Monthly Archives: May 2015

Raul & Francis Love Affair

“I read all the speeches of the pope, his commentaries, and if the pope continues this way [blasting capitalism], I will go back to praying and go back to the church. I’m not joking.” Raul Castro, Communist dictator of Cuba

Springtime for Dictators 

Raúl Castro’s “very friendly” meeting with Pope Francis.

Daniel Henninger, The Wall Street Journal, May 14, 2015, p. A 9 

Raúl Castro and Pope Francis at the Vatican, May 10.

Raúl Castro and Pope Francis at the Vatican, May 10. PHOTO: -/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

Not everyone gets an hour-long audience with the pope, as Raúl Castro did this past Sunday at the Vatican. But Raúl Castro isn’t everyone. Raúl is the president of Cuba and the heir to his brother’s half-century-old Communist dictatorship. And right now, Raúl is hot.

Raúl Castro is taking meetings with everyone from President Barack Obama in Panama last month to Pope Francis in Rome last weekend. Then he returned to Havana for a meeting with President François Hollande of France, who flew in to see him and Fidel. How good can it get?

“President” Castro is in some sense an honorific title. When Raúl ran for president of Cuba for the first time in 2008, he was the only candidate. And while the Communist Party isn’t the only party in Cuba, the others can’t campaign, and political speech is forbidden. One might argue that the Castros’ Cuba is the model for how Vladimir Putin has reset the Russian political system.

beaming, star-struck Mr. Hollande on Monday received a one-hour audience (there is no other word) with the 88-year-old Fidel. The French president said, “I had before me a man who made history.”

“Bienvenido!” said Pope Francis to Raúl Sunday when they met at the Vatican. “Welcome!” The Vatican press office didn’t release details of the meeting, other than to describe it as “very friendly.”  Continue reading

4.2 ounces of dynamite

Sometimes we miss the obvious. In our efforts to “prove” the existence of God, for example, we use metaphysical reasoning, mathematical logic, hilarious speculations, etc. etc. How about a look at the birds of the heavens?

“He created every winged bird according to its kind…God saw that it was good…and let the birds multiply on the earth.” Genesis 1:21, 22

“Hi, Golden Plover here! My brothers and sisters were just a few months old. We had hardly learnt to fly, when our parents left us. They had flown on to Hawaii [from Alaska]. We weren’t aware of that at the time. To tell the truth, we didn’t really care where they were. In fact, all we could think about was our appetite, and we ate ourselves silly…Now, I’m sure you want to know just why I ate so much. Quite simply, my Creator programmed me to. I needed this extra body-weight as fuel for the trip from Alaska to Hawaii. That’s about 4,500 kilometers [2,500 miles]! Yes, that’s right, you heard me, 4,500 kilometers! Not only that but I can’t stop once during the whole trip…I fly for 88 hours, that’s three days and four nights, over open water [Pacific Ocean] without a break. Scientists have worked out that we flap our wings about 250,000 times…God, the Lord, gave us a built-in automatic pilot…Our Creator pre-programmed us with the co-ordinates of the Hawaiian Islands, so that we have absolutely no trouble getting there!” Werner Gitt and Karl-Heinz Vanheiden, If Animals Could Talk, p. 106f

“Tiny songbird can fly the Atlantic, scientists confirm. Blackpoll warbler songbird, which weighs 4.2 ounces, can fly 1700 miles non-stop form New England to South America.”

Tiny songbird can fly the Atlantic, scientists confirm

Blackpoll warbler songbird, which weighs 4.2 ounces, can fly 1700 miles non-stop from New England to South America

A blackpoll warbler sits on a limb in New Hampshire, USA

A blackpoll warbler sits on a limb in New Hampshire, USA Photo: AP

AFP, www.telegraph.co.uk/news, April 1, 2015
A diminutive songbird weighing the equivalent of just three teaspoons of sugar can fly over the north Atlantic, scientists have said, resolving a 50-year mystery.

Tipping the scale at a mere 4.2 ounces (12 grammes), the white-throated, black-capped blackpoll warbler (Setophaga striata) migrates each autumn from New England to South America.

For half a century, scientists have debated whether the birds fly non-stop over the ocean or take breaks on land to carry out this marathon flight.

Liberation Theology

patriarch-kirillNearly everyone studying Liberation Theology in the early 1970s knew there was a strong Marxist influence therein. What we weren’t aware of was exactly the origin of that influence. Now we know.

In 1984 a Summit professor, Ronald H. Nash, edited a telling volume entitled On Liberation Theology. The work included chapters by Carl Henry, Michael Novak, Harold O. J. Brown etc. Henry comes as close to the following article by Ion Mihai Pacepa as any of the writers. He wrote: “Liberation theology presupposes that social classes are byproducts of a capitalistic society, and that all ethical ecclesiastical thought and effort must promote the overthrown of that society and replace it with a socialist alternative. Hence, liberation theology opposes reformist effort—economic assistance to churches in poorer lands by churches in wealthier lands, for example—on the ground that such ‘superficial changes’ would only postpone radical alteration [i.e., a communist revolution] of basic economic structures.” (p. 197)

The Secret Roots of Liberation Theology

Ion Mihai Pacepa, National Review Online, April 23, 2015  

History often repeats itself, and if you have lived two lives, as I have done, you have a good chance of seeing the reenactment with your own eyes. Liberation theology, of which not much has been heard for two decades, is back in the news.

But what is not being mentioned is its origins. It was not invented by Latin American Catholics. It was developed by the KGB. The man who is now the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, secretly worked for the KGB under the code name “Mikhailov” and spent four decades promoting liberation theology, which we at the top of the Eastern European intelligence community nicknamed Christianized Marxism.

Liberation theology has been generally understood to be a marriage of Marxism and Christianity. What has not been understood is that it was not the product of Christians who pursued Communism, but of Communists who pursued Christians. I described the birth of liberation theology in my book Disinformation, co-authored with Professor Ronald Rychlak. Its genesis was part of a highly classified Party/State Disinformation Program, formally approved in 1960 by KGB chairman Aleksandr Shelepin and Politburo member Aleksei Kirichenko, then the second in the party hierarchy after Nikita Khrushchev. Continue reading