Friend or Foe?
What might these old foes have to marry. At first glance, the two faiths appear to be irreconcilable, but under close inspection, there is not much to differentiate between them. These latent similarities may be in some ways trivial, however stripped bare of the religiosity and façade, the common denominator is totalitarianism . You see, those who proclaim to be vessels guided by the divine are suspiciously consumed by very earthly ambitions.
The Vatican has shown that it will not allow anything as paltry as doctrine and ritual to undo potential gains for Mother Church. Back in 1986, Pope John II felt the urge to arrange a World Day of Prayer for Peace (ongoing till 2011) – bringing together 160 religious leaders to petition a deity of little or no commonality. Among these were Muslim clerics, Rabbis, Fire worshippers, Zoroastrians, African animists, Hindu’s, etc.
The Popes have never much bothered with Christ’s announcement: ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, but through me. ‘ But, then again, they are making this up as they go along.
The ties that bind run deep, so it’s no wonder Rome has reached out to Islam for ecumenical dialogue. A 1994 Vatican publication, Recognize the Spiritual Bonds Which Unite Us: 16 Years of Christian-Muslim Dialogue is one such overture. In Brussels, 1985, Pope John II sounded:
“Christians and Moslems, we meet one another in faith in the one God … [and] strive to put into practice … the teaching of our respective holy books.” .
More noise aired to a Catholic audience in Turkey (John Paul II):
“I wonder if it is now urgent, precisely today when Christians and Muslims have entered a new period of history, to recognize and develop the spiritual bonds that unite us.”
When every effort was being made to isolate the regime of Saddam Hussein – the only accredited ambassador from Bagdad anywhere in western Europe was in the Vatican.
Personal Choice usurped
If you happen to be shopping for a new religion, there are now many varieties to choose from, each catering to a range of personality types. Among these, Islam is perhaps the fastest growing and second only to wider Christianity in number. Islam offers to the world, a sort of men’s club; combining the maximum benefits of gangsterism with the maximum benefits of religious license. The Catholic church has for now, changed her tactics. Not forgetting that the Catholic church has lost much of it’s power in recent history to the reformation and the rise of secularism. For aspiring warmongers, bomb-makers, wife beaters, girl beaters and related tribesman, Islam is the obvious choice, it is the perfect vehicle to channel, share and legitimize hatred in the safe confines of a brotherhood. Islam is also good for ones self esteem and overall self-worth.
On profession of the creed shahada – there is no God but Allah and Mohammed his prophet, one is instantly and officially declared superior and set apart by Allah from non-believers, kaffirs and infidels; its effects are immediately felt. Additionally one attends a Mosque every week, where this exalted status above various underlings is hailed vehemently by microphone and spitting hatred spewed energetically in tandem. The Catholic church proclaims to be the one true church, apart from which there is no salvation. The Convert’s Catechism reads:
If by way of fortune, one is born into a Muslim family, then there is no appeal, by your first breath your religion and identity is sealed.
You may also be one of the millions of babies baptized into Catholicism each year. The process of conversion is regulated by Mother church by what it deems to be sacraments, the first sacrament being Baptism.
our Lord Jesus Christ…merited for us justification by His…[death upon] the cross…[but] the instrumental cause [of justification] is the sacrament of baptism…without which no man was ever justified…(p. 33). If anyone says that baptism…is not necessary for salvation…or denies that infants newly born…are to be baptized…for the remission of sins…let him be anathema (eternally damned) (pp. 53,20); For by baptism we put on Christ and are made in Him an entirely new creature, receiving full and complete remission of all sins….(p. 90).
Hence we have the incremental propagation of a faith by the unction of a delivered fetus. The tactic – get them young, with the mind in its infancy and most malleable state, the toll of parental programming and indoctrination churns another zealot.
Political Power Entwined
Islam is undoubtedly the greatest, most virulent force of evil for this current epoch in time, however it would be a mistake to underestimate the potential of the Catholic church to enjoin this momentum. The Catholic church claims to be the one true church and has manufactured for itself the monopoly on scriptural and apostolic authority, apart from which there is no salvation. When this paganized and perverted form of Christianity known as Roman Catholicism has had its way, another face is revealed to the world, that of tyranny and terror.
Not forgetting the Catholic church has lost much of its power to the protestant reformation and secularism in recent history. Catholicism and Islam both viciously oppose the concept of ‘separation of church and state’ as a system of governance.
The Vatican is a sovereign state with the pope as head; Islamic states are either theocratic or for whatever technical term, ruled by clerical, religious nut-bag, camel driving thugs. Islam is far more than a religion, it is also demands political domination to the establishment of a global empire or Caliphate. Islam divides the world into dar al-Islam (the house of peace) and dar al-Harb (the house of war). Jihad is explicitly commanded until all the world is under sharia. Take a few moments to absorb the latter.
Claiming to represent Jesus, who proclaimed . ‘My kingdom is not of this world’, the church of Rome has lusted ravenously after political power and made every conceivable effort to rule and conquer earthly kingdoms. By their own words:
Fear, then, our wrath and the thunders of our vengeance; for Jesus Christ has appointed us [the popes] with his own mouth absolute judges of all men; and kings themselves are submitted to our authority.-Pope Nicholas 1(858-67) The Italians are exalted above all nations by the special grace of God, who gives them in the Pope a spiritual monarch, who has put down from their thrones great kings and yet mightier emperors, and set others in their place, to whom the greatest kingdoms have long paid tribute, as they do to no other, and who dispenses such riches to his courtiers that no king or emperor has ever had so much to give. –Padua Provost and Professor Carrerio, 16262 It is the office of the Papacy to tread underfoot kings and emperors. J.H. Ignaz von Dollinger
Pope Gregory XI’s papal bull of 1372 announced its papal dominion over the known Christian world, both secular and religious and excommunicated those who failed to pay taxes to the pope. Pope Alexander VI (1492-1503) claimed that all undiscovered territories belonged to the Roman Pontiff. Pope Pius in 1864 issued a papal encyclical entitled ‘Quanta Cura‘ , listing 80 errors every self respecting Catholic should reject..
None of them should subscribe to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, or freedom of religion and, like Pius himself, must reject the notion that ‘the Roman Pontiff can and should reconcile himself to progress, liberalism and modern civilization’
We can conclude that political power and imperialism is at the very core of these ideologies, resigned to worldly kingdoms and oligarch, for the here and now, hardly the undertakings of a Holy God or a God that deserves either recognition or praise.
The succession game is played to a varying degree by Islam and the Holy see. A series of power grabs, coups and assassinations – all the marks of man made power lust – defines the nature of this superfluous spectacle. The invented term ‘pope’ allows for the mantle of power and oligarch to be assumed upon mere mortals indefinitely, designating themselves to be Christ’s representative on Earth. Catholics are under the impression that the pope is the unbroken successor of the apostle Peter. The very concept of a pope is a fabrication. The Eastern Orthodox have their own pope, as do Coptic Christians . This fantastic claim has no support, either by way of common sense, history or biblical doctrine. A catholic historian admits:
In all the early writings of the hierarchy there is no mention of a special role for the Bishop of Rome, nor yet the special name of `Pope.’ . . . Of the eighty or so heresies in the first six centuries, not one refers to the authority of the Bishop of Rome, not one is settled by the Bishop of Rome…. No one attacks the [supreme] authority of the Roman pontiff, because no one has heard of it.
The first problem to consider is that Peter was never the Bishop of Rome. The father of church history, Eusebius of Caesaria fails to mention Peter as Bishop of Rome. Peter identified himself as a fellow elder and claimed no primacy (1 Peter 5:1). It was James, not Peter who presided over the first church council in Jerusalem (Acts 15). The appointment of popes has been decided by unholy alliances and violent feuds and political maneuverings that cant possibly be taken seriously.
Pope John XII was murdered when caught in bed with a married woman. John XII is on the official list of popes – denoted as “His holiness, Vicar of Christ.” Stephen VII (896) conducted a posthumous trial of Pope Formosus, found the exhumed corpse guilty of heresy and passed sentence of condemnation, he was however shortly killed by a rival faction . A nineteenth century historian wrote:
“Few papal elections, if any, have been other than simoniacal [bought off for money]…. The invention of the Sacred College [of cardinals] has been, on the whole, perhaps the most fertile source of corruption in the Church. Many cardinals went to Rome for the conclave with their bankers
The clamoring for the throne of Saint Peter reads like a soap opera of every vice and deplorable wickedness and often comedic in its sheer tawdriness and depravity. At one period (1045) there were 3 self-proclaimed popes simultaneously ruling a portion of Rome with a private army. On behest of Romes citizens, Henry III overthrew the 3 ‘popes’ with his army. Pope Sergius III was the father of another pope, John XI, and had one, possibly two popes killed to make way for his own tenure as pope. In 904 ce, Serguis III had the corpse of Formosus dug up yet again for a posthumous trial. Sergius III was furious that his guilty verdict had been overturned, he thus had the guilty verdict reinstated and the corpse beheaded.
This trial was later declared invalid as the trial of dead persons was then prohibited. Pope John XII ran a brothel at St John Lateran. He slept with his fathers mistress as well as his mother. The people of Rome became incensed at his behavior and he fled to Tivoli, and was subsequently deposed by a synod. Some Popes have been declared heretics by other popes. Pope Vigilius (537) stated that he had been deceived by the devil when exiled by the emperor. Pope Honorius (625-38) was condemned as a heretic by the Sixth Ecumenical Council (678-87).
The Council of Constance [ 1414-18] deposed three popes who each claimed to be the one true vicar of Christ and had each “excommunicated” the other two.
ISLAMS dynastic dispute has given us the Sunni – Shiite schism still with us today. This disagreement is not likely to be resolved; 2 of the 4 caliphs after Mohammad’s death were killed by fellow Muslims.
Believe or Die
The horrid conduct of this Holy Office [Inquisition] weakened the power and diminished the population of Spain by arresting the progress of arts, sciences, industry and commerce, and by compelling multitudes of families to abandon the kingdom; by instigating the expulsion of the Jews and the Moors, and by immolating on its flaming shambles more than three hundred thousand victims.-Jean Antoine Llorente Secretary to the Spanish Inquisition, 1790-921
Again, what unites these two cults, sold and advertised en masse as religion is the enforcement of ‘truth’ under duress. The Roman church has in fact killed and persecuted more Christians and Jews than Islam or pagan Rome. The historian Will Durant wrote of the inquisitions:
Compared with the persecution of heresy in Europe from 1227 to 1492, the persecution of Christians by Romans in the first three centuries alter k-nrtst was a mild and humane procedure. Making every allowance required by an historian and permitted to a Christian, we must rank the Inquisition, along with the wars and persecutions of our time, as among the darkest blots on the record of mankind, revealing a ferocity unknown in any beast.
Catholic apologists have squirmed and plotted to cover up this horror show of history with a Niagara of deceits. The inquisitions introduced the use of torture to extract confessions and root out ‘heresy’ , often overruling resistance of secular authorities. Here we have Pope Clement V’s admonishment of King Edward II:
We hear that you forbid torture as contrary to the laws of your land. But no state law can override [the Church’s] canon law, our law. Therefore I command you at once to submit those men to torture.
De Rosa said of Pope John II:
knows the church was responsible for persecuting Jews, for the Inquisition, for slaughtering heretics by the thousand, for reintroducing torture into Europe as part of the judicial process. But he has to be careful. The doctrines responsible for those terrible things still underpin his position.
Urban VIII’s 1627 papal bull In Coena Domini ‘excommunicates and curses all heretics and schismatics as well as all who favor or defend them, [including] all princes and magistrates’. What need be realized is that this bull is still in force today, the pope is just not empowered to enforce it – remembering that the dogma of papal infallibility cannot permit a bull (Ex-cathedra) to be annulled. The Office of the Inquisition still occupies the Palace of the Inquisition adjacent to the Vatican, under its new name, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith. Its Grand Inquisitor, who reported directly to the pope, was the former Archbishop of Munich, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.
Ahmad Hasan az-Zayat, a Islamic authority, wrote in Al-Azhar:
“Holy war is… a divine obligation. The Muslim’s…religion is a Qur’an and a sword….”
Will Durant describes the Islamic conquest of India ‘probably the bloodiest story in history‘. The infectious saying ‘Islam is a religion of peace’ must surely be a coping mechanism to escape the enormity of the menace, a magical spell that if said repeatedly will alter reality? Voluntary insanity? What you cannot get a Muslim to admit is that the ‘extremist’ interpretation of the Koran is actually the most credible and honest one.
Those that apply ‘moderation’ are really not being honest with themselves, no amount of intellectual gymnastics can escape the barbarity of the Korans pages. How does one cater to truth in moderation anyway? Islamic Law cannot allow for peace in any territory inhabited by Muslims, thus the notion of peace between Israel and her enemies is not just unlikely but impossible. Bosnian Muslim leader Alija Izetbegovic has said:
“There can be no peace or coexistence between the Islamic faith and non-Islamic societies….”
The very idea of peace in Islamic thinking is a slippery piece of deception. A ceasefire may only be entertained from a position of weakness, whereby they can buy time to regather strength and prepare for conquest. This is the meaning of ‘peace’ for Muslims. A slimy lot indeed. On June 8, 2001 Arafat declared a “ceasefire.” A few days later, Sheikh Ibrahim Mahdi declared on Palestinian TV:
“Allah willing…Israel will be erased…the United States will be erased…Britain will be erased….Blessings to whoever waged jihad for the sake of Allah. Blessings to whoever put a belt of explosives on his body or his son’s and plunged into the midst of the Jews.”
A Jewish problem
Allah commands his followers to “Take not the Jews…for friends” (Sura 5:51). While the Jews are referred to as “the people of the book”, if they refuse to convert to Islam they must pay a tribute tax and render themselves subservient:
“Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by his messenger, and follow not the religion of truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low” (Sura 9:29).
According to the hadith – “The last hour will not come before the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Muslims kill them.” Again, the hadith says that, related to the Day of Judgment, Muslims will fight and kill Jews, who will hide behind trees that say, “Oh Muslim, Oh servant of Allah, here is a Jew hiding behind me. Come here and kill him”.
Anti-antisemitism was official church doctrine for centuries. Catholics were taught that the Jews were responsible for deicide; (only 20 years after World War 2 were the Jews acquitted of Christ killing by the Vatican, such kindness!) Catholics had replaced the Jews as Gods chosen people and Rome had become the ‘new Zion’, ‘eternal city’, titles given to Jerusalem in the Torah. Catholic historian Peter de Rosa confessed:
“succession of popes reinforced the ancient prejudices against Jews, treating them as lepers unworthy of the protection of the law.”
Pope Gregory XIII declared that the guilt of Jews in rejecting and crucifying Christ:
“only grows deeper with successive generations, entailing perpetual slavery.”
The Vatican cannot refute culpability for the holocaust, and the absolute silence of Pius XII during the war made it clear where the church stood on moral questions.
In 1936, Bishop Berning of Osnabruch had talked with the Fuehrer for over an hour. Hitler assured his lordship there was no fundamental difference between National Socialism and the Catholic Church. Had not the church, he argued, looked on Jews as parasites and shut them in ghettos? “I am only doing,” he boasted, “what the church has done for fifteen hundred years, only more effectively.” Being a Catholic himself, he told Berning, he “admired and wanted to promote Christianity.”
Haj Amin al-Husseini, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, also delighted in Hitler’s plans for the Jews. In Berlin, the Mufti broadcast:
“Arabs rise as one man and slaughter the Jews wherever you find them. This pleases Allah….”
An Arabic translation of Mein Kampf is a bestseller in Palestinian territory.
Egyptian newspaper columnist Ahmad Ragab wrote,
“Thanks to Hitler, blessed memory….Although we do have a complaint…his revenge on [the Jews] was not enough.”
Of course much of the Muslim world denies the Holocaust took place. University of Gaza history lecturer Dr. Issam Sissalem declared: “…they are all lies…no Dachau, no Auschwitz!…the holocaust was against our people….”
Saudi Arabia, the cradle of Islam, has achieved what Nazi Germany longed for, a Jew free country. No Jew may enter Saudi Arabia.
Shelter for the deviant
By both cults, pedophiles are warmly received and enjoy unhindered access to the young. There is at least a tacit understanding that the Catholic church offers it’s clergy a career in child rape. Another perk to the aspiring predator is shelter and protection from any intervention of the law, with readied provisions by the Holy See -lest there be any interruption to priestly assaults on children.
We were told that Pope Benedict XVI officially resigned. He had little alternative. He was facing immanent arrest and public humiliation in Britain. Geoffrey Robertson, a British barrister with a impeccable record in international human rights cases had published a legal indictment against the Vatican, The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuse. The stench of the scandal and flagrant cover-up of offending priests was hurting Mother church, and incriminating evidence surfaced revealing the role of His Holiness in the willful obstruction of justice.
Joseph Ratzinger took the office of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and allegations of child rape came directly to his attention. Ratzinger had sent a confidential letter to all Bishops which in no uncertain terms forbade the sharing of evidence with any outside authorities.
Allegations were ordered to be treated:
“in the most secretive way … restrained by a perpetual silence … and everyone … is to observe the strictest secret which is commonly regarded as a secret of the Holy Office … under the penalty of excommunication.”
Thus their grievance is not for the torture and rape of children but the act of exposing it. A pattern has emerged showing that the Holy See reserves it’s deepest commiserations, not for terrorized children, but for the offending Priests.
With the Vatican being a sovereign state and the Pope it’s head, complicit parties are effectively granted immunity from legal recourse. The Vatican thus calls for it’s own internal discipline. What this ‘discipline’ entails is hasty ‘forgiveness’ ,’therapy’ and in many cases deployment of offenders to the next parish where they can resume their crimes.
Take the case of Bernard Law, Archdiocese of Boston in 2002 . Law admitted in a deposition that he knew of the rape of at least seven boys by one Rev. John Geoghan in 1984. This was before he authorized his transfer to another parish where more boys awaited his loving care.
Further disclosures revealed that the Rev. Paul Shanley, who at one point was facing trial for 10 counts of child rape and six counts of indecent assault and battery, had been moved from ministry to ministry in what amounted to an attempt to protect him
Mister Ratzinger decided to relinquish his position as Vicar of Christ because he was beginning to feel the heat of the law.
Now to Islam. Islam’s fetish is for little girls, but there has been some known not to turn away a young boy. In Iran the legal age for marriage is 9 for girls and 14 for boys. More than 50% of Yemeni girls are married before reaching puberty. The Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran married a ten-year-old girl when he was 28. He referred to the practice as a ‘divine blessing.’ He also quipped:
“Do your best to ensure that your daughters do not see their first blood in your house.”
The Vatican has taken upon itself the mandate to supervise the sex lives of the masses, yet is shelter to the most abominable predators off all – child rapists. The papacy demands that its clergy adhere to celibacy, but what really disgusts the church is not sex of course, but matrimony, this is because the church cant have accrued wealth passed on to wives and family which could otherwise fill the church treasury. It was a common saying:
“Rome has more prostitutes than any city in the world because it has the most celibates.”
Pope Boniface VIII (1294-1303) did not hesitate to have both a mother and daughter as his mistresses together
Pope Pius 11 (1458-64) said Rome was “the only city run by bastards.”
Pope Pius II admitted to fathering at least two illegitimate children by different women.
Many historians speculate Constantine’s ‘conversion’ to Christianity was likely a political maneuver that afforded him control over both the Christian and Pagan priesthood. He took the title of Pontifex Maximus by issue of the Pagans and decreed Vicarius Christi by the Christians. He remained however wholly pagan – he kept the pagan Altar of Victory in the Senate, the Vestal Virgins; and the sun-god remained engraved on the imperial coins. Pagan practices where incorporated wholesale into Christianity.
The catholic catechism simply omits the second commandment prohibiting idolatry and the reasons are obvious -the catholic church is obsessed with images, statues, idols and relics. Purgatory, indulgences, rosary beads, confession, holy mass, sacraments and papal infallibility are in totality the inventions of Holy mother church and it’s popes. It may seem difficult to fathom how this could be tenable. Men such as Wycliff and Tyndale were burned at the stack for translating the bible into the vernacular language. For hundreds of years the laity had no access to bibles and the clergy forbade private interpretation of its doctrines.
During the Spanish inquisition, among those committed to the flames were those found distributing and reading the bible, yes the bible. on December 22, 1560, Julian Hernandez was declared a heretic and burned at the stake:
through his great efforts and incomprehensible stealth he introduced into Spain prohibited books [Bibles and New Testaments] that he brought from far away places [Germany] where they give protection to the ungodly [Protestants]…. He firmly believes that God, by means of the Scriptures, communicates to the laity just the same as He communicates to the priest.
Before Muhammad was born, Allah was the al-ilah (chief god) among the more than 300 idols in the Ka’aba. Allah was the moon god, who had three daughters, al-Uzza, al-Lat and Manat. Allah was represented by one of the idols in that pagan temple.and according to the Koran built by Abraham and Ishmael. Surah 3:96,97 claims that the Ka’aba was “the first Sanctuary appointed for mankind…where Abraham stood up to pray; and…pilgrimage [ hajj ] to the House is a duty unto Allah for mankind, for him who can find a way thither.”
Initially Mohammad produced Koranic verses to sanction intercessory prayer to Mecca’s Female deities. Mohammad later revoked these verses, saying he had been influenced by the devil – later to become the literary work of salmon Rushdie ‘The Satanic verses’. But Mohammad, at this point was well accustomed to having supernatural visitations that supported his earthly ambitions. When contradictions were becoming blatantly obvious to even well programmed Muslims it was decided that later revelations (Medina n) would override earlier revelations (Mecca n).
Muslims have added the Hadith as a equally inspired authority to the revelations of the Koran, Roman Catholicism has likewise also added to the bible its own traditions and Ex cathedra, namely purgatory, papal infallibility, sacraments, rosary beads and other non-biblical fantasies.
Mohammad removed the idols from the Ka’aba but retained the black stone and the practice of kissing it. Many other very silly pagan rituals remained, such as throwing stones at pillars representing the devil. The crescent moon was the symbol of the moon god from the time of the Sumerians and the Babylonians. It’s hardly a coincidence that Ramadan begins and ends at the time of the crescent moon. Mohammad’s introduction of monotheism was essentially an attempt to unite the Arab tribes. The God of Catholicism and Islam is one which swoons by the efforts and pious works of man. Salvation is secured by good works.
By observance of the Holy Mass, participation in the sacraments and baptism – the Catholic progresses to some sort of opaque ‘saved’ condition, whether it be sacraments, charity or the 5 pillars of Islam, the ends are the same.
Thus, in weighing up the benefits of Islam versus Catholicism, there is remarkably not much between them. Stripped of all its convolutions and religiosity, there underlies a common denominator: totalitarianism, beholding evil to be good and good to be evil, all the while with God on our side. It’s time to put these things to death.
With the Vatican being a sovereign state and the Pope it’s head, complicit parties are effectively granted immunity from legal recourse. in these crimes find