Archive for October, 2016
October 28, 2016
Evangelist priest Joao da Silva, 54, was taken into custody by police in the City of Montes Claros in nothern Brazil charged with paedophilia.
The tot is believed to have been attacked during English classes held by the pastor at a local church
Her parents explained how they became suspicious when their daughter suddenly announced she did not want to attend the courses anymore.
They decided to take their child to a psychologist who instructed them to look for any sign of abuse.
It was only then that they discovered the full horror of her ordeal.
While checking her personal things, the parents found drawings that appeared to depict a rape.
‘Archbishop’ From Another Planet Pedals Chlorine Bleach As ‘Miracle Cure For Autism’ And All Forms Of Cancer. Blames Cancer Victims For Their Disease
October 29. 2016
Isn’t religion wondeerful?
Doug Nash held his wife Sylvia as her eyes rolled back and she slumped in his arms. Just hours before she had been healthy and happy, he said, but he knew then that his partner of five years was dead.
“In my arms. That’ll haunt me for the rest of my life,” he told ABC News in an interview to be broadcast Friday on “20/20.” “The vision of her face, just inches away from mine, and those eyes suddenly de-focusing on mine.”
Doug said he believes that his wife was poisoned by what a fringe church calls a “miracle cure” for a number of serious diseases — a chemical solution she took just minutes before suffering the first symptoms that ended in her death in 2009.
The church, the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, denies Sylvia’s death was caused by their holy elixir, known as Miracle Mineral Solution or MMS, and maintains it can be used “to overcome most diseases known to mankind,” including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and autism in children.
The U.S. government and medical experts say MMS is really nothing more than a kind of industrial bleach — a mixture of sodium chlorite and water — and, when used as directed can cause serious harm to a person’s health.
“They might as well be selling Clorox,” said Ben Mizer of the U.S. Department of Justice. “You wouldn’t drink Clorox, so there is no reason you should drink MMS.”
While Sylvia’s autopsy was inconclusive, Doug said there is “no question in [his] mind” about what happened that day seven years ago.
“MMS did kill my wife,” he said.
Death in Paradise
Doug and Sylvia Nash had planned to sail around the world, beginning in late 2004 and taking their time heading south from California and then west. Sylvia had been a crewmate at the start, but Doug said that just six months into the trip, they were “connected.” “And eventually, we married,” he said.
Doug said one day Sylvia decided to drink the MMS mixture after reading the directions on the bottle and immediately hated the taste. “She said, ‘Oh my God, that’s awful,'” Doug said.
“About 15 minutes later, she began to indicate that she was feeling bad. And that began a sequence of her getting worse and worse throughout the day,” Doug said.
Doug said Sylvia suffered diarrhea, nausea and vomiting — but those were all symptoms that proponents of MMS say are not uncommon and can be an indication that the treatment is working. Doug said Sylvia still thought everything was fine.
“But it didn’t get better,” Doug said. “It got worse and worse. And by mid-afternoon, she was in… lots of pain. And by evening she was starting to be serious. And by this time I realized she was suffering from poison.”
Doug said he called for help on his radio, but by then Sylvia appeared to be losing consciousness. That’s when he thinks she died in his arms.
Still, some people came to help and attempted CPR. Eventually a local nurse arrived and gave her a shot of what Doug believed to be adrenaline. But nothing happened. Doug said that the nurse told him, “There’s no point. She’s gone.”
Just the night before, Doug said, 56-year-old Sylvia had been on one of the islands dancing with the local kids, vibrant and full of life.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that this stuff [MMS] is what caused her death,” he said.
Tracing the Chemicals Back to the US
Doug got Sylvia’s body back to a local hospital and an autopsy was performed by a specialist from Australia.
Though a “concentrated solution” of sodium chlorite — the main ingredient to MMS — was found in her system, the doctor said Sylvia’s cause of death was “unascertained.”
But Doug was convinced the MMS was to blame and went on the hunt, tracking the bottles Sylvia had purchased to a corporation called Project Greenlife in Carson City, Nevada.
In 2011, Doug filed a report with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But federal authorities were already on the scent, Doug said, and in 2013 prosecutors indicted Project Greenlife manager Louis Daniel Smith on a number of counts related to a conspiracy to get rich by “marketing [a] toxic chemical as a miracle cure,” according to the Department of Justice. Two years later Smith was convicted on four counts and sentenced to more than four years in prison.
“The verdict demonstrates that the Department of Justice will prosecute those who sell dangerous chemicals as miracle cures to sick people and their desperate loved ones,” said Mizer, who was involved in the case at the time.
Smith was not charged with Sylvia’s death but during court proceedings, the government alleged, “Mr. Smith’s actions have posed a risk of danger to others, including contributing to the death of at least one individual,” presumably referring to Sylvia.
Experts: MMS Is a Danger to Adults, Children
Smith may have been thrown behind bars, but the MMS movement is still very much alive and active.
Self-described “archbishops” at the MMS-centric Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, which was founded in 2009 or 2010, claim that thousands of people with debilitating conditions have been treated or cured by the chemical solution.
Doug told ABC News that after he learned more about MMS following his wife’s death, he predicted a church would spring up around it.
“It’s a money-making operation,” Doug said.
Unlike Project Greenlife, which directly sold MMS, the church only asks for “donations” in return for their MMS sacrament. The church has produced slick online videos featuring testimonial after testimonial from people who say the chemicals have helped them. One website offered five sets of chemicals to make MMS for “donations” of $95.99.
One of the church’s leading figures, archbishop Mark Grenon, said in an online video that he believed all churches were beyond law enforcement’s reach.
“The church is under no law. That’s why you can go to a church and get political asylum. A priest can give a kid alcohol, a minor, in public, and not get arrested,” he said.
When ABC News attempted to ask Grenon about his church, he denied that the church was doing anything wrong, stood by the MMS “miracle cure” claims and accused an ABC News reporter of being an “actor” and “pawn” of the pharmaceutical industry.
Still on the MMS trail, Department of Justice’s Mizer said in an interview with ABC News that wrapping potentially criminal activity in the cloak of religion won’t save anyone.
“They can still be prosecuted, yes, if they are selling it in order to cure diseases and are telling people that it will cure diseases,” he said.
In the meantime, Doug warned others not to fall for the church’s claims.
“Don’t do it. Because it may harm you,” he said. “Because it harmed me greatly by causing my lover and my life and my partner in sailing to be no longer with me.”
October 26, 2016
Not content with controlling every aspect of Catholic lives, the church now wants to control every aspect of their deaths.
It might be a bit more difficult to be a good Catholic if you’ve dreamed of having your cremated remains scattered to the wind in some idyllic location.
The Vatican today released new rules on cremation. No scattering remains. No keeping ashes in private homes.
Here’s the full English translation of the new instruction:
Instruction Ad resurgendum cum Christo regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation
1. To rise with Christ, we must die with Christ: we must “be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Cor 5:8). With the Instruction Piam et Constantem of 5 July 1963, the then Holy Office established that “all necessary measures must be taken to preserve the practice of reverently burying the faithful departed”, adding however that cremation is not “opposed per se to the Christian religion” and that no longer should the sacraments and funeral rites be denied to those who have asked that they be cremated, under the condition that this choice has not been made through “a denial of Christian dogmas, the animosity of a secret society, or hatred of the Catholic religion and the Church”. Later this change in ecclesiastical discipline was incorporated into the Code of Canon Law (1983) and the Code of Canons of Oriental Churches (1990).
During the intervening years, the practice of cremation has notably increased in many countries, but simultaneously new ideas contrary to the Church’s faith have also become widespread. Having consulted the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts and numerous Episcopal Conferences and Synods of Bishops of the Oriental Churches, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has deemed opportune the publication of a new Instruction, with the intention of underlining the doctrinal and pastoral reasons for the preference of the burial of the remains of the faithful and to set out norms pertaining to the conservation of ashes in the case of cremation.
2. The resurrection of Jesus is the culminating truth of the Christian faith, preached as an essential part of the Paschal Mystery from the very beginnings of Christianity: “For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures; that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve” (1 Cor 15:3-5).
Through his death and resurrection, Christ freed us from sin and gave us access to a new life, “so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Rm 6:4). Furthermore, the risen Christ is the principle and source of our future resurrection: “Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep […] For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor 15:20-22).
It is true that Christ will raise us up on the last day; but it is also true that, in a certain way, we have already risen with Christ. In Baptism, actually, we are immersed in the death and resurrection of Christ and sacramentally assimilated to him: “You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead” (Col 2:12). United with Christ by Baptism, we already truly participate in the life of the risen Christ (cf. Eph 2:6).
Because of Christ, Christian death has a positive meaning. The Christian vision of death receives privileged expression in the liturgy of the Church: “Indeed for your faithful, Lord, life is changed not ended, and, when this earthly dwelling turns to dust, an eternal dwelling is made ready for them in heaven”. By death the soul is separated from the body, but in the resurrection God will give incorruptible life to our body, transformed by reunion with our soul. In our own day also, the Church is called to proclaim her faith in the resurrection: “The confidence of Christians is the resurrection of the dead; believing this we live”.
3. Following the most ancient Christian tradition, the Church insistently recommends that the bodies of the deceased be buried in cemeteries or other sacred places.
In memory of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord, the mystery that illumines the Christian meaning of death, burial is above all the most fitting way to express faith and hope in the resurrection of the body.
The Church who, as Mother, has accompanied the Christian during his earthly pilgrimage, offers to the Father, in Christ, the child of her grace, and she commits to the earth, in hope, the seed of the body that will rise in glory.
By burying the bodies of the faithful, the Church confirms her faith in the resurrection of the body, and intends to show the great dignity of the human body as an integral part of the human person whose body forms part of their identity. She cannot, therefore, condone attitudes or permit rites that involve erroneous ideas about death, such as considering death as the definitive annihilation of the person, or the moment of fusion with Mother Nature or the universe, or as a stage in the cycle of regeneration, or as the definitive liberation from the “prison” of the body.
Furthermore, burial in a cemetery or another sacred place adequately corresponds to the piety and respect owed to the bodies of the faithful departed who through Baptism have become temples of the Holy Spirit and in which “as instruments and vessels the Spirit has carried out so many good works”.
Tobias, the just, was praised for the merits he acquired in the sight of God for having buried the dead, and the Church considers the burial of dead one of the corporal works of mercy.
Finally, the burial of the faithful departed in cemeteries or other sacred places encourages family members and the whole Christian community to pray for and remember the dead, while at the same time fostering the veneration of martyrs and saints.
Through the practice of burying the dead in cemeteries, in churches or their environs, Christian tradition has upheld the relationship between the living and the dead and has opposed any tendency to minimize, or relegate to the purely private sphere, the event of death and the meaning it has for Christians.
4. In circumstances when cremation is chosen because of sanitary, economic or social considerations, this choice must never violate the explicitly-stated or the reasonably inferable wishes of the deceased faithful. The Church raises no doctrinal objections to this practice, since cremation of the deceased’s body does not affect his or her soul, nor does it prevent God, in his omnipotence, from raising up the deceased body to new life. Thus cremation, in and of itself, objectively negates neither the Christian doctrine of the soul’s immortality nor that of the resurrection of the body.
The Church continues to prefer the practice of burying the bodies of the deceased, because this shows a greater esteem towards the deceased. Nevertheless, cremation is not prohibited, “unless it was chosen for reasons contrary to Christian doctrine”.
In the absence of motives contrary to Christian doctrine, the Church, after the celebration of the funeral rite, accompanies the choice of cremation, providing the relevant liturgical and pastoral directives, and taking particular care to avoid every form of scandal or the appearance of religious indifferentism.
5. When, for legitimate motives, cremation of the body has been chosen, the ashes of the faithful must be laid to rest in a sacred place, that is, in a cemetery or, in certain cases, in a church or an area, which has been set aside for this purpose, and so dedicated by the competent ecclesial authority.
From the earliest times, Christians have desired that the faithful departed become the objects of the Christian community’s prayers and remembrance. Their tombs have become places of prayer, remembrance and reflection. The faithful departed remain part of the Church who believes “in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church”.
The reservation of the ashes of the departed in a sacred place ensures that they are not excluded from the prayers and remembrance of their family or the Christian community. It prevents the faithful departed from being forgotten, or their remains from being shown a lack of respect, which eventuality is possible, most especially once the immediately subsequent generation has too passed away. Also it prevents any unfitting or superstitious practices.
6. For the reasons given above, the conservation of the ashes of the departed in a domestic residence is not permitted. Only in grave and exceptional cases dependent on cultural conditions of a localized nature, may the Ordinary, in agreement with the Episcopal Conference or the Synod of Bishops of the Oriental Churches, concede permission for the conservation of the ashes of the departed in a domestic residence. Nonetheless, the ashes may not be divided among various family members and due respect must be maintained regarding the circumstances of such a conservation.
7. In order that every appearance of pantheism, naturalism or nihilism be avoided, it is not permitted to scatter the ashes of the faithful departed in the air, on land, at sea or in some other way, nor may they be preserved in mementos, pieces of jewelry or other objects. These courses of action cannot be legitimized by an appeal to the sanitary, social, or economic motives that may have occasioned the choice of cremation.
8. When the deceased notoriously has requested cremation and the scattering of their ashes for reasons contrary to the Christian faith, a Christian funeral must be denied to that person according to the norms of the law.
The Sovereign Pontiff Francis, in the Audience granted to the undersigned Cardinal Prefect on 18 March 2016, approved the present Instruction, adopted in the Ordinary Session of this Congregation on 2 March 2016, and ordered its publication.
Rome, from the Offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 15 August 2016, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Gerhard Card. Müller, Prefect
Luis F. Ladaria, S.I., Titular Archbishop of Thibica, Secretary
The Vatican didn’t allow cremation until 1963, when it said it was permissible as long as it didn’t suggest a denial of faith about resurrection.
“The dead body isn’t the private property of relatives, but rather a son of God who is part of the people of God,” Gerhard Mueller said. “We have to get over this individualistic thinking.”