Tuesday, March 13, 2018

New head of European Roman Catholic bishops' commission opposes European nationalism

And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.

And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth...

...And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
Revelation 17:1-9, 18

It comes as no surprise to this blogger that those who suspected that the European Union would be dominated by the Roman Catholic Church and would be used to serve her interests are increasingly being proven right. It's God Himself who split people into nations (see, for example, Acts 17:26), and nowhere in the Bible do you see Him bringing the world together. I can think of only three places in the Bible where the world comes together as one, and in all three instances it's the world coming together in rebellion against God: The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9); at the end of the Tribulation (Revelation 19:19); and at the end of the Millennium (Revelation 20:7-9). In all three cases, the rebellion is unsuccessful. The Roman Catholic Church has decided to put herself on the side that's opposing God--while claiming to represent Him.

As reported by Catholic News Service, March 10, 2018 (link in original):

BRUSSELS – The new head of a commission representing Europe's Catholic bishops pledged to combat populism and promote European unity.

"The European Union is a gain for the common good, and this is why the church should be in constant dialogue with it," said Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg, elected president of the Brussels-based Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community March 8.

"But certain citizens have their own preoccupations, and there's now a growing populism. Combating this needn't mean adopting populism's adages, but engaging in a true dialogue of depth and friendship, where everything can be said," he said.

Archbishop Hollerich said he was ready to work with everyone "dedicated to respecting and protecting human dignity" and believed COMECE, as the commission is known, played a vital role in placing people at the center of EU policies.

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich-Freising, outgoing president of the commission, also urged church leaders to "get the forces of dialogue going," rather than thinking they had "an answer to everything."

"We need this more than ever in Europe – not to talk about each other, but with each other," Cardinal Marx told Germany's Catholic news agency, KNA, March 8.

"There are different perceptions now of what the EU is, what a free society and open democracy are – and we have to talk about this," he said.

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