Trump: Truth & Lies in Politics – Whistleblower or Blowhard?

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The anti-Trump news commentators here in the UK are in their element reporting on (and hoping for)  Nancy Pelosi’s threatened impeachment of Donald Trump in the wake of the (entirely contrived) “Ukraine scandal”.  But why?  Why do they hate him so much when, by objective standards, he seems to have done quite a bit to improve life for the American people.  What’s behind it all? 

Take a look at the video clip below and ask yourself – is this what’s behind it all? 

USA: Dramatic Loss of Belief in Real Presence – What About UK Catholics? 

Transubstantiation – the idea that during Mass, the bread and wine used for Communion become the body and blood of Jesus Christ – is central to the Catholic faith. Indeed, the Catholic Church teaches that “the Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’”

But a new Pew Research Center survey finds that most self-described Catholics don’t believe this core teaching. In fact, nearly seven-in-ten Catholics (69%) say they personally believe that during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine used in Communion “are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.” Just one-third of U.S. Catholics (31%) say they believe that “during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus.”

In addition to asking Catholics what they believe about the Eucharist, the new survey also included a question that tested whether Catholics know what the church teaches on the subject. Most Catholics who believe that the bread and wine are symbolic do not know that the church holds that transubstantiation occurs. Overall, 43% of Catholics believe that the bread and wine are symbolic and also that this reflects the position of the church. Still, one-in-five Catholics (22%) reject the idea of transubstantiation, even though they know about the church’s teaching.

The vast majority of those who believe that the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Christ – 28% of all Catholics – do know that this is what the church teaches. A small share of Catholics (3%) profess to believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist despite not knowing the church’s teaching on transubstantiation.

About six-in-ten (63%) of the most observant Catholics — those who attend Mass at least once a week — accept the church’s teaching about transubstantiation. Still, even among this most observant group of Catholics, roughly one-third (37%) don’t believe that the Communion bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Christ (including 23% who don’t know the church’s teaching and 14% who know the church’s teaching but don’t believe it). And among Catholics who do not attend Mass weekly, large majorities say they believe the bread and wine are symbolic and do not actually become the body and blood of Jesus   Click here to read more...

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This latest research (which confirms previous similar studies in the USA) reveals lots of things, notably the failure to teach the Faith in Catholic schools and pulpits.  This failure is every bit as true here in the UK as it is – manifestly so – in the USA. 

Catholics who reject the dogma of Transubstantiation show ignorance of Sacred Scripture because it was Christ Himself who said:  “For My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink….”  (John 6:56)  He did not even mention “symbols” of His Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity.  He gave us Himself as real food and real drink to sustain us on our spiritual journey and, from the very beginning, this was the belief of all Christians.  

How can this state of affairs be put right, then?  You can’t force someone to believe something but maybe somebody in authority should tell unbelieving Catholics that they are not free to reject any dogma of the Faith and still call themselves Catholics.  That might be a start?  

Since none of us is above temptation, we ought to frequently reflect on the glorious miracle that is Transubstantiation.  Feel free, then, not only to offer your comments on the Pew Center Research findings – especially as it relates to the UK – but post, as well, meditations on the Real Presence, quotes from the saints, favourite hymns and prayers, all with the aim of deepening our awareness and understanding of this wonderful gift from God, which, all too often, as we approach for Holy Communion, we may tend to take for granted.  Do we actually treat the Blessed Sacrament as a mere symbol?  Worth thinking about…  

USA Shootings in Texas & Ohio: Can These Massacres Be Prevented? How?

We discussed the subject of gun ownership in the USA back in 2015  here

Watching the news reports over this weekend, of the mass shootings in two American towns, it is unfathomable to many of us that  people of faith support, and even advocate, gun ownership – perhaps because it has never been the culture here in the UK.  However, in America, it is considered a very important constitutional right to bear arms.  Here’s the young American Jewish commentator, Ben Shapiro, debating the issue with Piers Morgan in 2017…

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We know that the gun lobby, big guns business (so to speak), makes it very difficult for politicians to propose a ban on gun ownership, never mind the Second Amendment right to bear arms, cherished by the American people.   My own gut feeling is that, with the extent of the killing sprees now taking place almost routinely across the USA, a President – preparing for possible re-election – who boldly proposed doing whatever is reasonably possible to deal with the problem of widespread gun ownership, would be onto a winner.  Surely, the sheer number of deaths caused this weekend alone, in two different parts of the United States, would be sufficient to cause a change in the American mindset about the Second Amendment? 

Personally, I’d like to see a courageous President move to end widespread gun ownership, by whatever constitutional means are available, and if you agree, let’s hear it.  But if you disagree (and I can already see some of our American bloggers bristling with indignation 😀 ) then please suggest your preferred solution – but make it one that would truly make a difference…

Final thought:  I have a young (teenage) relative who says he would dearly love to move to the USA when he’s finished his education.  I keep reminding him of the two things that would be very different if he did so;  one, the gun culture (don’t get impatient – with anyone! If the bus is late, so be it! If that hamburger is cold, smile at the waiter and tip him/her anyway!) And the second – well, that’s irrelevant to the present discussion, so I’ll leave that hanging there for another day 😀 

For the purposes of this conversation, please, simply answer the questions in the headline –  can these massacres be prevented?  And if so, how

Trump Visit: Is Khan Guilty of Inciting Hatred? Think Baby Balloon & Name-calling -“Fascist” Is NOT Funny…

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The above video interview dates from President Trump’s previous visit to the UK when the same ugly baby balloon image of him was permitted that will be flown in London during this week’s visit.  It’s a disgrace.  It’s insulting, as is his description of the President as a “fascist“.  One thought which crosses my mind is whether a Christian Mayor would have been so unkind, whatever his political views.  Now, before I’m arrested for “hate speech” let me make my position clear;  just try it – if anyone is guilty of hate speech and inciting to hatred, it is, in my considered view, Sadiq Khan.  And let me add, by way of emphasising that thought which crossed my mind, I sincerely hope that no Christian Mayor of London (or anywhere else for that matter) would be so cruelly unkind in his remarks and in permitting such an insulting image to be publicly displayed during such an important state visit.  I know it’s completely unfashionable to even hint at anything negative in any non-Christian religion but that’s too  bad.  I’m hinting.  In Christianity, we are taught to love even our enemies, to “do good to those who persecute you” – I’m wondering if there is anything similar is Islamic teaching that should have prevented Khan from being so nasty to Donald Trump?  Obviously, as a public figure, the President is not above criticism, but nasty personal remarks and caricatures?  

Headlines today scream that it is Trump who is insulting Khan!  Laughable.  As it is laughable that Trump is intervening in UK elections by suggesting Boris Johnson for PM.  Having watched the interview, I am appalled at the dishonesty.  The political editor of The Sun ASKED Donald Trump for his opinion on various people including Boris, so it is entirely disingenuous to give the impression that the President pushed for any particular candidate in the leadership race.  He simply answered a question.  End of. 

No wonder Donald Trump despises the mainstream media.  Me, too.  What about you?  IS Sadiq Khan guilty of inciting hatred against the President of the United States of  America?  

“Pro-Choice” Women Hard as Nails…

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The wild reactions to the news that in the USA there are States which criminalise abortion (as they criminalise every other murder) has been really telling.  In TV discussions, including here in the UK, what stands out starkly is the way women who describe themselves as “pro-choice” (i.e. in favour of having the choice to kill their unborn child) have reacted to the very idea that there may be a return to protecting the unborn child in law.   Hard as nails, is the phrase which kept coming to my mind, watching and listening to them.  They speak about having had an abortion the way the rest of us would speak about having bought the wrong flavour of… let’s see… milkshake, perhaps?

This thread, then, isn’t really about abortion per se – we have a pro-life thread for that (and a segment in the above video to remind us, if any of us need reminding about the sheer barbarism involved in an abortion) and we’ve had many discussions on the subject in dedicated threads.  The purpose of this thread is to examine the extent to which the “right” to kill their unborn child has coarsened women and made them hard as nails.  I can see it plain as daylight in any conversation on the subject, whether on TV or in person.  And I see absolutely NO “agonising”.  Watching the delighted victors in the Irish abortion referendum literally dancing in the streets of Dublin put paid to that lie, once and for all. 

Personally, as a woman myself, I think the “pro-choice” females  are utterly self-centred women who – by the way – do not allow the fathers of their unborn child any say in the matter.  And that on the grounds that it’s the women’s body, her choice. 

Let’s hope they keep their mouths shut, then, in any conversation about men’s bodies – such as the current scandal of the high rate of male suicides.  Whether it’s their son (you know, the one who made it through the womb) or their “partner”/husband, or father, the message, in my world,  is clear;  it’s NOT your body so mind your own business.   

“Pro-choice” women are self-centred, coarse, and hard as nails.  That’s my view – what about you?   

The Delusion of Diversity And The Victim Culture… Playing With Fire?

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American author, Heather MacDonald, interviewed in the above clip, speaks a lot of sense, mostly applied to university education but it could all, every word, be applied more generally to society – including UK society.  She quotes a music student from Colombia University who says (incredibly): “Why did I have to listen to this Mozart? Who is this Mozart, this Haydn, these superior white men? There are no women, no people of color.” (sic)

The author goes on to make the point that this student (and her ilk) will take this hate which is being instilled into young people in their colleges, and take it out in the world.  Imagine being one of those females who goes through life perpetually believing that she is a victim, that all men are bad, out to persecute women. And that’s what the majority of the women in the public eye (not to mention students!) appear to believe.  Gimme strength.  

Previously in the interview, Heather had said she is sick of hearing sentences which begin: “As a female… as a black female… as a  black trans-female…” dubbing these “trivial categories.”  And she adds something that should ring true in the heads of all right-thinking people:  “Being female is not an accomplishment and it tells you nothing about me, which is what I know, what I have accomplished, and what my beliefs are.”

Ms MacDonald touches on many key areas of contemporary life, in relation to the diversity agenda and the sexual revolution. It’s well worth listening/viewing right through – takes just over half and hour. 

I couldn’t agree more with just about everything she says  – I’m thoroughly sick of the whole diversity and equality baloney.  What about you? And what, in your opinion,  will be the long-term effects of this “diversity delusion”? 

Mueller Report: Trump Vindicated?

 

From The Daily Caller

CNN pundits are admitting that Mueller’s final report vindicates President Donald Trump, undercutting the frenzied coverage the network has given the Russia investigation since its inception.

Special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report on Russian collusion to Attorney General Bill Barr on Friday, finally wrapping up a 22-month investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  Click here to read entire report including clips from CNN news broadcasts. 

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It really is laugh-a-minute stuff.  It’s hilarious watching the huge efforts of his enemies to try to bring about the downfall of President Trump. The news reporters here in the UK can barely conceal their disappointment that Mueller has, it seems obvious, vindicated the President of the core claim that he colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 election.  His enemies are unlikely to give up, however.  They are still very much on his case.  Will they – thinkest thou – succeed?  Or is he, as indicated here enjoying some level of divine protection, not least as a result of his respect for Our Lady of Fatima?