Saturday, May 27, 2006
SATANISM IN AUSTRALIA
May. 26 (CWNews.com) - An investigator working for the Catholic archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia, has acknowledged that a priest there may have participated in satanic ritual murders, according to Australian media reports.
A 56-year-old man who had previously filed claims of sexual abuse by the priest, and received a financial settlement with the archdiocese, went public with his story after hearing about the conviction of an American priest in Ohio, in a murder case with overtones of satanic activity.
MELBOURNE'S Catholic Church has paid $33,000 to a man who says he was abused by a Melbourne priest who took part in satanic rituals in which three people were killed.
In his statement, the victim gives details of a number of rituals in which the priest was involved.
"A number of the things that I can remember are extremely gruesome," he said.
"I remember being told loudly and forcibly that God is evil and Satan is good and Satan is more powerful.
"On another occasion I was told that good is evil and evil is good, and that Satan is all-powerful and has control over the earth, and that I am evil and that is good.
"I have some gruesome memories of killings."
The statement details three deaths -- a young woman, a young man and a child -- gang rapes and other forms of sexual abuse that allegedly occurred during the rituals over a period of several years.
Animals were also killed during the ceremonies.
Read the whole story.
Two victims had their throats cut and a third was killed with an axe. Animals were also killed during the ceremonies.
"I have some gruesome memories of killings," the victim said. "I still feel totally overwhelmed and blown away when I recall these incidents. All these memories are extremely traumatic."
Read the whole story.
I wonder what Benedict knows, and I wonder if and when he will speak up.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
Friday, May 26, 2006
CASHING IN ON THE CODE
Stories appear from time to time about tours being arranged to cover DaVinci Code territory. Curious people will pay good money to pursue the mystery. Maybe I could even say gullible people, though I suppose they are sincere.
Rosa Templum is a website devoted to this cash crop. There you can sign up for Grail Quest Seminar this coming June, and go on your own grail quest complete with "experts".
One of those experts is Barry Dunford, who offers "Rosa Templum: The enigmatic arcanum of Rosslyn Chapel and the Bride of Christ", an explanation of the Jesus and Mary Magdalene myth Dunford-style. I'll bet you never knew that Jesus visited Scotland, did you? It's starting to get funny! Call the Discordians!!
Well, anyway, Dunford would like you to know:
There was a strong gypsy presence at Roslin during the Middle Ages under the patronage of the St. Clair (Sinclair) family. The gypsies were called "Egyptians" and, like the Celtic Gael, they were credited with psychic abilities or 'second sight', which the Australian aboriginals call 'sacred sight'. According to Basil Ivan Rakoczi: "The fact is that the Gypsies have wandered from the beginning of time and the gift of clairvoyance has always been theirs. They did not steal the esoteric wisdom of the Tarot in Egypt or anywhere else. Rather, as one civilisation after another fell and, later, as the pagan cults became the object of Christian persecution, their dying priesthoods deposited the sacred lore in the hands of the Gypsies who undertook to travel on with it, to hide it and only to transmit it to the trustworthy. Who would suspect a mere Gypsy of possessing the accumulated wisdom of Chaldea and Egypt, or of the northern Druids, or of holding the Yoga teachings of the East in his head? So the Gypsy tribes became the repositories for all that wisdom which was denounced as heretical by the established order of the day. The Gypsy took over the wisdom of the Gnostic, the Montanist, the Donatist and the Manichean, ascending the heresiarchical ladder of experimental mysticism to mediaeval sects such as the Cathars, the Patarini and the Bogomils who, in turn, produced the creed which threatened to change completely the whole face of Europe." (The Painted Caravan). If such arcane knowledge was held within the gypsy tribes, then perhaps the St. Clairs of Roslin were drawing upon this for their own esoteric purposes and agenda; hence their especial patronage to large numbers of gypsies living in Roslin Glen.
You can discover there that the painting of St. Mary Magdalene by Piero della Francesca is a picture of a pregnant Mary Magdalene. Just because she doesn't look pregnant in the picture in the website is no readon to doubt Dunford. He's is a scholar following in the footsteps of Dan Brown, afterall.
The Rosicrucians, Freemasons, Templars, Celts, even Rudolf Steiner makes an appearance. It seems that one of his followers, Walter Johannes Stein, claims that two spiritual traditions meet at Rosslyn Chapel, one a macrocosmic point of view and the other a microcosmic aspect. (Hey, don't ask me--I found Steiner BORING, but don't remember him mentioning this.) Apparently Walter Johannes Stein believes "man can strive to become Divine" just as "the Divine became flesh". Too bad I never met Stein. After all of this reading about new paradigms, I bet I could have sold him my little piece of acerage on the artic circle for a nice profit. If he thought I could become divine, surely omnipotent would not be too much of a stretch.
You can also read that "Thupton Tushi, the Dalai Lama's archivist, [who] described his visit to Rosslyn Chapel as 'a truly spiritual experience'." Should we assume that the Dalai Lama, himself, passed on the opportunity to check it out, or that he didn't have anything quotable to say?
Steiner's Akashic Record makes its appearance on another page in the website where "The fifth dimension, of Eternity, contains different levels of unification or togetherness." Get your unity over here folks and never mind about British reserve. We're all in the brotherhood now. (Sorry, I couldn't bring myself to read through the whole thing to see what other comedies it might contain.)
Of course the tour wouldn't be complete without the cash quest. Get your "economic awareness" and "Prosperity" newsletter here.
God help the world if these people ever get the upper hand.
This mythmaking seems to be big business. I'm going to be thinking about that for the next day or so. Maybe even I could write a myth. Surely I can get my paradigm to shift long enough for that. Stay tuned.
While you're exploring the glories of the "paradigm shift" of the Tarot folks, give some thought to von Balthasar's glowing approval of Valentin Tomberg's MEDITATIONS ON THE TAROT, and to our last Pope's (and the current Pope's?) enthusiasm for the theology of von Balthasar, who himself claimed that he owes all of his theology to the seer Adrienne von Speyer. God help us!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
Check out Constance Cumbey's story of meeting Ryden and speaking Arabic to her. At the end she writes:
I looked at her website this morning and saw that she claims the present pope is rethinking the position he took on her when he headed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He was right the first time and I hope he stands firm!
Hadn't heard Benedict was reconsidering. Oh boy...! But then maybe she is merely shifting her paradigm and creating her own mythos.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
DUCKLINGS ON THE MOVE
There are a lot of small bodies of water around my area, formed mostly by the need to drain large areas of property such as shopping centers, and developments placed on formerly swampy ground; and with ponds you get waterfowl. Canada geese are the most prominent, but there are various kinds of ducks as well. This time of year, there are lots of goslings and ducklings waddling around. It's a treat to watch them, and I never get enough.
The other night we were waiting in the pick-up window line at Burger King when mama hopped out of the shrubbrey with five in tow. Five really really tiny ducklings. I think they must still have been wearing eggshell on their feathers.
I guess mama was young and inexperienced because she had apparently decided that the grass was greener on the other side of the four lane highway. Down the Burger King driveway she marched her brood. Slowly. The newly hatched are not yet swift. Out into the street she went with five behind. Across the first lane without looking right or left at dinnertime on a Saturday. I looked for her and saw she had a gap in the traffic that just could be enough if she'd speed them up a little. Across the second lane and the third she took them. She had little time left to cross the fourth, and she was clearly too small and too drab to be noticed by the guy behind the wheel of the car that was getting closer. Duck and driver were in a race that looked like it would end badly, but at the last minute she got them over the curb and into the grass on the other side.
I hope for the sake of the kids that it turned out to be not worth the trip!
Thursday, May 25, 2006
THE HOLY ORDER OF MANS
I need a scorecard to keep track of who is playing on which team in the Roman Catholic Church.
I need an even bigger scorecard to keep track of who is playing on which team in the Orthodox Church.
The sanest voice I've found on the subject of the present religious landscape is Fr. Seraphim Rose of the St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood.
But now this turns up, placing the St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood in very questionable company.
This Holy Order of Mans is part of a Theosophy Group listing at the Rick Ross website.
If that isn't bad enough, there is this website as well.
The Holy Order of MANS was founded by Earl Blighton in 1968 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Blighton (aka Father Paul), was a 67 year-old retired electrical engineer and mail-order minister from Rochester, New York. Blighton professed an eclectic set of beliefs based on Rosicrucianism, Kaballah, the Occult, Tantrism and Theosophy.
This philosophical cornucopia was wrapped in a veneer of Catholicism in: dress, monastic vows and structure. Mission stations and training centers were established in sixty cities and forty-eight states between 1969 and 1974 (peaking in 1977 at 3000 members). Blighton assumed the leadership role in the council as the Director General. The suborder of the followers consisted of the "master teachers"- priests specially trained by Blighton, minister-priests, stewards, disciples, students, and novices.
The Holy Order of Mans seems to be associated with the Order of Christ/Sophia.
Orthodox? Roman Catholic? Gnostic Catholic? Planet Mars Catholic?
They have one thing in common with Roman Catholicism. Sexual abuse.
Ironically, a review of one of Fr. Seraphim's books by "Presbytera Irene" at Amazon is scathing:
Nothing Orthodox in these Gnostic ramblings of Fr. Rose, February 23, 2006
It is astonishing that those claiming to be Orthodox in these reviews, have never actually read the Church fathers on this topic. Rose bases his speculations on Gnostic tales ("Tale of Basil the New") found in the Bogomil groups, and on the superstitions which came into the Russian Orthodox under the Latin "captivity" which included this idea of "Purgatory".
St. Mark of Ephesus is very clear against any idea of the soul "journeying" through demonic "judges" in his homilies. Our Pascha celebrations tell us that "Christ is Risen! The demons are fallen!"
St. Isaac of Syria writes (Epistle to Symeon of Caesaria) "[We] convict the false writings called "revelations" which, composed by originators of corrupt heresies under the influence of demonic phantasies, describe celestial dwelling..the pathways to Heaven, the places set apart for judgment (toll-houses) ..But all these..are shadows of a mind inebriated by conceit and deranged by the working of demons..This.especially assaults monks who ...inquire into empty opinions, yearn for novelties, and are superficial"..
How well said by this Desert Father who saw the Mandean Gnostics and knew their myths, warning against them! St. Irenaios (op cit. Bk. I, Chap 25) warned the Church in Rome against the Gnostic pagan idea of the soul being saved apart from the body.
Anyone who believes that a long beard and a monk's robe makes a Christian Orthodox monastic is ready for any devilish pablum. The new age Gnostic mixture in Rose's writings certainly fit the description.
What an unholy mess the religious landscape has become since Vatican II.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
THE FLYING JESUS
Linked at Novus Ordo Watch. Corpus but no cross at St. Mary of the Angels. Like the Gnostic Jesus, I guess this one came down from the cross...or flew up over it. That's quite a church layout in the picture. Looks rather like the layout of this church to me. Oh wait...that second picture isn't a church. It's actually a temple.
You can get some Catholic hymn music at another Grand Lodge website, this one in California. What's the name of that Latin hymn?
MORE ON FR. ALTIER
Elizabeth Schwab at www.desertvoice.org has issued a statement on May 14, 2006, regarding the transfer of Fr. Altier. Hang in there to the end because down there you'll find the money angle of the VIRTUS program that Fr. Altier opposed. It's not pretty.
ENTER THE EARTHBOUND GODDESS MYTH
We have seen what Dan Brown's myth did for Christianity. Brown proposed goddess worship in the form of Mary Magdalene. Another goddess myth is about to hit the bookstores. Enter Nikki Persley.
Brooklyn, NY (OPENPRESS) May 21, 2006 -- Was there a time when you had trouble believing in yourself and your abilities? If you found the inspiration to rise above those feelings of insecurity in your inherent female strengths, enter the National Earthbound Goddess Day contest and proclaim, "I am an Earthbound Goddess!" Sponsored by Brooklyn author Nikki Persley, the contest awards prizes for the best (90 words maximum) response to “How I rediscovered my inner goddess and learned to value myself.” All entries will be posted on the author’s website, where visitors will be able to vote for their favorite response.
"I’m looking for answers that touch on how the goddess legacy lives on within every woman,” said Persley, author of "Serpent of Eternity" and creator of the holiday and the contest. “National Earthbound Goddess Day is based on themes in my new urban fantasy novel. What better way to launch a book about a woman whose only hope of survival rests on her ability to believe in herself than by sharing the self-confidence building experiences of real life women.”
To read the rest of the press release, go here.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
YOUR PENTAGON TAX DOLLARS AT WORK
Secret programs also have tended to spawn "fringe science" -- like antimatter weapons, psychics and telepathy -- because they were protected from outside scrutiny, said Sharon Weinberger, author of "Imaginary Weapons: A Journey through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld."
You can read the whole story here.
Blogger credit to Spirit Daily.
MADONNA PLAYS THE CHRIST CARD AGAIN
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Less than 12 hours after Madonna crucified herself on a mirrored cross, the Catholic League expressed its discontent with the concert stunt.
The controversial diva wore a crown of thorns and sang while hanging from a cross during Sunday night's opener of her "Confessions" world tour at The Forum in Inglewood.
Ironically, William Donohue indicates that he had thought her faith in Kabbalah would inspire respect for religion. Perhaps it has. But Kabbalah will not lead one to respect for Christ. Obviously. I guess Donohue hasn't yet discovered the harsh truth that awaits him. Perhaps he needs to have a conversation with David Gleicher or Robert Waxman. It might be an eye-opener.
WHERE WILL THE BISHOPS STAND THIS YEAR ?
May. 23 (CWNews.com) - Gay-rights activists from the Rainbow Sash movement have announced plans to provoke a showdown with Catholic bishops in major American cities on Pentecost Sunday once again this year, by attending Mass and presenting themselves for Communion while wearing their distinctive sashes.
The activists will be wearing rainbow sashes, the group says, to protest "homophobia" within the Catholic Church. The protests have become annual events at cathedrals in several US cities. "Some bishops have welcomed us in the past, and we are thankful for their welcome."
"...to protest 'homophobia' within the Catholic Church." How will the bishops spin it if they decide to avoid the confrontation again? If they do avoid it, it will continue to arise. Will the bishops stand with the teachings of the Church? I pity the cathedral rectors who will be the ones who have to take the brunt of this conflict when the bishops weasel out. Every one of our bishops should be present in his chair in his cathedral on Pentecost this year, for every one of the Masses that are said in his cathedral. The challenge will have to be met sooner or later. It is not going to go away, and the gays are leaving no doubt as to what this challenge is about.
How will you respond, your emminences? Will you stand with Christ or the world?
IN RUSSIA CHRISTIANITY WON AND THE CODE LOST
MINSK (Reuters) - "The Da Vinci Code" has been pulled from cinemas in the Belarus capital after only four days because Christian groups in the ex-Soviet state complained the film was offensive, the state film distributor said on Tuesday.
Monday, May 22, 2006
A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE COMPARES TDVC WITH THE PROTOCOLS
David Klinghoffer at The Jewish Week also associates TDVC to the Protocols:
Consider that the alleged conspiracy underlying the “biggest cover-up in human history” bears a remarkable resemblance to another phony conspiracy: the famous hoax called “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” Apparently authored by Russian monarchist and anti-Semite Mathieu Golovinski in 1898, “Protocols” tells of a secret society of Jewish elders that work to keep gentiles ignorant of a plot to rule the world through “Darwinism, Marxism and Nietzscheism.”
RABBI BENJAMIN BLECH ON TDVC
Another pro-TVDC interpretation from a Jewish Rabbi that ends this way:
That's why Jews shouldn't be upset about the success of The Da Vinci Code. After all, it's responsible for making more than 40 million people question what Jews have long recognized about Christianity's founder: Jesus was not God; he was human.
And perhaps the day will come when the world will acknowledge what Judaism teaches: It isn't God who became man, but man who must strive to become more like God.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
THE BOX OFFICE CODE
Theaters around here were running multiple screenings of TDVC, some back to back. But no lines at the ticket windows.
Cleveland Jewish News presents the Jewish view of the Code:
Gleicher explores what Judaism has to say. “As to the divinity of Jesus, that’s a given. We don’t believe in that,” he states. “But what do we believe about early Christianity, and what do we believe in as far as what Jesus represented?”
For someone of Jesus’s relatively late age (in his early 30s) to not be married, says Glei- cher, “would make him an oddity among his peers.” There were sects like the Essenes, he admits, “some of whom, not all, believed in celibacy — but that was considered a deviant idea.”
So could Jesus have been married?
“Oh, I think it’s entirely possible, but that raises a whole bunch of other questions,” Gleicher says. If Jesus had married roughly at the same age as most of his peers, then “he would have celebrated his tenth wedding anniversary before he was killed. But we have no record of a wife, so it’s uncertain.”
The historical record was written “with certain polemical interests in mind,” he points out. “Who knows what could have been left out?”
Looks from this article like the Jewish interpetation is close to what Dan Brown presents:
Brown uses the vehicle of his fictional character, symbologist Robert Langdon, to make two controversial assertions about practices that allegedly took place in the Holy Temple, says Gleicher.
First, he accuses priestesses of having sex in the Temple in Jerusalem. The second relates to the female concept of God’s consort, the Shechinah.
“When Brown says that there was sex in the Temple, yes, there was,” Gleicher maintains. “When he says that there was idol worship and a consort of G-d in the Temple, yes, there was. It just wasn’t Shechinah, and it wasn’t normative Judaism. It was the violation of normative Judaism or of whatever we would call the religion of the time.”
Gleicher believes that the concept of the Shechinah as a female aspect of God came into being as a direct result of the first flowering of the kabbalah in the late 1100s in France. “Kabbalists not only turned the Shechinah into a female aspect of God, but in some kabbalists’ eyes it became almost like a female equivalent to God — a consort of God or the daughter of God.”
Sunday, May 21, 2006
THE NECRONOMICON REVIEWED AT AMAZON
More specifically, the author of the NECRONOMICON profiled at Amazon:
About the Author(bolding mine - ct)
Simon is a student of magic, occultism, and religion since the mid-1960s and the editor of the Necronomicon, Simon was a frequent lecturer for the famed Warlock Shop in Brooklyn and the Magickal Childe Bookstore in Manhattan for more than ten years before his sudden disappearance in 1984, speaking on topics as diverse as religion and politics, occultism and fascism, ceremonial magic, demonolatry, the Tarot, the Qabala, and Asian occult systems. He also conducted private classes for the New York City OTO during this period, with a focus on Enochian magic, "Owandering bishops," and Afro-Caribbean occult beliefs. An ordained priest of an Eastern Orthodox church, Simon has appeared on television and radio discussing such topics as exorcism, satanism, and Nazism. The media events he organized in the 1970s and 1980s -- with rock bands, ritual performances, and celebrity appearances -- helped to promote the "occult renaissance" in New York City. After decades of study in European, Asian, and Latin American cult centers, this book marks his first public appearance in more than twenty years.
Moorish Orthodox Church?