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Catholic News: Bishops Take Stand On Israel; Legal Woes At Home, Abroad

Tons of Catholic news to report today, so here’s some links from Religion News Service’s daily roundup:

Catholic Bishops from the Middle East summoned to Rome by Pope Benedict XVI demanded that Israel end its “occupation” of Arab lands. Benedict called on Islamic countries in the Middle East to guarantee freedom of worship to non-Muslims. Israel said the meeting was hijacked by enemies of the Jewish state


Nearly 10,000 pages of previously sealed Catholic church documents show that the Diocese of San Diego long knew about abusive priests, some of whom were shuffled from parish to parish despite credible complaints against them, the AP reports. Italian prosecutors say the Vatican’s bank has been laundering money…


The pope is praying for officials in Naples, Italy, to pick up 2,400 tons of trash left in the streets.

Also of possible interest: The sister-in-law of former British prime minster and converted Catholic Tony Blair has become a Muslim.

For more on these and other Catholic-related stories, check out Catholic News Agency, National Catholic Reporter, The Deacon’s Bench, and Catholic News Service. For more on the abuse crisis, check out BishopAccountability and Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).


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Frederick A. Arend

posted October 25, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I is impossible for Isreal to have occupied Palistian as the Pope appears to be claiming they did. Because in 1948 Palistian didn’t exist as a Nation and it still doesn’t and Isreal didn’t exist at that time either. Palistian therfore is not a occupied Nation. Most of the land in that region was owned by business men who lived in Istanbull and hired Eygeption peseants to work the land. Other large trascts of land were owned by Jewish people who came over there from places like Russia. The Arabs who were living there turned down the offer made by the UN, seeming to think they could conquer the Jews and push theme into the sea.

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white tiger

posted October 25, 2010 at 7:49 pm

FRED,you have it right!
And when the arabic nations attacked Israel in 1967 they lost their war, and they lost some land with it. Israel cannot tolerate a palestinian state because the palestinians have repeatedly attacked Israel and would certainly do so if permitted to have a military force.Arabs need to be dispersed into the surrounding arab nations
and all of the solomonic kingdom restored to Israel.

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Joe Gonzalez

posted October 26, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Some important things to know about the Catholic Church. Number One :
It’s a hierarchy, and AS SUCH is supposed to be adhered to and followed. It’s a hierarchy inside and outside. That is : the Bishop says so and so, everyone’s gotta applaud the Bishop ( except the Pope or the Archbishop ) The people KNOW and ACCEPT this. Inside, all it’s clerics take a bounding vow of obedience, which very few of them know how to interpret correctly. Number Two : The hierarchy, starting with the pope, establishes policy and Enforces it through it’s obedience vow. You won’t get very far in the Church if you don’t kow-tow to this vow ( though some of the greatest Saints didn’t, & suffered much more than their due of the Cross from the Vatican’s reacttion to them.)Number Three : The Church is very remiss in dealing with her sins. Though in private confession ( a Sacrament ) she asks of the penitent a heartfelt, sincere attempt at ammendment of his/her sin, she doesn’t follow suit. We see that in the Scandal, which still plagues us ubiquotously, and we see it now in the Laundering of money. She will smokescreen her misdeeds ( as with her recent urgent concern with the environment, which she has blared out incessantly thru all the media at her disposal, and she will just ignore others which don’t raise such a stink [ Scandal vs. laundering money, for. ex.) But she will ARROGANTLY take on whatever cause she deems ‘ just’, and – again – will apply all her power backing herself. This is easier than it seems ; there are myriads of ‘catholics-in-name’, people who are ferociously catholics ‘ just because..’ Like the Basques in Spain ( a region and it’s regionals ) that think they’re superior to the rest of Spaniards, and will go so far as terrorism – involving innocent lives ) to further their cause. In toto, when Jesus returns to Judge, the most severely punished will be those who misrepresented Him. The Church, it seems, does not have the humility to recognize her very human-failings, forgetting that IT IS NOT the Heavenly Jerusalem, and overall, being a Catholic implies carrying on a fight for Jesus, and in His Name, within the Church, which by the way, i do believe to be the True Church. Life’s never amiss of adversities, not even in her temples and in attitude and behaviour of her God-representatives. The Higher Hierarchy like to believe they live in an angelic world ; and not even Jesus did, when He was amongst us. Pray for the conversion of the Church !

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posted October 26, 2010 at 11:07 pm

I’ve often attacked the RCC here but in this case these bishops are right. They are from the area and know what they are talking about; Israel is stealing this land from the Palestinians who’ve lived there, as did their ancestors, for a long time. Theft is theft and this theft, by an “ally” we give enormous support, has cost us far more than most people know.
The fact we support Israel no matter what crimes and war crimes it commits is part of the reason for the immensely foolish and costly Iraq invasion, it’s part of the reason for 9/11 and for the fact we have to worry about terrorists. If the Republicans get their way it will cause us to attack Iran, and unimaginable cost to us and, of course, to them.
Israel is not our ally, it’s our parasite and some of you who’ve commented need to take a clear-headed look at affairs in the Middle East. And think how you’d behave if a country appeared next door and started stealing your land.

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posted November 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Israel was attacked in 1967.
In six days, they defeated their attackers, and, as spoils of war, took some land belonging to their attackers. This has been normal practice in almost every war ever fought; the losers actually LOSE something.
Israel has, in my opinion unwisely, given some of the land back. Why unwisely? Because they’re dealing with people whose idea of honor has nothing to do with their assurances.
In my opinion, the bishops are wrong.

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posted June 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I’ve always wondered where the name “Israel” first came from. Looking through the Old Testament, in Genesis, I found where God told Jacob that henceforth his name shall be Israel. Therefore, his sons were called Israelites. He had 12 sons (12 tribes of Israel). Now, in Numbers, God instructed Jacob that the land which is outlined in Numbers was HIS land. The Mediterranean Sea was on the east, then it explains where the borders are south, north and west.

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