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Luke Chapter 19

The words of Our Only Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in red.

19:10 "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."
19:11 As they were hearing these things, he added and spoke a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately be manifested.
19:12 He said therefore: "a certain nobleman went into a far country, to receive for himself a kingdom and to return.
19:13 And calling his ten servants, he gave them ten pounds and said to them: Trade till I come.
19:14 But his citizens hated him and they sent an delegation after him, saying: 'We will not have this man to reign over us.'
19:15 And it came to pass that he returned, having received the kingdom: and he commanded his servants to be called, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading,
19:16 And the first came saying: 'Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.'
19:17 And he said to him: 'Well done, thou good servant, because thou hast been faithful in a little, thou shalt have power over ten cities.'
19:18 And the second came, saying: 'Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.'
19:19 And he said to him: 'Be thou also over five cities.'
19:20 And another came, saying: ' Lord, behold here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin.
19:21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up what thou didst not lay down: and thou reapest that which thou didst not sow.'
19:22 He saith to him: 'Out of thy own mouth I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up what I laid not down and reaping that which I did not sow.
19:23 And why then didst thou not give my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have exacted it with usury?'
19:24 And he said to them that stood by: 'Take the pound away from him and give it to him that hath ten pounds.'
19:25 And they said to him: 'Lord, he hath ten pounds.'
19:26 But I say to you that to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall abound: and from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken from him.
19:27 But as for those my enemies, who would not have me reign over them, bring them hither and slay them in my presence."
19:28 And having said these things, he went before, going up to Jerusalem.
19:29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethania, unto the mount called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples,
19:30 Saying: "Go into the town which is over against you, at your entering into which you shall find the colt of an ass tied, on which no man ever hath sitten: loose it and bring it.
19:31 And if any man shall ask you: 'Why are you loosing it?' You shall say thus unto him: Because the Lord hath need of it.' "
19:32 And they that were sent went their way and found the colt standing, as he said unto them.
19:33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said to them: "Why are you loosing it?
19:34 But they said: "Because the Lord has need of it."
19:35 And they brought it to Jesus. And casting their cloaks over the colt, they set Jesus on it.
19:36 And as he went, they spread their cloaks upon the road.
19:37 And when he was drawing near, being now at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole company of his disciples began to rejoice and to praise God with a loud voice, for all the miracles that they had seen,
19:38 Saying: "Blessed is he who comes as king, in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
19:39 And some of the Pharisees, from the crowds, said to him: "Master, rebuke thy disciples."
19:40 He said to them: "I tell you that if these keep silence, the stones will cry out."
19:41 And when he drew near, seeing the city, he wept over it, saying:
19:42 "If thou also hadst known, and that in this thy day, the things that are to thy peace: but now they are hidden from thy eyes.
19:43 For the days shall come upon thee: and thy enemies shall cast a trench about thee and compass thee round and straiten thee on every side,
19:44 And beat thee flat to the ground, and thy children who are in thee. And they shall not leave in thee a stone upon a stone: because thou hast not known the time of thy visitation."
19:45 And entering into the temple, he began to cast out them that sold therein and them that bought.
19:46 Saying to them: "It is written: My house is the house of prayer. But you have made it a den of thieves."
19:47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. And the chief priests and the scribes and the rulers of the people sought to destroy him.
19:48 And they found not what to do to him: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.

The Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Thessalonians

The day of the Lord is not to come till the man of sin be revealed. The apostle's teachings are to be observed.

2:1 And we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and of our gathering together unto him:
2:2 That you be not easily moved from your sense nor be terrified, neither by spirit nor by word nor by epistle. as sent from us, as if the day of the Lord were at hand.

Chap. 2. Ver. 2. Spirit . . . utterance. . . letter indicate three possible sources of their belief that the parousia is imminent. Spirit refers to some falsely claimed revelation, utterance may be a statement of Paul’s which was misunderstood, or wrongly attributed to him, the letter seems to be one forged in Paul’s name.

2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition

Ver. 3. . . The parousia must be preceded by a great apostasy, i.e., a great religious revolt, and the advent of the man of sin, i.e., Antichrist. Son of perdition, one entirely deserving of eternal punishment.

Ver. 3. The day of the Lord will not come. These words have been inserted to complete the sentence, which in the original is elliptical. The expanded reads "Let no man deceive you by any means: for the day of the Lord will not come unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition"

2:4 Who opposeth and is lifted up above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself as if he were God.

Ver. 4. In the temple, that of Apostate Jerusalem which the full consensus of the Church Fathers declare he will rebuild - i.e. the Temple of Remphan; and in the Apostate shell of the former Christian church, which he perverts to his own worship: as the Freemasons have done to the Vatican.

Ver. 4. Antichrist will be characterized by great impiety and pride. He sits in the temple of God, etc. He will aspire to be treated as God and proclaim that he is really God.

2:5 Remember you not that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
2:6 And now you know what restrains him, that he may be revealed in his proper time.

Ver. 6. What restrains him. The Thessalonians knew the obstacle. We also know that it is Jesus Christ.

2:7 For the mystery of iniquity is already at work: only that he who is at present restraining it, does still restrain, until he is gotten out of the way.

Ver. 7. Mystery of iniquity, the evil power of Satan’s threefold prevarication and total Apostasy from God, of which Antichrist is to be the public exponent and champion. He who is at present restraining it. The obstacle is now spoken of as a person. Some point out that Michael the archangel and his heavenly army are obstacles, and this is true, which now prevent the appearance of Antichrist – but the primary obstacle is, as St. Justin Martyr teaches: Jesus Christ Himself; when the great Apostasy is complete, then in effect, Christ is “gotten out of the way.”

2:8 And then that wicked one shall be revealed: whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: him

Ver. 8. When Christ appears in glory, He will inflict defeat and death on Antichrist by a mere word of command.
2:9 Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power and signs and lying wonders:

Ver. 9 – 10. By the aid of Satan Antichrist will perform prodigies which men will falsely regard as miracles, and by means of which they will be led to adopt sinful practices.

2:10 And with all wicked deception to those who are perishing. For they have not received the love of truth that they might be saved.
2:11 Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying:

Ver. 11. God shall send. . .That is God shall suffer them to be deceived by lying wonders, and false miracles, in punishment of their not entertaining the love of truth.
Ver. 11. 'God sends.' God will allow their willful rejection of truth to have its natural results of spiritual blindness, impenitence and damnation. A misleading influence, or, “a delusion.” The operation of error - the Greek reads: "energian planes" or literally the energy of delusion, which is exactly and actually the fallen spirits of the devils and demons conjured by pagan religion, especially by idolatry. NOW, currently, the Assisi delusion of the Apostates, Ratzinger and Wojtyla and many others present with them, is a very real and prime example. To give oneself over to this is to invite utter and complete damnation of oneself by God.
2:12 That all may be judged who have not believed the truth but have consented to iniquity.

2:13 But we ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, beloved of God, for that God hath chosen you firstfruits unto salvation, in sanctification of the spirit and faith of the truth:
Ver. 13. First-fruits, i.e., earliest believers in the gospel. Some manuscripts read: “from the beginning.” That is, God called them from all eternity.
2:14 Whereunto also he hath called you by our gospel, unto the purchasing of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast: and hold the teachings, which you have learned, whether by word or by our epistle.
Ver. 15. Teachings, i.e., his teachings whether given orally or in writing. Concerning Apostolic teaching – the oral is included in the written at the point we have the whole New Testament complete, i.e. with the completion of St. John’s Gospel.
2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God and our Father, who hath loved us and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope in grace,

2:17 Exhort your hearts and confirm you in every good work and word.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Siete Things to Know About Pope Francis & Argentina’s Dirty War - The Daily Beast

Strain out the gnat and swallow the camel.

Siete Things to Know About Pope Francis & Argentina’s Dirty War - The Daily Beast

Siete Things to Know About Pope Francis & Argentina’s Dirty War

There’s a black cloud over Pope Francis: questions over his involvement in Argentina’s ‘dirty war.’ What happened? Rob Verger on one of the ugliest periods of South American history.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been pope for less than a week, but his past is already starting to give him trouble. Pope Francis, as he is now known, has been caught up in allegations that he was too passive in the face of atrocities committed during the so-called ‘dirty war’ in his native Argentina in the 1970s, when he served as provincial superior for the Society of Jesus. There are even accusations that he betrayed two Jesuit priests to the government’s security forces.  (One cardinal has described these accusations as “a smear and a lie.” The Vatican has also defended the pontiff, calling the charges a fantasy of “the anticlerical left.” 

Bergoglio, Dirty War?
Men detained by police during largest anti-government demonstration since the 1976 military takeover; Buenos Aires, 1982. Nearly a decade earlier, Priest Pedro Arupe and priest Jorge Mario Bergoglio, right, give a Mass at the church in the El Salvador school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1973, prior to the peak of the Dirty War. (Eduardo DiBaia/AP, El Salvador School/AP)

But those who are weak on South American history may need to take a step back at this point. What’s the dirty war, anyway? Here’s a quick explainer. 

1. It lasted almost 10 years.

The term describes a violent, dark period in Argentina’s history, from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, when the ruling military junta was at war with its left-wing opponents. The right-wing military had seized control in 1976 after a period of instability, and decided to purge their enemies. As Shannon O’Neil, a Latin America expert at the Council on Foreign Relations puts it, the military’s thinking was this: “We’re going to get rid of the cancer that is in our society—i.e., the left wing. And these people that have communist ideas, and other vaguely communist-leftist ideas.” Trade unions, the press, students, and their sympathizers were all targeted. 

Amnesty International pegs the total number of abductions at the hands of the government’s security forces at 30,000, “many of whom,” the group says, “are still unaccounted for.” People were tortured and executed.

2. It was “dirty” because it was secretive.

The conflict was “dirty” in the sense that people disappeared and their fate was unknown—as opposed to a more “clean” war with battlefields and numerable casualties. Government forces “were coming in the middle of the night in Ford Falcons—that was their car of preference—and they’d pick somebody, and then they’d disappear them, and then you’d never see them again,” says O’Neil. “You’d go to the police, you’d go the military, and try to look for your son or daughter, and they’d be like, ‘No we don’t have them, maybe they ran off with their boyfriend, or their girlfriend,’ and people would never see them again.” One of the scariest aspects was that people could be picked up for just having a casual association with another person who had been detained. 

“The rules of engagement were quite opaque,” says O’Neil, who hastens to add that it was a two-way street. On the other side, the guerrilla groups were “not angels either,” as O’Neil describes it. “They would set off car bombs, and there were other things they would do too. But there’s a consensus that the show of force on the military side in response was much heavier.” One of the most well known opposition groups was the Montoneros, a violent group known for staging kidnappings and bank robberies in order to extract ransoms.  

3. The context is complicated.

The 1970s were an emotional, tense time in Argentina. “You had big factions, often the upper classes, but some of the middle classes, who really wanted law and order established in their society,” says O’Neil. “They felt like it was dangerous, there were these guerrilla groups—there were groups that asked the military to step in; it wasn’t sort of [like] they came out of nowhere.”

4. Living in Argentina at the time was a brutal experience.

When Christopher Hitchens visited Argentina in 1977, he encountered what he described as a “pall of fear” over Buenos Aires—he acknowledged that the term was a cliché but that it was still the best way to evoke the situation. “People spoke to foreigners with an averted gaze, and everybody seemed to know somebody who had just vanished,” he recounts in his memoir, Hitch-22. “The rumors of what had happened to them were fantastic and bizarre though, as it turned out, they were only an understatement of the real thing.” He cites a book by an Argentine named Adolfo Scilingo who says that (as Hitchens paraphrases it) the way torture victims were discarded was “by being flown out way over the wastes of the South Atlantic and flung from airplanes into the freezing water below.” The torture center, Hitchens notes, was the government’s Navy Mechanics School. Hitchens spoke with a doctor whose daughter had been tortured there. “What do you say,” Hitchens asks rhetorically, “to a doctor and humanitarian who has been gutted by the image of a starving rat being introduced to his daughter’s genitalia?”

5. It took a botched war to finally end the madness.

The dirty war came to a conclusion in 1983. Argentina’s economy was bad, and the military government, says O’Neil, wasn’t “particularly good at running the economy.” So, as a strategy to “deflect from their unpopularity,” they launched a war over the Falkland Islands, a small archipelago off the Argentinean coast, in 1982—and lost. The United States came down on the side of Britain, which defeated Argentina in the conflict. “They got beaten in the war, and that was basically the end,” says O’Neil. An election followed in 1983, as did the creation of the National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons

6. The dirty war has inspired some great films.

Watch the 1985 film The Official Story, which picked up an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The plot focuses on an Argentine mother’s quest to find out the story of her adopted baby—whose real family may have been disappeared during the military dictatorship. Another good one is The Secret in Their Eyes. More recently, an excellent film called NO, about a bold and inventive ad campaign that helped bring about the end of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in neighboring Chile in the late 1980s, explores similar themes and has gotten good reviews.

7. Effects are still being felt—and not just in Vatican City.

Just last year, a trial found Jorge Videla, the country’s dictator from 1976 to 1981, guilty of the crime of stealing babies. (It’s hard to imagine a worse thing.) The infants were taken from their mothers, who were killed, and given to families that supported the military. The point of this Nazi-like system was to weaken the opponents of the military government. Videla received a sentence of 50 years in prison for this unthinkable crime. (Pope Francis says he had direct contact with Videla at least once during those years. In 2010, the pontiff testified that he had met personally with the dictator to arrange the release of two kidnapped priests.) 

Videla is far from being the only former member of the junta to be put on trial and convicted, and in fact, Amnesty International notes that it is satisfied “with the progress made by the Argentinean justice system” in bringing human rights offenders to justice.

Another way the legacy of the dirty war still influences events: when an Argentine woman named Maxima Zorreguieta married Holland’s Prince Willem-Alexander in 2002, her father was not welcome at the wedding because of his role as a minister in the Argentine dictatorship.

In 2002, the U.S. made public 4,000 documents that have provided more informationabout this period of Argentina’s history. And even a former secretary of State has had his reputation tainted by the dirty war: One document released in 2004 speaks to an interaction that Henry Kissinger had in 1976 with Argentina’s foreign minister in which Kissinger, in the words of New York Times report, “raised no protest against human rights violations.”

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