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Africa; The Forgotten Land of The Catholic Church
African Nations upset at the selection of the new Pope, Benedict XVI; they wanted a Black Pope. Instead they got another 'white man'. Some Black Americans are saying this just proves "whitey" still runs the world and continues to economically enslave the Africans and African Americans. One young black man we interviewed, Tyrone Williams, said "They all in it t'getter, come on, is obvious." Tyrone is considering converting to Islam; "There is no place for a black man in the Catholic Church."
Some believe that the AIDS epidemic in Africa was part of the reason, the orphanages are a drain on the Catholic Church's resources. The strategy of the Catholic Church is to nurture young African minds into the church for future dividends, however they say it is not paying off for two reasons; First, few of these children will ever reach adulthood to pay tithing and second, the amount they will be able to pay in the future is not enough to support the predominantly Centralized Church with it's enormous budget and appetite. As the life expectancy shortens due to AIDS the costs to run church operations in Africa are not where the money is and let's face it the Catholic Church is a business, as it most closely represents a modern day franchise system.
Many Catholic Priests find refuge in the orphanages working with the young adolescent boys and young girls. They find solace in helping the young African kids there and enjoy their extra curricular activities which many in the priesthood favor. Many Catholic Priests feel it is safer to go to Africa and work in the orphanages there, than to face scrutiny in America.
The fact is the Catholic Church is trying to put a good spin on the situation, but at the same time must keep up their power base and that costs money. Many Catholic Churches in the United States are bankrupt, Africa is a loss leader and they are looking for strength and numbers where they can get the most for their money. If the Catholic Church had picked a Black Pope instead of Benedict XVI, they would lose much of their white following, which brings in the most money for the church. There is some talk at the WHO that there may come a time when Africa needs to quarantined and that would mean the Church would lose followers due to disease and fewer volunteers willing to help and still would not receive an adequate ROI for their efforts.
Many financial analysts and high value property real estate appraisers applaud the Catholic Church's choice as it makes the most monetary sense. Others believe that the Catholic Church should do the right thing and work to help the people of the world where it can do the most good. Still others do not fault the Catholic Church for their choice, this has always been the way of the church why would they want to change now. They must do what is best for the church and strategically place the church where it can yield the most power over the people, for the future benefit of Catholicism. That my friends is truly what is in the best interest of one of the most controversial and powerful religions ever created in the history of mankind.
"Lance Winslow" - If you have innovative thoughts and unique perspectives, come think with Lance; www.WorldThinkTank.net/wttbbs
God And World Religion: The Secret Identity Of "God" Exposed, Finally...
You may now have this 10,000 year Old "SECRET" that had been kept away from the general public by the "Power Elite" until now?Know the truth and set yourself free forever. Suffer no more.
Fundamental Church Failures
Every great human movement toward freedom, whether commercial, political or religious or a combination thereof, begins with the determination of concerned men and women to make life better by resolving recurring human problems. The Renaissance and the Age of Reason occurred through the efforts of talented people to end the brutal political, financial and religious abuses common within Medieval Europe.
Left Behind! Who Me?
The popularity in the past few years of the apocalyptic fiction series Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins in indicative of the fact that people would rather believe a lie told to them in a sexy, slick way then believe the truth of the Word of God that has been staring them straight in the face for centuries.Many Christian groups today propound that one day soon and it seems like the more money that is needed by the preacher the closer the day is that all Christian believers will be gathered together and thus disappear from the earth and that all of the unbelievers of the world will be left behind.
As the Old Year Fades, So Does My Memory
Memory is a very tricky thing, at least for me it is. Looking back, over a year's span of activity my memory seems to pick and choose what it remembers.
Are You Missing What It Takes To Resist Sin?
I don't care how much you go to church or read your bible sometimes no matter how hard you try to resist sinning you end up finding yourself giving in to it anyway.I know first hand because this has happen to me on countless occasions.
It is Written: Alien Invasion of Planet Earth PART ONE
IT IS WRITTEN. Satanic Panic and the Alien Connection - PART ONE"It is written!"Man, them's fightin' words!Christ was confronted by Satan himself during His pre-ministry, 40-day, spiritual warfare training session in the desert.
Knowing Hinduism or Hindu Religion
Hindus are concentrated in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka and these places have been the hot spot of this culture since time immemorial. Unlike other religions, Hinduism does not recognize a single prophet and has multitude of gods and goddesses, mythologically numbering at around 30 millions! Such a figure is given in mythology by people of wisdom who have included all such perceptible forms as things of worship, so that man can see god in them and respect the existence of such all forms (plant, animal, stone, sky, stars, soil, water, rain, fellow human being, etc.
The Green Cross
"We desperately need to recognize that we are the guests not the masters of nature and adopt a new paradigm for development, based on the costs and benefits to all people, and bound by the limits of nature herself rather than the limits of technology and consumerism." Mikhail Gorbachev, Chairman of the Board, Green Cross International"No sane person seeks a world divided between billions of excluded people living in absolute deprivation and a tiny elite guarding their wealth and luxury behind fortress walls.
Water Into Wine: The Meaning of Jesus First Miracle
The second chapter of John's Gospel offers a most interesting account of the beginning of Jesus's ministry of miracles and teaching. Yet, where is John going with this, and why did he include it? But before we undertake to solve this mystery, let us first read the text in question.
Cloning: Is the Human Being Unique?
I am not discussing here whether cloning is evil. [I think it is a dangerous attempt to play God].
Unholy Shadows: Gnosticism
One cannot begin to appreciate the early struggles of Christianity for existence without at least a rudimentary knowledge of its formative history. Thus, it behooves us to take a brief look at Gnosticism and its challenge to early Christianity.
Denominations Gone Wild: What Happened To Unity?
The Bible teaches that Christians ought to practice a single faith. It reads: "There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all" (Ephesians 4:4-6).
Theology, Hollywood Style
After years of watching TV shows and movies, I think I have finally gotten a grasp on Hollywood's theology and it's not a pretty picture (pun intended). It should come as no surprise to anyone that Hollywood's theology is vastly different from that of the average American.
Reconstrictionism + Dominionism = Warfare Theology
The Christian Church believes that at the close of the age, prior to the coming of the Lord, that Satan and his principalities will mount a full frontal assault on the Church of Jesus Christ, and will make his final bid to bring them into perdition. We have always known that these deceptions will be aimed NOT AT THE WORLD, CULTS, OR FALSE RELIGIONS, but at the true Church of Jesus Christ.
Some people may ask how do we serve God and am I serving God correctly? Well lets look at what the Bible says about serving God. Lets start by knowing what a Blessing it is to serve him.
The Kabbalah of Love: Part One
(This is the first article in a new series on the Kabbalah of Love - stay tuned for upcoming articles!)Intimate Love.What feelings do these words stir up in you? Longing? Excitement? Pleasure? Fear?Whatever the feeling, if thinking about intimate love makes your heart beat faster, I'm not surprised.
Who Me? Wear a Clerical Shirt?
Clothing says a great deal about one's profession, and this is no less the case with ministers of the Gospel. The special shirt that ministers wear outside of worship services is known as a clerical shirt or collar shirt, which typically is black or another color with a white collar (sometimes affectionately referred to as a "dog collar"!).
White Sun - Tao of Heaven
Tao exists before Heaven and Earth. It will still exist after the destruction of everything.
Most of know how Jesus was crucified. Do we ever ask ourselves about the crucifying of our flesh? What it means and how do we accomplish it.
The other day I had a meeting on the web with a few friends. We are planning our class reunion and since no two people were ever available at the same time, we decided to set up a CHAT group and meet over the web.
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