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Sunday 22 March 2015

Peter, Paul and Vishnu, I mean Shiva...no Ganesh - Oh, whatever!

Truly, you just can't make this stuff up.

First it is the Bishop of Metuchen, Paul Bootkoski kicking a Catholic teacher under the bus. Now it is The Most Reverend Peter F. Christensen, Master of Divinity, Master of Applied Spirituality and Doctor of Divinity kicking a Catholic State Senator under the bus along with Patricia Jannuzzi. 

Bishop Peter seems to have forgotten the 20th chapter of the Book of Exodus:

[1] And the Lord spoke all these words: [2] I am theoh, Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. [3] Thou shalt not have strange gods before me. [4] Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth. [5] Thou shalt not adore them, nor serve them: I am the Lord thy God, mighty, jealous, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me:

Just like Bishop Bootkoski, Bishop Christensen blames Pope Francis.

I'm so glad that I have no letters after my name.

Fox, pour me another glass of Goats Do Roam ...

The Dasavatara

The Catholic Church's leadership in Idaho state has declared that a state senator's denunciation of Hinduism runs counter to the teachings of the church and Pope Francis's support for inter-religious dialogue.

When Universal Society of Hinduism President Rajan Zed said the opening prayers for the state senate's March 3 session in Boise, Senator Sheryl Nuxoll boycotted the invocation because she said she believed the United States is a Christian nation and "Hindu is a false faith with false gods".

Her opinions "do not represent the opinions or teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, (Boise) Bishop Peter Christensen or even our Holy Father, Pope Francis, who has been an outspoken supporter of ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue," said a statement from the Boise Diocese provided on Friday by communications director Michael Brown. "Sen. Nuxoll's comments reflect her own personal opinions."

Nuxoll, who is a Catholic, was one of three Republican senators to boycott Zed's prayer, although the Republican Senate President Pro-Tem, Brent Hill, had invited Zed to be the guest chaplain. Zed's prayer was non-denominational and Hill said, "It refers to 'deity supreme.'"

After the senate prayer, Zed met the Boisie Catholic Diocese's Vicar General for Clergy, Monsignor Joseph A. da Silva, and Chancellor Marcella Wilske. Zed said they they had "a dialogue on various interfaith issues."

Jewish and other religious leaders have demanded an apology from Nuxoll. "Being a public official who is expected to represent all citizens, it is highly inappropriate and insensitive for Ms. Nuxoll to unnecessarily label a major religion as 'false,' as there are about 3 million Hindus in USA, including some in Idaho," said a letter signed by 28 clergy members and others last week.

According to The Jewish Daily Forward, Rabbi Daniel Fink of Boise's Jewish Congregation Ahavatah Beth Israel organised the letter campaign through the Idaho Interfaith Equality Coalition.

Even before the letter was sent, Nuxoll had ruled out any apology and invoked Mother Teresa. "I said it was a religion with false gods. I'm not going to give an apology," the Spokesman-Review newspaper quoted her as saying earlier this month.

"I felt I had to abstain, because I'm not going to be praying to false gods. I'm a believer like Mother Teresa that everybody should be the best they can," she added, according to the newspaper.

She also reiterated her belief that the US Constitution is "based on Judeo-Christian principles".
"I'm in a floor session bound to follow the Constitution," the Spokesman-Review quoted her as saying. "It is a Christian nation based on Christian principles."

The US constitution is secular and prohibits the establishment of official religion.

According to the newspaper, Nuxoll said she received many emails "running me down", but also some supporting her. She singled out one email backing her "from a lady who said she had lived with the Hindus". Nuxoll said that the woman wrote "there was a great amount of infanticide and abortion."

Ganesha (centre) with Shiva (top left), Devi (top right), Vishnu (bottom left) and Surya (bottom right);
each of them has a sect which considers them as the Supreme Being.


Anonymous said...

There's room for all gods in the New One World Religion ,while we have to respect peoples free will to chose what they believe ,to expect people to actively participate in false religions is outrageous,will we be expected to take part in Satanism for the sake of ecumenism ,just how far are they prepared to go with this fiasco .

Barona said...

No. 48 "Since faith is one, it must be professed in all its purity and integrity. Precisely because all the articles of faith are interconnected, to deny one of them, even of those that seem least important, is tantamount to distorting the whole". Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei.

We must wonder if these bishops have read this encyclical (forgotten virtually on the day it was released)?

The politician is struggling to express her Catholic faith, and instead of persecuting her, the bishop should have assisted her. He should have reminded her that though America contains many Christians, sadly it is not Christian. America is founded on religious liberty, which is freemasonry.

Brian said...

This bishop's "Catholicism" began in 1965. It is now completely, at the mercy, of a hostile and secularized pluralism. There is no yesteryear and little attention given to eternity. "Jesus is the Way the Truth and Life", is poetic truth and nothing more.

The statement by this politician regarding the falsity of Hinduism is correct. I am surprised she had the courage to make the statement, in public. Sadly, I'm not surprised, by that comment, from a spineless, weak-kneed bishop. Take a look, here, in Ontario. There are several Catholic school boards, that have, with episcopal approval, provided prayer rooms (virtual mini-mosques) for Muslim students. Imagine that, Catholic school boards being purveyors of a false religion, with a false god and a false prophet. Nostra Aetate, torn away, from the guiding reins of tradition, and then misappropriated again and again and again. I wish some of our Catholic school trustees had the courage of this State senator.

Once again, welcome, to the unhinged carousel, that is conciliar Catholicism. Catholic Bishops, have fun on your joy ride. Someday your trip will end and then.....the four last things:
Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell.