"And I beheld, and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven,
saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth....
[Apocalypse (Revelation) 8:13]

Monday, September 28, 2015

Francis asks Catholics to "meet people where they are..."

Francis asks Catholics to "meet people where they are..."
Vatican II impotent humanitarianism strikes again! 
This blog is loaded with the latest on Francis

Francis concluded a whirlwind tour through New York City Friday evening, celebrating Mass at Madison Square Garden, where he reflected on challenges that accompany “living in a big city” and once again urging Catholics to venture out to “meet others where they really are.” 

Pope St. Pius X on these "new Vatican II apostles"...
"But stranger still, alarming and saddening at the same time, are the audacity and frivolity of men who call themselves Catholics and dream of re-shaping society under such conditions, and of establishing on earth, over and beyond the pale of the Catholic Church, "the reign of love and justice" with workers coming from everywhere, of all religions and of no religion, with or without beliefs, so long as they forego what might divide them - their religious and philosophical convictions, and so long as they share what unites them - a "generous idealism and moral forces drawn from whence they can"
I say, of all this, it is frightening to behold new apostles eagerly attempting to do better by a common interchange of vague idealism and civic virtues. What are they going to produce? What is to come of this collaboration? A mere verbal and chimerical construction in which we shall see, glowing in a jumble, and in seductive confusion, the words Liberty, Justice, Fraternity, Love, Equality, and human exultation, all resting upon an ill-understood human dignity. It will be a tumultuous agitation, sterile for the end proposed, but which will benefit the less Utopian exploiters of the people. Yes, we can truly say that the Sillon, its eyes fixed on a chimera, brings Socialism in its train."

In a homily delivered to 20,000 worshippers, who waited in security lines stretching several blocks, Francis called on New Yorkers to pay attention to “the faces of all those people who don’t appear to belong.”
“They are the foreigners, the children who go without schooling, those deprived of medical insurance, the homeless, the forgotten elderly,” the "pope" said. “These people stand at the edges of our great avenues, in our streets, in deafening anonymity.”
TEXT: Pope Francis’ homily at Madison Square Garden
The "pope" told the crowd to take heart in Jesus, who provides believers with hope, “A hope which liberates us from the forces pushing us to isolation and lack of concern for the lives of others, for the life of our city.”
He said this hope “makes us see, even in the midst of smog, the presence of God as he continues to walk the streets of our city.”
In addresses earlier this week in Washington, Francis urged the Church to venture out into society and engage in dialogue. He reiterated this theme Friday, asking worshippers to meet people where they are and proclaim the joy of their faith.
Jesus, the pope preached, “keeps telling his disciples to go, to go out. He urges them to go out and meet others where they really are, not where we think they should be. Go out, again and again, go out without fear, without hesitation. Go out and proclaim this joy which is for all the people.”
Francis reflected on a series of names from the book of Isaiah that Christians ascribe to Jesus. Isaiah, the pope said, “presents Jesus to us as “Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”
“Go out to others and share the good news that God, our Father, walks at our side,” Francis said. “He frees us from anonymity, from a life of emptiness and selfishness, and brings us to the school of encounter.”
“God is living in our cities,” he said. “The Church is living in our cities, and she wants to be like yeast in the dough.”
Mass goers were required to be seated about three hours before the liturgy began, but they were treated to a concert starring Jennifer Hudson, Gloria Estefan, and Harry Connick Jr.

Before Mass, Francis took a quick ride in the popemobile through a small section of Central Park, where 80,000 people waited for hours to catch a glimpse of the pontiff. An unprecedented security operation is in place in New York City, and so Francis did not emerge from the modified Jeep to greet well-wishers.
After spending just 39 hours here — during which he delivered an address to the United Nations General Assembly, took part in an interfaith prayer service at Ground Zero, and visited a Catholic school in Harlem — Francis will depart for Philadelphia Saturday morning to help close out the World Meeting of Families.

Francis must be legit if the talmudic loving Madonna gives him an endorsement, right?

In Philadelphia, Madonna gives 'Popey-wopey' her blessing

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman with plenty of experience tangling with the Vatican has given Pope Francis her endorsement during his first U.S. visit.
At her concert Thursday night in Philadelphia, where Francis is scheduled this weekend to make the last stop of his tour, a tongue-in-cheek Madonna dedicated a section of her show to him.
She later announced: "Rules are for fools. That's why I like the new pope. He seems very open-minded."
It was just one of many comments about Francis at a concert that featured lots of religious imagery, including female performers wearing nuns' habits — and little else — pole dancing on crosses.
"I've been excommunicated from the Catholic Church three times. It shows that the Vatican cares deeply," she joked.
"Since Popey-wopey is on his way over here, I want to dedicate this song to him," she said before launching into a heartfelt version of "La Vie en Rose."
Also: "The pope is stalking me," she said, noting she recently performed in New York, where Francis is until Saturday morning. "Either he's a copycat or he's secretly in love with me."
If Madonna needed further evidence the pope is following in her footsteps, it was announced Friday that Francis is releasing a pop-rock album called "Wake Up!" Available for pre-order on iTunes, it will feature excerpts from papal speeches in multiple languages.
Francis premiered the first single — "Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!" — Friday on Rolling Stone's website.
Madonna, raised Roman Catholic in Michigan, has a long history of running afoul of the Vatican. Her 1989 video for "Like A Prayer" contained imagery that outraged religious leaders, including stigmata and burning crosses. Her seminal 1990 "Blond Ambition" tour included simulated masturbation and brought condemnation from the Vatican. And in her 2006 "Confessions" tour, she staged a mock crucifixion only a few miles from the Vatican.
That doesn't necessarily mean the Vatican has entirely banished the singer. In December, Italy's singing nun, Sister Cristina Scuccia, met Francis and presented him with a copy of her first CD, which features a remake of Madonna's "Like a Virgin."
Scuccia had won the Italian edition of "The Voice" earlier that year. The Italian Bishops' Conference criticized the song's appearance on the CD, saying it was a commercial ploy.

LGBT & Religious liberty!
With the heresy of religious liberty apart of Vatican II NewChurchs doctrine Satanists now have a right to publicly promote their poison as well as the sodomites now recently trying to take advantage of this doctrine from hell... 
Francis made the comments on Wednesday in the context of marriage, family, and religious liberty. LGBT Catholics said they believe the term “unjust discrimination” channels a specific history of antipathy toward gays and lesbians in the church. 
In his first visit to the United States, Pope Francis condemned “unjust discrimination” while speaking about religious liberty, family, and marriage. The pope’s overture was couched as a nod to inclusivity, but the remarks nonetheless riled LGBT Catholic leaders who said the unexpected comments echoed talking points from the hierarchy of U.S. bishops who oppose LGBT rights.
The pope’s comments were not entirely specific, however. Delivered at the White House on Wednesday, the remarks were broad enough to possibly address a number of social and political issues facing U.S. Catholics, including health care, contraception, and LGBT rights.
But the pope’s use of “unjust discrimination” — a term that appears in a key Catholic teaching on homosexuality — seemed particularly pointed in that context to LGBT Catholics. They say church officials have used the term to argue that there are, in contrast, just and fair forms of discrimination against LGBT people.
“It is a term that has dangerous ramifications for LGBT people,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of the LGBT Catholic organization DignityUSA, who sat in the VIP section at the White House during the pope’s remarks. “To any well tuned LGBT ear, or anyone listening, it is support for a position many U.S. Catholic bishops have taken — which is against same-sex marriage, the right to fire married gay employees or transgender employees, the right to exclude LGBT people from adoption, and to deny LGBT people foster-care services.”
“It set off warning bells,” she told BuzzFeed News.
The term itself — “unjust discrimination” — appears in a key, conflicting paragraph in the Catholic catechism about homosexuality. “This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial,” it says. “They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”
Pope Francis on Wednesday also visited Little Sisters of the Poor, who in 2013 filed a lawsuit to challenge provisions of the Affordable Care Act that require employers to provide contraception coverage. The nuns cite religious objections. While the pope was supporting the nuns’ legal challenge by making an appearance, it is unclear that the pope’s comments earlier in the day were confined to that issue.
Contacted by BuzzFeed News in a phone call, Father Federico Lombardi, a spokesman for the pope, did not clarify which subjects the pope was addressing — same-sex marriage, the Affordable Care Act, homosexuals in the church, or something else — when discussing discrimination and religious freedom.
Since taking leadership of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has made gestures of tolerance toward LGBT people, such as famously asking, “Who am I to judge?” However, Francis has not pushed for changes to church doctrine, and he has supported a ban on same-sex couples marrying.
Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Way Ministries, another prominent LGBT Catholic group, told BuzzFeed News, “We haven’t heard that term in a long time — in the three years since Francis has been in — and it is disturbing to hear him resurrect it. I think the record shows that sometimes he speaks out of both sides of his mouth.”

Unjust discrimination has been a talking point for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which leads of the country’s roughly 70 million Catholics. In 2013, for example, the bishops told the U.S. Senate to reject a bill that would protect LGBT workers from discrimination while, in the same statement, also saying the bishops oppose unjust discrimination.

Meet the Communists Praised by the Pope in his Congressional Address

Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day and the lies of the communist "pope"
During Pope Francis’ address to Congress in joint session, four names were given by the pontiff as examples of honorable American people. The first two are well-known, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr, but most people aren’t familiar with the other two, Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day. Most would be shocked at the real truth behind this subtle stunt by the Jesuit Pope to promote his Marxist agenda.
Basically, Pope Francis is attempting what the Soviet Union could not manage to pull off in the past, and that’s to forcibly convert the US to Communist ideology.
The United States’ largest lay-run apostolates, called Catholic Answers, whose mission statement is to “help good Catholics become better Catholics,” describes Thomas Merton (1915–1968), as a womanizer, and member of the Young Communist League. Thomas Merton also fathered a child, (he was a Trappist monk, but some people also describe him as a Zen Buddhist.)
In the last year of his life, he wrote in his journal while traveling through Asia:
Last night I dreamed I was, temporarily, back at Gethsemani. I was dressed in a Buddhist monk’s habit, but with more black and red and gold, a “Zen habit,” in color more Tibetan than Zen . . . I met some women in the corridor, visitors and students of Asian religion, to whom I was explaining I was a kind of Zen monk and Gelugpa together, when I woke up. (Asian Journal, 107)
Let me remind you that Merton is supposed to be a Catholic monk not a Zen Buddhist, but Pope Francis believes that we should all honor that added value in his One World Religion set up. In fact, he did not mention Jesus once in his speech to Congress, but he mentioned Moses, who is recognized as Prophet by all three Abrahamic religions.
Pope Francis’ other choice, Dorothy Day, does not seem to be any better. David Ripe for the Catholic Media Coalition wrote this about Dorothy Day in 2012, when the American bishops unanimously backed the advancement of the cause of Dorothy Day through the process leading to sainthood:
“while she has the unanimous support of the bishops, Day is a controversial figure among many rank and file Catholics who do not consider her an acceptable role model. For them, she exemplifies the archetypal “liberal Catholic” or “social justice Catholic.” These terms refer to individuals who are often disposed to try to change the Church in various ways and who are strongly animated and influenced by left-leaning political ideology. Many such Catholics became emboldened following Vatican II and made chimerical interpretations of its documents. Chief among the objections to Day’s nomination for sainthood is the belief that she embraced the doctrines of Marxism and made them the framework of her social activism.”
David Ripe added, citing the well documented research of other sources that clearly demonstrates how traditional Catholics, the same ones who are now beginning to oppose Pope Francis in growing numbers, perceive Dorothy Day:
“Carol Byrne, a British researcher, has investigated Day’s life extensively and has chronicled her activities and writings, along with those of Peter Maurin, in The Catholic Worker Movement, 1933-1980: A Critical Analysis (AuthorHouse UK Ltd.). While Day’s defenders insist that she fully disavowed Marxism after her conversion to Catholicism, Byrne’s research leads her to conclude otherwise.”
So having analyzed who Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton really are, could the church be close to another schism? In Rome today, as I am writing this, it appears to be a growing concern amongst many traditional Catholics that don’t accept a church full of compromises and hypocrisy like the church now proposed by Pope Francis.
Even CNN religion Editor Daniel Burke wrote that “abortion and same-sex marriage received scant mention in the Pope’s short address. Instead Francis — the first pontiff to address Congress and the first from Latin America — focused on immigration, the death penalty, racial injustice, the weapons trade, and poverty”.
Are we going to listen to the Pope, and limit our gun rights, or discuss the death penalty, when the growing immigration and the refugee crisis will most likely escalate crime?
In Europe and countries like Italy, crime is reaching levels never touched before, and the unarmed population is being raped and murdered daily by so called refugees or immigrants, causing growing concern amongst the population.
In Sicily at the end of August, two senior citizens of Spanish origin, Vincenzo Solano and Mercedes Ibanez, were brutally killed by a refugee from the Ivory Coast, living in a refugee center nearby, who after cutting the throat of the husband, even raped the poor old woman before throwing her off the balcony. This case outraged Italy, but Pope Francis has said nothing about it. Instead he went on with his criminal plan to convince all of Europe and the US to give up their rights to the millions of incoming refugees and immigrants, and to force the US to give up their just right to carry guns and defend themselves from this emerging chaos.
The Holy See delegation to the United Nations has issued a Position Statement on the Outcome document of the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” The Statement states the agenda is a “clear sign” that the international community has come together to eradicate poverty, and will work to ensure that all people will have the conditions necessary to live in freedom and dignity. Really?
On the morning of the 25th of September at 8:30 am ET, Fox News blatantly admitted that, “Pope Francis would be giving his marching orders to the UN,” We must oppose this whole charade, before we all lose our rights and our freedom. Stand up before it’s too late, now is the time!

Francis & Yom Kippur 

CNN said that Francis wasn't attending any events the night of 22 September 2015 because he wanted to respect and honor the eve of the important Talmudic Jewish day of Yom Kippur.  Recall that the official first act of the pontificate of Francis within hours of his election was his drafting and sending a letter to Rome's Chief Rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni, calling for the continued strengthening of ties between Catholics and Jews.  So when Francis spoke to the bishops of the United States of America in St. Matthew's Cathedral on Wednesday 23 September 2015, it is fitting he started his address with these words,

"First of all, I wish to send a greeting to the Jewish community, our Jewish brothers and sisters, who today are celebrating Yom Kippur. May the Lord bless them with peace and help them to advance on the path of holiness, as we heard today in his word: “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (Lev 19:2)."

If the Talmudic Jews are "holy" without Christ, what is the point of Christianity? (Thanks to Michael Hoffman for pointing this out.)

(underlines are our for emphasis)

"For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.  For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him.  He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the judgment: because the light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light: for their works were evil.  For every one that doth evil hateth the light, and cometh not to the light, that his works may not be reproved."

"...God hath sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we may live by him.  In this is charity: not as though we had loved God, but because he hath first loved us, and sent his Son to be a propitiation for our sins.  My dearest, if God hath so loved us; we also ought to love one another.  No man hath seen God at any time.  If we love one another, God abideth in us, and his charity is perfected in us.  In this we know that we abide in him, and he in us: because he hath given us of his spirit.  And we have seen, and do testify, that the Father hath sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world.  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abideth in him, and he in God."
1 John 4, 9-15

For more on the Babylonian Talmudic Jewish superstition of Yom Kippur & its voodoo ritual of Kaparot see:

The 'Noahide Duo' of Archbishop Chaput & Mayor Nutter seal the deal of Franics' visit to the City of Brotherly Love

Mayor Nutter & Archbishop Charles J. Chaput presenting Francis with a miniature 
Liberty Bell at St. Peter's Square on 26 March 2014 during their 6 minute meeting.

How did Archbishop Charles J. Chaput and Mayor Michael Nutter seal the deal on Francis traveling to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?  Like many things it is a simple answer and Talmudic Judaism is a central part of it.

Chaput & Nutter at 2013 press conference announcement.

Back on 25 February 2013, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia issued a press release and said the following words at a press conference:

"We received some news a few weeks ago that we can share with you today. As announced by the Vatican early this morning, Philadelphia has been confirmed by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, as the host city for the Eighth World Meeting of Families. The official dates set for this gathering are September 22 - September 27, 2015. This marks the first time an American city has hosted the World Meeting of Families and we're deeply grateful that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been selected for this honor.
I'll also be working closely with two public leaders who represent our City and our Commonwealth with distinction. It's my pleasure to announce that Governor Tom Corbett and Mayor Michael Nutter have kindly accepted my invitation to serve as the Honorary Co-Chairs of the 2015 World Meeting of Families. Philadelphia's Catholic community is very, very grateful for their support. I look forward to traveling with both the Governor and the Mayor to Rome in the next several months, after the election of the new Pope, for briefing sessions with the Pontifical Council for The Family. I'm also very pleased that Mayor Nutter could be with us today despite his very busy schedule. 
I'm happy to answer questions in a bit, but now I'd now like to introduce the Mayor of our wonderful City of Philadelphia and an Honorary Co-Chair of the 2015 World Meeting of Families, Michael Nutter."

As luck would have it soon thereafter Benedict XVI resigned from his office on 28 February 2013.  The mainstream press was in a tizzy, would the newly elected Francis honor and fulfill the commitments of Benedict XVI?  Of course he would!  Anyone who had taken a cursory look at the career of Jorge Mario Bergoglio when he was in Argentina could see that he and Benedict XVI were both modernists cut from the same cloth.  A special delegation traveled to Rome to hammer out the logistics of the 2015 World Meeting of Families with Vatican officials.   Before they left someone in group got the bright idea, "Why not ask Francis to visit Philadelphia during the 2015 World Meeting of Families?"  Having seen how Francis was in good health, Mayor Nutter and Chaput gave it a shot with a quick 6 minute visit after one of Francis' general audiences.  The pair brought with them some secret weapons:  numerically charged SWAG like Francis had never seen, two of the 'chosen people' who also brought along their own gifts (magic drediels), and one talisman, a red kabbalah bracelet.

Before we cover their brief meeting with Francis let us examine just who Nutter & Chaput are.

— Chaput —
 Chaput is the Archbishop in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Before being assigned to Philadelphia he was the Archbishop of Denver and previous to that was the Bishop of Rapid City.  According to wikipedia, Chaput is the first Native-American (or Indian) ordinary bishop.  His mother is from the Prairie Band Potawatomi tribe and his father is a direct descendant of the French Saint King Louis IX.  "Chaput is a professed Capuchin and has a reputation for orthodoxy."  Let's examine Chaput's 'reputation for orhtodoxy."

During his time in Denver, Chaput sent the Talmudic Jewish community a letter apologizing for the behavior of Catholic towards their "elder brothers".

"Too often in the past we have lived like a branch which denies its root. The Christian faith is rooted in the Jewish people. In turning away from them, in persecuting G-ds chosen people down through the centuries, in ignoring or cooperating in violence against Jews especially during this century, too many Christians - including Catholics, and most shamefully, even some ordained to do G-ds ministry within the Church - have betrayed the Gospel and been a countersign to its message of redemption and love.”

"On this last evening of Hanukkah [feast of lights], I greet the Jewish community ". in humility and with the love of a younger brother in faith."

In 2012, Chaput wrote an article for First Things titled, Yeshiva Lessons, in which he expounded upon the lesson he had learned from the Talmud when he studied it at Yeshiva University at the feet of the rabbis.  Chaput sounds like he is in fact "orthodox", an orthodox Talmudic Jew.
On 23 July 2013, Chaput addressed the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations.  Some highlights of this speech are below and can be found at the link, Archbishop Charles Chaput on Catholic-Jewish Relations.
In 2005 I served on the official U.S. delegation to the Cordoba conference on combating anti-Semitism in Europe.  This was sponsored by the OSCE – the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.  During the conference, I worked with the ADL to offer a session on American Catholic efforts to teach our young people about the Holocaust.  I’ve also been part of an annual dialogue between European Catholic bishops and American Orthodox Jewish leaders through Yeshiva University in New York.  So my experience with the Jewish community over many years has been a blessing.
...For Catholics, Nostra Aetate was revolutionary.  It opened the possibility of a dialogue of equals; a dialogue of mutual respect.  One of the vital things Vatican II did for Jewish-Catholic affairs was to point Catholics back to their own origins.  It's impossible to pray over the Word of God in Scripture and ignore the Jewish roots of the Catholic faith.  The more deeply a Catholic encounters Scripture, the more contradictory anti-Judaism becomes.
Nostra Aetate bore good fruit.  When John Paul II traveled to Yad Vashem 13 years ago and expressed his sorrow for "the hatred, acts of persecution and displays of anti-Semitism directed against the Jews by Christians at any time and in any place," he did it for two reasons.  
First, it's the truth, and justice requires that the truth be spoken.  Only in speaking the truth, can the sinner become free.  Second, by his witness, Pope John Paul gave an example to the entire Church about how to live the Christian vocation, not just in relationship to the Jewish people, but to the whole world.
My point here is that the Church since Vatican II genuinely desires to renew the spiritual life of her people—and that can't be done without real repentance and conversion.  So I believe we really are living a new and unique moment in Catholic-Jewish relations.  And Catholics will never be able to go back to the kind of systemic prejudice that marked the past.
...As unaware as many Catholics are about the Jewish roots of their faith, I suspect that at least some Jews would be happy just to have the Catholic Church go away and leave them alone.  And that flows both from painful historical memories, and from Jewish apprehensions about the Church as a kind of religious corporation with institutional power. 
For believing Catholics, the institutional side of the Church is probably the least important part of their faith.  The institutions are necessary in the way a skeleton is necessary to support the muscle and organs of the body.  But that's not where the soul resides. 
The Catholic soul resides in prayer and worship, in service to others, and in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  I'm not sure Jews always see that, or even try to see that, in their understanding of the Church. 
…But in our dialogue with the Jewish community Catholics soon discover that being Jewish—depending on the Jewish dialogue partner—can have a religious definition, or a cultural or ethnic definition, or some combination of all of three.  And being genuinely Jewish may or may not include a belief in God.
...Aside from the obvious fact of rejecting anti-Semitism, Vatican II has two legacies crucial for our time together today.  The first is the Catholic recognition that God’s covenant with the Jewish people is unique, permanent and fruitful in its own right.  It can't be rendered null by any other religious claim or revelation.  The second is that all people have a right to freedom of conscience as persons created by God—and that freedom implies the right to be free from being forced into accepting what they don't believe to be true. 
— Nutter —
 Enough with Archbishop Charles J. Caput, let's move on to the Mayor of Philadelhpia.  Michael Nutter is another black Democratic mayor who has run his city into the ground, spiritually, morally and financially.

 Nutter is against the Voter ID Law in the State of Pennsylvania of which he said, "We are very concerned about disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of voters," and continued, "Many of us can't figure out what this is really about, since we have no documentation of any in-person voter fraud having taken place in Pennsylvania in anyone's memory."  His memory must be short because Philadephia is a Sanctuary City.  A Sanctuary City is one that ignores federal law. "Officers shall not arrest nor book persons for violation of title 8, section 1325 of the United States Immigration code (Illegal Entry)."  Let's see if one's first act in a country is to break the law by being there illegally...you'd never suspect them of committing vote fraud.  He's a man after Francis' heart!

Michael was raised and educated Catholic but in 1986 abandoned the faith to become a Baptist when he joined the Mount Carmel Baptist church.  Francis and Nutter should really get along!

Before Mayor Nutter went to the Vatican to meet with Francis, he traveled to Israel for a working vacation in which he rubbed shoulders with the elite of Israeli society, worshiped at several Talmudic Jewish places, and went sightseeing at some Catholic sites.

November 4, 2013
By: Bryan Schwartzman
Mayor Michael Nutter is set to touch down in Israel Nov. 7, and many in the local Jewish and business communities are hoping the visit takes the relationship between the City of Brotherly Love and the Jewish state to the next level.
Nutter, who left the country late last week to stop first in the United Kingdom, said in an official statement: “In a competitive global environment, cities cannot afford to sit back and wait for companies and investment to find them. 
“Mayors must be aggressive,” he added, “in going out and finding opportunities, championing their cities, and that’s exactly what I intend to do in the United Kingdom and Israel. I am particularly excited about the opportunities created for the Philadelphia companies that are part of this delegation.”
The trip will include meetings with Israeli entrepreneurs and political leaders such as President Shimon Peres and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. The itinerary was put together by the Philadelphia Commerce Department with input from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the Israeli Consulate and the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce.
Nutter’s visit comes amid reports that Israel’s foreign ministry is debating closing down the Philadelphia consulate, which has made bolstering economic ties with Israel and Philly a major priority.
While visiting the Jewish state has been seen as part of the job description for recent New York City mayors — the Big Apple has long been home to the country’s largest Jewish population — a sitting Philadelphia mayor hasn't visited Israel since Mayor Wilson Goode went in the 1980s.
From the time he was elected in 2007 after winning a hard-fought five-way primary, Nutter, an African-American, has expressed an interest in visiting Israel. Behind the scenes, Jewish and business leaders have leaned on him to do so, and he has often replied he was waiting for the right moment. 
“For six years, he has been hearing this from me,” joked Robin Schatz, Federation’s director of government affairs and a participant on the mission. “We are hoping he is going to go back as a private citizen or even as mayor again. We are hoping to showcase Israel and its achievements.”
A spate of financial crises and other issues — most recently the enormous deficit faced by the school district of Philadelphia — have made it a potential political risk to stray too far from home. 
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported last month that some politicos were criticizing Nutter for going abroad while facing so many challenges at home.
Some tax dollars are indirectly being used to fund the trip. Select Greater Philadelphia, an economic development and marketing organization that receives a little less than 10 percent of its $3 million annual budget from the city, is covering travel costs for Nutter and the other city officials. 
Everyone else on the trip is covering the expenses privately.
Street, the former mayor, told the Inquirer, “These missions seemed to be more the purview of the state and required an awful lot of follow up, which was not practical for local governments in my judgment. I was more bothered that they would ultimately amount to little more than ‘junkets’ with no direct measurable benefit to the local tax-paying public.”
But David Hyman, a local American Jewish Committee board member who this past summer traveled to Israel on a trip led by State Sen. Anthony Williams, and also included City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, said, “Elected officials are always subject to this sort of criticism.”
Hyman, who is returning to Israel with Nutter’s delegation, said, “No one can question that the mayor’s priorities are the issues before him here at home. But the world is getting smaller and building ties among friends across the globe” is part of a mayor’s job.
“It doesn’t have a short-term or tangible benefit like filling a pothole or getting trash removed,” Hyman said of mayoral trips abroad. “It is important that our leaders have visions that go beyond that and beyond the mayor’s own term.”
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia will host Nutter for a Shabbat dinner at the Renaissance Hotel in Tel Aviv and lead him on a tour of the Old City in Jerusalem, as well as Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial. He is also slated to attend a VIP reception with the Jewish Federations of North America, which is holding its annual General Assembly in Jerusalem at the same time. He is also slated to visit the grave of Michael Levin, the Bucks County native who died in the 2006 war with Lebanon.
The mission will be split between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, which for decades has had a sister-city relationship with Philadelphia.
According to Schatz, Marwan Kreidie, who is the founder of the Philadelphia Arab-American Community Development Corporation and a political science professor at Villanova University, is not part of the delegation but he is slated to join Nutter on a tour of Bethlehem. Nutter is expected to meet with Bethlehem’s mayor, Vera Babou, as well as Palestinians with ties to the Philadelphia area. 
Schatz said the Arab-Israeli conflict will invariably come up, but the goal is to keep discussion of the conflict to a minimum on a trip that is first and foremost about business.
Leaders of Drexel University and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are also part of the mayor’s delegation and are expected to take part in an announcement of a joint endeavor with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
While it is not clear how many business deals will get inked on the short trip, participants said the visit will lay the groundwork for more economic cooperation.
“Clearly, the mayor’s visit sends the right signal that Philadelphia is open to the Israeli business community,” said Randy Schultz, who is taking part in the trip and is the founder of America-Israel Business Lab, a company that helps Israeli firms commercialize their technology in Philadelphia. 
Josh Cline, who heads a strategic marketing firm with offices in Philadelphia and Tel Aviv, said the trip “is going to raise Philadelphia’s profile in Israel.”
Cline, an executive board member of the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, added, “Israel has amazing entrepreneurs. The challenge for a lot of Israeli companies is coming to the United States.”
More than 30 city officials and business and civic leaders will be part of Mayor Michael Nutter’s delegation in Israel.
Participants include: Nancy Gilboy, president of the International Visitor’s Center; Seth Vogelman, trade representative for Pennsylvania; Brian Said, director of tourism for the Philadelphia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau; Alice Solomon of Select Greater Philadelphia; Drexel University’s president, John Fry, and vice president, Julie Mostov; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia president Steve Altschuler and CHOP’s vice president of government affairs Peter Grolman.
The businesses leaders are: Steven Bradley of the African American Chamber; Josh Cline of the Cline Group, a marketing firm; Cliff Goldstein of the Amidex Mutual Fund; Michael Maher of Benjamin’s Desk, a shared workspace; Steven Nitchberger of ControlRad Systems, a biomedical firm; Michael Brown of Environmental Construction Services; Bruce Brownstein from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School; Randy Schultz of the America-Israel Business Lab; Michael Kelsen of MIRO Capital Partners, a private equity firm; Manish Ingle of NovaProbe, a medical equipment manufacturer; Mark Pinsley of Robin Hood, an investor group; and Wayne Kimmel of 76 Capital.
Other civic leaders participating in the mission or parts of it include Robin Schatz, who directs government affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia; Gail Norry, a Federation lay leader; John Saler, who chairs the Philadelphia International Airport Advisory Board; Beth Cohen, past president of the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce; David Hyman, who is deeply involved in city politics and has long served on the board of the American Jewish Committee local chapter; and Rabbi Lynnda Targin, a rabbi who lives in Philadelphia.
In addition to Nutter, the city officials slated to attend are: Alan Greenberger, deputy mayor for economic development; Rina Cutler, deputy mayor for transportation and utilities; Luke Butler, Greenberger’s chief of staff; Desiree Pterkin-Bell, director of communication; Shinjoo Cho, director of international investment; Lauren Walker, a mayoral aid; and Kaitlin Privitera.

A photo Mayor Michael Nutter at Michael Levin's grave on Mount Herzl.  
He placed a wreath from the City of Philadelphia and Philly sports gear.
Nutter telling the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia what a great time he had on his trip.

I had the opportunity to hear the mayor of Philadelphia speak about his recent trip to Israel today. He went as a part of a partnership between Philadelphia based venture capitalists and those in our sister city of Tel Aviv. But for him this was more than a business trip.
He told his "Jewish Story." He was raised a Catholic. His family was the first black family to move into the North Philly neighborhood in which he was raised. By the time he was seven, there were only three white families left, one of whom was the neighborhood pharmacist -- a nice Jewish man -- for whom he worked all throughout high school and even into his freshman year of college. While he was working at the pharmacy his grandmother was working at the deli. Between the pharmacy and deli Mayor Nutter learned everything he need to know about being Jewish and in his own way, he connected.
He was very close to his grandmother(who worked the Deli). Despite being in all other ways fierce, she was deathly afraid to fly, but she always told him that if she had a chance to fly to the Holy Land she would do it because G-d would not let her die on the way to the Holy Land. She must have told him that 1000 times and he never forgot it. He promised himself that if he ever got the chance to go to Israel he would go for his grandmother. When the opportunity was presented to him earlier this year, with his grandmother's voice still in his head he said "yes."

The Mayor only spent a few days in Israel, but they were packed with sights and networking and meetings with politicians and entrepreneurs and everyone in between. On his last day he went to the Kotel, the western, or wailing, wall. Still hearing his grandmother's voice, he took out his business card and wrote a note for for his beloved grandmother, and put the note in the wall, as is the custom. At that deeply personal, sacred moment, a man walked up to him and tied a red string around his wrist telling him that the red string would protect him from "evil and bad things." (The red string comes from the practice of Jewish mysticism drawn from the Kabbalah. A decade or so ago. the practice of Kabbalah and red strings became very popular with the Hollywood set, the most vocal of whom was Madonna- the pop star.)

The Mayor lifted his arm and to show us that he was still, weeks after his trip, wearing the red string and then went on to tell us that as he was he was leaving the Kotel he saw a man selling yamulkes. He stopped long enough to notice there was only one maroon colored yamulke --his grandmother's favorite color -- and he bought it. And so our black mayor now wears a read string on his wrist and has a maroon yumulke in his car "because 'you never know when you'll need a yamulke."

Nutter wipes away the tears while talking about his trip to Israel.
His red kabbalah bracelet can been seen on his right wrist as well.
Getting his shekinah on at the Western Wall.  Nutter is wearing white kippah given 

Nutter and wife light candles in a church while he is wearing his red kippah. P.S. Mayor Nutter, wearing a kippah is an outward profession showing one doesn't believe in Christ but you probably already knew that.
— Sodomy —
Nutter saluting the rainbow colored flag of sodomy!

After the Supreme Court's recent 5-4 decision on sodomite ‘marriage’, Archbishop Chaput issued the following statement.

‘The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on marriage is not a surprise. The surprise will come as ordinary people begin to experience, firsthand and painfully, the impact of today’s action on everything they thought they knew about marriage, family life, our laws and our social institutions. The mistakes of the court change nothing about the nature of men and women, and the truth of God’s Word. The task now for believers is to form our own families even more deeply in the love of God, and to rebuild a healthy marriage culture, one marriage at a time, from the debris of today’s decision.’

This is laughable because he didn't stop associating himself with Mayor Nutter who according to his deputy press secretary, Jennifer Crandall, said Nutter had presided over 15 to 20 gay ‘marriage’ ceremonies since Pennsylvania's gay-marriage ban was overturned in 2014 in Whitewood v. Corbett.  In fact it goes way beyond a few ‘marriages’, Nutter is a big supporter of sodomy.

Philadelphia, April 8, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter issued the following statement regarding his support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered rights and against the passage of “Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA)” laws across the country:
“In recent weeks, we have been reminded time and time again that not all men and women are treated equally in the United States. A report by the Human Rights Campaign issued last month showed that across the country, more than 85 anti-LGBT bills have been introduced in state legislatures. Of those bills, two Religious Freedom and Restoration Acts have passed: one in Arkansas and one in Indiana. These bills, which have been the focus of much debate and media attention, hide prejudice behind claims of religious freedom and endorse discrimination rather than support the rights of all Americans.
I look forward to a day when mayors no longer need to take individual action to protect the rights of citizens, but until that day we must continue to take action. Cities cannot allow the rights of its residents to be trampled by the wishes of a few close-minded individuals. I want to encourage mayors and citizens to stand together against this kind of discrimination and work together to ensure that all men and women are treated equally.
Philadelphia is a city founded on the tenets of acceptance, diversity, tolerance and religious freedom. We have, for hundreds of years, worked to ensure every citizen and visitor experiences a welcoming city, the true embodiment of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.
And over the last 30 years, our city has built a tradition of equality for all, no matter a person’s religion, race or orientation, amassing strong policies and protections for our LGBT community, like trans-inclusive healthcare and life-partner recognition. For our commitment to fairness and support of LGBT rights, the Human Rights Campaign ranked us the number one city for LGBT equality two years in a row. We are proof positive that cities can support, embrace and protect LGBT rights even when its state does not.”
 Mayor Nutter speaking at the 50th Anniversary of the 
LGBT Civil Rights Movement in Philadelphia said,  
“The Fourth of July is typically a day of celebration, barbecues and fireworks, but it should also be a day of contemplation of our great nation’s democratic values like freedom, justice and equality for all —which will provide the perfect backdrop to reflect upon the gains made by the LGBT community since the very beginning.”
Elad Strohmayer and Oren Ben-Yosef met at the 2014 Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv
and Mayor Nutter officiated their 'wedding'.  Notice the rainbow colored kippahs.

Michael Nutter has co-officiated over several Talmudic Jewish weddings.  What made this particular one unusual besides it was between two men is that it was the first one to be held inside City Hall over which he officiated.  Nutter was excited as his was the first time he had read the ketubah (Talmudic Jewish prenuptial agreement) at.  Elad Strohmayer and Oren Ben-Yosef are both from Tel Aviv, the Israeli sister city of Philadelhia.
The flags of Israel, sodomy, and the City of Philadelphia.

By Josh Middleton
January 16, 2015
Yesterday evening, Mayor Michael Nutter officiated the wedding of Elad Strohmayer, deputy consul general of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region, and his fianc√©, Oren Ben-Yosef, in a ceremony in the Mayor’s Reception Room at City Hall.
Nutter conducted the one-hour service with the help of Rabbi Michael Beals of Congregation Beth Shalom in Wilmington, and shared a rather poignant remark about how far we've come on the marriage equality front:
Today would not have happened if the laws in Pennsylvania had not changed just last year. ... Today we are more in line with William Penn’s thinking 330 years ago. Pennsylvania was established as the only place in the world where people could worship any religion freely. The fundamental principles of human rights, tolerance and understanding were definitely on his mind. Clearly, Philadelphia and Tel Aviv share these principles. For that reason, I am so very honored to co-officiate this ceremony and bring our two sister cities, Philadelphia and Tel-Aviv, together. Even though it’s taken about a hundred years, I am happy our society values inclusiveness and true love so these two men, and any two people, can truly love each other freely.
Beals offered an equally touching sentiment:
Conducting this ceremony means the world to me. ... Not only because Elad, and his bat shert Oren, are such lovely people. But also because of what it symbolizes for the state of Israel: the fact that Israel is a safe place for gay people is an important message at this time of such international intolerance. The fact we can do so many great things in one ceremony is great! I feel terribly honored to have conducted this service today.
The ceremony was described in a release from the Mayor's office as being a "uniquely intertwined Jewish-civil service that nodded to the rich history of Judaism alongside more modern customs of a LGBT wedding." The grooms read their vows to one another, which I hear included several references to their love of Disney World.

Close-up of the handshake of Francis and Mayor Nutter. Notice the red Kabbalah bracelet.
Did it help seal the deal during the numerically charged 6 minute meeting?
— Conclusion —

Dear reader one would think that Archbishop Chaput would have distanced himself from the pro-sodomite mayor of Philadelphia and stripped him of his Honorary Co-Chair of the 2015 World Meeting of Families much less ever bestowed it upon him.  This would have happened before Vatican II but most certainly not after.  We feel the reason, with good justification, Francis accepted the invitation to come to the City of Brotherly Love for the Eighth World Meeting of Families is because Francis saw two fellow rabbinical traditionalists in those who invited him, Mayor Michael Nutter and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.  The numerically magic (to the Talmudists) 6 minute meeting with Francis sealed the deal.  What orthodox traditionalist wouldn't be excited by receiving 6 sports jerseys, 3 dreidels, and one Liberty Bell from his fellow followers of the Talmud?  Not to mention Nutter's kabbalah bracelet.  The only question now is, "Will Francis receive a welcome worthy of a rebbe when he arrives in Philadelphia for the start of the Sukkot festivities?"

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