Christ stilling the waves

The Trumpeteer

The Pope, The Jesuit General, Barak Obama, and Vladimir Putin

I have come to the conclusion that President Obama is beginning to lose what little good sense that he once possessed, which I suspect was not much anyway. It is amazing that this man, who is an utter bundle of contradictions, and whose past is lost in a mythical labyrinth of conflicting tales of birth and childhood that would grace the pages of any legend or for that matter modern thriller. There is just a whiff of Damien in “The Omen” about him, and like all very dangerous men, one has not the faintest idea of where he is coming from, or where he is going to. Nothing about his past hangs together, and seems to evade investigation. However one must judge a man by his actions. Can one trust a man, who wants to force the Catholic Hospitals to offer contraception and abortion? Can one trust a man who supports post birth abortion? Can one support a man who kills people every Tuesday in Drone attacks in other countries? This is the work of a malevolent individual who every day is calling down upon himself the Judgement of God.

Obama has now come up with the ludicrous and dangerous notion that the World must punish the Assad regime. What does Obama mean by the World; practically speaking he might mean the United Nations, but I suspect like most politicians he is enthralled by meaningless slogans. The world in the Johannine sense and in the New Testament is always the domain of Satan. So is he invoking Satan to punish Assad. However it is difficult to know what Obama believes in. One moment he appears to be Christian, whatever that means, and has also been known to say that he is Moslem. The mind simply boggles. The football posts are not simply moving but they are rotating at a terrifying speed, and they are leading us to war.

If the Western World is to punish Assad and his regime, it hardly has a moral leg to stand on. Not a few European countries have betrayed their Christian past, and their God, by enacting legislation that allows divorce, abortion, gay marriage, and euthanasia , and of course such degrading laws are being exported world wide by the Media, and the likes of Barak Obama.

Pope Francis, pleading for Peace like St. Pius X, Benedict XV, and Pius XII, will no doubt be ignored as his predecessors were ignored, and when the dogs of War are unleashed, and the destruction has destroyed so much of the Western World, there will be hand wringing and lamentations, and disbelief at what has happened. What, I fear will happen is the usual result of Pride, Greed, Lust, and Anger, the wages of sin, which are death. Hopefully the wages will be only physical death, and not the Eternal Death of Hell.

The Holy Father has written a letter to Valdimir Putin, who, I am sure, is not an atheist, and most probably has more than affinity for Orthodoxy, than Obama has for his peculiar brand of Christianity (Sadly the poor American people have had to suffer the worst excesses of mad Christian sects that emerged from 17th century England and are the bane of America today). One of the most telling phrases in the letter is “violence never begets peace...”

The Pope can only do so much, but I would warn Barak Obama that he is not following Christ but the Devil, and the Devil leads souls to only one place and that is Hell. If Obama does not show mercy, then God will not show him mercy. If Obama had any sense of the mortal peril that his soul finds itself in, then I would suggest he goes to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Cracow, and ask for mercy, before it is too late. Because destroying Assad and his regime without any support from the United Nations will only lead to the most terrible sufferings for the Syrian people and may well destroy their entire country, leaving a pitiful remnant of this ancient and beloved land. It will also mean the destruction of Christianity there, but then if Obama does not know whether he is a Moslem or a Christian, then I fear that I cannot appeal to his better judgment, as I fear such a thing is not part of his moral make up.

It is also instructive that the Jesuit General, one of the most powerful men in the Church has felt that he must speak out against America and France’s attitude to the Syria. Here is an extract from Vatican News:

"The Jesuit General has accused the United States and France of an "abuse of power", in considering military action in Syria and says the Jesuits fully support Pope Francis' call for a day of prayer and fasting in support of peace this Saturday.
While he says he would not normally comment on international or political situations, Father General Adolfo Nicolás SJ says the current circumstances mean he cannot keep silent, stating: "I cannot understand who gave the United States or France the right to act against a country in a way that will certainly increase the suffering of the citizens of that country, who, by the way, have already suffered beyond measure."

One hopes that the goodness and sanity of the Jesuit General, and the Jesuit Pope will be able to stop this headlong rush to war. Below is a copy of the letter of Pope Francis to Valdimir Putin.

To His Excellency,
Mr. Vladimir Putin,
President of the Russian Federation

"In the course of this year, you have the honour and the responsibility of presiding over the Group of the twenty largest economies in the world. I am aware that the Russian Federation has participated in this group from the moment of its inception and has always had a positive role to play in the promotion of good governance of the world’s finances, which have been deeply affected by the crisis of 2008. In today’s highly interdependent context, a global financial framework with its own just and clear rules is required in order to achieve a more equitable and fraternal world, in which it is possible to overcome hunger, ensure decent employment and housing for all, as well as essential healthcare. Your presidency of the G20 this year has committed itself to consolidating the reform of the international financial organizations and to achieving a consensus on financial standards suited to today’s circumstances. However, the world economy will only develop if it allows a dignified way of life for all human beings, from the eldest to the unborn child, not just for citizens of the G20 member states but for every inhabitant of the earth, even those in extreme social situations or in the remotest places.
From this standpoint, it is clear that, for the world’s peoples, armed conflicts are always a deliberate negation of international harmony, and create profound divisions and deep wounds which require many years to heal. Wars are a concrete refusal to pursue the great economic and social goals that the international community has set itself, as seen, for example, in the Millennium Development Goals. Unfortunately, the many armed conflicts which continue to afflict the world today present us daily with dramatic images of misery, hunger, illness and death. Without peace, there can be no form of economic development. Violence never begets peace, the necessary condition for development. The meeting of the Heads of State and Government of the twenty most powerful economies, with two-thirds of the world’s population and ninety per cent of global GDP, does not have international security as its principal purpose. Nevertheless, the meeting will surely not forget the situation in the Middle East and particularly in Syria. It is regrettable that, from the very beginning of the conflict in Syria, one-sided interests have prevailed and in fact hindered the search for a solution that would have avoided the senseless massacre now unfolding. The leaders of the G20 cannot remain indifferent to the dramatic situation of the beloved Syrian people which has lasted far too long, and even risks bringing greater suffering to a region bitterly tested by strife and needful of peace. To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution. Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the international community. Moreover, all governments have the moral duty to do everything possible to ensure humanitarian assistance to those suffering because of the conflict, both within and beyond the country’s borders.
Mr President, in the hope that these thoughts may be a valid spiritual contribution to your meeting, I pray for the successful outcome of the G20’s work on this occasion. I invoke an abundance of blessings upon the Summit in Saint Petersburg, upon the participants and the citizens of the member states, and upon the work and efforts of the 2013 Russian Presidency of the G20. While requesting your prayers, I take this opportunity to assure you, Mr President, of my highest consideration

From the Vatican, 4 September 2013
(Signed)
Francis

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