Pope Francis and Religious Cosmopolitanism

10 Jan

 

Points of Departure 

Perhaps, the most hopeful recent development in human affairs is the emergence of Pope Francis as the voice of global conscience. Although Francis speaks with papal authority to the 1.2 billion Catholics in the world, he also increasingly speaks with human authority to the rest of us. How significantly this voice will resonate might be viewed as the ultimate test as to whether ‘soft power’ is overcoming the geopolitical death dance that imperils the human species as never before.

 

When visiting occupied Palestine in May of 2014 Francis prayed at the notorious Israeli separation wall in Palestine that the World Court had ordered dismantled as unlawful back in 2004. The pontiff chose to pray near a scrawled graffiti that read ‘Pope, we need some 1 to speak about justice.’ While in the Holy Land Francis articulated what justice should mean in relation to the Palestinian reality: the pope called the existing situation ‘increasingly unacceptable,’ defied Israel by speaking of the ‘State of Palestine’ while touring the West Bank, and urged the establishment of a ‘sovereign homeland’ for the Palestinian people where there would be freedom of movement (so long denied). By this visit and declaration, Pope Francis indirectly underscored the ethical insight of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu that after the collapse of apartheid in South Africa, the great symbolic moral challenge directed at the conscience of humanity is the empowerment and liberation of the Palestinian people. Such an affirmation also confirms Francis’ credentials as an independent world leader who will not defer to Washington’s craven submission to Israel’s continuous trampling upon Palestinian rights.

 

More broadly, Pope Francis has made it repeatedly clear that he is a critic of global inequality and of a capitalist world economic system that has produced ‘plunder of nature,’ a ‘frenetic rhythm of consumption,’ and worship of ‘the god of money.’ Above all, according to the German cardinal, Walter Kasper, this is a pope who “wants to lead faith and morality back to their original center” in authentic religious experience. Such leadership is definitely taking a form that is responsive to the array of unmet global challenges that threaten future harm to all peoples in the world, as well as to those most marginalized and vulnerable due to their particular circumstances. The spirit and substance of Pope Francis’ pastoral ministry is clearly within the framework of the Roman Catholic tradition, but its outreach is essentially ecumenical, touching deeply all who care about spirituality, survival, and global justice.

 

The Failures of Secular Global Leadership

 

When Barack Obama was elected in 2008 there was a hope throughout the world that he would provide the kind of inspirational leadership that could nurture political confidence in the human future. Surely, such expectations are the only conceivable explanation for awarding Obama the Nobel Peace Prize the following year while America was involved in two major wars of aggression (Afghanistan, Iraq) and was pursuing a militarized foreign policy of global scope involving navies in every ocean, hundreds of overseas bases, and the potential weaponization of space. It still seemed plausible in 2009 to suppose that only a charismatic American leader possessed the will and ability to forge cooperative solutions serving the human interest in response to global challenges. The United States at its best managed to combine the pursuit of its national interests with some sense of responsibility for upholding global interests. This role was played by the United States with varying degrees of success. It has been a characteristic of world order since 1945.

 

In the months after his inauguration as president, Obama seemed to share this sense of historic mission by making in the Spring of 2009 rather visionary speeches in Prague proclaiming a commitment to achieving a world without nuclear weapons and then in Cairo about turning a new page in the Middle East, including exerting pressure on Israel to create finally the political basis for resolving the conflict. Unfortunately, all too soon it became apparent to all who observed the scene that Obama was a president committed to the continuity of American global power and influence, and not at all ready to engage in battles against entrenched forces that would be required to achieve global justice. On both the Middle East and nuclear weapons Obama quickly yielded to those who insisted on the absoluteness of Washington’s support for Israel and gradually showed his willingness to appease the American political establishment that was far more interested in modernizing the nuclear weapons arsenal than considering prudent moves toward its abolition.

 

On a global scale, the failure of all efforts to heed the warnings of climate scientists to curb carbon emissions on an urgent basis or continue the trend toward global warming with dangerous intensifications of its attendant harms. Conference after conference each year under UN auspices have exhibited the inability of states to cooperate for the global common good to nearly the extent called for by a prudent response to what the scientists are saying about climate change. What prevails in these gatherings of over 190 states is the unwieldy interplay of national interests, and a grim recognition that the only practical way forward is to rely on the voluntary pledges of governments, and in doing so, abandoning the goal of imposing ‘common but differentiated’ legal obligations on all states. In effect, this shift to voluntary undertakings gives up any pretense of establishing an effective public order of climate protection. There is no doubt, as has been evident since the failure of the United States to ratify the Kyoto Protocol of 1997, that the domestic political situation within the country makes it unrealistic to seek a responsible climate change treaty if it makes encroachments on national sovereignty, as it must, as well as likely on profit-making, economic growth, and employment. In effect, the structure of international society based on the interplay of sovereign states and market driven economic actors makes it politically impossible to reconcile patterns of global governance with upholding the human or global interest. This structural reality of statism has become more relevant given the inability of the United States to any longer possess credibility as the chief promoter of global interests of benefit to all peoples of the world.

 

There are also ideological resistances to acknowledging limits with respect to human activity, mainly associated with the persisting strength of nationalism as compared to competing transnational belief systems. As became evident as long ago as World War I, working class solidarity promoted by socialist values was no match nationalist sentiments supportive of European colonial interests overseas. In effect, political leaders of states, whether democratic or authoritarian, are products of political cultures that continue to be shaped by the predominance of nationalism. Such a reality underscores growing tension between the human exploitation of the natural environment and a variety of threats to ecological sustainability.

 

Pope Francis as an Agent of Global Revolution

 

It is precisely here that Pope Francis’ entry upon the scene has potential revolutionary consequences. In line with this, it seems entirely appropriate that his most concerted commitment to date is to awaken the world to the menace of global warming arising from unchecked climate change. The Vatican has announced the Pope’s intention to issue a major encyclical that will set forth an authoritative statement of the Catholic Church’s thinking on climate change. This will be followed by a speech to the UN General Assembly in the Fall and after that, by a Vatican call for a global summit of religious leaders drawn from around the world. What the Pope brings to the table is a meta-political promotion of the human interest that has so far been absent from all efforts, including those of the UN, to meet global challenges. In this sense, mobilizing the pope’s Catholic base and reaching out to other religions is the kind of global leadership needed to have any prospect of fashioning the sort of robust response to climate change that is needed with growing urgency.

 

I have long believed that within each of the great world religions there exists an ongoing struggle between sectarian and universalist tendencies. Both tendencies can draw on their respective traditions to support contradictory claims about the nature of the core religious message. What is exciting about Pope Francis is that he seems to be moving the most globally constituted and influential world religion in a distinctly universalist direction at an historical time when such an orientation is directly related to building a positive future for the peoples of the world, and even more generally, for the human species and its natural habitat. Whether he is able to attract other religions to exert their influence in similar directions remains to be seen. As has been already observed, there are some influential doubters within his own Catholic hierarchy, seemingly threatened by his assaults on their bureaucratic positions of prestige (he has notably accused the Vatican Curia of ‘spiritual Alzheimer’s and a ‘funereal face’) and privilege associated with its proper custodial role of administration and the protection of the traditions of the Church. Some forces within the Catholic hierarchy hostile to Pope Francis’ ministry are allied with predatory political and economic interests. It has also been reported, for instance, that the great majority of Christian evangelists are deeply suspicious of this pope’s emphasis on climate change as arising from human activities. They even accuse Francis of propagating a ‘false religion’ by undermining their religiously based belief that global warming and extreme weather are clear signs of an approaching apocalypse rather than being negative byproducts of a fossil fuel world economy.

 

There is a further concern. Even if the religious summit is a glowing success, it will not by itself exert a sufficient impact on the political system to get the job done, given the hegemony of the state structure of world order and its supportive nationalist ideology when it comes to the adoption of global policy norms. Overcoming statist resistance will only be brought about if religious pressures are backed up by a transnational mobilization of people, a popular movement that alters the political climate within which leaders of states act. We need to remember that even the most inspirational of religious leaders does not have access to the policy mechanisms at the disposal of sovereign governments that alone have the ability to solve problems through institutionalizing cooperative action. Only with a surge of bottom-up politics can there be mounted a sufficient challenge to status quo forces resistant to change.

 

Note should be taken of the relevance of the US-China Agreement (Novemeber 2014) to place certain modest limits on carbon emissions, less for the substance of what was agreed upon by these two governments that account for about 50% of the buildup of greenhouse gasses, then to illustrate that if a populist movement calls for change and is then reinforced by the top-down initiatives of the dominant geopolitical actors, it becomes much more likely that a prudent globally oriented policy on climate change will finally emerge. Most optimistically viewed, the US/China agreement could be a breakthrough if it heralds a recognition by these dominant political actors to combine their pursuit of national interests with assuming geopolitical leadership in defining and promoting the global interest, thereby merging 21st century humanism with geopolitics.

 

Of course, what makes Pope Francis’ presence on the global stage so welcome extends beyond climate change. It involves the entire gamut of global justice issues. It represents a dramatic move toward what might be described as ‘moral globalization.’ It challenges the statist character of world order, the nationalist hold on the political imagination, and the predatory manipulation by neoliberalism of our wants and desires. In the end, what is being offered is a spiritual and cosmopolitan alternative to human fulfillment and the meaning of life. Such a worldview is not presented through an exclusivist prism of Catholicism, but rather through a renewed nurturing of the deep roots of the human condition. These roots include a coevoultionary reenchantment of nature as the indispensable bio-political partner of humanity in the work of safeguarding this planet against the rising dangers of ecological implosion. Such a realignment of fundamental attitudes also involves subordinating the technocratic and calculative sides of modernity to more holistic cosmopolitanism. This will involve reestablishing contact with the deeper emotional and spiritual sides of our being mainly lost in the modern quest for a scientifically validated technocratic salvation.

 

At a time when there are many strident voices insisting that religion is irrelevant or worse, the example and messages of Pope Francis offer cosmopolitan hope. It has never been more important to counter the widely disseminated view that religion is inherently responsible for political extremism, and more destructively, to blame Islam as a religion for sociopathic violence when the culprits are Muslim. True, religious doctrine can be twisted to serve any values, however demonic, as can secularist thinking.

80 Responses to “Pope Francis and Religious Cosmopolitanism”

  1. Gene Schulman January 10, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    Richard,

    I don’t want to seem a killjoy (or a cynic), but I don’t put as much confidence in Pope Francis as you do. Even if he wanted to do all the things you suggest, I doubt if he would get away with any of them. Anymore than Obama would if he tried to do what he suggested in those great speeches at the beginning of his mandate.

    Given the history of the Catholic church, it is more likely that he would would end up like one of his recent predecessors, John Paul I, who lasted only 33 days in 1978, before he was done away with (or so it is suspected).

    I don’t know whether Obama caved to the ruling elite, or he was a sellout from the beginning, but what we see is what we’ve got. I expect no more from Francis.

    I guess I’m one of those strident voices of your final paragraph.

    • Richard Falk January 11, 2015 at 7:38 am #

      What Pope Francis can do that President Obama is unwilling to do is to speak on behalf of
      a non-territorial constituency that has no boundaries, his primary community consisting of 1.2 billion
      Catholics, and his secondary community the whole of humanity, 7 billion. That gives his voice a different
      resonance. What he can’t do, that Obama could do, is exert geopolitical pressure.

      • Gene Schulman January 11, 2015 at 8:41 am #

        Just so. No geopolitical influence. Without that his primary and secondary communities will just hear words, and we don’t even know what they might be. As someone else once said in a different context: How many divisions does the Pope have?

      • Richard Falk January 11, 2015 at 9:42 am #

        Gene: You misunderstand me. I do not believe that history any longer is primarily the result of hard power dominance. Read Hegel before
        it is too late. Changes in consciousness are our best hope for the future. It is the Pope’s advantage not to be tempted by having huge
        military capabilities at his disposal. How did Gandhi defeat the British Empire? How did the Vietnamese defeat the US? Soft power in the
        form of the ideological edge of fighting for self-determination and greater perseverance. The Vietnamese has a 50-year model of resistance.

      • Gene Schulman January 11, 2015 at 11:08 am #

        I hear what you’re saying about soft power, Richard. My point is that hard power still reigns, and in the case of climate change, we don’t have 50 years at our disposal to change consciousness. And however much influence the Pope can wield, our species will have disappeared by the time consciousness moves to a new paradigm. May I suggest you read a small book called “The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future”, by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway (Columbia Univ Press), which explains what we have done to our environment and how it could (should) have been avoided. No Pope could have influenced the entrenched powers.

      • Richard Falk January 11, 2015 at 11:12 am #

        Yes, not alone, but as part of the struggle to achieve a global consciousness that is motivated to protect the human interest.
        We need also a broad populist transnational movement from below, what Hardt & Negri propose. I have the Oreskes & Conway book,
        but have not read it yet; I am familiar with their line of thinking, and value it.

      • Gene Schulman January 11, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

        “We need also a broad populist transnational movement from below,….”

        That’s what I’m waiting for. But we need that consciousness change first. I do my best to contribute what little I can to that. You are right to hold out hope, I’m just afraid the battle may already be lost. Let us at least go down fighting. Time is short.

      • Kata Fisher January 12, 2015 at 9:24 am #

        A note:

        I believe that this is in David’s spiritual authority and oversight.

        There is an article that he just wrote, and we can see in natural and spiritual terms that he just spoke about that:

        http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/68915

        I believe I see this in a valid way.

      • rehmat1 January 13, 2015 at 8:59 pm #

        @Kata Fisher – A little knowledge is a very dangerous state of mind.

        1. CandaFreePress is NOT free. It’s the mouthpiece of Canada’s Jewish Lobby for Israel.

        2. Mahmoud Abbas whose elected mandate expired in January 2009, is kept at the post by the US and EU for the benefit of Israel.

        2. Abbas is a known double agent. Israeli website +972 has called him a “traitor” for selling his soul to the Zionist mob.

        3. Shimon Peres loves Abbas and called him Palestinian Gandhi.

        http://rehmat1.com/2014/03/18/peres-mahmoud-abbas-is-palestinian-gandhi/

      • Kata Fisher January 14, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

        Rehmati: you write, ” A little knowledge is a very dangerous state of mind.”

        That is funny, I feel content about my state of mind.

        Then you write:

        “1. CandaFreePress is NOT free. It’s the mouthpiece of Canada’s Jewish Lobby for Israel.”

        I really do not care who speaks for who.

        Then you write
        “2. Mahmoud Abbas whose elected mandate expired in January 2009, is kept at the post by the US and EU for the benefit of Israel.

        2. Abbas is a known double agent. Israeli website +972 has called him a “traitor” for selling his soul to the Zionist mob.

        3. Shimon Peres loves Abbas and called him Palestinian Gandhi.”

        So are you telling us that US, EU, Israel, and Abbas are one in all and trough all? What’s new? It was always like that — their works show and have shown how far they all got? They can keep on, and for sure they can, as they can do whatever they want.

        So, lay-people do whatever they want. Who can stop them? Who so ever…who cares, at all?

      • Kata Fisher January 14, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

        Rehmati:

        I had a reflection about Abbas, and I am getting concerned when I started brainstorming about this article that David wrote and has explained at least one valid fact:

        http://www.jordanispalestine.blogspot.com/2014/12/palestine-un-farce-promises-theatre-of.html

        I would not dismiss what David is saying because he is looking at problems from a solid position.

        I would recommend that Abbas goes to Rome and that he gets council by Charismatic Church in Rome.

        This is why:

        I understand that he was visiting some certain and uncertain charismatic-church getting what IRD (Institute for Religion and Democracy) has observed in hypocracy — and there after that specific Church-comunity was declared illegitimate, and they had a restriction to some Church Order and practices.

        Shane was hanging out there. I think that it may have been in 2010 — or 2011/12. It was a while — I cannot recall, as they are annually there. However, PA representatives were at that gathering…everything was fine, and then the Church was stiffed by heretical IRD — I am sure that is what took place. However, I am not certain what exactly took place — but I know for sure that there were some restriction.

        Shane is kind of like me — everywhere, and nowhere you really can’t follow — unless you just sit down.

  2. ray032 January 10, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    While Gene may be an exception, I am pleased to see Pope Francis I is being noticed and talked about, expecially by Atheists. More and more people relate to his humble, unassuming manners. I agree with him. Atheists can enter the Kingdom of Heaven and Who am I to judge?

    Perhaps more than anyone else, I was pleased to see this Pope elected. I posted an article to my Blog February 26, 2011. On that Day of posting, a brief video was embedded of the original Francis of Assisi appearing before Pope Innocent III in 1210, upon returning from the 5th Crusade against Islam.

    805 & 2 years later, Francis I is Pope!

    THE IMPERIAL POPE
    http://ray032.com/2011/02/26/the-imperial-pope/

    I’m also very pleased to see the Pope calling an Ecuminical Conference of Jewish, Christian and Islamic Leaders.

    I send emails to the Pope’s Apostolic Nuncios (Ambassadors) to CanaDa and France ocassionally. While never getting any acknowledgments, I did write to them in 2013, insisting the Pope must call such an Ecuminical Conference. It is Timely!

    Maybe, only maybe, the Pope’s recent interest in the environment was inspired by this other article in the Blog ‘REVELATION: GLOBAL WARMING – FACT OR FICTION? TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES?’ posted July 11, 2012.

    That really doesn’t matter. At least he’s talking about it, he has the platform, and the world listens!.

  3. Jerry "Peacemaker" January 10, 2015 at 9:07 pm #

    Perhaps there’ll be some good old fashioned, necessary, and timely “table turning” at the religious summit. That would come in very handy these days.

  4. ray032 January 11, 2015 at 6:23 am #

  5. Laurie Knightly January 13, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    It ‘s important to point out the dismissive words of disrespect that Francis consistently uses concerning women. He says: Europe now resembles a grandma – no longer fertile and vibrant. The consecrated woman is a mother – not a spinster. He eschews female machismo – masculinity in a skirt. Women only have value if bearing children except for nuns in their prescribed role which is to be mothers to to the flock – not old maids. After all, woman was just a rib from man. If nuns can only smile and be pleasant, they may as well be flight attendants. This is Francis speaking…. and scripture will validate him.

    From the New Testament I read: For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. So am I to give credit to a 78 year old bulimic eunuch wearing a very elaborate dress? A man who speaks of half the world’s population in such degrading terms does not redeem himself by a few echoed statements of global concern. The Bible condones wiping out humanity with a flood heretofore and plans it to happen by fire next. No horror story in existence exceeds the Bible. It seems inappropriate as a frame of moral reference.

    A confederation of Christian Churches already exists. The World Council of Churches has 345 member churches, 590 million Christians, and no longer invests in coal, gas or oil. Desmond Tutu stated that people of conscience need to break ties with corporations that finance the injustice of climate change. The RC church sends some delegates to these meetings but refuses membership. This is probably because they forbid contraception/abortion/population control to be used in addressing any problems. Also, most Protestant Churches do not operate on a hierarchical model – the Anglicans being an exception. When addressing the subject of poverty, maybe the pope should look around the Vatican for lavish testimonials to honor a man who said you don’t need two coats as you can only wear one at a time. I wish I could be present if Jesus returns and views the Vatican. In 2010 the Vatican faced money laundering charges in their banking system. They are still paying off millions of dollars, moreover, in sex abuse claims. Persons around the pope are concerned that he eats all day – says this is because of his nerves. The seven deadly sins are pride, gluttony, sloth, greed, envy, anger and lust. The pope is guilty of at least the first four.

    • Gene Schulman January 13, 2015 at 11:44 am #

      Ah, poor Francis, to fall under the brimstone of Ms Knightly. Hell hath no greater ………….

      Can’t help but agree, though, on the uselessness of the clergy, from whatever pasture.

    • Richard Falk January 13, 2015 at 11:55 am #

      I am glad you point out these shortcomings of the pope’s ministry and of the RC Church more generally, yet his
      voice on many issues has been humane and of significance for the species as a whole. No national or religious leader
      has comparable outreach at this time. Who can we listen to in this time of deep challenge? Purity comes by stages, by
      purification processes. Who shall we celebrate?

      • Laurie Knightly January 13, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

        If we speak of clerics, I have not been disappointed in James Wall, United Methodist clergyman who writes for the Christian Century. His Wallwritings address ethical issues without scriptural citations or
        lapses off topic. He certainly does not have the outreach of the pope – would that he did. I’m not convinced, however, that the pope’s words affect the behavior of his flock. Italy, for instance, has the lowest fertility rate in the world. I shall ask Wall how he reconciles directives in NT scripture such as ‘Slaves obey your master and master be kind to your slaves’ to the ethical issue of social and economic justice. I do give Jesus some slack as his teaching was very radical at that time and stages are necessary. He was lucky to live three years of teaching.

      • Laurie Knightly January 14, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

        Reply from James Wall:

        Laurie,

        I looked at the comment section of the Falk posting, followed by your comment in which you referred to me.

        Your question regarding conflicting statements in the scriptures cannot be answered in a single response. Biblical scholars who have worked far longer than I have on the development of the scriptures are the first to say that reconciliation is not the issue.

        What matters is how you read the scriptures and how your faith leads you to interpret what you read.

        We live in a fallen world . It is my Christian understanding that God wants us to do what we can to repair the fallen world even if we ourselves are part of the fallenness.

        Each of us is called to take part in the repairing. That is our calling and that is our challenge.

        I appreciated your encounter with Falk and his blog. I hope you will continue to challenge what you read and to raise your questions. Only in that will we grow stronger in our faith.

        Jim Wall

      • Gene Schulman January 14, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

        How embarrassing. Keep the faith baby.

  6. Kata Fisher January 13, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

    I was thinking on this:

    Reply to Stella,

    Reply on two points:

    1. “Equally, Catholics rather than Protestants generally wear and display a crucifix rather than an empty Latin cross for it is a faithful reminder and presentation of their faith; therefore, I consider that the symbol of the crucifix does offer hope without having to speak; however, this is not in regard to the Catholic dogma for that is another matter.“
    2. “I also don’t infer with the argument as to crucifixes; as a Protestant I wear an empty Latin cross, a crucifix, and a Russian Orthodox cross—the Patriarchal cross in memory of my mother for she was of the Russian Orthodox faith; the crosses are all religious symbols of Christianity. I am mindful; however, that generally Protestant’s wear the empty Latin cross as a representation of one’s faith. However, the acknowledgment of the crucifix in Wallace’s article induced curiousness thus I inquired more facts. I ascertained that the Latin cross is also used as a symbol for Paganism; it has been discovered in China, and Africa. It turns up in Scandinavian Bronze Age stones portraying the hammer of Thor a god of thunder and war. It is observed as a magical indication to bestow good luck and deviate evil. I persist on this issue for I have a close acquaintance who has Thor’s hammer tattooed on his forearm thus dialogue from this article by Wallace and the tattoo will work one’s way up and for that I am grateful for having read the article for it will bring about an opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. The website I found pertaining to the Latin cross is http://www.seiyaku.com/customs/crosses/latin.html”

    Stella:

    The Greek Orthodox Church as Roman Catholic Church gathers Jewish exiles worldwide; however, both of those Churches, have to deal with Jews and Gentiles that are not appropriately grafted into One Faith, according to the Spirit of God (This also applies to all churches that are still valid, and split).
    The Roman Catholic Church dogma is in the will of God according to the Gospel. When it comes to the unorthodox doctrine and people that have taken a “spiritual root” of tare, there is nothing that the Church has to do, except, let it be, watch them grow, as they take nutrition’s as they grow and choke things around them. That which is sown by the enemy to deceive has the power to divide. Church splits are not in the will of God. The more splits there are, the more confusion it is for the Church. The Spiritually mature and appointed authority and leadership of Roman Catholic Church is in the close the fellowship with God. (Now, not all 100% of that will account for fully mature and baptized leadership). With that, as any other Church, will be tested and under spiritual attack through the law of sin and hypocrisy.
    What the Church does that is part of His Body does, sometimes, is foolishness for those who are not part of the Church, and/or not fully mature in faith. However, that what the Church does, when it comes to the “spirit realm” is seen and understood to be foolishness to those who do not understand the “spirit realm.” That which appears to be foolishness to a natural eye, can have the power to crush the “spirit realm/air” of the evil one. The way of God was always foolishness for those who parish.
    I think that the Cross with or without Christ’s body can present challenges to Christianity due to the vast difference of opinions. However, it does not matter what Cross you have in a Church as a symbol as long as is blessed. The symbols and things that are used in Church have to go through the rituals of blessings.
    There were reports by priest that people who are demonized, or demon possessed would start acting out when they are sprinkled with blessed water, oil, or were in a contact with sanctified things. (Early Christians reported similar things: “God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them”—this is according with the teaching about the Acts of the Apostils).
    Likewise, there were reports that the priest cast out devils during the exorcism ritual, in which the priest uses crucifix. This ritual is only allowed to be performed by properly trained and equipped priest. (I read in the papers that the US had only 6 priests who were qualified to do that; however, according to the Church recommendation, they should have one exorcist in each diocese—evidently they were not appointed by God. However, the Church only responded to boost this number because they had an increase in the numbers of people who were demonized/possessed and they held a conference to increase that number of priest who should be performing exorcism). Roman Catholic priest are often fully baptized and Charismatic, because they take on all three ministries of the Roman Catholic Church. In the other hand, they are Roman Church priest who are limited in their ministry, according to their maturity and/or position with Christ. Churches of God are blessed forever.
    However, pagan-charismatic’s demonize immature Christians left and right—those who violate the Church Order in their conduct and are involved in exercising spiritual gifts outside the will of God—all these harlot-churches who are without Church Order, are in reality charismatic-cults with false anointing of the devils and witchcraft. The small fraction of Charismatic’s who are either nondenominational, Baptist, Pentecostal are in one charismatic Spirit with those who are baptized in the Spirit of God and Jesus Christ. I personally observed the Charismatic Church here in US; it is just under the Blasphemy of the Spirit of God, and the false anointing; it is a false church in a false spirit of false Christ/Antichrist. Now that is a serious to claim, but is an issue for them and their offspring and their people that are deceived. To erase the Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit over these who are under the generational sin of the Holy Spirit—a sin that is never canceled, the offspring must be fully baptized in the Spirit of God, otherwise, they are set for Sheol and abaddon, as their ancestors.
    There is a place for a full Baptism in His Spirit: the ministry to God and His people, as well as canceling unforgivable sin over the offspring of those who committed unforgivable sin of Blasphemy of God’s Spirit. Church that is mature knows what they are doing when they serve God and people, and Roman Catholic Church is a valid Church of God; it stands as an istitution, solid, because of the ministry of Spirit of God.
    However, when it comes to what kind of Cross you have in your Church will not place one into a condemnation (due to the difference of opinion, for all symbols of Cross are valid), for a blessed symbol will make no difference. That which is blessed by priest and pastors is blessed and that which is not is not.

    Blessings,

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011–08–12
    Liberty University

  7. rehmat1 January 13, 2015 at 5:52 pm #

    Dr. Falk, I hate to bust your admiration for Pope Francis, formerly Car­di­nal Berdoglio of Argentina – but the truth is, Francis has no moral conscience. He blessed the torture, killing and slavery of former military junta. As a Jesuit, he maintains an eternal bond with the Organized Jewry.

    The National Catholic Reporter (June 16, 2014) quoted Pope Francis saying: ‘Inside every Christian is a Jew‘ during an interview published by Spanish daily La Vanguardia newspaper earlier this month.

    http://rehmat1.com/2014/06/19/pope-francis-inside-every-christian-is-a-jew/

    • ray032 January 13, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

      “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” That is the fundamental of Christianity, Jesus the Jew lives in every Believer, Catholic, and all other Christian denominations.

      I AM THAT I AM
      February 1, 2014
      http://ray032.com/2014/02/01/i-am-that-i-am/

      • Kata Fisher January 13, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

      • rehmat1 January 13, 2015 at 8:44 pm #

        Sorry, this Jewish scholar exposed your lie about Jesus, who was not Jewish – because Jewish people did not exist during Jesus’ time, according to Dr. Shlomo Sand. At that time, the followers of Moses’ Law were called Israelites or Hebrews.

        http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/jesusjew.htm

        Chao….

      • ray032 January 14, 2015 at 2:35 am #

        rehmat1, you can find anything on line to support any point of view.

        I followed your link, and while it is interesting, I trust my personal reference Bible which was printed in 1855, before CanaDa and Israel existed in the modern world.

        The 1st mention of Jews in the Bible is in 2Kings 25:25, some 625 years before Christ. Altogether, Jew, Jews and Jewish are mentioned 84 times in the Old Testament and 188 times in the New Testament.

        Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
        There comes a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus said to her, Give me to drink.

        Then said the woman of Samaria to him, How is it that you, being a Jew, asks drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
        John 4

        Interesting to note, to this very day, the Jews, except for using the locals as cheap labour, have no dealings with the Palestinians

        John 4 continues, The woman said unto him, Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.
        Our fathers worshiped in this mountain; and you say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

        Jesus said to her, Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when you shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
        You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

        But the hour comes, and NOW IS, when the True worshipers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him.
        God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in Spirit and in Truth.

      • Gene Schulman January 14, 2015 at 2:46 am #

        Ye gads, can we drop all this bible BS and get back to the subject of Richard’s essay: What influence Pope Francis might have on climate change and raising consciousness?

      • ray032 January 14, 2015 at 6:22 am #

        Now Gene, try to lighten up!

        Richard announced he would like to see this Blog become a meeting place of ideas. There will be good and bad ones, interesting and not. Some might be offended a la Charlie Hebdo. Some ideas may be strange and alien. Peace! Have no Fear!

        This article is on the Pope. Rehmat1 put out his ideas on the Pope, and I responded.

        Not only that, I went to his article about Popes Past, the Inquisition Times, when the Catholic Church in Europe was as evil in their treatment of humans then, as we condemn Jihadist extremism Today. There were different instruments of torture and pain.

        We all know Christian Europe has had a longer, stronger influence in this world than the Arabs, although the 600 year Ottoman Empire did know periods of Religious Peace and accommodation for different beliefs. When Europe was expelling Jews, the Islamic Caliphate welcomed them. Times change! People forget!

        As to this discussion about the Pope and Cosmopolitanism, this is my view so far and could expand. What I have learned in my 71 years is: conversation/discussion conducted in Peace and with Good Will to the other participants, no matter how passionate or opposite the views may appear to be, Truth will come out of it!

        Yes, rehamt1, some of those Popes were really nasty. I’m sure some of our Democratic politicians Today wish they were living in those times these times, and could have that absolute power to get rid of all their political opponents and rivals to power. Oh wait! Torture has returned. Do the people see or care?

        I wrote how I believe God raised up Mohammad to be a thorn in the side of the Pope of Rome who corrupted, perverted and inverted all the teachings of Christ. He maintained the power structure of Imperial Rome, but with a new face and garments. The Emperor was no longer God, but the Pope of Rome sat in God’s Place.

        God raised up Jesus to set the Jews straight when they were so off course, having strayed so far from union with the Spirit of God while it was/is called TODAY.

        Now, in the Acceptable Year of the LORD 2015, Western Culture, TV and.values, have led the people to be as far away from embodying the Spirit of Christ in deed, more than just word, by following their vain traditions from Generation to Generation, just like the Jews did in the 2000 years after Moses, the Lawgiver.

        Having read the Quran, I see is it a re-write of the Jewish-Christian Bible when God raised up Mohammad to fulfill God’s long term Will.

        Jew, Christian, Muslim or Atheist, the People are gradually waking up from a deep sleep, and can increasingly see the “Signs of the Times” might be indicating the corruption in man has come to the end of the Line!

        TIME LINE OF HISTORY
        May 12, 2011
        http://ray032.com/2011/05/12/time-line-of-recent-history/

      • Gene Schulman January 14, 2015 at 6:47 am #

        “Jew, Christian, Muslim or Atheist, the People are gradually waking up from a deep sleep”.

        Hogwash! The people are more asleep than ever, as attested by the events in Paris this past week. I wonder if anyone dares give their opinion on that without sounding jingoistic and hypocritical.

      • ray032 January 14, 2015 at 6:56 am #

        the key word is “gradually” so I don’t disagree with you. In the previous article I said it was a small minority.

        I think it is so telling that on the Day when all those millions and leaders marched in solidarity supporting Freedom of Speech and expression, because it’s all right to offend Muslims, but a BBC reporter expressed his Freedom of Speech questioning Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and he had to apologize? Such a hypocritical double standard the media adheres to! That kind of duplicity will only leader to greater confusion, fear and paranoia.

      • Kata Fisher January 14, 2015 at 9:19 am #

        Ray: “Jews” in terms were Fall of’s from faith, in essence, and according to my understanding have not always carried on Hebrew/Spiritual Israel line.

        In addition to that, they also have started converting other people-tribes to Judaism and they did not do it right at that time and with the accordance with those times — they were not in accurate works of Faith-Law as Judisam.

        Age of the Church is an entirely new to all Jews and non-Jews.

        Fallen off (from Faith) lines Jewish and non-Jewish were to be brought into the Olive Tree — as one. You know that branches were broken off from the Olive tree (so that wild and the natural that was a fall of /broken off may be grafted in). However, the Olive Oil — the Tree fruit of the Oil remained the Olive tree. Meaning, the line by God’s Spirit/Oil of the Tree…and you can say non-lay-people line, in essence.

        That what was spiritual remained spiritual — as that, what was Spiritual lines, could not be defiled and cut off. That is the Olive Tree, in essence: not Lay people that may or may not be broken off. (Broken off, but not always cut off — the wicked are cut off, however).

        With that — Church has and has not Spiritual Authority over ungrafted Jews that are falling off as lay-people. However, Church has no Spritual Authority over the Olive Three — that what is not lay-people — or what Spiritual Authority of the Olive Tree does with their lay-people.

        If they graft them in they do, and if they do not then they overlap with Spiritual Authority of the Church Charismatic — because Jews and Non-Jews are in our spiritual authority as lay-people.

        So when we come and say, as Church that Jews (as lay-people of Judaism) have right to be in Holy Land — we mean absolute right that is natural and spiritual during the Church age — as they carry on “The Book of Old Testament” regardless to their Spiritual condition.

        During the Church Age as Jews, they are more likely to be converted by Spirit of the Law and Faith by Old Testament then confusion of heretical Chrictianity. However, when they willingly and stubbornly break the Faith and Law — there are consequences and they can be penalised by the Church-Charismatic as Jewish lay-people. However, the Church will also ensure that they do not get stripped of their natural and spiritual rights when comes to the Holy Land.

        I do not see that some other interpretations are accurate. I believe I see this in a valid way. If you have one lay-people — that is what you got and you have to go along all they wish to practice and have — unless there is a warning that is prophetic, in essence, and all has to be corrected.

  8. ray032 January 15, 2015 at 10:57 am #

    While this article is about more than the Pope’s environmental views, on that important subject, this statement is attributed to him just Today!

    Pope Francis said Thursday he is convinced that global warming is “mostly” man-made and that he hopes his upcoming encyclical on the environment will encourage negotiators at a climate change meeting in Paris to make “courageous” decisions to protect God’s creation.

    I’m with the Spirit on that!

    I see this planet earth as being an Organic Space ship moving constantly through the blackness of space and we are slowly, deliberately destroying our own life support system in the pursuit of the “god” of this world – money and profit,

    http://globalnews.ca/news/1774208/pope-says-global-warming-mostly-man-made-seeks-decisions-at-paris-talks/

    • ray032 January 16, 2015 at 7:12 am #

      Today’s NYT: Environment
      Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says

      A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them.

      “We may be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event,” said Douglas J. McCauley, an ecologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an author of the new research, which was published on Thursday in the journal Science.

      But there is still time to avert catastrophe, Dr. McCauley and his colleagues also found. Compared with the continents, the oceans are mostly intact, still wild enough to bounce back to ecological health.

      “We’re lucky in many ways,” said Malin L. Pinsky, a marine biologist at Rutgers University and another author of the new report. “The impacts are accelerating, but they’re not so bad we can’t reverse them.”
      Continue reading the main story
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      Scientific assessments of the oceans’ health are dogged by uncertainty: It’s much harder for researchers to judge the well-being of a species living underwater, over thousands of miles, than to track the health of a species on land. And changes that scientists observe in particular ocean ecosystems may not reflect trends across the planet.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/16/science/earth/study-raises-alarm-for-health-of-ocean-life.html?emc=edit_th_20150116&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=60729418&_r=0

  9. Kata Fisher January 16, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    I just had another reflection: It is illegal to burn to ashes human remains. Dry bones.

    I do not understand this.

  10. Laurie Knightly January 16, 2015 at 11:02 am #

    Democracy Now had analysis today regarding the importance of the Pope’s recent public appearances in which he addressed issues of climate change, corruption in governments, and problems of economic justice. I did not realize that groups like the Global Catholic Movement existed or that climatologists in general were impeded by Catholic denial on these issues. For the Pope to state that the climate is being affected at least in part by irresponsible human behavior and to state this position as a moral imperative has a ripple effect that many of us did not realize. It’s unfortunate, however, that this type of power resides with one individual in a clerical post with a long sordid history. Climate change is connected to human behavior and a part of that behavior is irresponsible breeding; it’s people that use/create fossil fuels. If an ethical stance cannot be presented in secular terms, moreover, it has no validity and demeans public discourse.

    • ray032 January 16, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

      Laurie, you should support the Pope on the stance he has taken. He has the platform Today. No one can change the Past and this Pope is looking to our common Future Today.

      Let the ethical secularists expand on the Pope’s positive statements concerning the environment both the religious and secular.must breathe in.

      • Laurie Knightly January 17, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

        I did express approval of the Pope’s words in this particular case but not his ethical teachings generally nor his supreme authority. I tend not to separate a person from his/her words. So when I read of Al Gores’s 20 room mansion with it annual energy bill of $30.000, I don’t want him to lecture me on the subject of my light bulbs. Although the sum was disputed, Gore admitted it in an interview and has made some conversions in the building since then. He also sold his TV program to Aljazeera, the oil barons, for $5 million.

        The same goes for Wendell Berry who rants against computers and boasts that his wife still types his manuscripts on the Royal typewriter – then he pays to have his stuff put online. A college professor who was raised in privilege on the family tobacco plantation, he claims to be just an ordinary farmer.

        Spare me the tales of your gods and show me how you live and what you stand for.

      • Richard Falk January 17, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

        As always, Laurie, you raise questions that are challenging. I have been victimized in recent years in the context
        of Israel/Palestine by defamatory attacks designed to deflect attention from the message to the messenger, but you are
        suggesting that we need to validate the messenger only to the extent that (s)he lives up in life and actions to the values embodied in the message.
        I wonder why. The fact that Gore or Pope Francis do not personally live up to the assessment that they make does not by itself weaken
        the assessment itself, although may invite the kind of criticism you mount. In this sense, is Gore’s reminders of ‘inconvenient truths’ any
        more or less relevant because he did not put them into practice in his own life. Maybe it has limited relevance by showing up how much easier
        it is to prescribe remedies than to adapt our own behavior, but I am inclined to avoid such diversionary attention to the messenger provided
        s(he) appears to be sincere and responsible in the framing of the message. Richard

      • ray032 January 17, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

        None of us are perfect, Laurie, not you, not me, not Richard and not the Pope! It is easier to tear down than to build up! We cannot hold Francis responsible for the sins of the Church in the Past.

        I agree with this fundamental Mother Teresa recognized: You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.

      • Laurie Knightly January 17, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

        Richard, I must not have expressed myself convincingly. I find Falk lives his words. He’s been criticized severely for his opinions on Israel – singles them out in particular, it is said. Seems he noted that the US sponsors this injustice. He has a bias in favor of the victim and appears unsympathetic toward the thief, he has questions about the bombings of 9/11- along with a significant number of experts, has problems with war in Vietnam. thinks the Boston Marathon bombers could have been inflamed by US policies, has a cool detachment from his own faith [one he never had], made some unpopular Nazi comparisons regarding Israel, thinks justice is being pissed on, and that Palestinian grievances are grounded in law and morality. How does any of this differ from Falk the man? Does he not live his convictions in spite of mud slinging? Has he shown hypocrisy on these issues in the way he lives his life?

        I find one inconsistency. Falk would not allow religious abstractions as justifiable testimony in land grabs and violent aggression etc in a court of law or other tribunals. So why does he ask us to consider it valid on his blog? There are times when we need to discuss how religion is being used to validate some of these issues but usually that is not the case.

      • Kata Fisher January 18, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

        Laurie — what was done toward Professor Falk is beyond harmful (not to him) but others — and just pure evil against him.

        It was not his responsibility that babes were imature, and the uneducated acted along with them, in esssence.

        To stand with a people — any of the people and uphold their rights does not mean that (in that position) one is and wants to be God.

        As we know we, can uphold people’s rights — but it is only God who gives and takes their right away.

        I mean, when one wants just to go ahead and take a right or any type of justice from a people / tribe — they do not know what are they doing, as they are in direct enmity toward God, and in fact enjoying their position against God — as they them self think that they are God and can get away with that.

        I mean, we can stand with a people and for their right without any personal difference — or even with a great personal conviction.

        Anytime we try to take people’s rights away, we are at bad odds when comes to the Faith and God. There is neither to which we adhere, in essence? Yes, none and nothing. People say, “Faith, God!” I say this: “What Faith, and what God — I do not know thy Faith or thy god/God…” In essence, I will say: “Fill me in — I do not know what you are talking about — for you are acting as so that you alone are God, and one is to accept your evil way so as you want?” That is jut how I am reasoning about that — but I had opportunity do know by Faith and reason what is in Spirit of God, and what is not. I mean, I learned some evil people in the world and land.

        Israel did evil — there is no question about it. What Palestinians have done was evil, as well. This has nothing to do with “upholding rights of a people” — that what Professor Falk has done. In fact, he has upheld the right of both people — of Israel and Palestine — and he is not even in the Land. Why is that so?

        When one stands for something — they stand for something as individual in society / world. It is, however, up to oters to add on to thet position. (There are those who do not participate in anything but evil things…).

        To whatever one is moved — to and toward whatever people, makes no difference. In practice, it has nothing to do with a personal way — or personal Faith. It is ALWAYS the pattern of justice or injustice.

        It does however have all to do with a personal way of justice — that what Professor Falk has practiced and has done…

        I can reflect what I know without doubt:

        I have nothing to do personally with US, against or for it – not me as a whole person / my personal way, and still I can give you top-ten list what I know without doubt why people in US may or may not be absolutely just condemned and doomed, and I am telling you that is just part of that what God has in His Book against them, in essence.

        (I am not outside of Church-Catholic-Charismatic, that is here in US — that is only thing to me here in US because of the evil in the land).

        I find no mud sliding around Falk, as a human being. I find mudslides around the conviction of childish — those who did nothing to act in just way. They were so desperate in their way that they started to shut down all communication on the situation — but their own. Just hilarious…

        It is God who gives rights to a people, and it is God who takes their right away.

        When things are to be clarified — all things are to be included, if possible.

        O’ Yeah, otherwise is the same old, same old cycle:

        ” We, the Israelites over the ancient times — had lawless wives and have defiled the bloodlines, even unto satanic seals and blasphemy of God’s Spirit” sins. Likewise, what a broken off and cut off line — that went out and just added on oter people tribes to odd bewitchment to Faith — Faith that we, as Israelites of defiled tribes had none…and now, here we all are; in form of messed up tribes that came back even from Babolonia and Asyria. The More, the marrier, affter all its Church age — and we all may be just under bit grace, after all.”

        Sad and hilarious …

        No, people are not always what they say or believe that they are.

        Moreover, certainly, people are not that what we think and/or may believe about them.

        We just do know or do not know them.

        I say two things to a people (any of the people): 1) I do not know you and I do not acknowledge you as a human — because you are in satanic seal and/or Blasphemy of God’s Spirit. Meaning, just lawless and evil — seed/ nest of viper and devil.

        2) You have essence of a human. I can relate to that.

        Its that simple.

        But you see, I am girl that is ordained.

        I hope this is helpful.

  11. Beau Oolayforos January 17, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    Dear Professor Falk,
    Thanks again for your message of hope. Your faith in soft power is echoed, to bring Nietzsche back again, by Zarathustra’s “…around the creators of new values revolves the world…”

    As far as religious extremism, I haven’t seen any discussion about the relationship between the taboo of depicting Mohammed, and the second commandment in the Judeo-Christian Bible. How are they similar, or different? Similarly, the Hebrew word for God, where the 4 consonants are evidently too sacred to be spoken aloud.

    • Kata Fisher January 17, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

      Mr. O’Connor wrote this, and I really believe it is good discerning as well as answers:

      ” ‘Je suis Charlie’ doesn’t just mean ‘I am Charlie.’ In French, it also means ‘I follow Charlie.’ There are too many people saying ‘I am’ who will not say ‘I follow.’ Following Charlie means a willingness to push the limits of free speech and welcome every opinion in the marketplace of ideas. In other words, to paraphrase the French exisentialists, being is doing!”

      Likewise, he said:

      “Mocking religious figures with provocative images tests the boundaries. I don’t endorse it but my point is that many of those proclaiming ‘Je suis Charlie’ are part of governments that deny free speech.”

      • ray032 January 17, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

        ‘Je suis’ in French means ‘I am’ and not ‘I follow.’ not even close!

      • Gene Schulman January 18, 2015 at 2:17 am #

        Sorry Ray, Kata happens to be right. “Je suis” means both, I am and I follow:

        Suivre (inf.) je suis, il suis nous suivons, ils suivent. Look it up in any French-English dictionary.

      • ray032 January 18, 2015 at 3:45 am #

        Sorry Gene, you are wrong as well.
        ‘Je Suis’ according to Google, Babylon, imtranslator and other on line translators means ‘I am.’ I live in French Quebec, and I know that without having to use on line translation.

      • Gene Schulman January 18, 2015 at 4:14 am #

        Suivre – to follow. Je suis – I follow, il suit, etc. ( Harrap’s Shorter/Bordas dictionary). I live in French speaking Switzerland, right next door to France for the past forty-five years. Yes, it also means “I am”, but from the verb “Etre”, to be. Je suis, tu est, il est, nous somme, vous etes, ils sont, etc. Both are correct. Check it out.

      • ray032 January 18, 2015 at 4:08 am #

        To clarify my previous reply, all French to English on line translators translates “je suis” to “I am” with no alternate meanings offered.

        Translating “I follow” from English to French comes out as “je suis” but I never heard it used that way in Quebec.

      • Gene Schulman January 18, 2015 at 4:26 am #

        Well, that may be the problem of living in Quebeq, they don’t speak proper French there. Whenever they show Quebeq programs on French TV, they always have to be dubbed in French. Alors!

      • Kata Fisher January 17, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

        What are all possible application of that word in French language?

        We do not always look for the word (by word), in forms of particular meaning, rather an application of the word (in the form).

        The context of the word in application, in determination/purpose.

      • ray032 January 18, 2015 at 4:56 am #

        It’s spelled Quebec!

      • Gene Schulman January 18, 2015 at 5:25 am #

        So it is. Thanks for catching my typo.

      • wmmbb January 20, 2015 at 5:11 am #

        “Jesus, Charlie” is obviously blasphemous. I agree with Richard: “Je suis avec Francis”.

  12. Kata Fisher January 18, 2015 at 8:51 am #

    A Note:

    How much of the Olive Tree can be cultivated and grown in Africa?

    It is possible to have Olive Tree farms in Africa.

    As the World-population expands — Olive Tree goods should be produced in Africa and impoorted from Africa, as well.

    In fact, can be very profitable undertaking for the farmers.

    Price for Olive Tree (plants) varies anywhere between 20$ and 600$. It takes 3-12 years to get first fruits.

    It depends where they can plant and what type of the tree where can be planted.

    Africa has excellent climate for cultivating of Olive Trees, I believe.

  13. rehmat1 January 18, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    Karta Fisher said: “I really do not care who speaks for who.”

    This reminds me study 2010 conducted by Professor Daniel Bar-Tal (Tel Aviv University) who found out that an average Israeli Jew prefers to live in ‘self-denial’ as he/she is not interested to know the facts about the Israel-Palestine conflict. They’re brainwashed with Zionist narrative of the conflict and hatred toward Arabs and Muslims from an early age. The Zionist rabbis are known for using Talmudic texts to create hatred toward Arabs, Blacks and Christians. Last year, Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Manis Friedman responded to a question “How Jews should treat their Arab neighbors?”, in the Moment magazine for its “Ask the Rabbi” feature, said: “The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way. Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle). I don’t believe in western morality. Living by Torah values will make us a light unto the nations who suffer defeat because of a disatrous morality of human invention…….”

    http://rehmat1.com/2010/05/24/study-israelis-prefer-to-live-in-self-denial/

    • Kata Fisher January 18, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

      Rehmat1:

      Have I not told you already that Israelites (meaning also Jews) can be and are in much-defiled blood-lines? They can be and are in Satanic seals and blasphemy of God’s Spirit — just as heretical Muslims and Christianity.

      They will teach that what you wrote about that they are saying: “The only way, to fight a moral war, is the Jewish way. Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle).”

      What do they teach when they are in Satan? Is there anything else that they can teach by misinterpretation and misapplication of the Secret Texts? Let me tell you something: No, they cannot because they are of the devil and are in the devil and in that position they misinterpret and misapply anything they handle, even the Sacred Text.

      Do that what is not desired in hell, do that, and you’ll do well. It was always like that.

      People that are of devil desire things and works of the devil. Moreover, no — it is not just human error that they do or want — they teach and do things of the devil because they are in devil…

      Moreover, no, I do NOT ever call Spiritual Israel/Hebrew-Jews evil and that are evil Jews, in essence. You cannot bless that what is accursed, and you cannot curse or let be accursed that what is blessed.

      I certainly can discern — I know the difference. Tell me that you have not learned much better to discern, here, as well? For sure you had opportunity to do that. Now what?

  14. Kata Fisher January 19, 2015 at 9:18 am #

    Interesting article:

    http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/19/opinion/charlie-hebdo-noam-chomsky/index.html

    Even before I read this article I understood that nations are given over to Satan: self-made collateral damage upon them.

  15. Kata Fisher January 19, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    I have a reflection:

    As they were crafting devices and were killing Jesuits — in all they were cut off.

  16. Kata Fisher January 19, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    I have another reflection:

    The dead are not raised to condemn them, and they shall not be raised with the dead — their bones will parish — just at their spirit in fires of hell. 

  17. Kata Fisher January 19, 2015 at 10:23 am #

    I have anoter reflection:

    When does God revenge the blood of the martyrs and the blood of the saints?

    • Gene Schulman January 19, 2015 at 11:23 am #

      With all due respect, Kata, your reflections are blinding me. I’m dropping out of this blog until I can see clearly again.

      • Kata Fisher January 19, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

        Dear Gene,

        Way to bright? I know, I know…

        I too have something else to complete and with that I ‘ll have to be @ practice of Planned Neglect, as well.

        I’ll be at nothing that is completed, otherwise.

  18. Jerry "Peacemaker" January 19, 2015 at 9:30 pm #

    Perhaps the following excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech about the Vietnam War could help clarify matters:
    “This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing — embracing and unconditional love for all mankind. This oft misunderstood, this oft misinterpreted concept, so readily dismissed by the Nietzsches of the world as a weak and cowardly force, has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of man. When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am not speaking of that force which is just emotional bosh. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality. This Hindu-Muslim-Christian-Jewish-Buddhist belief about ultimate — ultimate reality is beautifully summed up in the first epistle of Saint John: “Let us love one another, for love is God. And every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love.” “If we love one another, God dwelleth in us and his love is perfected in us.” Let us hope that this spirit will become the order of the day.”

    • Richard Falk January 20, 2015 at 7:57 am #

      Thanks for reminding us of this powerful insight into the only bond that truly binds, and allow each of us
      to think act and feel as if part of the same species, and not confined to the sub-species domains of race, nation,
      religion, gender, and class.

      • ray032 January 20, 2015 at 11:36 am #

        And here is a further reminder to avoid sub-species domains……..

        Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

        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.

        Wherefore take on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

        Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with Truth, and having on the Breastplate of Righteousness;
        And your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace;

        Above all, taking the Shield of Faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
        And take the Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
        Ephesians 6

        Christ teaches, ‘call NO MAN on Earth your Father, for we have ONE FATHER which is in Heaven.

        For NOW, we have Faith, Hope, and Love, these three, but the Greatest of these is Love
        1 Corinthians 13

      • Kata Fisher January 20, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

        About Spiritual Warfare:

        http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lifesize-Crown-of-Thorns-from-Jerusalem-20cm-8-/150938010423

        http://www.wildflowers.co.il/english/plant.asp?ID=989

        “Always be prepared to make a defence to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you.” (1 Peter 3:15)

        https://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/data/
        (Thank you Clive).

        (2005 data) each day in America:

        A. Richard’s Brown writes that “According to the Children Defense Fund (As November 2005), each day in America:

        4 children are killed by abuse or neglect

        5 children or teens commit suicide

        35 children or teens die from accidents

        181 children are arrested for violent crimes

        380 children are arrested for drug abuse

        1,154 babies are born to teen mothers

        2,482 children are confirmed as abused or neglected

        2.756 high school students drop out (based on the calculation on a school day/180 days of seven hours each).

        3.879 babies are born to unmarried mothers

        4,356 children are arrested.”

        Time for Child Rights in US?

  19. Kata Fisher January 20, 2015 at 7:17 am #

    A Note:

    We believe in Love that is vested in Baptism of God’s Sprit. If they had love they, would not have had brought judgement upon them selfs and the guilt of blood with those silly cartoons.

    People of conscience and or valid Faith & Spirit have no problem with each other — or cartoons. It becomes difficult only with racist and separatist that do or do not not have the essence of human in their minds.

    People of the seared conscience will do evil by their own inclinations to do that which is just bad.

    In order to heal societies there has to be understood of religious evil in the form of irrevocable generational and personal sins. However, this takes civility, in practice.

    Church can come and tell you and me about any part of issues that civil society cannot handle — but disrupting of civil/public peace will be an accusation against the Church-valid just because it always was and always is…

    This, however, is not our shortfall or guilt. We cannot make uncivil / civil society understand what Church is and that what satanic religion within the members and then their offspring is. Unless, we have fallen off members at work — like those kids in France that made those cartoons and said this: This is exactly how it looks like and what it is!

    I mean — this can be very harsh thing to say, but the reality is just as it is. That what they did was like rising wasp nests without purpose.

    St. John spoke to the members of the Way (first generation of Christianity that was primarily Charismatic in Church order that was valid).

    Contemporarily Christianity is hardly valid and is also the Fall of from the Faith of the Church. I do not know how well are they anchored in the Love of the Gospel, according to the Gospel?

    They will be grafted in by the Baptism in God’s Sprit that is valid (by the Free Fall of the Spirit). That is, in fact, Love in Presence.

    Dr. King did not teach another Love then that which is Resurrection of Jesus Christ by Spirit of God — that same power of God that resurrected Jesus Christ has also become for us Baptism in Jesus Christ on the day of the Pentecost, in the upper room, where they were waiting, as they were told to do…and so it is now as was then.

    Lay people need to be Baptized in God’s Sprit by free Fall — we as Church-contemporary have no other valid Love to offer within whole Church itself both Catholic and non-Catholic.

    If I would attempt to say anyone how one is saved and/or how God loves them in any other way — I would be telling flat out lies. “Saved by Faith” is very tricky and difficult doctrine.

    In fact, this is much true, and this can be made known to the Church members and to non-members.

    Whether in Natural Revelation of Special Revelation humans, have innate ability to respond to their conscience and conscience of others and by that uphold needs of humanity and creation that is around them. Humanity of civil society is universal.

    Let the Faith and Love be in Truth and Truth in Law (natural and/or spiritual).

    Church can also says, “let all things be lawful to the wicked and for the wicked, and let the wicked make all things lawful unto them selfs…”

    There is sharp contrast and separation between uncivil/inhuman/savage society and evil religion — what they will and do from the Church and order of the Church.

    Lawfulness of something is conditional, and it is not unconditional. Message of the Gospel is conditional — one does not enter unconditional Love apart from the Spirit of God. Without Spirit, there is no Gospel nor Love according to the Gospel. We experience cross of AntiChrist against our conscience & whole person because of evil members and their evil way within the Church — they are in a self-earned condemnation and judgment because they apply satanic-jugments against the Church. For this reason Church by Spirit of God strips them off and cuts them off.

    Loving another according to St. John is internal to the members of the Spirit filled Church, and conditionally can also be love toward outsiders to the Church and practice of the Church. Paul instructed non-separation from the civil society while he also instructed removal of evil person from the Church membership / fellowship as well as removal of oneself from evil person.

    There is no separation between the Church and civil order / society, and Dr. King has proved that.

    Here in US evil religion and evil society is running over everyone while Church and practices of the Church is vehement prohibition. The cultural conscience / public conscience is so seared that one can start feeling sickly in this culture of death where lawlessness / illegal lawfulness abounds.

    I hope this is helpful.

  20. Kata Fisher January 21, 2015 at 9:10 am #

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/01/20/pope-francis-says-catholics-dont-have-to-breed-like-rabbits/

    Tell priest Francisco — that If Catholics would not breed as Rabbits — who else would cut off “seed of the devil” (in Church and society?)

    He certainly would have to avoid “fake ordination” and with that creation of of Satanic priesthood…

    And also tell Pope Francis to thank God for Abortion — as they is the way “seed of the wicked is cut off” We do thank God that Jezebels kill their seed of — or poor and humble woman cuts off seed of a wicked man in her womb…so that Church in society can catch a breath, after all before all ends up in hell along with Church – Catholic in Satan.

    I do have reason and justification for the fact that Catholics like to breed like rabbits because Catholics should not use witchcraft vested in contraceptives that are actually Abortifacients. Those who are exceedingly dumb, in fact, can do whatever.

    Church Catholic is not responsible for that what wicked do: steal orphans and poor child’s bread.

    Pope loves to mock — he is a mocker… So women that are ordained in Church Catholic do and do not mock.
    Priest that are Catholics-Charismatic — like Pope Francis can be carried away and act as just dumb…and not acknowledge that sex is just for procreation and is not for outside of the marriage.
    Meaning, they should refuse Church-marriages to the wicked or Alternatively, it is wicked that can’t bless Church-marriages so that we are stuck with satanic children in the Church? Come on…Priest are Charismatic, and the water of Baptism is filled with mystery of God’s Spirt! Alternatively, is not because the priesthood / pastors are not Baptised in Spirit of God?
    Ohhh…whatever Pope and his council “Bla, blah, blah” Father Bill can be sent to strip them off their nonsense they appear to be just dumb as Baboons up there!
    When will Pope tell the wicked to stop killing their children and start baptising babies with some real stuff? As well, as the start implementing some real stuff in cut off society / culture of death — that very thing that must be applied is called “Baprisam in God’s Sprit.”
    OMG, responsible parenting also means “I punch you for offending my mamma”…”its ordinary.” Lol.
    I think that Pope should just practice biting on his toungue…and only say that what he is told to say by the Scripture — we do not want to hear any opinions from the Pope.

    http://news.yahoo.com/pope-rows-back-rabbits-comments-praises-large-families-110433728.html

    Its hilarious! “How do we provide for the children ‘he, he, he’ …make sure that woman is responsible for not getting to pop the next one as we can’t deal with her at least not provide for kid @ her due date ‘he, he, he’ “.

    Wickedness is hilarious…

    Time to cut that off?

  21. Kata Fisher January 21, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/21/middleeast/saudi-beheading-video/index.html?sr=tw012115leakedsaudibeheadingvideo9pVODtopLink

    One day, I was eating, and I started having refection and mind flashes how Saudi Kingdom will be overthrown and how their royal offspring will be begging for bread…

    And I was thinking — when will God do such thing? I believe it was Spring this year.

    The more I try to understand Holy Prophet Muhammed and Holy Quran — the more Spirit of God shows me evil sins of that part of Babylonia.

    What Saudi are doing is in false practices and are in essence practice of misinterpretation and misapplication of Holy Quran — they are in practices of “false prophet” and not teaching of Prophet Muhammed — they are mishandling Holy Quran. Holy Quran was not written down by Prophet Muhammed, and Mind of Prophet Muhammed has to be separated from the mind of invalid verses / writings.

    They are in irrevocable sins because they are in essence tainting Holy Quran as the Book of Prophesy and are under penalty of that — as they are misinterpreting and misapplying the writings that are in essence same for the Church as the Closed Book of Daniel.

    Church Charismatic that is under prophetic anointing can give those people & kingdoms over to Satan and destruction because Holy Quran is prophesy in Church age that heretical Muslims are mishandling and evil Christianity does not understand.

    I understood by Spirit of God that Saudi Kingdom will be overthrown and how their offspring will be begging for bread.

    It makes no difference who those Kings of Saudi Arabi are God will overthrow them because they are mishandling Holy Book. God will destroy Saudi Arabia at some point in time because of the sins against Holy Quran and taining of the venerated memory of Prophet Muhamed.

    God will move His Army against them and will overthrow them if they do not repent.

    People are to believe in Holy Quran as prophesy — but no one can because it is not discerned. Going about this is, in fact, is fully Church-mission — for reading and discerning of prophetic writings has to be in the exactly same understanding as it was written and / or passed down.

    God gave Muslims Holy Quran into their Stewardship, and they just are destroying image of God’s Favor revealed in Holy Quran and memory of Prophet Muhammed because they do not understand what they have and how they are to handle Holy Quran, in order to fulfill the call and the message of Islam.

    What Saudi Arabia is doing is not Islam and practices of Islam according to Prophet Muhammed.

    • Kata Fisher January 24, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

      http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/is-islamischer-staat-saudi-arabien-verhaengt-aehnliche-strafen-a-1014231.html

      Excellent Article. It seems that German Press is much better then the US ever can be now – as the press that is not free and is fake-people regulated.

      There are some German articles that are sabotaged, and you (or at least I can’t?) cannot? Not allowed by US – wicked lobby to read them? Well, wicked pagans do that – they restrict one’s freedom of conscience — or subjugate it. Its like satanic Islam and satanic comunisam just as are satanic Judisam and Satanic Christianity in their civil-eccalistical undertaking. German Articles are restricted here in US. OMG!
      I noticed this with the Articles from Legal Tribune and Spiegel, especially. What a joke.
      Clive — your Article on Palestine does not post on my side, as well. Your web-site and articles are sabotaged and obstructed.
      US looks more and more like an Islamic state (IS) of Saudi Arabia in false prophets works or Communist-Capitalism’s brood of vipers and misinterpretation of Biblical Social Justice. (I am trying to look at this from a Biblical perspective — but I have such difficulty with heretical religion applied to politics).
      What was that Jesuit Theology?

      “Liberation Theology,” I think.

      I am starting to think that Jesuits were not so dead-wrong, after all.
      However, their print was US regulated and killed…

      I am starting to think: YAHW — God- Jehovah — why did I end up in the midst of the wickedness– I certainly miss comfort of my Family home.

      Now with Racist and separatist– and with fake Judaism and evil Christianity, which looks more and more like Islamist hub, in fact?

      What do I see here — I must be wrong?

      I am not wrong about Satanic seals and blasphemy of God’s Spirit due to abuse of Church-Charismatic orders.

      This must be sorce of all evil upon the land? 

      Who will be cleaning all this evil things up? One needs vacuum cleaner — for all to pick up and be dumped at once.

  22. Kata Fisher January 26, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    The Spirit directs me to turn to Mecca and to the curse in the name of YAHW and in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth all Islamist kingdoms and inheritance of theirs.

    Moreover, the Spirit directs me to turn to West and curse kingdoms of British in the name of God YAHW and in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth God-Jehovah.

    Moreover, the Spirit directs me to curse all wicked in the Name of JAHW God and in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth that are in power and leadership in this Land.

    Specifically, to curse wicked in US congres and US Senat in the Name of YAHW God and in the Name of Jesus Chriat of NAzareth God – Jahova.

    And the Spirit demands that I apply all courses of Old Testament and destruction according to the Word of God and according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Nazareth as wrath to be manifested against them and offering of Prayers that are acceptable toward the wicked.

    Then, I was just exhausted from all of that because I just think, “O’ man — all this can not come from Spirit of God.”

    So on Sunday, I come to the Church, and I just feel so wretched, and tired — as we were walking out I hear someone say, “Are you going to hug the Fr.”

    So as I was walking out, and there was Fr. and he just hugging everyone left and right, so I, too, walked right to the Fr. and I got this overwhelming hug because as Fr. priestly robes wrapped around me I just felt the cloud of the presence and the Spirit of God. Then after, I feelt such release of the Spirit was just totally realised in me.

    I came back to the house, and same things, on and on cursing in the Name of YAHW and in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, goes on…

    – as I speak in other Language I am getting revelation of exceedingly great curses against the wicked and in that in the name of YAHW and in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
    Cursing of state of Israel and their wicked Leadership in the name of YAHW and in the names of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, too. Cursing of the Church in Rome’s all wicked leadership in the name of YHWH and in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, also.

    Cursing of Protestants and all their denominations of the Churches that are wicked in the Name o God YAHW and in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

    The curse in the name of YAHW and in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth is upon all rejected nations because they are in obedience and fellowship with the writings of false prophets, and misinterpretation of the Sacred text in accordance to the false prophets.
     
    And the Spirit directs me to curse the wicked in US Sanat and US Congres in the Name of YAHW and in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth because they take part in evil communion of that evil sacrifices of the false prophets and Islamist that follow the false prophets. canis lupus. 

    It has been interesting. I start my prayer in other Language, and thise eccalistical curses just rise up in my mind. — I get immersed into the Church ritual to start cursing in natural understaninding that I have to walk into anoter room.

    It is taking my day…as I feel that I am just slopping around the house while uttering the curses in the name of YAHW and in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, against the wicked and the Kingdoms and works after them among the nations.

    And I realised — that is my call and the purpose! to curse in the name of YHWH and in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth by Sprit of David’s Kingdom.

    Now, I even want and am ready to write the theses about it, and I want to preach it! I am so ready to get out into the world and preach the message — the Good News according to the Gospel and Jesus Christ of Nazareth and the Name of YHWH!

    It is becoming amazing to me what YHWH God has in His store for the wicked and their children and their children children.

    One should preach it.

  23. Kata Fisher January 26, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    On Friday Night I was at Eucharistic Prayer Chapel, and as I was in prayer I started having mind flashes of a group of old man — in Pastor John’s Church who were just holding on their hands and just shaking — and as they simultaneously just speaking to each other in other languages.
    The exactly same mind-flash was in my mind for years now. However, specificaly this Friday I was at the Capel, ariving ten minutes too late, and then people left and no one was there. I think the girl from Philippines that holds the hour with me had to work again and was no there. In addition, ever since Friday night I have been uttering curses toward the wicked in the Name of YAHW God-Jahova and in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazaterh God-YAHW.

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