Pope Francis Criticizes President Trump For Recognizing Jerusalem…

The Holy Father, Pope ‘Marxist‘ Francis, continues to affirm a legacy best described as a political activist in the Vatican.  A far-left religious figurehead for Catholics who prefer, well, a more totalitarian flavor within their faith.  As such, Pope Francis advocates for the UN position toward Israel; which is to quietly say, get rid of it.

(NYP) […] In an appeal at the end of his weekly general audience, Francis called for all to honor United Nations resolutions on the city, which is sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.

“I make a heartfelt appeal so that all commit themselves to respecting the status quo of the city, in conformity with the pertinent resolutions of the United Nations,” he said.

The Vatican backs a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, with both sides agreeing on the status of Jerusalem as part of the peace process.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future independent state, whereas Israel has declared the whole city to be its “united and eternal” capital.

The pope told thousands of people at his general audience: “I cannot keep quiet about my deep worry about the situation that has been created in the last few days.”

He said he hoped “wisdom and prudence prevail, in order to avoid adding new elements of tension to a global panorama that is already convulsed and marked by so many and cruel conflicts.”

In 2012, the Vatican called for “an internationally guaranteed special statute” for Jerusalem, aimed at “safeguarding the freedom of religion and of conscience, the identity and sacred character of Jerusalem as a Holy City, (and) respect for, and freedom of, access to its holy places.”

Before making his public comments, Francis met privately with a group of Palestinians involved in inter-religious dialogue with the Vatican.  (read more)

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411 Responses to Pope Francis Criticizes President Trump For Recognizing Jerusalem…

  1. the phoenix says:

    The thing to keep in mind about the Pope
    is that Catholics are not obligated to agree with him on politics …
    only to follow him when he speaks “ex cathedra” on faith and morals …
    and that happens, from what I hear, under rare and formal circumstances.

    And that said, best we can do is pray for the Pope.

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    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      Does this guy, Pope Francishnikoff, have to blurt out his little opinion on whatever is happening around the world? Someone tell him please that very few people care for his socialist spin on things.

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      Objectively, there’s not much of RC that has any basis in the Bible (chapter & verse for a “pope” or “vicar of Christ;” chapter & verse for a mediating priesthood or celibate clergy; chapter & verse for purgatory; etc. etc. on and on), so it shouldn’t be a big surprise that a politicized pope might pop up and start saying all kinds of stupid carp and even demanding that his “flock” follow it. Religion and its primary tool, human tradition, saves no one. Only Christ saves. Yes, we should pray for pope Francis and for his flock to come to Christ, directly to Christ.

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      • Raven says:

        Amen. And pray too for the Pope to come to Christ in salvation.

        Jesus to the pharisees, Matthew 15:7-9,
        “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.””

        Merely human rules.

        And just a few lines later Jesus said this about the hypocritical pharisees, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

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        • Paul Revere says:

          Amen and Amen…
          Let revival overwhelm this truly corrupted government in Rome.
          This is a church that condones the patron saint of drugs dealers in Mexico, a major source country for income for the pope. No wonder he would rather leave things as they are. All the nations of growers and dealers and consumers ought get along, don’t you think?

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      • AugustineJones says:

        dayallaxeded – some estimate that only 20% of self-identified Catholics attend mass each Sunday. That is, the vast majority of Catholics do need to come directly to Christ…as you correctly implied. However, please consider the fact that there was no Bible for the first ~ 400 years after the resurrection and that many early believers were illiterate. It was the RC Church that compiled the books of the Bible. The RC Church, inspired by God, created the very Bible through a series of councils (Hippo, etc.). Prior to the compilation of the Bible the Church survived on Tradition. That Tradition, tarnished as it may appear, still exists today in the RC Church. 2,000 years of scandal and it remains! That is a miracle. The house that Christ built may be on fire, but we need to return to it and help tamp out the flames, not run away and build new houses.

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      • the phoenix says:

        Hi dayallaxeded,

        We could spend many pages talking about the Bible and the Pope, you from your viewpoint, and me from mine. Likely, we would end up agreeing to disagree.

        To keep this brief and to the point of this thread, Catholics do not need to follow the Pope when it comes to the realm of politics. Only when it comes to faith and morals, and even then, in limited circumstances.

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        • Thank you, Phoenix! A voice of common sense. My only fear with this pope is that he’ll put too many liberal thinkers in place to vote for another liberal pope when the time comes.

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          • the phoenix says:

            Hi Mary Van Deusen,

            Nice talking to you! 🙂

            When President Trump met Pope Francis at the Vatican, you may have noticed that the Pope’s expression at first was not the usual smile, but he seemed rather guarded, uncomfortable, or pensive … perhaps he had been biased by all the fake news he had heard surrounding the President. After they had spent more time talking together, you could see the Pope looked more relaxed and at ease with President Trump. So who knows? Maybe the Pope will become more conservative with time … and maybe this will happen at least in part due to what we’re now seeing with the situation in Jerusalem. Anyways, I’m trusting everything will turn out for the best. God is in control.

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      • NewfTea says:

        What’s with the Catholic-bashing? That’s left-winger stuff. Seriously.

        How about we concentrate on what we have in common–and it’s a lot–and join hands to save this country.

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      • NickD says:

        Catholics can play that game too.

        Chapter and verse for the Trinity. Chapter and verse for the canon of the Bible itself. Chapter and verse for sola scriptura. Chapter and verse for personal interpretation.

        There’s no call for Catholic-bashing here. Catholics themselves distinguish between the corporal, imperfect Church (i.e., the people, and in this case definitely the Pope) versus the spiritual, immaculate Church as the bride of Christ.

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        • kiskiminetas says:

          Pope Francis is proponent of Liberation Theology. The basic tenants of it are seeing the Gospel as liberation from all forms of oppression. Things such as economic, spiritual, political, and social oppression are to be fought for. It has many theological flaws in it. One of its main errors is the belief that the historical accuracies of biblical facts and events are not crucial, so long as we meet Jesus in the pages of Scripture. You cannot find Jesus in the Bible if you don’t read and take in account the actual biblical facts in respect to Jesus’ and the Apostles’ teachings. The Bible is a love story, one where God the Father sent his Son to die on a cross for the salvation of mankind. During his ministry Christ clearly explains the road one must take to be in union with God. You cannot meet Jesus in the Bible without reading it.

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      • we300 says:

        Not much that has any basis…other than Apostolic Succession. From Christ’s mouth to Peter’s ears, in other words. I’d say that’s pretty good.

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        • kiskiminetas says:

          While Peter was an, Apostle just as the other eleven were but the Bible never states that he was the head of the church. Christ sent out the twelve to preach the Gospel to all nations. No apostle ruled over any other and it is just plain heresy to imply that as there is no such thing as Apostolic Succession. For God’s sake all these Apostles, save John, died for spreading the Gospel of Christ. There is only one leader of the Church and that is Jesus Christ. As for Popes it would behoove people to study Church History in respect to them which would educate them in respect to them and what they did.

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          • kiskiminetas says:

            Forgive me but i misstated something in my post. The third line should have been ” No apostle ruled over any other and it is just plain heresy to imply that as there is such a thing as Apostolic Succession.” There is not and never has been.

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            • BibleBullet says:

              If I might be an irenic moderating voice here, as an Anglican and therefore a Protestant, I’d like to state the case that Apostolic Succession is not a heresy and is in fact implied by several verses, particularly in Paul’s writings to Titus and to Timothy. Please see 1 Timothy 1:6, 4:14, and 5:22, and consider the implications. Please also consider the writings of Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch, both of whom personally knew Apostles. To consider Apostolic Succession a heresy, one would have to believe that all the Christians completely apostasized as soon as the last Apostle died. If one truly believes that, then there is not much separating such a person from a Mormon–all that would be missing is a discover of golden plates and an angelic mission to save the lost True Church. Having been raised in the fine tradition of thinking that the entire church apostasized immediately and that Martin Luther saved it some 1500 years later, I was quite stunned when I read a real church history book written by a real church historian (and a Presbyterian one, too boot!). Needless to say, I’ve changed my mind on a lot of things.

              Please consider reading a real church history book written by a recognized church historian. You won’t regret it. And, as a bonus, you’ll have a giant hall of faith open up to you that you never even knew of.

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      • Deb says:

        Jesus gave the keys to Peter.

        The Catholic Church created the Bible that Protestants claim trump everything else.

        These posts are not productive, and they are divisive. We need to stay united. Our Pope is terrible, pray for him and leave anti-Catholic theological statements out of it please.

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        • diddle40 says:

          Matt 16 vs 16-18

          The rock on which Jesus builds His Church is the recognition by Peter that Jesus is the Son of God.

          The Church is not built on Peter. The keys he was given were the keys to that fact.

          Blessed indeed are those who recognise who Christ is, for they have been shown that by the Almighty Himself.

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          • kiskiminetas says:

            Yes and also in that text the word rock was the Greek word meaning pebble, a small stone. Pride goes before the fall henceforth the need for humility, humbleness and unwavering devotion to God.

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      • Dave says:

        Amen! There is only one mediator between God and man, and it is Jesus Christ. Not a pope, not an organization, not a denomination, not anyone or anything! And on top of that, Jesus did it all by sacrificing His life, then victoriously being resurrected, guaranteeing all believers in Him eternal life! It’s Jesus plus nothing!

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    • evadouglas says:

      You’re absolutely right, Phoenix. The great Pope John Paul also tended towards socialist politics but his leadership of The Church was forthright and courageous. We venerate him for his stewardship of dogma and the faith. As for personal opinions on world events… well…The Pope is just as fallible and vulnerable to sin as all the rest of us. That’s why he too goes to confession.

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    • Both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI PERSONALLY benefited from the intervention of America’s military and as such, they had a realistic view of what FREEDOM and capitalism can do for a nation.

      As one of those Catholics WHOLLY OPPOSED to Francis’s political activism and environmental ignorance, I had to dig down deep to remember that absolutely nothing in his upbringing would have given him a good opinion of our country. Where he lived has never been a region that in any way, shape or form would have taught one good thing about this country.

      He has an incredible love for God and people, but his dangerous ignorance has made him a pawn of the left.

      I DO pray for him every single day..and for our pope in exile, Benedict XVI, whose prayers I know are so powerful for us.

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      • the phoenix says:

        Only one teeny tiny quibble I have with your wonderful post, jkash …

        … and that would be, you mention “our pope in exile, Benedict XVI” … Well, if you’re speaking spiritually along the lines of “our exile in this vale of tears” I’m all in.

        Meanwhile, I see what you’re saying. Cheers! 🙂

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      • Beenthere says:

        Bravo! Succinctly put about Francis. He is a reflection of his Argentinian culture.

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        • Charlie says:

          Where is empathy for BO’s upbringing? America suffered financially, morally under BO and the Catholic church suffers under this pope. Prayers are needed for the future of the church. May God have mercy.

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    • Carrie2 says:

      the phoenix, I agree but I am praying for a REAL Pope and not this communist telling us what our American/President should do. He has caused many good Catholics to drop out of our Church and even met one who found more God in a protestant church because Obama gave money to our bishops to give to local churches to take care of aliens and ignore us. Hence I don’t donate any more but I attend the Mass for the 3 main parts we must attend and leave after that and even have no qualms about arriving late and moving our host to another location and no more genuflecting? Enough already with this Francis and his followers and remember that there have been many ups and downs of the first Christian Church, we the Catholic Church, and after 2000K years we are still here thanks to God!

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      • the phoenix says:

        We have many similarities, Carrie2. 🙂

        The reason why I’m Catholic is because of Jesus Christ. I don’t donate blindly to a charity just because it has “Catholic” in the title … that can be misleading since the liberals have infiltrated some of those charitable organizations, so educating yourself, prayer, and discernment and then wisdom and prudence are necessary.

        As for today’s historical situation … I went to a nearby chapel to pray about it, and prayed for the Pope, and for Israel, and for the Jewish people, and for President Trump, and for the United States of America. And while driving home, instantly a song came on the Christian radio station basically giving the answer that Jesus is in control, Jesus is King, yes, He’s got this situation … praise Jesus. Because really, with all the politics swirling around, we need to always remember to put God first.

        “Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you.” ~~ Matthew 6:33

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    • Shadrach says:

      Not Catholic (disclaimer). But Pope Francis issues edicts that are contradictory, confusing, and are leading to division within even the Catholic church itself. If he can’t lead his most devout followers, he’s nobody to be followed. Good point regarding “ex cathedra,” but even his ex cathedra proclamations are problematic.

      Was he emplaced as a reaction to Obama? I tend to think so. If so, the church made a critical error. Not even going to comment on Catholicism as a theology. I disagree with it, but I also know many Catholics who walk in the faith….and that leads to a debate for another blog.

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      • Shadrach says:

        Adding that I think I understand “ex-cathedra” as implementing regulations to the church regarding devotion and behavior in his duty in his role as the earthly mouthpiece of God, but as I’m not Catholic, my understanding can be faulty.

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      • the phoenix says:

        Hi Shadrach, 🙂

        Even the very first Pope was only human, and could be problematic at times. I’m referring to Peter. One minute he was being praised by Jesus for correctly answering the question “Who do men say that I am?” The next minute he was being harshly scolded by Jesus with a stinging “Get thee behind me, Satan!” for trying to talk Jesus out of following the hard road of the cross. Then, Peter in his weakness betrayed Christ with cursing and swearing before the cock crowed three times! Apparently not much of a leader from the looks of things, but God chose to work through Peter anyways.

        I could go deeper too … we haven’t even touched on why Jesus would choose Judas to be a disciple.

        Anyways, I’m trusting that God will work in this situation with those who were born for such a time as this … including President Trump, the Pope, and Benjamin Netanyahu.

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    • Sunshine says:

      I don’t like this man. He’s not protecting his flock.

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      • diogenes says:

        He is serving his true master though.

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        • Sunshine says:

          I thought about that many times to justify his behavior and his words.
          While Christians were being slaughtered, he never uttered one word in their favor.
          Worse, he defends Islam which we all know is anti-Infidel in its doctrine and history.
          Thus, he is not serving his true master.

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    • Saveedra says:

      News flash, this Pope is not a Christian. He is false.

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  2. harrietht3 says:

    Well. Throughout history there have been some reasonable Popes — that is, these Popes have been both morally upright and protective of the Gospel of Christ.
    Sad to say that these are few indeed.

    We live in an age where the current Pope is the worse of the two: he cares not a whit for the Gospel of Christ but opens his arms — and his church along with it — to all comers: “You’re a Muslim?” “You love Allah and the Koran?”
    Then allrighty. We love you and welcome you to the body of believers.

    Such is the position of this Pope who ex cathedra claims he expresses the voice and the will of Jesus Christ.

    When are believing Catholics going to demand his resignation?

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    • David says:

      When are believing Catholics going to demand his resignation?

      Some are demanding Trump investigate whether the Obama administration forced Pope Benedict to resign

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      • harrietht3 says:

        interesting.

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      • Mariposa323 says:

        I’m no fan of this pope , but truly the situation of Christian Palestinians becomes more dire. They literally have no one to speak on their behalf . The radical Muslims will take out their anger on them because of this ( they currently coexist and are the last of the Mohicans from before the crusades , that’s why they hang in in the Holy Land ) . Once they are totally edged out the prospect of peace in that region becomes nil . Just saying .

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        • czarowniczy says:

          And exactly what substantive thing(s) has this Pope done for those Christians? How about those thousands upon thousands of Mideast Christians ISIS has murdered? If he’s that serious about their plight I’d think he’d have made some grand gesture like going to Palestine, walking the streets sans entourage and met with the Palestinian Criminal National Authority. Pope hasn’t even said he’s ‘unfriended’ ISIS from his Facebook.

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          • Mariposa323 says:

            I agree with that . He doesn’t really care about Christianity per say . However , he is all the Palestinian Christians have right now . Are you willing to help them? My daughter was just there visiting the remnants of family . Nobody is helping them but a few Franciscans who are themselves struggling . They make olive wood souvenirs for pious Christians while they are barely surviving . Please Help them and pray for them that they can stay in their ancestral lands .

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            • czarowniczy says:

              If you have a site that’s guaranteed to be a legit site let us know, many of us will be glad to buy their wares. We’ve done what we can for besieged Copts for years as the Egyptian government continues to actively murder tham or support their murder by government forces. What we need is another Crusade….whoops, did I just say that?

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              • Carrie2 says:

                cazr, many time you will find them in the entry to a Catholic Mass selling their items so check out with the local bishop’s office if and when and where they will be. Some nuns from abroad are also doing this.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  I live in rural Mississippi where Czarina and I escaped to after many years in New Orleans – we were survivors. Mostly Baptists, COGIC with a few UPC thrown in for good measure.

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        • Carrie2 says:

          Mariposa323, if they can, they can move to Israel and practice our faith. By the way the Palestinians were illegal invaders on Jewish soil so I have not much empathy for them. Hopefully the Catholics there can escape and that will be on my prayer list.

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          • mariposa323 says:

            Unfortunately the Israelis DO NOT want to give them citizenship , did you know that ? Yes, something you never hear about . A few will get it after many years of trying . Israel is afraid of the “ right of return “ ie. the Palestinians who were there before Israel was created in 1948 . They feel it will overwhelm their own population . In fact almost no one can emigrate to Israel unless you are Jewish , a bit like apartheid . Well that is fine , but the Palestinians who are peaceful are given no credit , especially the Christians . To help the Palestinian Catholics and other Christians please go to http://www.churchinneed.org and specify “Christians in the West Bank and Gaza “ .

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            • diddle40 says:

              Do you know the world history regarding Israel in the last 100 years?

              It was not created in 1948.

              It was reborn in 1917 and this happened as a direct result of WW1 when the german and ottoman (turkish islam) empires went on a land grab spree. They killed millions in this quest and were defeated by the DEFENCE put up against them. (Do you think, if they had won, they would have given any grabbed land back?)

              Both had their empires broken up and both were pushed back to their original homelands.

              One outcome was Jewish people were given Israel – a neglected, under populated and largely desert land. The defeated ottomans left in israel, were supposed to live peacefully under the Jewish people, something history has no record of them even trying.

              Jewish people stole nothing, not even a blade of grass. (I could go on and on)

              Look up UN article 80 to see the truth about Israel.

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      • NickD says:

        To your question… a growing number are, or don’t recognize him as Pope (whether due to defect in Pope Benedict’s abidcation, or Francis’ election, or subsequent heresy, as it has been long held that if a pope obstinately teaches heresy, he is no longer pope) from the get-go

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      • andrewalinxs says:

        *cough* Maybe the Catholics who disagree with the points he makes could you know write down their disagreement in an essay and then nail them to the church door.

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        • Deb says:

          Plenty of them do and nail them to the “church door” or bulletin board of our day. It’s called the internet.

          Read the blog One Peter Five if you are interested in what the Catholic dissent looks like.

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      • kiskiminetas says:

        That sounds intriguing to me, could it be this really happened? A leftist president hell-bent on taking this nation to its knees forcing a Pope out to get a leftist one in could be possible.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      While we’re at it, how about the resignation and reorganization of the entirely political Curia and some oversight of the Bank? Too much politics, too little God.

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      • Deb says:

        Remember, Francis promised to reform the Curia and root out corruption at the bank. Like all politicians, he is good at lip service. His fellow leftists will never allow reform, they simply make noise about it as cover for their own nefarious deeds. Catholics have been demanding changes, but we need more prayers. We battle principalities.

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    • LAughing…the Catholic church has had about 268 popes, of which 11 were ruled truly bad (nepotism and politics played a role), but what is not understood by the present age is that our church is NOT a democracy. WE are part of the body of Christ and cannot ask the pope to resign.

      What CAN be done and has begun, is for Cardinals and bishops to question authority to the point that then he can be removed, but the Vatican has the same sort of blockage as is being seen by our deep state and so it is difficult to get any traction in doing things as set up BRILLIANTLY over the centuries. Just as our nation’s founders had an incredible vision and put in place a roadmap for our success so the Catholic church has such an equally incredible roadmap.

      LIke government, the Catholic church is vulnerable to coups and to anarchy and to corruption.
      This is not new to us. Christ told us and through saints and visionaries it has been repeated, that we will see greater enemies to our church from within than from the outside.

      This warning resonates when one considers what to say about the Republican party these days.

      I have been seeing parallels between our church and the U.S. for years now and I think that both are stirring up volcanic levels of dissent. The Vatican has far too many politically active homosexuals and marxists that infiltrated there just as they infiltrated U.S. education, law, media and government.

      A bit odd to be somebody caught so closely in these two battles.

      These are indeed historic times on par with 1776 and many other pivotal times in history.

      Miserable and fascinating to be part of it.

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      • Carrie2 says:

        jkash, utterly agree that these are fascinating times to live in and then welcome God’s return to us and our return to God.

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      • You have mirrored what I intended to write here: the Catholic Church has an unbroken tradition going back to the apostles, and is a human institution. The church’s leaders are not perfect, and never have been, starting with “Christ denier” Saint Peter!

        This pope has been sucked in by the myth that socialism is somehow “kind to the poor.” He is blind to the idiocy of socialism and dictatorial populism found in his own Argentina, and is right now on parade in Venezuela, Cuba, Honduras, North Korea, etc. etc. etc. not to mention good ol’ ruined and dying Russia!

        John Paul II, having directly experienced and fought against Nazism AND Communism, would not agree with this naive character.

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    • Carrie2 says:

      harriet, he has not yet spoken ex cathedra and probably knows it would be ignored because that is the only time we have to listen to a rogue male supposed pope. Yes, the cardinals need to get together and remove this puppet and elect a true Catholic pope.

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    • Remington..... says:

      Ok, we give up. We’ll pay the ransom. Release the German. Give us back our Pope Benedict. Send this Peronist, this imposter back to the favelas from whence he came.

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  3. dddddancetotheradio says:

    Shut up, Frank.

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    • sunnydaze says:

      You read my mind. This guy sticks his foot in it- constantly.

      Is the last Pope still alive? The one this guy replaced?

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      • Yes… very frail health, though.

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        • Actually a book just came out about him very recently and his health has improved although no he is not robust. The present acting pope is not much younger though his mind is nowhere near as keen.

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        • Carrie2 says:

          ladybianca123, that was the story we were given but not necessarily true. He is not as well as a younger pope would be, but well enough to put him in for a time.

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      • Pope Benedict XVI is alive and well on a no longer used convent on the grounds of the Vatican. He is doing remarkably well and the few times that we have either seen something written or heard him it has been a breath of fresh air.

        I understood why he stepped down and I know that his faith must be getting a test too, but then again, he endured Hitler and one year sentenced to Hitler’s youth program…and then subsequent liberation by America.

        He actually warned of these times, much as JPII, Paul VI and even John XXIII did…not to mention Pope Leo back in the turn from the 18th to 19th century.

        Without meaning to sound glib, all is proceeding with God’s hand upon us.

        Exactly how much patience do we expect God to have when we are killing BILLIONS of His babies and elderly and raising to the level of virtue all of the vices against which his commandments demanded rejection?

        As long as we live as if Heaven and earth have nothing to do with each other the Catholic church, politicized, cannot look for the continuation of the grace that was given to us with Pius XII, St John XXIII, Paul VI, St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI. To expect peace now with Alinsky having made such inroads into our church, both in the Vatican and in the regions of the world, would be foolish.

        We pray and we do what we can within the boundaries of our faith…which actually are fairly vast as well when it comes to civil disobedience for unjust laws.

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      • Carrie2 says:

        sunnydaze, yes, Benedict is alive and frankly it would be great to have him back and get rid of all the garbage that has been allowed to invade the Vatican City.

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  4. andyocoregon says:

    It’s time to rescind the tax exempt status of The Catholic Church.

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    • No it is not, the bulk of the worlds’ disasters, including the Sudan, where NO ONE is rescuing those in the center of attack, are treated by the CAtholic church. Those billions go where absolutely nobody else (including the (I spit on you) cowardly Red Cross) will venture.

      Never let your view of the Catholic church be presented to you by the media. If you want to get a taste of it, go to the youtube channel for EWTN and see the programs helping the poor, the sick, the troubled and the embattled.

      MOther Teresa was NOT a lone samaritan.

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      • dayallaxeded says:

        The Archdioceses’ and other denominations’ commercial holdings and revenue are quite large. They own and lease office buildings, parking lots, and other commercial real estate from which the get revenue, just like any commercial land owner. They should be treated no differently than any land owner regarding those properties. No effect on their charitable institutions or even churches themselves, though the 1st Amendment suggests that all churches should probably get taxed like any other privately held property. Not for separation of church and state, but because he gummint shouldn’t say or do one dayum thing about any actual religion (this excludes pisslam and scientology, b/c not real religions, but political/cult/organized crime), for good or ill.

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  5. sunnydaze says:

    It’s interesting that a “Christian” leader seems to refuse to recognize the Jewish roots of Christianity. IDGI.

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    • sunnydaze says:

      I mean, it sounds like he only wants dialogue and feedback from Abbas and the UN.

      Has this guy ever met with Netanyahu? Or anyone who thinks the Israelis/Jews deserve their own spot of land?

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      • Mariposa323 says:

        Everyone forgets the pope still represents the last of the Christian Palestinians in the Holy Land . Please learn some history , they have been there before the crusades , and fight daily for their Holy Places to remain open . They were the families who helped the crusaders back then and are now being finally eliminated . There can be no peace without the Christian Palestinians … they are the living stones back to the time of Our Savior . Abbas has said that without them there can be no peace . He is a moderate . If he is gone , peace is gone . They are not allowed to move anywhere in Israel freely because they are Palestinians . The Israelis treat them unfairly , they have no where to go but here , and most of them don’t want to leave , why ? Because if you are Christian they represent YOU . They are the LAST ONES . Ask yourself, do the Jewish people really represent you ? Will all our Holy places just become museums?

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        • sunnydaze says:

          Yeah, but, you didn’t answer my question: Does he meet with BOTH sides, or only one?

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        • Carrie2 says:

          mariposa, having read and know our history, I prefer the Copts as the first and they are being slaughtered daily. There were Christian people in that area but the Palestinians are invaders on Jewish soil. Therefore, I do not name them Palestinians.

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          • mariposa323 says:

            With all due respect , that is an ignorant statement , but that is not your fault . No state of anything existed before 1948 , not Israel and not Palestine . The entire region was known as Palestine since before Roman times . The last time a State of Israel existed was during King David’s time . That was the last time a political entity known as “Israel “ existed . There was always Jews , Arabs ( Christian and Muslims ) that lived in the area known as Palestine . During the Crusades , there were Christian Kong’s who ruled “Palestine “ , after the Muslims defeated the Christians the various Muslim entities ruled Palestine up to the time the British defeated the Ottomans and Palestine became a British protectorate . The state of Israel was created by a resolution of the UN , when non-native Jews from Europe , known as Ashkenazi , were relocated there after the hollocaust. Many Palestinian Jews , Christians and Muslims were dislocated from their homes . The Jews were allowed to stay and some Christians , but most had to leave on orders of “ fake news” by the British that they would be able to return .
            So began the beginning of the festering wound that is the Israeli / Palestinian conflict . What if it was your family whose ancestors fought in the crusades and were there when St Helen looked for the true cross , told to leave and then never be able to go back ?

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            • georgiafl says:

              Actually in 1922 – Jewish Palestine and Arab Palestine were created out of the post WWI British Mandate. All land west of the Jordan River is Jewish Palestine and Jordan is Arab Palestine. There has been a two state solution since 1922.

              When Israel became a nation after WWII – they were immediately attacked by the Arabs…many nations of Arabs.

              Thus began the conflict in earnest.

              Right now, Arabs are illegally occupying Gaza and West Bank which are Jewish Palestine! They are only remaining due to an Armistice (cease fire) agreement.

              This is history and international law.

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              • Mariposa323 says:

                Yes and the ‘ 67 borders were also agreed to by the UN after the war which Israel has refused to recognize and includes the West Bank and East Jerusalem where Israel is building nonstop ilegal settlements . They gave up Gaza to deflect from their other illegal occupation which is increasingly other areas of the West Bank .

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            • czarowniczy says:

              The UN originally partitioned Israel and Palestine after Britain recognized the mess it had made and bailed. Israel declared itself a state May 14, 1948, the UN didn’t create Israel. Israel. On May 15, 1948 Israel applied to the UN for membership but wasn’t admitted until May 11, 1949. To this day 31 UN member states do not recognize Israel.

              I have pictures of mt British uncle, whom I’m named after, serving in Palestine before the Brits managed to wash their hands of it. I got sucked in peripherally in ’72 and totally immersed in Mideast affairs in 1983 when CENTCOM was formed and my unit got stuck in it. Would the UN to just have declared the entire Mideast icky, disgusting and evil, allowing us to bomb it ahead into the Stone Age…

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Maronites, Armenian-Orthodox, Melkites, Greek-Orthodox, Anglicans, Protestants, Syrian-Orthodox, Latin, Chaldeans, Assyrians…exactly which Christians are we to leave out of the greater Mideast Moslem killing house?

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            • Mariposa323 says:

              How about BOTH the Israelis and the Muslim nations agreeing that they have a right historically to be there . Abbas has done as much , what about Netanayahu ?

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              • czarowniczy says:

                Maye when the Moslem nations agree to the right of any non-Moslem nation, or person for that matter, to exist and practice their own religion(s) without the threat of being killed. I don’t remember Israel ever saying that they’d do any damage to anyone who didn’t convert to Judaism. Israel was formed largely by Jews that survived the state sanctioned murder of them strictly due to their religion and is still being threatened by the the spawn of that same regime.

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              • dayallaxeded says:

                Citation for Abbas saying, in Arabic, that both Israelis and Muslims have equal rights to live and have their countries in the “levantine” region. There is a long tradition of paleoswinian mouthpieces speaking disinformation to sucker the west, then going right back to their own and saying what they really mean in Arabic–that they and theirs will not rest until every Jew is killed or driven from the region. Finally, who actually obeys Abbas?

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        • MaineCoon says:

          Mari, With all due respect, you say “they are the living stones back to the time of Our Savior”, but, they do not go back to the time of Abraham. It is Israel’s land, and has Christain holy sites plus the Judeo-Christian Holy Scriptures-Old Testament sites, but the Holy Land was not given to Christians.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      While lending credence to the claim that Islam is a branch of the Judeo-Christian tree. What’s next, he’s gonna invite Tom Cruise to sit on his couch and discuss Scientology?

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    • Christian raised in a country where his only education on AMerica would never have given him a fair picture. I do not agree with what he is saying but it is impossible to ignore that this good hearted soul was given a skewed view of us.

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  6. Zumtrotz says:

    The Commie Pope should stick with religious matters.

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  7. Floridagal says:

    “A far-left religious figurehead for Catholics who prefer, well, a more totalitarian flavor within their faith.”
    First time I have disagreed with Sundance. I am Catholic and I hate anything totalitarian. I don’t like this Pope either.

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  8. Johnny Bravo says:

    Lord forgive me, this guy is not Godly. He is a satanic anti-Christ

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    • No, he is a misguided sheep. His whole life prior to this, the immensity of his love and pastoral warmth is documented.

      The world stage can make idiots of too many and that is why those who stay upright are preserved through history.

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  9. Florida_SunshineKitty says:

    This activist is no Pope. I miss Pope Saint John Paul II.

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  10. In Az says:

    https://spectator.org/the-unholy-alliance-between-george-soros-and-pope-francis/

    There are many other articles about WikiLeaks revealing the close ties of Soros and the Catholic Church

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  11. n1ghtcr4wler says:

    this pope is a fraud, elected by homos and child molesters

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  12. Rev.Bro. Generik Broderick says:

    Protector and enabler of THOSE Priests. As it ever was. Methinks there is a level of corruption that has some of these guys up to their eyeballs. And they like it. TRUMP seems to be going after Paedophiles and the worse gobblins. Right over target, who knew the Vatican had anti-aircraft? Actually, I did know that…

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  13. Janie M. says:

    I recall reading a few articles, believe in 2015, where Pope Francis cryptically said he didn’t anticipate being around for long, inferring a possible illness (?). Went searching for an article discussing this and found this (from Australia), dated 8/20/14 where his “predication” is discussed:

    Pope Francis predicts he doesn’t have long left

    [snip]
    According to News.com.au, Francis shared the revelations aboard his jet during a return trip from South Korea.

    “Two or three years and then I’ll be off to the Father’s house,” he reportedly joked.

    Apart from some nerve issues, the Pope has no known major health problems but said he would consider retiring should any arise.

    “Must treat them well, these nerves,” he said, adding that retirement was an option “even if it does not appeal to some theologians”.

    http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/people/2014/08/20/pope-says-three-years-live/

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  14. czarowniczy says:

    I posted this elsewhere but the Pope’s and Germany’s response has left me verklempt. Germany, mass murderer of 6-million Jews, is calling Trump’s decision a ‘mistake’. HEY! Merkel, pull your kopf outta your toches. If you didn’t mass murder 6-million European Jews and train and empower the forerunners of today’s Moslem terrorists we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

    To add a footnote: Hey! Pope! If you’re so touchy-feely about human rights why not openly apologize for that ratline run after WWII out of the Vatican that issued phony travel documents to so many German war criminals escaping to the Mideast and South America?

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    • First off, whydon’t you read the NY TImes in the 1940s and the thousands of JEWS who thanked Pius XII for housing them in the VAtican despite the direct threat of Hitler to kill him?

      READ MORE.

      The biggest purveyor of the Vatican helping Hitler turns out to have been put forth by…a Nazi.
      and yes this HAS been well reseaarched and documented.

      if you put it together how the left accuses the right of corruption and pedophilia…and then turns out to be the group doing it…then you’ll understand the NAzis and Commies accusing the Catholic church of helping Hitler..when their aim has ALWAYS been to destroy or to conquer and corrupt the Catholic church.

      Look it up before repeating the Catholic hatred propaganda.

      Pope Francis however, I cannot defend him as other than being ignorant because of where he was raised.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        You have your sources, I have mine. we can agree or disagree as much as we want but the assistance of sympathisers in both the Vatican and Red Cross is not disputed, only how high up the knowledge of it went.
        Granted Pius saved the Jews of Rome and why he did so is irrelevant, he saved them. We’re not talking anti-semitic elements in the Vatican that helped war criminals like Mengele escape. If heads of corporations are expected to apologize for people under them or events that occurred decades before they were born than if for no other reason than good PR Francis could apologize for that.

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      • NickD says:

        Don’t forget that one of the first criticisms of Pius XII was “The Deputy,” written by some guy duped by the KGB. During the war, the Nazis thought he was a hidden Jew, and the Communists thought he was a Nazi agent. He can be quoted as saying that his only regret was not saving more Jews. The Chief Rabbi of Rome became Catholic and took for his baptismal name Eugenio, Pius’ baptismal name.

        Recall too, that after he made any criticism of Hitler’s treatment of the Jews, ordinary Catholics felt the reprisals, particularly in Poland. He had to walk a very fine line, and though he may not have done it perfectly or according to what we think he should’ve done in hindsight, he can hardly be criticized severely.

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  15. Tragically, our Catholic Church has been infiltrated and corrupted. I believe it’s swamp will be drained too. Meanwhile, Benedict is still locked in the Tower…

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  16. NJF says:

    He is an embarrassment.

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  17. scott467 says:

    “Pope Francis Criticizes President Trump For Recognizing Jerusalem…”

    ________________

    That title made me laugh out loud!

    Just imagine… the apparent ‘leader’ of The Roman Catholic Church criticizing the President of the United States of America for… wait for it…

    …for recognizing that Jerusalem is the capital city of Israel.

    Jerusalem, the place where Christ’s church was established, in the 1st century, on the day of Pentecost, as recorded in Acts chapter 2, which no one — not even the Pope — can deny.

    And the Pope criticizes President Trump for recognizing Jerusalem.

    You couldn’t even make this stuff up.

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    • Cuppa Covfefe says:

      Francis the talking fool wouldn’t recognize Jerusalem even if he were standing in front of it with one of those little plaques that explains the site in front of you.

      He would neither know what Jerusalem is, nor what its role and significance in the history of the Church, indeed, of the history of Salvation is…

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    • Joe S says:

      Thank you.

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    • Raven says:

      The Roman Catholic church just took over the job of the pharisees.

      When Jesus was born the religious leaders of that time SHOULD HAVE KNOWN and SHOULD HAVE SEEN the signs that THEIR MESSIAH WAS BEING BORN IN BETHLEHEM less than 6 miles away. Those “religious leaders” in Jesus day knew that King Makers from the east had arrived — LOOKING FOR THEIR MESSIAH. The religious leaders KNEW and yet they, being so religious and so pious, could not make the trip to see THE KING themselves. Heck, they didn’t even believe the Messiah was there, so why go?

      Matthew 2:1-6
      “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem asking, “Where is the One who has been born King of the Jews? We saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.

      When Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. Herod called together all of the chief priests and teachers of the law and asked them where the Messiah was to be born. They [the chief priests and teachers of the law] answered, “In Bethlehem in Judea, for that is what the prophet wrote: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

      The chief priests did not have a clue back then — even though they were the “chief priests” and “teachers of law” and should have known. Pharisee Frank must be too comfy in his Italian red slippers to know much of anything about Jerusalem.

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  18. scott467 says:

    “Two or three years and then I’ll be off to the Father’s house,” he reportedly joked.

    ___________________

    I wonder who he means?

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  19. The Papists were the ones who initiated the Crusades to rescue Jerusalem from Islam. How far the church has come …

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Let’s not forget the Crusades launched into places like France to kill off folks who didn’t march in lockstep with the Papacy.

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    • Howie says:

      They bet the ranch on the NWO. Bad bet.

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      • Deb says:

        Only the Masonic commies who infiltrated the seminaries and created “liberation theology” as a way to deceive the masses. There are plenty of good people and good priests fighting the good fight.

        That fight is the same one we are fighting for America. The corrupt globalist Marxist perverted scum verses God’s people.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Decades ago I read the Dummies book on the Crusades. There were some shocking facts in it, such as, on one crusade the crusaders won one, arrived in Jerusalem to find some Jews living three (fancy that), didn’t know what to do with, so they locked them up in a synagogue and burned it down. IIRC one one, maybe two, crusades they roobed the Jews of their wealth to finance the crusade. So I persoanlly have a bit of a problem with the Papists’ crusaders ‘rescuing J’lem”.

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      • Deb says:

        Many of the crusaders themselves went off the rails and committed evil acts in the fog of war. That does not mean that the original intention of the crusades was not to free the Holy Land from the grip of Islamist invaders.

        People are human after all.

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      • To be fair, Jews regularly sold out Christians to Muslims in the Middle East back then. A lot of strife that today’s Christians have never known about.

        Also on at least one of the Crusades, when the German contingents were forming up, they waged pogroms on Jewish communities in Germany before embarking.

        The idea that Christians and Jews have a long history of friendship and even brotherhood is built on mistruth. Most of history Jews did not like Christians and vice versa.

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  20. TONYA PARNELL says:

    To hell with that mud slime pedophile

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  21. Wink says:

    The Catholics in Poland love President Trump. About one million Polish Catholics prayed the Rosary for protection of their borders. This Pope said NOTHING about it. Now, that’s sad.

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  22. MIKE says:

    wouldn’t a proper response from a man of God be “I pray for success and everlasting peace to fall upon Israel and their neighbors” instead of steering it to the Marxist left with a politicized statement?
    Is the Pope on Dope? Sheesh. Lighten up, Francis.

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      Yep and POTUSes should say, “I’ll have no comment on ongoing investigations. My greatest sympathies for victims.” Yet the lot for the lasts 28 years or so haven’t been able to keep their stupid yaps shut when they should. It remains to be seen whether PDJT will show any such restraint–but then he’s a weapon, not a true politician. I knew that when I signed on for this NO BRAKES train ride!

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  23. Bitcoin & Stock Market Timing says:

    Sanctification is best evidenced by repentance and restitution ( rinse, wash, repeat ). That’s why I argue when those claiming heaven or faith in Christ go out and live worldly and oppose all things Christ-like… they aren’t sheep to begin with… once saved always saved… but the problem is with pigs posing as sheep… that’s why I argue so strongly that divorce is such an evidence that our churches are not saved… 50% divorce rate means most of them are not in love with Christ which drives them to first love spouse… it’s the book of MALACHI… read it tonight!!! When people cheat on their spouse, then divorce them, then milk the innocent man or woman of their pay… this is exactly what the wicked scoundrels did in Malachi’s time… we need to repent as a church … mans heart is desperately wicked… Jeremiah said that… amazing how many people today are what most preachers call “gospel illiterate”

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    • Raven says:

      What is even worse? Many preachers today are “gospel illiterate.”

      Find a current day church where God’s Word is rightly divided.

      Paul to Timothy, 2 Timothy 2:1-4, “You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. Join with me in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.”

      Frank is trying to please men. Maybe they are his commanding officers.

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    • Bitcoin & Stock Market Timing says:

      So love your spouse and kids, like 1st John says if we say we love God but hate our brother ( ie divorce is murder – Malachi said – Your clothes are covered in violence… meaning blood… it’s a murder scene in the book of Malachi pertaining to divorce) then the love of God is not in us and we are a liar and we don’t know God.

      If you’ve stolen something 2017 isn’t over yet, repent and go pay back what you’ve stolen, and receive the gift of a clean conscience!!! Christ came not to hate and divorce but to love God, then through that power love those around us!!! Christ is eternal life! Life abundantly if we would but abide in His love and OBEY his commands ( John 15 )

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  24. It doesn’t matter much. Soon he will be removed by the Imams he has been embracing.

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  25. The Devilbat says:

    The communists took over the democratic party many years ago. They then planted their fellow traveller, Obama as president of the United States. This was followed by their planting another of their fellow travellers into the vatican as pope.

    This Francis guy is quite likely an atheist. He does not represent the true Catholic church. Just like Obama, he is an obvious usurper. Many of the top vatican people have been implicated in a host of very shady dealings. True Catholics should be outraged.

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  26. kea25252014 says:

    wow… I’m kind of shocked but when I think what Francis has said before hand but wow. Maybe Francis should worry about all the churches being torn down in the EU. And he never helped south america.

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  27. auscitizenmom says:

    Hm. All of this brings to mind the question………..Is the Pope Catholic? :\

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  28. georgiafl says:

    Israel poster – USA is in the center of the word JerUSAlem!

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  29. Howie says:

    As reported by DDD many moons ago!

    Gimme an F
    F
    Gimme an I
    I
    Gimme an S
    S
    Gimme an A
    A
    Whats that spell?

    PEE PEE PAPERS!

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  30. MaineCoon says:

    “Francis called for all to honor United Nations resolutions on the city, which is sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.

    “Then he put the carved image of the idol which he had made in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever” 2 Chronicles 33:7

    I disagree with the Pope’s statement. The God of the Jewish Holy Scriptures (Christian Old Testament) is the same God who chose His dwelling place in Jerusalem forever.

    Muslims do not worship the same God as Jews and Christians.

    “So watch yourselves, that you do not forget the covenant of the LORD your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a graven image in the form of anything against which the LORD your God has commanded you. “For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” Deut 4: 23-24

    President Trump’s speech indicated that Muslims would continue to have access to their sacred mosque, but the Pope’s relinquishing Jerusalem to allah is blasphemy, false teaching and a false teacher/preacher within Catholicism.

    “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” James 3:1

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  31. Howie says:

    The Vatican always makes it through the world wars somehow. Here they bet that the globalists would win it all with the election of Hillary and pre positioned the Dope Pope to CYA. Just my take. The Dope Pope would have been BFF with the leftist USA under Hillary.
    But OH NO They say he got to go….Trumpzilla!
    History shows again and again
    How nature points out the folley of man
    Trumpzilla!

    Oh No there goes NWO
    Trumpzilla!

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    • Deb says:

      Just as the media complex underestimated the number of real Americans, the Jesuits commies who maneuvered to get Francis elected underestimated just how many real Catholics know the church’s teachings on communism and refuse to endorse heresy simply because it comes from a Pope.

      He has made a fool of himself in the eyes of serious Catholics. The only people listening to his idiocy are fellow leftists, and most of them aren’t Catholic.

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  32. MAGAbear says:

    How anyone of any Christian denomination could be against what Trump did today is bewildering to me. Thank God for DJT, and I truly believe God will honor what he did today with blessings for this country. Well, the good parts of the country anyway. 🙂

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  33. NewfTea says:

    The Pope has two jobs. His main job is leader of the Catholic Church. That should be his primary focus, but rarely is.

    His secondary job is supreme ruler of Vatican City. The religious angle gives a Pope an unreasonable amount of clout. Francis is a Marxist politician, abusing his spiritual office to put the false patina of “morality” on his wicked views and actions.

    The Catholic Church is corrupt from top almost to the bottom. The vast majority of Roman Catholic bishops, from all six continents, are socialists, if not Marxists. So are many priests. Almost all bishops are proudly big-government, socialized-medicine, open-borders Social Justice Warriors — those who don’t approve of abortion are called “conservatives.”

    I’m a lifelong Catholic. The decade I lived in Devil Land (California), I rarely went to church because I got tired of the vicious sermons that all sounded like particularly virulent Democrat stump speeches.

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    • Deb says:

      It isn’t the entire church, but I can see how living in California would leave that taste in your mouth.

      The leftists took over positions of power in the church, just like they did in the media and education in the secular world. It gives them the appearance of absolute power, especially now that they have the Papacy. But it’s a house of cards. The people left in the pews are real Catholics, and they are demanding the corruption be dealt with.

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  34. usayes says:

    It’s simple – this pope is a globalist raised in a socialist society. He cannot separate church and state… however, I can. He is human like me – fallible and wrong. The next pope may be better. It’s that simple – why complicate things?

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  35. NewfTea says:

    That commie crucifix is strangely appropriate. Think of the millions martyred for Christ by the evil, degenerate system the hammer and sickle represent.

    That Marxist “artist” probably doesn’t realize it, but he made a powerful statement exactly opposite to what he intended.

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  36. Andy Krause says:

    Catholics understand that the Pope is just keeping the seat warm until the real guy comes back.

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  37. Derek Hagen says:

    It’s my understanding that the Lady of Fatima’s last prophesy to the children was that Pope John Paul II would be the last Pope. I don’t know, but Ratzinger seemed to be a scholar first and foremost, and Francis seems to be more of a political person. They may be both great men in their own right, but I’m not sure about being a true Pope. (And besides, who am I to say? It’s all a mystery.)

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  38. mikebrezzze says:

    You can’t spell “ pious “ without “POS”

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  39. Donna in Oregon says:

    Ephesians 6:12-17King James Version (KJV)

    12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

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  40. At such times the REAL anti-Semites raise their heads. The Socialists being in the majority.

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  41. julegate says:

    Thanks for strangling the Christians in the Middle East: The Mayor of Bethlehem is a
    Christian.

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.817323

    Why is America destroying the Christians in the Middle East? How can anyone celebrate this move?

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  42. Jenny R. says:

    The Pope has valid concerns — this could blow up. President Trump has valid reasons — nothing else has worked, let’s try something new.
    In the meantime: the President just directed KSA (who of course isn’t happy about this, but is allied with Israel and US against Iran) to lift the Yemen blockade for humainitarian reasons.
    And also in the meantime, the one person really pitching a fit isn’t being reported:
    https://www.dailysabah.com/diplomacy/2017/12/06/erdogan-invites-oic-countries-to-convene-over-jerusalem-issue
    Now, that is the person who is really pitching the fit…I wonder why? Remember: not too many years back Erdogan got an agreement from Netanyahu to allow a haj to Jerusalem during a mutual aid discussion.
    http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Turkeys-Erdogan-threatens-cutting-ties-with-Israel-over-Jerusalem-issue-517042
    I think the best response is to once again, wait and see (I also think considering the enormity of Turkey’s response, that this has somehow put a fly in Erdogan’s ointment, messed with his timetable so to speak). A big gamble; let’s hope it is a winning one; we’ll find out.

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  43. This Pope has come to destroy the Church. Or so it seems to me. His thinking is unfathomable to me.

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  44. Sandy says:

    Really don’t care what the Pope says. He isn’t God! The Pope should go hide behind his big wall and mind his business!

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  45. G. Combs says:

    I am an agnostic, that said, these are from my notes when Pope Francis came on the scene.
    ….

    There is a theory that Pope Benedict was forced out. so this idiot could take over. He is certainly more in line with the thinking of the Elite.

    Pope Benedict may have been forced out by Antonio Socci — Resignation is invalid
    http://www.novusordowatch.org/wire/socci-resignation-invalid.htm

    Was Pope Benedict Forced Out?
    http://catholicwelsh.blogspot.com/2013/02/was-pope-benedict-forced-out-by.html
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/354351/huma-unmentionables-andrew-c-mccarthy

    (I liked Pope Benedict, this guy? –Not much.)

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  46. frankie says:

    The vast majority of Crusaders headed toward the Holy Land.
    You are referring to the Cathars of France, who were into all kinds of bizarre sex and death rituals and child sacrifice. They needed a day of reckoning.
    There was also a crusade against the Bogomils, Balkan people who were buggerers who left Catholic and Orthodox churches and became Mohammedans. Their descendants are the Bosniaks, the Moslems of Bosnia, who collude with Turks, Arabs, and Iranians against the Christians of Europe.
    The rise of Ferdinand and Isabella was a great crusade against Moslems in Spain.
    The last Crusade was Poland’s King John Sobieski and Czechs and Catholic Germans against the Moslem Turks at Vienna, and down thru Hungary. The English wanted the Moslems to win. During that time, our New England Puritans sold American Indians and dissenters to the Moslems of North Africa.
    The last great Christian crusade was that of the Orthodox Christan Russians against the Turks in the late 1800s. They rescued the people of Bulgaria from hideous massacres that our own Januarious McGahan, a cousin of General Phil Sheridan exposed. Sadly, the Brits and Krauts interfered to stop the Russians from cleansing the Balkans of Islamists.

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  47. William Friday Buckley's Ghost says:

    Remember the old rhetorical phrase….Is the Pope Catholic? I guess it really wasn’t a joke after all.

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  48. H. Jorgan says:

    Mixed feelings here, P45 is doing what was decided in US way back. The Mideast is way to volatile. Best to move this back to Ireland, where folk know how to handle such.

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  49. MaineCoon says:

    ‘“I make a heartfelt appeal so that all commit themselves to respecting the status quo of the city, in conformity with the pertinent resolutions of the United Nations,” he said.’

    A godly religious leader should find their guidance for teaching/preaching, etc. in God’s Words — not the words of the UN, secular source. That is this pope’s mistake in many things he says and does. His focus isn’t on God, it’s on man.

    I feel sorry for Catholics. They are a big ship without a captain.

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