Friday, May 30, 2008
Messianic Jews in Israel enraged by burning of New Testaments
Tel Aviv, May. 29, 2008 (CWNews.com) - The burning of hundreds of copies of the New Testament in an Israeli town has drawn expression of outrage from Messianic Jews and thrown a public official on the defensive.
Uzi Aharon, the deputy mayor of Or-Yehuda, near Tel Aviv, told CNN that he had organized a collection of "Messianic propaganda" that had been distributed by Jewish Christians. But Aharon said that he was not aware the students who collected New Testaments planned to burn the books, and he stopped them once he realized what was happening.
Several hundred copies of the New Testament had been collected, mostly from homes in a neighborhood populated by Ethiopian Jews. The texts had been distributed as part of an evangelizing campaign by local Messianic Jews.A spokesman for the Messiani
Vatican Confirms Excommunication of St. Louis Group (The Group that hired its own priest)
A confirmation of Archbishop Burke's Excommunication in St Louis.... The rest of this article is at the Zenit website at the permalink given by Zenit.
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Vatican Confirms Excommunication of St. Louis Group
Hired Suspended Priest for St. Stanislaus
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, MAY 29, 2008 (Zenit.org).- A decision by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith confirmed an earlier declaration from the St. Louis archbishop that the board of directors of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Corporation and the priest they hired are excommunicated.
The corporation is associated with what used to be St. Stanislaus Kostka parish.
Archbishop Raymond Burke, in his weekly column in the St. Louis Review to be published Friday, explained the history of the Vatican congregation clarification.
Listening to Relevant Radio again on my way home from work, I heard about a decree from the Vatican that is the strongest statement yet on the ordination of women. It states once again, that the women and any Bishop that participate in any attempted ordination automatically excommunicate themselves. It is called latae sententiae, and it is automatic. No one has to tell you that you are excommunicated.
The news article on Reuters has a headline that isn't exactly accurate. Those participating have already excommunicated themselves simply by virtue of the act of participating in an attempt to ordain women to the priesthood.
Past newstories on this topic from Zenit are below
7 Women Involved in Mock Ordination Face Excommunication
Vatican Warning on Mock Ordination of Women
Decree on Attempted Ordination of Some Catholic Women
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I sometimes come across sites that have a 'rate this blog' type of thing, and test mine on them. THIS ONE turned out to be wonderful! (heheh, which is why I am putting the results here... BIG GRIN) ... had it turned out differently, as in Kindergarten level, I guarantee that you would never have seen the results.... chuckle)....
OH... and there was another which I also rated very well on, and am even more pleased with, because it demonstrates that today's 'language' is not necessary to express one's ideas. I do not, however, endorse the website.
HT to broajk @ Clinging to the Barque of Peter
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Jimmy Carter has a BIG mouth
I have long had NO respect for Jimmy Carter. But it is nil now. The damage that this man has done in the past has been bad enough, but today's news makes me wonder even more if he shouldn't be considered a traitor.
Report: Jimmy Carter Says Israel Has 150 Nuclear Weapons
Tuesday , May 27, 2008
Former President Jimmy Carter caused a stir over the weekend when he claimed that Israel possesses a nuclear arsenal of 150 weapons.
While experts have long maintained Israel has a nuclear arsenal, the Jewish state has refused to confirm or deny it.
Most estimates, many based on evidence leaked in 1986 by Israeli nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu, put the number of Israeli nuclear weapons at between 100 and 200. But other experts have said the number is as low as 60 or as high as 400.
It was unclear from a report of Carter's comments — made on Sunday and reported Monday in the Times of London — whether the former Democratic president was citing those estimates, offering his own independent assessment or drawing on U.S. intelligence he would have had access to as president.
U.S. officials have generally avoided the issue of Israel's nuclear status, although during a 2006 Senate confirmation hearing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates confirmed that Israel was a nuclear power.
The Times said Carter made the comment Sunday while at the Hay-on-Wye literary festival on the border between England and Wales. He was discussing Iran, and the difficulty it would have in building a secret nuclear arsenal, when he mentioned the Israeli weapons, the paper said.
Former Israeli military Intelligence chief retired Maj. Gen. Aharon Ze'evi Farkash warned that Carter's comments could be used by Iran to push its nuclear development.
"[Carter] is not the first and he won't be the last to talk about this," Farkash said in an interview Monday with Israel Radio. "It would seem that in [Carter's] latest visit to the region, he was so hurt [by the political establishment shunning him] that he saw fit to say things which I think weren't that responsible.
"He was a president a long time ago, and these kinds of things could do damage, but on the other hand, it could enhance the deterrent," Farkash said, adding that "some of our 'less good' friends, could use these claims against us."
The Associated Press and Jerusalem Post contributed to this report.