Pope Francis signs abominable document of 'Fraternidad Humana"

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VATICAN NEWS (Extract) Google translation
Andrea Tornielli

The "Document on human brotherhood for world peace and common coexistence" signed this afternoon in Abu Dhabi by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayyib is not only a milestone in the relations between Christianity and Islam, but also represents a message with a strong impact on the international scene. In the preface, after having affirmed that "Faith leads the believer to see in the other a brother to support and love", this text is spoken of as "a reasoned document with sincerity and seriousness", which invites " all the people who have in their hearts faith in God and faith in human fraternity to join and work together. "
The document begins with a series of invocations: the Pope and the Great Imam speak "in the name of God who created all human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity", "in the name of the innocent human soul that God has forbidden to kill "," in the name of the poor ", of" orphans and widows, of refugees and exiles, of all victims of wars "and" of persecutions ". Al-Azhar together with the Catholic Church "declare to adopt the culture of dialogue as a way, common collaboration as conduct, mutual knowledge as method and criterion".

Recognizing the positive steps taken by modern civilization, the declaration emphasizes the "deterioration of ethics, which conditions international action, and the weakening of spiritual values and the sense of responsibility," which leads many to "fall into vortex of atheist and agnostic extremism, or in religious integralism, in extremism and in blind fundamentalism ». Religious and national extremism, together with intolerance "have produced the signs of a" third world war in pieces "».
The Declaration testifies that "freedom is a right of every person: everyone enjoys the freedom of belief, thought, expression and action. The pluralism and diversity of religion, color, sex, race and language are a wise divine will ». It is from the "Divine Wisdom" that "derives the right to freedom of belief and the freedom to be different.For this reason, it is condemned to force people to adhere to a certain religion or culture, as well as to impose a style of civilization that others do not accept » .

Then he testifies that "the protection of places of worship - temples, churches and mosques - is a duty guaranteed by religions, human values, laws and international conventions. Any attempt to attack the places of worship or to threaten them with attacks, explosions or demolitions is a deviation from the teachings of religions, as well as a clear violation of international law ».

The document states that "it is necessary to commit to establishing in our societies the concept of full citizenship and to renounce the discriminatory use of the term minorities, which brings with it the seeds of feeling isolated and inferiority."

Finally, "Al-Azhar and the Catholic Church demand that this Document be the object of research and reflection in all schools, universities and institutes of education and training." And they hope that the Declaration will become a "symbol of the embrace between East and West, between the North and the South."

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Mon Feb 4, 2019 - 12:59 pm EST
America needs to truly understand Islam’s mission of world domination

February 4, 2019 (American Thinker) – Every organization has a mission or a mission statement with a goal in mind. It works day and night to reach its ultimate target. Think of Islam as an organization (not just another religion) with an ambitious mission. What is that ambition? you might ask.
While our fellow Americans are snoozing, or at least not as active or proactive as their counterparts, Muslims never deviate and never stop pursuing their goal of world domination. They place their primary focus on non-Islamic lands – in this case, Europe and the United States.

Knowing Islam intimately, please allow me to assure you that to Muslims, the goal is everything. Let's call it "religious fascism." Islam condones any and all means to achieve its goal. The ultimate objective of Islam is the rule of the entire world under the Islamic Ummah – never mind that these life-in-hand soldiers of Allah disagree with one another regarding the Ummah itself and who is to reign over it. That's a "family dispute" that they will resolve by their usual favorite method: brute force.

Like any organization and sub-organization, conflict exists within Islam. Muslims do disagree with one another on several issues. Each Islamic sect believes that it has the Prophet and Allah on its side and will prevail over the other. For now, they should work diligently to achieve the intermediary goal of defeating all non-believers. There are countless instances that substantiate Muslims' "ends justifies the means" guiding principle. This policy dates to Muhammad himself.

Muhammad repeatedly made peace covenants with his adversaries, only to violate them as soon as he was in an advantageous position. Betrayal, deception, and outright lies are fully condoned in furthering the work of Islam. In the present-day world, the work of Islam is defined by an entrenched and influential clergy who issue fatwas – rulings – that become directives and laws to the faithful.

As an example, Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Iranian Islamic state, made extensive use of the fatwa. Widely known in the west is Khomeini's fatwa condemning Salman Rushdie to death for his book The Satanic Verses. A less known fatwa of Khomeini during the last Iran-Iraq War led to the slaughter of thousands of Iranian children. Children, nearly all under 15 years of age, were given plastic "keys to paradise" as they were commanded by the fatwa of Khomeini to rush forward to clear minefields for the tanks to follow. The Islamic murderers, in obedience to the fatwa of a bloodthirsty man of Allah, had no problem in deceiving the clueless lads with made-in-China plastic keys to paradise.

Such is the existential threat of Islam. It is a rigid Stone-Age controlling system with a stranglehold over many of nearly one and a half billion people under its command.

A dangerous feature of the fascistic personality is the relative lack of independent thought. This deficiency makes the person highly amenable to manipulation. Islam, by its rigidly authoritarian makeup, robs a Muslim of independent thought to the extent the believer blindly adopts it as his infallible system of belief. Hence, the ideology of Islam is guilty of conditioning masses of people as easily manipulated instruments in the hands of influential figures.

One of the greatest subtle, yet important differences between the Muslim's thinking and that of the people in the West is the extent to which Muslims are fatalistic. There is hardly a statement that a Muslim makes without being conditional – conditional on the will of Allah. "I shall see you tomorrow, Allah willing"; "You will make it home, Allah willing"; "Things will work out, Allah willing"; and on and on and on. To the Muslim, Allah is on the job – on every job. Allah, with his invisible mighty hand, literally does run everything. "Allah's hand is above all other hands" adorns every imaginable space in Islamic lands – a telling point about the Muslim's fatalism and submission to the omnipotent, omnipresent hand. If something happens, it is Allah's will. If it doesn't, it is Allah's will. The rank-and-file Muslim has little will of his own. It absolves him of any and all responsibility. This mentality is in stark contrast with the "take charge" and "can do" mental characteristics of Americans and others.

In the Qur'an, itself, Allah gives these fellows their mandate: cleanse the Earth of all kefir (infidels), and help usher in the Golden Rule of Islam over a corrupt world. This high-purpose strategic goal of Islamization legitimizes any and all tactics.

Qur'an 8:39: "Fight them until all opposition ends and all submit to Allah." Allah, in his kindness, leaves a bit of wiggle room for the unbelievers. Those who refuse to convert or whose life is spared may live under the rule of Islam by paying poll taxes (jizya)."

Conclusion
While many Muslims work around the clock for their cause – i.e., to infiltrate our schools, our law enforcement agencies, our health care system – they also run for office with the help of our Democrats and some GOP officials, who provide them with necessary tools. Regrettably, only a small number of Americans understand the real threat.

There is no doubt that Islam's goal is to religiously dominate the world, which involves complete control over all phases of society through the brutal means of sharia, with no distinction between mosque and state, between religion and liberties.

As Muslim organizations march through with their own crusade here in the United States, under our nose, I have not seen anyone stopping them.
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Pope Francis under fire for claiming ‘diversity of religions’ is ‘willed by God’

ROME, February 5, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis has incited further controversy by signing a joint statement with a Grand Imam, saying that a “pluralism and diversity” of religions is “willed by God.”

The Pope signed the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” with Ahmad el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar Mosque, during an interreligious meeting in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

The Feb. 4 event was part of Pope Francis’s three-day apostolic visit to the United Arab Emirates. The historic journey marked the first time a Roman Pontiff has visited the Arabian Peninsula, and was intended to promote interreligious dialogue and support the country’s considerable Catholic minority.

The document on Human Fraternity invites “all persons who have faith in God and faith in human fraternity to unite and work together so that it may serve as a guide for future generations to advance a culture of mutual respect in the awareness of the great divine grace that makes all human beings brothers and sisters.”

The passage inciting controversy reads:
Freedom is a right of every person: each individual enjoys the freedom of belief, thought, expression and action. The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings. This divine wisdom is the source from which the right to freedom of belief and the freedom to be different derives. Therefore, the fact that people are forced to adhere to a certain religion or culture must be rejected, as too the imposition of a cultural way of life that others do not accept.
God’s “permissive will”?
In a Feb. 5 article in the Catholic Herald, Dr. Chad Pecknold, associate professor of systematic theology at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., sought to downplay the controversial passage, saying it must be read in its proper context and perspective.
“The idea that God wills the diversity of color, sex, race and language is easily understood, but some may find it puzzling to hear the Vicar of Christ talk about God willing the diversity of religions,” he said.

Pecknold noted the the passage “is puzzling and potentially problematic.” But he maintained that, in the context of the document, “the Holy Father is clearly referring not to the evil of many false religions, but positively refers to the diversity of religions only in the sense that they are evidence of our natural desire to know God.

“God wills that all men come to know Him through the free choice of their will, and so it follows that a diversity of religions can be spoken about as permissively willed by God without denying the supernatural good of one true religion,” Pecknold added.

Fr. Z also weighed in on his blog, saying “we must seek a way to understand this without it sounding like heresy.” He argued that if we read the passage to mean there are a multiplicity of religons “by God’s permissive will,” the statement is “acceptable.”

A Dominican theologian responds
But in comments today to LifeSite, a Dominican theologian who wished to remain anonymous said the controversial passage “in its obvious sense is false, and in fact heretical.”

“The various religions say incompatible things about who God is and how He wants to be worshipped. Therefore they cannot all be true. Therefore God, who is truth, cannot will all religions,” he explained.

Responding to those who are defending the Pope’s statement by invoking God’s “permissive will,” the Dominican theologian said:
God permits non-Catholic religions to exist; but permitting something is not a way of willing it, it is a way of not willing to prevent it. Thus God permits many innocent people to be killed, but He does not will it. We would not talk about God’s permissive will for Jews to be gassed, for example.
The Dominican said he found Dr. Pecknold’s reading of the text “a strained and unnatural interpretation.”
“You might as well say that someone who said that gassing Jews was good only meant that it is good that we have the chemical and physiological knowledge that makes it possible,” he said.

He said “the problem with Fr Z’s interpretation is the reference to religions comes in a list of other things that God does will (and doesn’t simply permit), such as sexes, colors and races.”

“Even the diversity of languages, though originally a punishment was willed and caused by God,” the theologian noted. “But the diversity of religions is due to sin and so is not willed and caused by God. We can say that it ‘comes under His Providence,’ but then so does everything, even the worst crimes.”

Another controversial passage?
The Dominican theologian went a step further, however, and pointed out another equally problematic, yet overlooked, statement in the document on Human Fraternity — this time on faith.
The opening paragraph of the document reads:
Faith leads a believer to see in the other a brother or sister to be supported and loved. Through faith in God, who has created the universe, creatures and all human beings (equal on account of his mercy), believers are called to express this human fraternity by safeguarding creation and the entire universe and supporting all persons, especially the poorest and those most in need.
“It is contrary to the Church’s way of speaking to use the phrase ‘faith in God’ to mean ‘affirming that God exists,’ or ‘believing in any kind of alleged revelation, even a non-Christian one,” the Dominican theologian explained.

“Faith,” he said, “is the virtue through which God moves us to assent to what He has revealed through the Old Testament prophets and the New Testament apostles, and most of all through His Son.”

“People who believe in non-Christian religions therefore do not do so by faith, as the declaration Dominus Iesus 7 points out, but by some kind of human opinion.”

Dominus Iesus was issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2000, under then prefect Cardinal Josef Ratzinger. It reaffirmed the Church’s teaching that salvation is only found in Jesus Christ and the Church. Paragraph 7 of the document reads:
The distinction between theological faith and belief in the other religions, must be firmly held. If faith is the acceptance in grace of revealed truth, which ‘makes it possible to penetrate the mystery in a way that allows us to understand it coherently,’ then belief, in the other religions, is that sum of experience and thought that constitutes the human treasury of wisdom and religious aspiration, which man in his search for truth has conceived and acted upon in his relationship to God and the Absolute (Dominus Iesus, 7).
As previously discussed here on LifeSite, Vatican II allows for the possibility of extraordinary revelations to non-Christians. According to its decree on the missionary activity of the Church, “God in ways known to Himself can lead those inculpably ignorant of the Gospel to find that faith without which it is impossible to please Him” (Ad Gentes, 7).
But the Church is equally clear that the followers of other religions do not have the faith without which it is impossible to please God.
In other words, God can lead the inculpably ignorant through mysterious means to the true faith, but adherence to Islam or any other non-Christian religion cannot constitute this faith.

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Pope Francis under fire for claiming ‘diversity of religions’ is ‘willed by God’

ROME, February 5, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis has incited further controversy by signing a joint statement with a Grand Imam, saying that a “pluralism and diversity” of religions is “willed by God.”

The Pope signed the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” with Ahmad el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar Mosque, during an interreligious meeting in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

The Feb. 4 event was part of Pope Francis’s three-day apostolic visit to the United Arab Emirates. The historic journey marked the first time a Roman Pontiff has visited the Arabian Peninsula, and was intended to promote interreligious dialogue and support the country’s considerable Catholic minority.

The document on Human Fraternity invites “all persons who have faith in God and faith in human fraternity to unite and work together so that it may serve as a guide for future generations to advance a culture of mutual respect in the awareness of the great divine grace that makes all human beings brothers and sisters.”

The passage inciting controversy reads:
Freedom is a right of every person: each individual enjoys the freedom of belief, thought, expression and action. The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings. This divine wisdom is the source from which the right to freedom of belief and the freedom to be different derives. Therefore, the fact that people are forced to adhere to a certain religion or culture must be rejected, as too the imposition of a cultural way of life that others do not accept.
God’s “permissive will”?
In a Feb. 5 article in the Catholic Herald, Dr. Chad Pecknold, associate professor of systematic theology at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., sought to downplay the controversial passage, saying it must be read in its proper context and perspective.

“The idea that God wills the diversity of color, sex, race and language is easily understood, but some may find it puzzling to hear the Vicar of Christ talk about God willing the diversity of religions,” he said.

Pecknold acknowledged that the passage “is puzzling and potentially problematic.” But he maintained that, in the context of the document, “the Holy Father is clearly referring not to the evil of many false religions, but positively refers to the diversity of religions only in the sense that they are evidence of our natural desire to know God.”

“God wills that all men come to know Him through the free choice of their will, and so it follows that a diversity of religions can be spoken about as permissively willed by God without denying the supernatural good of one true religion,” Pecknold added.

Fr. Z also weighed in on his blog, saying “we must seek a way to understand this without it sounding like heresy.” He argued that if we read the passage to mean there are a multiplicity of religons “by God’s permissive will,” the statement is “acceptable.”

A Dominican theologian responds
But in comments today to LifeSite, a Dominican theologian who wished to remain anonymous said the controversial passage “in its obvious sense is false, and in fact heretical.”

“The various religions say incompatible things about who God is and how He wants to be worshipped. Therefore they cannot all be true. Therefore God, who is truth, cannot will all religions,” he explained.

Responding to those who are defending the Pope’s statement by invoking God’s “permissive will,” the Dominican theologian said:
God permits non-Catholic religions to exist; but permitting something is not a way of willing it, it is a way of not willing to prevent it. Thus God permits many innocent people to be killed, but He does not will it. We would not talk about God’s permissive will for Jews to be gassed, for example.
The Dominican said he found Dr. Pecknold’s reading of the text “a strained and unnatural interpretation.”

“You might as well say that someone who said that gassing Jews was good only meant that it is good that we have the chemical and physiological knowledge that makes it possible,” he argued.

He said “the problem with Fr Z’s interpretation is the reference to religions comes in a list of other things that God does will (and doesn’t simply permit), such as sexes, colors and races.”

“Even the diversity of languages, though originally a punishment, was willed and caused by God,” the theologian noted. “But the diversity of religions is due to sin and so is not willed and caused by God. We can say that it ‘comes under His Providence,’ but then so does everything, even the worst crimes.”

Another controversial passage?
The Dominican theologian went one step further and pointed out another equally problematic, yet overlooked, statement in the document on Human Fraternity — this time on faith.

The opening paragraph of the document reads:
Faith leads a believer to see in the other a brother or sister to be supported and loved. Through faith in God, who has created the universe, creatures and all human beings (equal on account of his mercy), believers are called to express this human fraternity by safeguarding creation and the entire universe and supporting all persons, especially the poorest and those most in need.
“It is contrary to the Church’s way of speaking to use the phrase ‘faith in God’ to mean ‘affirming that God exists,’ or ‘believing in any kind of alleged revelation, even a non-Christian one,” the Dominican theologian explained.

“Faith,” he said, “is the virtue through which God moves us to assent to what He has revealed through the Old Testament prophets and the New Testament apostles, and most of all through His Son.”

“People who believe in non-Christian religions therefore do not do so by faith, as the declaration Dominus Iesus 7 points out, but by some kind of human opinion.”

Dominus Iesus was issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2000, under then prefect Cardinal Josef Ratzinger. It reaffirmed the Church’s teaching that salvation is only found in Jesus Christ and the Church. Paragraph 7 of the document reads:
The distinction between theological faith and belief in the other religions, must be firmly held. If faith is the acceptance in grace of revealed truth, which ‘makes it possible to penetrate the mystery in a way that allows us to understand it coherently,’ then belief, in the other religions, is that sum of experience and thought that constitutes the human treasury of wisdom and religious aspiration, which man in his search for truth has conceived and acted upon in his relationship to God and the Absolute (Dominus Iesus, 7).
As previously discussed here on LifeSite, Vatican II allows for the possibility of extraordinary revelations to non-Christians. According to its decree on the missionary activity of the Church, “God in ways known to Himself can lead those inculpably ignorant of the Gospel to find that faith without which it is impossible to please Him” (Ad Gentes, 7).

But the Church is equally clear that the followers of other religions do not have the faith without which it is impossible to please God.
In other words, God can lead the inculpably ignorant through mysterious means to the true faith, but adherence to Islam or any other non-Christian religion cannot constitute this faith.

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There are grave concerns among Catholics about the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together which Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, signed on February 4, 2019 in Abu Dhabi.

Nobody doubts that many truths about God and the natural moral law, and many semina verbi have been known by the pagans and are contained in many religions (except in the directly satanic ones), such as the “golden rule”.

Nobody believes that God cannot give the grace of eternal salvation outside the realm of the visible Church, its sacraments and conscious Christian faith. No one fails to see the many good and beautiful truths Pope Francis and the Imam confirm in the document.

However, to claim that “the pluralism and the diversity of religions" (colour, sex, race and language) are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings”goes far, far beyond all this.

How can God will religions that deny Christ's divinity and resurrection? How is this compatible with logic? Can God want that men hold contradictorily opposed beliefs about Jesus Christ or about God or about any other thing?

How can God from creation on have willed that men would fall into sin, worship false gods, become victims of errors and superstitions of all sorts, that they adhere to subtly atheist or pantheist religions such as Buddhism, or to religions cursed by the Old Testament and attributed to demons and demon-worship?

How can God, who wants his disciples to go out and preach to the whole world and baptize them, have willed any Christian heresy, let alone religions that deny the faith of which Jesus says to Nicodemus that he who believes in Him will be saved and he who does not, will be damned (John 3,18)? If we read the Old and the New Testament, or look at the universal teachings of the Church on the divine command, given by Christ himself, to preach the Gospel to all nations, on the necessity of baptism and faith for salvation, etc., the opposite is clearly the case.

How can it then be true that God in His wisdom willed from creation on that many people do not believe in their only Redeemer?

I do not see any artful mental acrobatics capable of denying that this statement not only contains all heresies but also alleges a divine will that a large majority of mankind espouse all kinds of false and non-Christian religious creeds.

Besides, by attributing to God the will that there be religions contradicting His Divine Revelation, instead of attributing to him the will that all nations shall come to believe in the one true God and His Son and our Redeemer, God is turned into a relativist who does not know that there is only one truth and that its opposite cannot be true for different nations, or who does not care whether men believe in truth or falsity. This phrase claims that God wills religious errors.

By signing the statement that God wills a plurality of religions, the Pope defied both fidesand ratio and rejected Christianity which is inseparable from the belief in Jesus Christ, who is the unus Dominus. (I assume that also the highest Islamic authorities will expel this Imam because the Islam makes an absolute claim to truth as well).

In fact, if God really “wills all religions,” then he must hate the Catholic Church most of all because of its claim to be the one, Catholic, and apostolic Church and because it rejects in its dogmas and perennial magisterial teachings any relativization of the Christian religion which would turn Christianity into one of many contradictory religions.

In sum: Any Catholic should pray that the Pope convert and reject this horrible sentence in the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together signed by him and the Great Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, because it undermines all true and beautiful things this document says on brotherhood.

It is neither impossible nor shameful for a Pope to retract errors that he has committed in his non-infallible teachings. The first Pope, instituted by Jesus Christ himself, Peter, did so upon the reprimand of St. Paul during the first Apostolic Council of the Church. Pope John XXII revoked on this deathbed a heresy about separated souls that he had committed in a previous document and that was a second time condemned as heresy by his successor.

Therefore, we have all good reason to hope that Pope Francis will revoke a sentence that constitutes a total break with logic as well as with Biblical and Church teaching.

If he does not do this, I am afraid that Canon Law may apply according to which a Pope automatically loses his Petrine office when professing heresy, especially when he professes the sum-total of all heresies.
 

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Vatican releases logo for Pope Francis' visit to Morocco

The Vatican releases the logo for Pope Francis' Apostolic Journey to Morocco, whose theme is hope.

By Robin Gomes
“Servant of Hope” is the theme of the Pope's visit to Morocco on March 30-31.
The Holy Father is making the Apostolic Visit in response to the invitation of King Mohammed VI and the Bishops of the country. The trip to the Muslim-majority nation includes the cities of Rabat and Casablanca, and will be the Pope’s 26th outside Italy.

Logo design
The official logo of the Pope’s visit was chosen from about 50 entries in a competition. An explanatory note accompanying the logo's release says that a cross and a crescent in the logo are symbols of Christianity and Islam which highlight the interreligious relations between Christians and Muslims.

In fact, during the 2-day trip, Pope Francis will meet the leader of Moroccan Muslims, 800 years after the meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Al-Malik al-Kāmil of Egypt.

The logo has the colours of the two countries: green and red for Morocco, yellow and white (background) for the Vatican.

Under Pope Francis' name is the motto of the visit: "Servant of Hope" because the Pope is known as the Servant of the Servants of God. The motto is also the title of the pastoral letter that the Regional Episcopal Conference of North Africa (known by its French acronym CERNA) gave to Pope Francis during its last ‘ad limina ’ visit to Rome in 2015.

"Morocco" is written in Arabic to honour the country that is hosting the Pope.

Interreligious dialogue
Prior to the Morocco visit, the Pope is scheduled to make a trip to the United Arab Emirates on February 3-5.

Addressing the Diplomatic Corps on Monday in the Vatican, Pope Francis said that his visit to the 2 predominantly Muslim countries, “represent two important opportunities to advance interreligious dialogue and mutual understanding between the followers of both religions, in this year that marks the eight-hundredth anniversary of the historic meeting between Saint Francis of Assisi and Sultan al-Malik al-Kāmil.”


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