Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Message to fellow Scots - do you wish to be ruled by this man?

Cowboy Alex mocking the national dress, pretending that Jacobitism is the same as Nationalism and claiming to be somebody worth taking seriously...

Otherwise known as Kim Jock Un since North Korea supported his bid for power...

No - me neither!


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Welcome to the St Peter's Cricket Club whose tour of England culminates in a match against the Church of England team at Canterbury!

Welcome St Peter's Cricket Club,
the touring Vatican cricket team!
12-20 September 2014
The touring St Peter's Cricket team with the Holy Father (holding bat!), Pope Francis
Tribunus extends a warm welcome to the St Peter's cricket team whose tour of England starts on 12 September and culminates in a match against the Church of England team at Kent County Cricket Club in Canterbury.

The tour will be in aid of the Global Freedom Network which campaigns against people-trafficking globally. It's website is here:

Global Freedom Network against People Trafficking 
Here is the tour schedule for those who would like to follow the touring team:
Friday 12 - arrive
Saturday 13 - 1pm - StPCC v Forces' Chaplains team at Aldershot
Sunday 14 - 2.30pm - StPCC v St Peter's CC, Brighton at Preston Park, Brighton
Monday 15 - 2.00pm - StPCC v Authors' XI at Ascott House
Wednesday 17 - 12 noon - StPCC v the Royal Household CC
Friday 19 Sep - StPCC v C of E at Kent County Cricket Club, Canterbury
Saturday - depart
Best of luck to St Peter's team!




Monday, 8 September 2014

STOP PRESS: Blessed Pope John Paul II never described the theory of evolution as "more than an hypothesis". Fact!

Remember when Pope John Paul II was supposed to have endorsed Darwinian evolution as "more than just an hypothesis"?
Remember when the media went wild over it?
Sorry, folks. He never said it!
Blessed Pope John Paul II NEVER SAID that the theory of evolution is "more than an hypothesis"

Here is what really happened - thanks to The Bellarmine Report of Robert Sungenis:

"Dear Patrons,

Being on the advisory board of The Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation has its advantages. I have been made privy to one of the most astounding pieces of information I have been privileged to receive since I returned to the Catholic Church 20 years ago. I must also say, however, that although this new information helps solidify my trust in the Holy Spirit’s guidance of the Church, at the same time it makes me realize how corrupt the Vatican apparatus has become. It turns out that the statement attributed to John Paul II about evolution in 1996 (“evolution is more than a hypothesis”) was never stated or written by John Paul II. In fact, John Paul II never even spoke to the Pontifical Academy of Science about the issue. The whole thing was the brainchild of the well-known liberal cleric, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, and his entourage of like-minded liberals. Thank God in heaven that the truth has finally been revealed.

Robert Sungenis

Here are the words of Hugh Owen, director of The Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation, on this very important development:

Hugh Owen, Director of the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation

'The Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation
952 Kelly Rd., Mt. Jackson, VA 22842
Tel: 540-856-8453

Dear Friends of the Kolbe Center,

I would like to share some important information that I recently received from Dr. Dominique Tassot, the publisher of the excellent French journal of the Centre D'Études et Prospectives la Science (CEP). In a recent issue of the CEP journal, a reader submitted the following testimony--from a source which Dr. Tassot considers completely trustworthy. The letter has been translated into English by Mr. Claude Eon:

On October 22, 1996, the scientific community and the popular press gave an account of the message delivered by Blessed Pope John-Paul II to the general meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences gathered in Rome to discuss evolutionary theories. The main part of this message, the one little sentence that made headlines in the papers[1], is as follows:

Today (...) better knowledge leads us to see in the theory of evolution more than a hypothesis.

This sentence was immediately interpreted as approval by the Holy Father of the principle of biological evolution, in spite of the conflict between this mode of explaining creation and the very foundations of the Catholic religion. However, we now know that John-Paul II never gave this speech. He did not even meet with the members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences because the planned meeting was canceled.

This is what really happened, according to the unpublished testimony of a priest who was present:

I was a member of this symposium on evolution. Blessed John-Paul II NEVER delivered the speech attributed to him on October 22, 1996. The text, without a signature, was handed over to the members [of the PAS] without any papal audience. After the event, I questioned Father Cottier, now a cardinal. He told me he had himself written a part of the document but that a second writer had intervened, inserting his own additions into the text without showing them to him. (It was precisely the duty of Fr. Cottier, official theologian of the Papal Household, to read all the texts to be signed by the Pope.)

Consequently, the official reviewer could not carry out his mission, He was bypassed. As to John-Paul II, the confidant of his reviewer, he never read or reviewed the text!

Thus we are confronted with a text attributed to Pope John-Paul II and published under his signature in L'Osservatore Romano--but of what real merit?[2] Yet the statement deals with a question of fundamental importance, whether man is only the product of "evolution" or if man, like all that exists on earth, is actually the fruit of a special act of God's Will (betrayed by man's rebellion through Original Sin).

This may also explain why Pope Benedict XVI thought it right to assert the Church's position in his enthronement homily at the inaugural Mass of his pontificate, on Sunday, April 24, 2005, in St Peter's Square:

We are not the accidental and senseless product of evolution. Each of us is the fruit of a God's thought. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary.

And that is not all. Here is what the Holy Father added a few months later, on November 9, 2005, after quoting from a commentary on Genesis by the fourth-century bishop St. Basil the Great:

I find that this Father's words are of astonishing relevance when he says: "Some, deceived by their inherent atheism, imagined a universe deprived of direction and order, as if ruled by chance." How many are those "some" today? Deceived by atheism, they believe that it is scientific to think that all is deprived of direction and order, as if ruled by chance. Throughout Scripture, the Lord wakes up man's languid reason and tells us: "In the beginning was the Creative Word." ("Le Cep" N° 60 July 2012, pp. 92-94).

Friends of the Kolbe Center, this letter testifies to the way that the traditional teaching of the Church can easily be subverted by anonymous activists in ecclesiastical offices who misrepresent the mind of the Pope or of the Second Vatican Council to promote ideas that are incompatible with the traditional teaching of the Church. Fidelity to the true teachings of the Church now requires the ability not only to distinguish between the authoritative and non-authoritative statements of the Pope but also to distinguish between the statements merely attributed to the Pope and those that he has actually written or said!

Let us pray that God will deliver the Holy Father from false friends, advisers, and co-workers, and give him the grace to witness boldly to "the faith once delivered to the saints" (Jude 1:3).

Please keep the Kolbe Center in your prayers.

Yours in Christ through the Immaculata,

Hugh Owen' "

[1] Editor's note: One can gauge the importance of this "little sentence" from the fact that, the very next day, October 24, the conservative daily Il Giornale proclaimed in its headline: "Pope says we may be descended from apes." For La Reppublica, the Pope had "made his peace with Darwin". The following day, Le Monde entitled an anonymous editorial: "Darwin rehabilitated by the Church."

[2] Editor’s note: One must emphasize the importance of this testimony. The little phrase is indeed, by itself, almost meaningless. But it was interpreted as going beyond the cautious stance assumed by Pius XII in Humani Generis (1950) in which he expressed serious reservations about the evolutionary "hypothesis". "More than a hypothesis" has hardly any intelligible meaning, apart from a theory. Indeed, evolution was already very well-known under the title the "theory" of evolution. Moreover, the letter in question (at least the part written by Fr Cottier) invokes many evolutionist theories, which is a way to relativize them all. A second comment must be made about the disturbing conduct of the Vatican bureaucracy, as the Vatican Secretariat of State itself, which has the duty to write and speak in the Pope's name, indulged in chipping in with a statement [in L'Osservatore Romano] which – what a coincidence –the enemies of the Church were waiting to take advantage of on the very same day. Hmmm....


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Remembering Archbishop Luigi Padovese, former Vicar Apostolic in Turkey, martyred by a Muslim fanatic...

In memoriam Archbishop Luigi Padovese...

Archbishop Luigi Padovese, Vicar Apostolic of Turkey, murdered by a Muslim fanatic

In 2010, Archbishop Luigi Padovese had his head cut off by a Muslim Fundamentalist fanatic yelling the Takbir - Allahu Akbar.

The Archbishop was stabbed in the chest 8 times and ran off, trying to save his life, but he was again seized and his head cut off by the murderer, left only hanging on one side by a piece of flesh.

It is typical of the hypocrisy of many Western media that in articles about the incident they do not mention that the Archbishop’s head was cut off.
Muslim authorities, aided and abetted by self-denying Western journalists, try to claim that the man who killed Archbishop Padovese was insane, but this is false because doctors certified that he was not.

Archbishop Luigi Padovese (b. Milan 31 March 1947-d. Iskenderun 3 June 2010) was the titular Bishop of Monteverde and the Vicar Apostolic of Anatolia in Turkey.

Archbishop Padovese made his simple vows in the Capuchin Order of Friars Minor on 4 October 1965 and his solemn vows on 4 October 1968.
He was ordained a priest on 16 June 1973. He studied at the Pontifical University Antonianum and Pontifical Gregorian University. He had been a Professor of Patristics at the Pontifical University Antonianum, and for sixteen years he directed the Spirituality Institute at the same university. He also held chairs at the Pontifical Gregorian University and Pontifical Alphonsian Academy and had taught at various seminaries.
He was appointed Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia on 11 October 2004 and consecrated a bishop on 7 November 2004. He had also been the President of Caritas Turkey.
Archbishop Padovese was fatally stabbed in his summer residence in southern Turkey on 3 June 2010 and some reports claimed that he died en route to a hospital in the town of Iskenderun later that day.
Witnesses claim that the perpetrator shouted the takbir (Allahu Akbar, "God is great") during the assault, then severed the Archbishop's head with a knife.
Murat Altun, the Archbishop's driver for the previous 4 1/2 years was detained by Turkish police. The suspect stated that he killed Archbishop Padovese on a wahy (revelation), which identified him as Dajjal (the deceiving false prophet predicted in the Hadith) and recited the adhan loudly during his initial trial.
Murderer, Murat Altun, the slayer of Archbishop Luigi Padovese was found mentally fit to stand trial and sentenced to 15 years, to serve 10 years. The caption reads: "Archbishop killer[says]: 'I killed because of a revelation to kill...'"
On 22 January 2013, Murat Altun was sentenced by an İskenderun court to 15 years imprisonment. He was found mentally fit to stand trial and not insane.
Murat Altun's lawyer later stated that his client can only be kept in prison for 10 years according to new Turkish law. He also drew attention to the point that his client, having already served 4 years in prison, will when "the judicial holiday [that] is on-going in Turkey (2014 summer)" finishes, "be transferred to a half-open prison , and he will continue his life in a half free manner".
Since, around this time, the Turkish Ambassador to Austria, Ecvet Tezcan, was berating the Austrian Home Secretary for "intervening in the integration process" whereby Turks are seeking integration into Austrian society, claiming that "Turks were treated like a virus and blamed the Austrians for all the problems surrounding the non-integration of Turks into Austrian society.

The history of Austro-Turkish relations has been a long one in which the Muslim Turks of the Ottoman Empire were continuously seeking to invade and conquer Catholic Austria.

BZO Deputy Herr Ewald Stadler, took the opportunity of the Ambassador's speech to remind him of the recent Islamic murder of Archbishop Padovese, doing so in no uncertain terms and, in the process, taking a well-earned side-swipe at the cultural Marxists of the Austrian Left who were only too happy to see a Catholic archbishop murdered.

Herr Stadler took them to task for their lying, hypocritical dishonesty in claiming to promote human rights and religious freedom, neither of which values are, or ever have been, genuinely supported by the cultural Marxists who are busily trying to wreck the Western society which has given them everything they have.

Ironically, it will be the secular humanist atheists and cultural Marxists who will be the first to be mutilated and beheaded by Islamic fundamentalists if Islam should ever come to power in any of the Western countries where these loathsome and hypocritical secularist parasites currently proliferate.

Let us pray for the repose of the soul of his Grace Archbishop Luigi Padovese.

Requiem aeturnam, dona ei, Domine...

Genocide of the Assyrian Chaldees - "I have lost my Diocese...our sufferings today are the prelude of those that you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future..."

Genocide of the Assyrian Chaldees: 
a warning from the Chaldean Catholic Archeparch and Archbishop of Mosul...
"I have lost my Diocese to Islam - you in the West will also become the victims of Muslims..."

Armenian Orthodox church in Raqqa, Syria, now an office for the so-called "Islamic State"

"Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive.
Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home."
From the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, 9 August 2014

Archbishop Amel Nona Chaldean Catholic Archeparch of Mosul, now exiled in Erbil

See the original article here: Corriere della Sera
Here is a partial translation of the article by Italian journalist Lorenzo Cremonesi, in Erbil: 

"9 August 2014. The young ask for guns. The elderly approve. 'Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future', says Amel Nona, 47, Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul exiled in Erbil. The message is unequivocal: the only way to end the Christian exodus from the places that witnessed its origins in the pre-Islamic age is to respond to violence with violence, to force with force. Nona is a wounded, pain-stricken man, but not resigned. 'I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive'. He is very glad to meet Western media. 'Please, try to understand us', he exclaims. 'Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think all men are equal', Archbishop Amel Nona continues, 'but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home'."

Courtesy of post on 17 August 2014 at Rorate Caeli quoting the article

The Chaldean Catholic Archeparchy of Mosul (Latin: Archieparchia Mausiliensis Chaldaeorum) is an Eastern sui juris (autonomous) particular church of the Catholic Church, located in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Mosul (Arabic: الموصل‎ al-Mawṣil; North Mesopotamian Arabic: el-Mōṣul; Syriac: ܢܝܢܘܐ Nînwe; Kurdish: Mûsil/Nînewe; Turkmen: Musul) is a city in northern Iraq and the capital of the Nineveh Province, some 400 km (250 mi) northwest of Baghdad.

The original city stands on the west bank of the Tigris River, opposite the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh on the east bank, but the metropolitan area has now grown to encompass substantial areas on both banks. It is Iraq's second largest city after Baghdad.

The city of Mosul is home to the University of Mosul, one of the largest educational and research centers in Iraq and the Middle East.

The city is not only an historic centre for Chaldean Catholic Christianity but also the Nestorian Christianity of the Assyrians and it famously is home to the tombs of several Old Testament prophets including the Prophet Jonas (Yunus or Younis in Muslim Arabic and Yunan in Christian Arabic).

An eastern icon depicting Jonas emerging from the belly of the whale.
His tomb is in Nineveh, now part of the city of Mosul.

The name of the city is first mentioned by Xenophon in 401 BC in his expeditionary logs. There, he notes a small town of "Mépsila" (Ancient Greek: Μέψιλα) on the Tigris at about where modern Mosul is today (Anabasis, III.iv.10). Nineveh gave its name to Mepsila after its violent fall to the Babylonians, Medes and Scythians in 612 BC.

Mosul should not be confused with the ancient Assyrian capital of Nineveh which is located across the Tigris from Mosul on the eastern banks, at the famed archaeological mound of Kuyunjik (Turkoman for "sheep's hill").

This area is better known today as the town of Nebi Yunus ("prophet Jonah"). The site contains the tomb of the Biblical Jonah as he lived and died in Nineveh, then the capital of ancient Assyria.

Today, this entire area has been absorbed into Mosul metropolitan area. The surviving Assyrians, refer to entire city of Mosul as Nineveh (or rather, Ninweh).
The Chaldean Catholics are ethnic Assyrians and speakers of Aramaic, the colloquial form of Hebrew spoken by our Lord Himself.

They have been Christians since being converted by the preaching of St Thomas the Apostle.

The Christian Assyrians and Chaldeans have lived in Nineveh for more than 600 years before Islam even began and now Islamic terrorists and fanatics are trying to erase them from their own ancient homeland.
Under Arab nationalists like Saddam Hussein they had been protected but, since the Americans and the British invaded, destroyed and then shamefully departed, leaving chaos behind, these gentle Christian people have been subjected to relentless persecution and a campaign that can only be described as a campaign of genocide.

And what is the West doing about it? Very little! So much for Western compassion, humanity and alleged concern for human rights, democracy and international justice!
The beautiful liturgy of the Chaldeans is also in the language of Jesus Christ, Aramaic, since their conversion by St Thomas the Apostle, just as is the liturgy of other Syrian-rite Catholics, particularly the "St Thomas Christians" of the Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankar rites in India.
The Archeparchal Diocese comprises the city of Mosul. The territory is subdivided in 12 parishes. The Diocese of Mosul was elevated to be the Archeparchy of Mosul on 14 February 1967 by Pope Paul VI.
The ordinary was Mar Paulos Faraj Rahho until his death in early 2008. "Mar" means "Lord" and is the title of bishops in the Oriental churches.
He was succeeded in November 2009 by Archbishop-elect Emil Shimoun Nona, who until his election and ratification had been a professor of anthropology at Babel College and a pastor and vicar general in the eparchy of Alqosh.
As of 2012 the Papal Nuncio was Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikatt, whose Apostolic Nunciature is the entire state of Iraq.

Mosul has been the See of the Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church from Mar Yohannan Hormizd (1778-1818) to Mar Yousef VI Emmanuel II Thomas (1900-1947).
The churches under the jurisdiction of the Archeparchy of Mosul are:

St Miskenta the Martyr - Al Mayasa
St Isiah - Ras Al Koor
St Paul - Hai Al-Majmou'a
Our Mother of Perpetual Help - Dawasa
St Joseph - Al-Mayda
Church of the Virgin Mary - Al-Dargazliya
St Ephrem - Mousal Al-Jadida
Sacred Heart - Tel Keppe
St Addai - Karamles

The Archeparchy is led by the prelature of an archbishop, concurrently the pastor of St Paul's Cathedral.

In 2004, there were 10 diocesan priests, 4 religious priest, 1 permanent Deacon, 4 male religious and a total of 10 parishes.

There were a total of only 20,600 Catholics remaining in the Archeparchy but the numbers are declining rapidly due to persecution.

The Cathedral was the target of a bombing on 7 December 2004, leaving the building badly damaged.

The Archeparch's residence was a modern two story building that housed the archbishopric, which was 10 km away from the cathedral.

The Archbishopric was built and inaugurated in 1995 by the late Mar George Garmo. It was destroyed on 12 August 1995 by five attackers who ransacked the building after forcing everyone to leave and loading the building with dynamite.
Late on 29 February 2008, according to a report given by the Catholic News Service, Archbishop Rahho was kidnapped from his car and his bodyguards and driver were killed.
On 13 March 2008, it was reported that the Archbishop's body had been found buried near Mosul.

Archbishop Mar Paulos Faraj Rahho (Arabic: بولس فرج رحو‎, Būlus Farağ Raḥū; Syriac: ܦܘܠܘܣ ܦ̮ܪܔ ܪܚܘ, Paulōs Farağ Raḥō; 20 November 1942-February or March 2008) was the Chaldean Catholic Archeparch of Mosul.
Archeparch and Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, former Archbishop of Mosul, martyred by Muslim fanatics, meets Pope Benedict XVI  together with His Eminence and Beatitude Cardinal Patriarch Mar Emmanuel III Delly, former Patriarch of Babylon
Also known as Paul Faraj Rahho and Paulos Faradsch Raho, he was an ethnic Assyrian, born in Mosul, where he lived almost his entire life.
Paulos Faraj Rahho was born to an Assyrian Catholic family in 1942. He spent nearly all his life in Mosul, a city with one of the largest and oldest Christian populations in Iraq. In 1954, he entered the St. Peter's junior and major seminary in Baghdad in order to become a priest. After his ordination on 10 June 1965 he briefly worked in Baghdad before being appointed to St Isiah's Church in Mosul.
Between 1974 and 1976, Rahho completed his religious studies with a Licentiate in Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelicum in Rome.

Rahho later founded the church of the Sacred Heart in Tel Keppe, a town some 12 miles (20 km) north of Mosul. He also opened an orphanage for handicapped children.
On 12 January 2001, the Synod of Bishops of the Chaldean Catholic Church elected him Archbishop of the Archeparchy of Mosul.

His Beatitude Mar Raphael I Bidawid, former Patriarch of Babylon, and former Head of the Chaldean rite Catholic Church

On 16 February 2001, he was ordained Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, giving him responsibility for around 20,000 Catholics in ten parishes. He was ordained by the spiritual head of the Chaldean rite Catholic Church, His Beatitude Mar Raphael I Bidawid, the Patriarch of Babylon. His church is known in Mosul as Safina (The Ship), but parishioners called it the Holy Spirit Church.

Archeparch Rahho expressed disquiet at the moves to incorporate Islamic Sharia law more fundamentally into the Iraqi constitution, and has continued throughout his life to be the spiritual leader of Chaldean rite Catholics in extremely difficult situations, often of persecution.
During his 2007 trip to Rome, with the then Patriarch of Babylon, His Beatitude Mar Emmanuel III Delly, who was then also appointed a cardinal, Archeparch Rahho confided that he had been threatened by gunmen in his native town.

His Eminence and Beatitude Cardinal Mar Emmanuel III Delly, former Patriarch of Babylon,
and Head of the Chaldean rite Catholic Church
Following the start of the Iraq war, persecution of Christians in Iraq increased dramatically. Archeparch Rahho commented on the precarious situation of Chaldean Christians in an interview with Asia News shortly before his kidnapping.

Late on 29 February 2008, according to a report by the Catholic News Service, Archeparch Rahho was kidnapped from his car in the Al-Nur district of the city and his bodyguards and driver were killed.
According to church officials, "gunmen sprayed the Archbishop's car with bullets, killed two bodyguards and shoved the bishop into the trunk of a car. In the darkness, he managed to pull out his cellphone and call the church, telling officials not to pay a ransom for his release, they said. Church officials added "he believed that this money would not be paid for good works and would be used for killing and more evil actions".
Other reports stated that investigators believed the Archeparch may have been shot at the time of the kidnapping.
The kidnappers demanded Christians contribute to jihad, through jizya, a ransom-like tax. The captors also demanded the release of Arab (non-Iraqi) detainees and that they be paid $3 million for Archeparch Rahho's release. The kidnappers also demanded that Iraqi Christians form a militia to fight the US forces.

On 13 March 2008, it was reported that the Archbishop's body had been found buried in a shallow grave near Mosul.
Officials of the Chaldean Church in Iraq said they had received a call telling them where the body was buried. 

Dair Mar Elia (Syriac: ܕܝܪܐ ܕܡܪܝ ܐܝܠܝܐ, Arabic: دير مار إيليا) (the monastery of Lord Elijah), Saint Elijah's Monastery, in the Governate of Nineveh, near Mosul, is an abandoned Christian monastery, the oldest in Iraq, dating from the 6th century. The monastery was founded around 595 AD by Mar Elia, an Assyrian monk. It was later claimed by the Chaldean Catholics. For centuries thousands of Christians would visit the monastery to observe the Mar Elia Holiday, on the last Wednesday of November. In 1743, the Persian leader Tahmaz Nadir Shah ordered its destruction.
Khasro Goran, the Deputy Governor of the district of Nineveh, the ancient biblical town and a centre of Chaldean Christianity,  stated that when relatives and authorities went to the location specified by the kidnappers and found the body, it had "gunshot wounds".
Some Assyrians within the community believe Al-Qaida and other Sunni Arab factions were behind the murder.
Archeparch Paulos Faraj Rahho is believed to be the highest-ranking Chaldean Catholic clergyman to have been killed in the Iraq war. The funeral services were held in the town of Karamlesh, with Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon, Cardinal Mar Emmanuel III Delly present in choir.

One of the Archbishop's killers, named Ahmed Ali Ahmed, was found and arrested. Ahmed was an Iraqi Al-Qaida cell leader in Mosul.
On 19 May 2008, the Iraqi Central Criminal Court sentenced Ahmed to death. However, high representatives of the Chaldean Catholic Church opposed the death sentence.
In his will, Archeparch Rahho called upon the Iraqi Assyrian Christian community to work with Muslim and Yazidi Iraqis to develop ties across religious divisions within Iraq.
His call has been heeded by Chaldean Catholics but not by the Muslim fanatics of the so-called "Islamic State" faction who, as everyone now knows, have been mass-murdering Christians and Yazidis in Iraq and look set to cause more death, murder and chaos across Iraq.
Shamefully, Western leaders are doing very little to protect the innocent from murderous attack and the shockingly pathetic response of President Barack Obama shows the extent to which the secularist West is willing to turn a blind eye to the persecution of Christians and religious minorities whilst being content to invade other countries when its suits the financial and power-mongering desires of corrupt and self-serving Western leaders.
Let us pray for Archeparch Amel Nona, the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul - may he and his valiant flock be ever protected from evil!
~~~ " ~~~ 

"But he answered and said unto them, an evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here."
—Gospel of St Matthew, chapter 12, verses 39–41 

Coptic icon of the Holy Prophet Jonah emerging disgorged from the whale
صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أيقونة قبطية تمثل الحوت يبتلع يونان


Monday, 4 August 2014

4 August 1914-2014: "Lest we forget" - Place a candle in the window tonight to remember our valiant dead - RIP

Age shall not weary them...

The Fallen
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond the foam
-- Lawrence Binyon, The Fallen, September 1914

Lest we forget...




Tuesday, 3 June 2014

The Roman Forum 2014 Summer Symposium - still a few places left!


Founder: Professor Dietrich von Hildebrand

Summer Symposium

The Roman Forum 2014 Summer Symposium
Gardone Riviera, Italy
Twenty-Second Gardone Riviera Summer Symposium
Second International Catholic Christendom Congress

Have We Learned Anything
From This “Hundred Years’ War”?

30 June – 11 July 2014
(11 nights)

Summer 2014 marks a tragic centennial: that of the beginning of the First World War. Far from being the “War to End All Wars” and the “War to Make the World Safe for Democracy”, this terrible conflict proved to be the precursor to another worldwide conflagration, the torments of the Cold War in Europe and Asia, and the evils afflicting the contemporary Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Not only did it serve as the vehicle through which every possible form of ideology stemming from modern naturalism was finally given the opportunity to wreak its havoc throughout the globe. It also seems to have led to the worldwide triumph of the hedonistic, “freedom-loving” culture of the so-called “Moderate Enlightenment”, as well as the oligarchies that define what “liberty” is allowed to mean by John Locke and his ilk.

Historians have done yeoman service indicating all the many particular causes responsible for igniting the “Guns of August”. Nevertheless, the Roman Catholic Church, whose teaching authority and greatest thinkers had warned about the coming disaster for many decades before 1914, understood best of all what the underlying intellectual and spiritual reasons for the senseless slaughter ultimately were. These fundamental grounds of the cataclysm were nothing other than that understanding of life as a jungle “warfare of all against all”, arising out of the heterodox vision of fallen mankind as a “totally depraved” species. By the twentieth century, this twisted vision had translated into all manner of political, economic, and even biological ideologies based upon the need for “struggle”, open and masked, as the key to Progress. In short, the Church understood that war came because modern man was “spoiling for a fight” in a myriad of different ways.

The Church had a clear idea of what was wrong in 1914. Does she still have such a lucid judgment in 2014, or has she herself been influenced by the evils against which she once so brilliantly fought? Have her children proven to be capable of passing on her wisdom to the world at large? Is the secular world in any way more receptive to her message as this “Hundred Years’ War” moves into its second century? It is to these basic questions that the faculty of the Twenty-Second Annual Gardone Summer Symposium and the Second International Catholic Christendom Congress will turn its attention. The cost is 2,100 Euros (£Stg 1,708.95 at the present exchange).

More precise information regarding application and potential scholarships should email the Roman Forum as soon as possible (

Participation is limited. There are only fifty places available.

Academic Schema for Sixteen Lecture Program

I. Huis Clos: The Unchanging Character of the Modern “Dead End”
“Enlightened” Modernity and the Triumph of the Will; One Hundred Years of Appeal to “Vital Energy”, “Action”, and “Success” as the Guide to Individual and Social Life; The Systematizing of Original Sin and Conflict as Fundamental Pillars of Political, Social, and Economic Order.

II. Repetitive Catholic Temptations
Co-Option of the Church by the “Energizers” of Philosophy and Theology; Co-Option by the Liberal Capitalists and the “Party of Order”; Co-Option by the Radical Left; Co-Option by the Secular Right; Co-Option by the Nationalists and Globalists.

III. The Catholic “Fifth Columnists”
The Siren Call of the “Catholic Party”; Conservatives and the Stifling “Catholic Clubhouse Mentality”; “Worker Priests” and their Manifold Heirs; Clericalism: Voila l’Ennemi?

IV. Journey to the End of the Night: Predictable Consequences
Modernism Triumphant — Willful Theologians and a Willful Clergy; A “Willful Church in a Willful State”; The Savaging of Education; The Victory of the Esoteric; A Complexio Oppositorum?; Let the Strongest Faction Triumph! The Varied Forms of Dictatorship of a So-Called Free World; Cannon Fodder: From ‘Democratic’ Army to Praetorian Guard; Death on the Installment Plan: Pluralist Materialism and the Progressive, Unperceived Growth of Indifference to Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.

V. Have Catholics Learned Anything From the Conflict?
Returning to the Roots to Learn How to Fight Another Day; Saving Sacred Scriptures, Philosophy, and Theology From Mindlessness and Modernism; The Difficult Battle for the Liturgy From the Age of St. Pius X to that of Evangelii Gaudium; Politique d’abord? Taking Practical Arms Against a Sea of Troubles — Without Being Seduced by Our own Weapons; Saving the Real Nation From Ideological Nationalism and Militarism; From Nation-State to Commonwealth: Political Possibilities of the 21st Century; The Reality of Global Migration and the Future of the Catholic Church: Can Christendom’s Revival Come From ‘the Outside’? Flight From the Catholic Clubhouse Into the Fullness of Catholic Culture; The Continued Importance of Catholic Devotional Life; What to think of Radical Orthodoxy and its Variants; Neo-Catholics: Are they a Machiavellian or a Psychiatric Problem?

Faculty, Clergy, Musicians

Dr. Miguel Ayuso Torres (University of Madrid)
Rev. Mgr. Dr. Ignacio Barreiro Carámbula (Human Life International)
James Bogle, Esq. (President of Una Voce International; Author, A Heart for Europe)
Andrew Cichy (Musical Director, Merton College, Oxford)
Dr. Danilo Castellano (University of Udine)
Rev. Bernard Danber, O.S.A.
Professor Roberto de Mattei (European University, Rome)
Bernard Dumont (editor, Catholica, France)
Christopher A. Ferrara, J.D. (President, A.C.L.A.)
Rev. John Hunwicke (Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham)
Michael J. Matt (Editor, The Remnant)
Professor John Médaille (University of Dallas)
Rev. Dr. Richard Munkelt (University of Fairfield)
Dr. John C. Rao (St. John’s University)
Dr. Thomas Stark (Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule, Austria)

Daily Program

Each day involves two lectures (morning and pre-dinner), and Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Tridentine Mass) at noon. There are no lectures on Sundays. Musical and theatrical entertainments take place in the garden of the Angeli and in the Piazza dei Caduti in the evenings after dinner. Specific schedule of lectures to come.


The full cost of the Gardone program in a double occupancy room is €2,100 (euros) or £Stg 1,708.95. This includes: tuition, room and board (very ample breakfast and dinner with wine, beer, and other beverages at will; all gratuities also); transportation from and back to Malpensa Airport in Milan; and a boat excursion on Lake Garda. Single rooms are extra, their price depending upon the room concerned. A number of full and partial scholarships are available. Preference for scholarships will be given to professors, students, clergy, and seminarians.

Nevertheless, anyone who genuinely cannot afford the full tuition and believes himself to be a worthy candidate for assistance may apply.

Accommodations and the Setting

Accommodation and lectures for the Gardone program are at the Locanda agli Angeli and the Hotel Villa Sofia on Lake Garda, in the foothills of the Alps in northern Italy. Rooms are mostly doubles, with bath. A limited number of singles is also available. Both hotels are located in Gardone Sopra, a ten-minute walk from the lakefront, where free, clean beaches with a number of amenities can be found. They offer beautiful swimming pools and gardens on their premises. Meals are taken at the Angeli and at other trattorie several minutes walk away. Mass is in the parish church, also within walking distance. Arrangements to arrive earlier or stay later, at additional cost, may be made through the director.

Gardone is within easy traveling distance of Verona, Venice, Trent, Brescia, Milan, Ravenna, Pavia and Padua. In years past, participants have rented cars to tour the area, taken private and more extensive boat trips on the lake, attended the opera in Verona, and even ventured as far away as Florence. The region offers opportunities not only for swimming, but for hiking, biking, boating and scenic walks as well. The lectures are scheduled in such a way as to allow time for recreation and sightseeing.


Transportation to Italy must be arranged privately. Two shuttles (morning and afternoon) to Gardone will be provided from Malpensa airport only on June 30th, and one back to Malpensa on July 11th.

Participants arriving and leaving at different times or arriving at and leaving from different airports are responsible for making their own arrangements for getting to Gardone.

Gardone can be reached by shuttle from the airport to Milano Centrale (50 minutes), train to Brescia (50 minutes) and bus to Gardone Riviera (50 minutes), or by taxi from the airport (which can be very expensive and is best arranged through the Forum).


Applications can be e-mailed ( or sent by post. First time applicants only must include name, address, telephone number, e-mail, date of birth, occupation, academic degrees attained or pending, and the names and phone numbers of two references. Application should be made as soon as possible as there are only fifty places available.


A non-refundable deposit of £Stg300 will secure one’s reservation. Once again, space is limited, so it is advisable to send this in as soon as possible after acceptance. Payment of the remaining fee, equivalent to 2,100 euros as of May 15th, 2014, must be made no later than June 1st, 2014. After that date, payment must be made in cash in Gardone. We have no means of handling checks in Italy. Deposits and all other payments must be made out to the Roman Forum and mailed to Dr. John C. Rao, 11 Carmine St. Apt. 2C, New York, NY 10014.

Final Notes

Seminar participants must eventually send us both their arrival and departure information. It is also important to let us know if you wish to arrive earlier or stay later than the scheduled symposium dates (at extra cost). We would appreciate this information by June 20th, by e-mail. A representative of the Roman Forum will meet participants at their arrival gates. Should the contact person not be found, please look for the bus driver holding a sign saying Molinari Agency, Gardone Riviera. His cell phone number will be sent to you by e-mail just before the departure date. In case of trouble, telephone the Locanda agli Angeli (from the USA, 011-39-0365-20991; from Italy, 0365-20991).

Barring the unpredictable, the weather should be sunny and quite warm/hot. We are in the foothills of the Alps, however, so one may need a sweater or light jacket for dining and sitting outside in the evening. Please also bring a light poncho or some other form of protection from a shower. If you do enjoy swimming and hiking, do not forget a bathing suit and good walking shoes. Tennis courts are available for use nearby. Access to the internet is available from the Angeli, the Villa Sofia and the café-restaurant La Taverna (the latter in the main square at Gardone Sopra, two minutes away from the Angeli). There at ATM machines just outside the Angeli, and at the Banco di Brescia, a short distance away from the Villa Sofia.
Gardone’s greatest difficulty is laundry. There is no laundromat in the village. Someone does stop by every day to pick up any laundry that needs to be done, to be returned the next day. Under normal circumstances, laundry costs are expensive in Italy. With the dollar-euro exchange what it now is, it may be the greatest expenditure of your trip. There will be a general orientation at cocktail hour on Monday, June 30th at the Angeli. A schedule of masses, as well as information about the Sunday boat trip and excursions during the week will be handed out at that time.

Please consider giving a tax-deductible donation to support the attendance of a speaker, a member of the clergy, a seminarian, or a student. A special thanks for support of this conference to the health care professionals at I-DOhC.

Mail all applications and send donations to:
Dr. John C. Rao, Director
The Roman Forum
11 Carmine Street, # 2C
New York, NY 10014
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