most important graduate business school, IESE.
      Msgr. Brian E. Ferme, who holds a doctorate from Oxford, was appointed prelate secretary of the Council for the Economy by his “strong backer,” Cardinal George Pell. His background includes overseeing the financial management of the now-closed Marcianum,
      a center of international studies whose “faculty was assimilated to the Pontifical Holy Cross University, based in Rome and owned by Opus Dei.”

      • opheliart permalink

        cont …

        APSA
        The “extraordinary section” of Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See manages the Vatican’s investment portfolio. Per Fittipaldi: “APSA also controls companies such as Sirea Leonina which has over 16 million euro in assets, has 187 million euro in currencies, 32,232 ounces in bullion and 3,122 ounces of gold coins (worth 30.8 million euro) in Switzerland and England.”
        Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, an APSA accountant, was arrested in July 2013 for using his IOR accounts “as a front for suspicious payments made through the Vatican Bank from Monaco [and] to make transfers on behalf of his friends including an attempt to move 20 million euros ($26 million) on behalf of a Neapolitan shipowning family.”
        Scarano testified that “APSA played on the stock market, bought shares and bonds and managed millions of euros on behalf of lay clients, to whom it offered better interest rates than the IOR.
        ‘We were a bank in a dirty way,’ he told prosecutors, adding that APSA held up to €700m in liquid assets. APSA relied on a number of private banks, mainly headquartered in the U.S., to operate on the market, Scarano said. It was these banks that, in turn, made lavish gifts to APSA’s senior officials.”
        Peter Sutherland was appointed by Pope Francis as an adviser to APSA. Sutherland is managing director and chairman of Goldman Sachs International, advisory director of Goldman Sachs Group, former chairman of BP Oil and European chairman of the Trilateral Commission. He is also on the advisory board of IESE. Sutherland is also former chairman of AIB (Allied Irish Banks).
        AIB loans of up to $500 million were extended to four American dioceses in 2005-07 which had claimed bankruptcy due to clerical sex abuse claims. According to the Irish Daily Mail in 2011, the loans are being repaid “from an unknown source.”
        Some of the Vatican documents released to the press in 2012 – known as the “Vatileaks” affair – showed “tens of millions of dollars in transfers to American dioceses to help them pay legal settlements relating to the abuse of children by priests.”
        Other Vatican Departments
        If all the departments (dicasteries, congregations, councils, tribunals, councils) are added to the 46 foundations and nonprofit organizations with offices at the Vatican, they would total close to 80. Each has its own assets. In 2010, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (formerly Propaganda Fide) reportedly held real estate worth 9 billion euro.
        The Governorate of the Vatican City State is responsible for running the tourist attractions – the museums, shops and other public areas – as well as employing thousands to maintain the city state. The governorate used to publish annual financial accounts but hasn’t since 2011 when the Vatican Museums produced revenue of 91.3 million euro. The Peter’s Pence collection (offerings collected by bishops from Catholics around the world) was $69.7 million that year.
        “The Holy See actually acquires most of its operating budget from Catholic foundations around the world; last year, donations from Catholic foundations raised $85 million,” stated the Wall Street Journal.
        Pell showed extraordinary ignorance about Vatican finance when he boasted that he “discovered…some hundreds of millions of euros tucked away in particular sectional accounts [which] did not appear on the balance sheet.” An embarrassed Vatican spokesman had to explain “that the consolidated balances of the Holy See and the Vatican City State [which have not been disclosed to the public during this pontificate] did not in any way encompass the whole of the numerous administrations that are headed by the Vatican, but only the principal institutions of the Curia and the State.” For example, “a fund administered by the Secretariat of State is used in cases of emergency.”
        In February 2015, Pell announced that the Vatican’s “total assets stand at around $3.2 billion.” Believe it or not.

    • opheliart permalink

      do not allow rns and their limited research to answer questions for you

      what just happened is not good, and demonstrates a refusal to allow for a more thorough and diametric interview

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        but something comes that will blow their deal right out of the water

    • opheliart permalink

      “The agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is viewed in a positive light by the Holy See,” said the Rev. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman.

      and the holy no sees no sees
      for what they do know and have not shared with their members and society … is that they do business where it suits their interests

      • opheliart permalink

        After the Allies won, the Vatican established a new partnership with the bellicose U.S. military-industrial complex. Under the guise of anti-communism, the Vatican made their financial facilities and agencies available to right-wing dictators, terrorists, politicians
        and intelligence agencies not only in post-war Italy, Greece and Eastern Europe but also Southeast Asia and Latin America.[2]
        Pope John Paul II brought the Church’s alliance with plutocracy out into the open by appointing “culture warrior” bishops, including Jorge Mario Bergoglio, to oppose progressive government. He used his Church’s resources to support Latin American military dictatorships including the Argentine junta.”
        Americans have been adversely affected by Vatican-connected corruption in a more direct financial manner also.
        https://opentabernacle.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/the-popes-treasure/

        you see, folks, the roman catholic saint and holy man john paul of the two faces
        being credited for anti-communism while he did what?

        liars, liars … pants on fires … this will all be coming out in greater detail for THE WORLD TO SEE …

        keep 2 eyes on the likes of cardinal dolan and the GREAT GUISE behind his positioning

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    you see, the VATICANTS know how to use-work the media … the citizens of the world do not get to read THE TRUTH about what really goes on … and the people are taught never to ask questions

    NOW, ARE YOU AFRAID? what of this current bishop roaming the cities and towns telling kids to make a mess … under the guise of peace … ABUSING THE REAL FRANCIS through his corrupt positioning and his dishonesty … buddying up with the fascists RELIGIONISTS … his BROTHERHOOD …

    one should always question an INSTITUTION claiming god authority that abuses the people and uses the poor for its power-mongering agendas … hiding behind robes of deceit while making deals with terrorists and dictators—yes? to not DEMAND ANSWERS to behaviors is lethargic and dangerous … to not be willing to INVESTIGATE these crimes is DANGEROUS and … makes you suspect

    • opheliart permalink

      and if you are of PUBLIC SERVICE CREDENTIALS and deny the public important information—information for safety and protection … YOU will be called out for questioning and YOU will be seen as aiding the corruption and abuse, AND DEATHS—and you might even be guilty of TREASON … seen as a traitor to your own country and its citizens

      • opheliart permalink

        and gay men … take heed … if you are aligning with these patriarchs … the misogynist appeal because YOU view FEMALE as lesser … expect a severe kick-back

        we know you are out there because we have read some of your verse … you will be seen as an advocate of sinister patents

    • opheliart permalink

      how many desk jobs are behind any murder?

    • opheliart permalink

      Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN July 15, 2015 at 1:36 pm
      In the United States, there is no statute of limitation for murder. This man deserves to be punished and Germany needs to remember it’s horrific past in not just one but two world wars. It cannot forget the past, EVER.

      posted to an article on rns same topic…

      okay, gerry … does this include your church? and all those guilty of …

  11. opheliart permalink

    found this comment on rns

    larry July 15, 2015 at 8:23 am
    “If the non-Catholics who work for the Little Sisters of the Poor want contraceptive coverage, they should just get their healthcare through one of Obama’s exchanges. ”

    Why should only non-catholics be permitted to use the ACA exchange?

    Its none of the business of the employers what is provided in their healthcare coverage if they are not the ones paying for it. Being an employer or a member of clergy doesn’t entitle you to controlling all aspects of an employee’s life outside the workplace.

    ++++++++++++++++++

    what people need to come into understanding on is that the “catholic” mindset (formed out of roman theocracy) thinks ITSELF (doctrine-institution) GOD … absolute truth … and they BELIEVE they have the right to diminish all that does not comply with its beliefs (see ISIL). this is what we have been talking about in SPIR … and HOW-WHERE THE CHRIST is NOT of this mindset as its Teachings call us OUT of this 😀 this is why the roman church-roman catholic church is set up the way it is and why they tore into the homes and lives — villages — and why they use murder and torture … manipulation, coercion … whatever it takes, including all those gimmicks and tall tales … because in THEIR MINDS they are DOING their god’s work … and they are very SLOW to see that these acts are not of Christ—that GOD CALLED US OUT OF THIS ABUSE, and he demonstrated where and how to call out this HYPOCRISY.
    the illustration of Jesus in the Writings demonstrates through verse .. . what these people having sworn allegiance to institution and its patriarchs have done for centuries: demand obedience, obey rome.

    this mindset is unstable in its formation … it is ignorant on the WRITINGS On Truth. what these people and those formed within this do not see is that when people begin to move out of abusive mindset and allow heart to ascend to mind there is movement for the health and wellbeing of mankind … and people will be less inclined to use substances unnecessarily and tend to desire the most natural and are not of the thinking to harm any life … any life at all!

    • opheliart permalink

      they undermine the TEACHINGS and abuse “GD” by playing ruler and judge without knowledge and understanding of SPIRIT and how this operates. THEY CRUCIFY THE CHRIST … and if you get THIS … you begin to understand the story of the Writings—its SPIRITUAL SYMBOLOGY.

  12. opheliart permalink

    http://marksilk.religionnews.com/2015/07/15/the-scopes-option/

    here, again … it’s only part of the story, but what is this professor at trinity college saying that has not already been said? we know this and we are weary of its portent … so, what are YOU going to do about it? parade a pope of the very mindset and insulated institution that power-mongerued itself to stardom for control, money and … creating this offspring you bitch about and undermine? you go to the source of this mindset and whitewash its head and say, look at our savior … isn’t he humble and wise … and going to change things to make life better

    BETTER FOR WHO—WHAT? READ WHAT WAS POSTED IN SPIR “LEFTOVER BULL”, AND WAKE UP … because you sound like a drunk high on catholic cool-pope aid who knows nothing about the THEOLOGIES that are in play to incite violence, cause death, bring women back to the dark ages–and drown people in ignorance …

    you are obtuse! you pretend that the corruption and abuse is just part of the plan! you don’t give a damn about the children! or the WOMEN! you just want your savior pope fran at the top of the charts because it gives you something to chug … and write about in your slurping malaise …

    go back to bed, professor …

    • opheliart permalink

      you, sir, are a big part of the problem

    • opheliart permalink

      oh, and please take note how mark tends to attach fundamentalism to protestants, and his hip followers climb aboard his choo-choo train … and think, what a grand ride! … gee, where did that prototype come from? he also forgets that while many of the religious hid behind their cloth … those same fundamentalist “protestants” went to war … and he sits at his computer typing his amazing observations 😉

  13. opheliart permalink

    what these people do not get is that once you DO THE RIGHT THING … like actually HELPING those abused—using your skills and talents—helping abused and impoverished … calling out the injustices and the poor management … politicians-religious-those in power start getting nervous … they fear for their positions and their images and maybe, maybe they realize something they denied in their own feasting on the titles and …
    and the corrupt begin to surface … the corruption, abuse, lies, deception, dishonesty, malpractice and so on have a light on it and things start moving and people start asking questions about their own services, their own representatives and their own religious beliefs … they begin to see where and how they, too, have been silenced, denied … or they realize the world does not turn merely to keep them in their comfort zones… and the light turns as we see here:

    And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves …
    making what belongs to GOD a den of thieves …

    and the light shines to where we can see their eye …

    But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

    • opheliart permalink

      but in the case of pope fran (see where and how his supporters praise his actions) … he involves himself in POLITICS … condemning something he himself-institution is guilty of … so, it reeks of hypocrisy … and is dishonest

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    we know there are WRITERS out there … very good writers … experienced persons, and we wait for them to move into their place of purpose … these are needed …

    we have been watching and waiting … and hope for these to come forth with work that will help to turn those tables … and shed light on the darknesses of mankind

  15. opheliart permalink

    was standing in front of one of our birdfeeders just now … staring at the flowers but lost in thought … a black-capped chickadee flew over and perched on the hanger holding the feeder and nodded several times toward the feeder … oh, empty 🙂 … so smart the wildlife … they tell us things all the time … showing us things

    that great white shark they found on the beach in chatham? what do you think it was telling us?

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2015/07/beachgoers_help_great_white_shark_stranded_on_cape_cod

    • opheliart permalink

      we do not believe it just happened … a mishap … this was and is of significant purpose and that young shark is saying something important

      I have personally known and experienced enough now involving birds, animals both wild and domestic to know that there are things at work that man has yet to realize, but when he does … wow, look out! and this, my dear friends, will be what will help the movement … and the drugged and … will be seen for what they are

      • opheliart permalink

        and all that MENTAL ILLNESS … so terribly misunderstood … gets addressed as it needs to

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    http://news.yahoo.com/uk-woman-groomed-10-marriage-speaks-honor-crime-161812054.html

    now, is this what we are striving to create in america—is this what the democrats are pushing so hard to give freedoms to?

    they won’t get my vote … no one gets my vote that is carelessly pushing agenda, and we hope you wake to these concerns and tell them NO VOTE unless they start providing FULLER ANSWERS and start to clean up their initiatives!

    • opheliart permalink

      people say, but diversity helps change those insulated minds … and yes, we agree, but at what cost are you willing to use this? if people are changing like CHRISTIANITY IS … it is changing and will change a great deal more and I am not referring to denominations allowing gay marriage as much of this is just a way to bring in numbers to a dying voice … the gays will certainly create their own venues, but the institutions of christianity are dying … no breath … the ones you hear loudly are politicians at work and these are not really WHAT we are referring to …

      take care that your reps are not setting up a false marriage in their desperation to stay on top … corruption is big on both sides of these party politics …

      • opheliart permalink

        are they just making it easy for one insulated religion to take over another? we in NE are under threat … in case you have not been following the news on TERRORISM …

        there are cells EVERYWHERE … do not dismiss this as overreacting … heck, I am not afraid … but let’s be realistic here … look at the rise in youth indoctrination and the efforts in these acts … THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING … are you listening? and if you are NOT a woman … you are likely less concerned about another RELIGION coming in that has views women as property

        so … WE SPEAK FOR MANY, sirs … and not just females! and along with that other fast-growing religion using the baby making machines (at very young age and multiple wives … some here some there … and no one knows how many but oh hey bring them all in to the states without question because we can get the people to pay for all that sex and religious practice—yes?) … are the GANG WARS … remember these… italians christians and irish christians in NYC and … hmm?

        you may find yourself voting for a moderate republican in 2016 just to do the sane thing

        but ask yourselves who/what continues in these old breeding grounds (see “leftover bull”) and who/what continues to support RELIGION as a political party? mark silk? who clearly does not understand CHRISTIANITY … but seems to have no problems pushing political puppet’s of rome … ??? these men keep the dice rolling on the old wake … come on! which candidates are most interested in ROMAN CATHOLIC STYLE AGENDA? choose a roman catholic hiding his connections to the vaticant’s money schemes and that whole MIGRATION PLAN and you have what on your hands?

        not wise, folks … not wise …

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    MarkE July 15, 2015 at 10:26 am
    Funny how the Catholic nuns and bishops are fighting so hard against even being tangentially associated with contraceptives, yet the majority of American Catholics use them and think its ok – that their church is out-of-step with the realities of life. Seems the bishops and nuns may have given up on their lay people and are going with the fundamentalists.

    ? going with the fundamentalists? aren’t the bishops and nuns already fundamentalists … oh, wait silk and company created the idea that only protestants are fundamentalists …

    does any of this make sense? or do people just adore labeling based on separate experiences … or NO experience at all.

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    Cooper July 15, 2015 at 3:41 pm
    Not to parade on their misfortune, unfortunately, that is the future of religion in the West. Christianity is fading and will be replaced by atheism for a while before Islam takes over. Churches all across Europe and N. America are being shut down and will one day be replaced by mosques.

    nope …

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    here, you’ll like this list of … is this slander? merely misinformation, or are we looking at a different definition of religion? hmm … we would LOVE to see someone with sense and reason CHALLENGE him:

    Atheist Max July 15, 2015 at 1:06 pm
    Abortions are not “The fruit of an Atheist world view.”

    Abortions happen because RELIGION forbids sex education classes for children.
    Abortions happen because RELIGION forbids contraception.
    Abortions happen because poorly educated people blunder into sexual situations without proper protection and without social support.

    An aborted zygote is not a fetus with lungs and fingers!
    The ignorance on this issue is despicable.

    ++++++++++++++++

    Abortion happens because of RELIGION … period … according to A-max. So, when John Irving wrote his book, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES … he condemned RELIGION for those abortions?
    nope, sorry, Max … you will have to do better.

    • opheliart permalink

      another one of A-max’s startling pieces:

      Atheist Max July 15, 2015 at 1:09 pm
      @Michael Trent,

      The video is completely doctored to make this look more sinister than it is.

      98% of ABORTIONS are just tiny clumps of cells you would NOT EVEN BE ABLE TO SEE without a microscope! They are no more than the cells you wash off your feet in a bathtub!

      +++++++++

      98% ?

      • opheliart permalink

        http://www.abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics/

        ANNUAL ABORTION STATISTICS
        In 2011, approximately 1.06 million abortions took place in the U.S., down from an estimated 1.21 million abortions in 2008, 1.29 million in 2002, 1.31 million in 2000 and 1.36 million in 1996. From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions occurred in the U.S. (AGI).
        Based on available state-level data, an estimated 984,000 abortions took place in 2013—down from an estimated 1.02 million abortions in 2012.
        In 2011, the highest number of reported abortions occurred in California (181,730), New York (138,370) and Florida (84,990); the fewest occurred in Wyoming (120), South Dakota (600) and North Dakota (1,250) (AGI).
        The 2011 abortion rates by state ranged from a low of 3.8 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 in Mississippi (Wyoming had too few abortions for reliable tabulation) to a high of 28.6 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 in New York (AGI).
        The annual number of legal induced abortions in the United States doubled between 1973 and 1979, and peaked in 1990. There was a slow but steady decline through the 1990’s. Overall, the number of annual abortions decreased by 6% between 2000 and 2009, with temporary spikes in 2002 and 2006 (CDC).
        In 2011, 17% of legal induced abortions occurred in California (AGI).
        The US abortion rate is similar to those of Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden but higher than those of other Western European countries (NAF).
        In 2005, the abortion rate in the United States was higher than recent rates reported for Canada and Western European countries and lower than rates reported for China, Cuba, the majority of Eastern European countries, and certain Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union (CDC).
        Half of pregnancies among American women are unintended; about 4 in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. Twenty-one percent of all U.S. pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. (AGI).
        WHO HAS ABORTIONS?
        In 2011, unmarried women accounted for 85.5% of all abortions (CDC).
        Women living with a partner to whom they are not married account for 25% of abortions but only about 10% of women in the population (NAF).
        In 2011, women who had not aborted in the past accounted for 53.7% of all abortions; women with one or two prior abortions accounted for 37.1%, and women with three or more prior abortions accounted for 9.3% (CDC).
        Among women who obtained abortions in 2011, 39.9% had no prior live births; 46.1% had one or two prior live births, and 13.9% had three or more prior live births (CDC).
        Women between the ages of 20-24 obtained 32.9% of all abortions in 2011; women between 25-29 obtained 24.9% (CDC).
        Women in their 20’s have the highest abortion rates. In 2011, women aged 20-24 had 25.9 abortions for every one thousand 20-24 year-old women. Women aged 25-29 had 19.4 abortions for every one thousand 25-29 year-old women (CDC).
        51% of U.S. women obtaining abortions are younger than 25; women aged 20-24 obtain 33% of all U.S. abortions, and teenagers obtain 18% (AGI).
        In 2011, adolescents under 15 years obtained .04% of all abortions, but had the highest abortion ratio, 817 abortions for every 1,000 live births (CDC).
        Black women were 3.7 times more likely to have an abortion in 2011 than non-Hispanic white women (CDC).
        The abortion rate of non-metropolitan women is about half that of women who live in metropolitan counties (NAF).
        The abortion rate of women with Medicaid coverage is three times as high as that of other women (NAF).
        37% of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant, and 28% identify themselves as Catholic (AGI).
        At current rates, nearly one-third of American women will have an abortion (AGI).
        WHY DO ABORTIONS OCCUR?
        On average, women give at least 3 reasons for choosing abortion: 3/4 say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities; about 3/4 say they cannot afford a child; and 1/2 say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner (AGI).
        Only 12% of women included a physical problem with their health among reasons for having an abortion (NAF).
        One per cent (of aborting women) reported that they were the survivors of rape (NAF).
        WHEN DO ABORTIONS OCCUR?
        89-92% of all abortions happen during the first trimester, prior to the 13th week of gestation (AGI/CDC).
        In 2011, 7.3% of all abortions occurred between 14-20 weeks’ gestation; 1.4% occurred ≥21 weeks’ gestation (CDC).
        Percentage of 2011 Reported Abortions by Weeks of Gestation* (CDC):
        ≤6 wks 7 wks 8 wks 9 wks 10 wks 11 wks 12 wks 13 wks 14-15 wks 16-17 wks 18-20 wks ≥21 wks
        33.0% 17.8% 13.7% 9.0% 6.3% 4.9% 3.7% 2.7% 3.5% 1.9% 1.9% 1.4%
        *Gestational weeks are measured from the first day of the woman’s last menstruation and not from the day of conception. Though it does not provide an accurate fetal age (which is roughly 2 weeks less than the gestational age), it is the simplest way for an OB/GYN to age a pregnancy since the day of conception is often not known. Hence, if an abortion occurs at 8 weeks gestation, it is actually aborting a 6 week embryo. The images on our Prenatal Development and Abortion Pictures pages are more precisely captioned with fetal ages in accordance with standard teaching texts on prenatal development.
        HOW DOES ABORTION TAKE PLACE?
        In 2011, 79.6% of reported abortions were accomplished by curettage (which includes dilatation and evacuation). Most curettage abortions are suction procedures (CDC).
        Medical abortions made up approximately 20.0% of all abortions reported (CDC).
        Ninety-six per cent of the more than 140,000 second-trimester abortions that occur annually in the USA are accomplished by dilation and evacuation (D&E) (NAF).
        WHO IS DOING THE ABORTIONS?
        The number of abortion providers declined by 4% between 2008 and 2011—from 1,793 to 1,720 (AGI).
        Forty-two percent of providers offer very early abortions (during the first four weeks’ gestation) and 95% offer abortion at eight weeks. Sixty-four percent of providers offer at least some second-trimester abortion services (13 weeks or later), and 20% offer abortion after 20 weeks. Eleven percent of all abortion providers offer abortions past 24 weeks (AGI).
        Most abortions in the USA are provided in freestanding clinics; in 2005, only 5% occurred in hospitals, down from 22% in 1980, and only 2% took place in physician’s offices (NAF).
        ABORTION FATALITY
        In 2010, 10 women died as a result of complications from known legal induced abortion; From 1973-2010, 421 women have died as a result of legal abortion (CDC).
        The number of deaths attributable to legal induced abortion was highest before the 1980s (CDC).
        In 1972 (the year before abortion was federally legalized), a total of 24 women died from causes known to be associated with legal abortions, and 39 died as a result of known illegal abortions (CDC).
        THE COST OF ABORTION
        In 2009, the average cost of a nonhospital abortion with local anesthesia at 10 weeks of gestation was $451 (AGI).
        MEDICAL ABORTION
        In 2011, 59% of abortion providers, or 1,023 facilities, provided one or more types of medical abortions. At least 17% of abortion providers offer only medication abortion services (AGI).
        Medication abortion accounted for 23% of all nonhospital abortions in 2011 (AGI).
        ABORTION AND CONTRACEPTION
        Induced abortions usually result from unintended pregnancies, which often occur despite the use of contraception (CDC).
        51% of women having abortions used a contraceptive method during the month they became pregnant. (AGI).
        8% of women having abortions have never used a method of birth control (AGI).
        9 in 10 women at risk of unintended pregnancy are using a contraceptive method (AGI).
        Oral contraceptives, the most widely used reversible method of contraception, carry failure rates of 6 to 8% in actual practice (NAF).
        ABORTION AND MINORS
        40% of minors having an abortion report that neither of their parents knew about the abortion (AGI).
        39 states currently enforce parental consent or notification laws for minors seeking an abortion: AL, AK, AR, AZ, CO, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV, and WY. The Supreme Court ruled that minors must have the alternative of seeking a court order authorizing the procedure (AGI).

        *51% of women having abortions used a contraceptive method during the month they became pregnant.

  20. opheliart permalink

    http://news.yahoo.com/police-development-1975-case-missing-maryland-sisters-130025386.html

    Authorities spoke of a “conspiracy” to conceal the crimes but would not detail how many people they believe are involved.

  21. opheliart permalink

    http://www.religionnews.com/2015/07/15/shocking-photos-faith-leaders-hope-will-inspire-stronger-us-action-syria/
    america
    when you can get people within your own jurisdiction or your own area/communities—your own country—TO TAKE A STAND against the abuses to women and children … and men, within your reach—within your districts—within your churches, parishes, schools … then you can address the horrors of what’s going on in places like syria. if you ignore children sexually abused in your houses, beaten … starved … or you look the other way because you do not want your institutions discredited, or you are afraid of losing money … afraid of losing position and title … what good are you for addressing the sicknesses of something like syria’s maladies?

    over a year ago I spoke to a priest about adopting a child from syria — I was seeing the possibility of this —upcoming … but these children need a place of safety—caretakers that will be able to put the time and the love into dealing with children traumatized by war … you can’t just bomb … and kill innocent people, esp children …

    evil uses the vulnerable for its agendas …

    you need inside sources to get to the root of these things … you need specially trained people who tread carefully … who know the footpath on these criminals … the partnerships and where there are fakes

  22. opheliart permalink

    on the issue of solitary confinement … to a comment addressing race

    Diane Engster July 15, 2015 at 10:45 pm
    I beg to differ. I have been part of a support network for aa African-American teen-ager with autism and intellectual disability who was held in solitary confinement pre-trial for a year and then three years in prison. In addition to living in solitary he was regularly denied even the badics if life like reading materials, toilet paper, eating utensils, proper clothing and blankets and visits with his mother and other family members.

    He also was taunted and ridiculed by the guards.

    If this isn’t torture, i don’t know what you would call it. We were finally able to prevail upon the new and compassionate Governor to pardon him to go to a treatment facility.

    ++++++++++

    yes and no … people are SLOW to evolve (like on the topic of slavery … and NOT JUST SKIN COLOR) … just do a wee bit of research on the conditions of those put into “mental hospitals” and “insane asylums” as they were often called … the conditions and treatment would stun you!

    loving neighbor as self? history has shown us and shows us that man DOES NOT understand the Writings …

    let us know when you are ready to move …

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