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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Blather

Gillian June 22 2013

I woke up wondering which newsworthy items between January and June 2013 made an “important world events” list. So I engaged spy-central (Google), typed in “world events 2013″ and landed at EndMemo. Here’s their list (most recent first):

  1. US NSA Prism Program. (06-06-2013)
  2. Baltimore cruise ship fire in Caribbean. (05-27-2013)
  3. London shocked after brutal machete attack. (05-22-2013)
  4. Huge tornado hits Oklahoma. (05-20-2013)
  5. Scientists successfully cloned human stem cells. (05-17-2013)
  6. Yahoo buys Tumblr for $1.1 billion. (05-17-2013)
  7. Bangladesh Factory Collapse, Over 700 Dead. (05-05-2013)
  8. Deadly earthquake hits China Sichuan. (04-18-2013)
  9. Boston Marathon Blasts . (04-16-2013)
  10. Margaret Thatcher Dies at 87. (04-07-2013)
  11. The rise of bitcoin. (03-20-2013)
  12. Cyprus taxes bank deposits. (03-17-2013)
  13. Meteorites injured hundreds in Russia. (02-14-2013)
  14. Pope Benedict XVI resigned. (02-10-2013)
  15. About 230 Dead During Brazil Nightclub Fire. (01-27-2013)
  16. Algeria Hostage Crisis. (01-16-2013)
  17. Stampede During New Year Fireworks in Ivory Coast. (01-01-2013)

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Cardinal O’Brien Resigns: Church In Crisis

Before It’s News February 25 2013

This is a shocking crisis for the Church.

Is the credibility of the Scottish Catholic Church in question? One day after facing accusations of sexual abuse, Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Great Britian has announced that he will be stepping down ahead of schedule and will not be participating in the vote for the next pope. From The Telegraph.

Let’s spell this out bluntly. The most senior Catholic cleric in Britain, Cardinal Keith O’Brien of St Andrews and Edinburgh, has been forced to resign ahead of schedule following allegations that he made homosexual advances to younger clergy in his diocese – and isn’t now expected to attend the conclave to elect the next Pope. There will now be no Briton in the Sistine Chapel when voting takes place. O’Brien’s early resignation is believed to have been at the personal insistence of Benedict XVI, in one of his last acts as Pope.

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Josh Voorhees ~ Italian Media Reports Of Secret Gay Network At Vatican

Slate February 22 2013

Italian media are reporting that Pope Benedict XVI decided to retire the same day he was given the secret dossier

Pope Benedict XVI is a little more than two weeks away from beginning his retirement at the Castel Gandolfo, but his final days as head of the Catholic church don’t look like they’re going to be quiet ones. Unsourced reports coming out of Italy suggest that the pope decided to call it quits not because of his old age but instead to avoid the fallout that could come from a secret 300-page dossier compiled by three cardinals he tapped to look into last year’s leak of confidential papers stolen from his desk.

Those papers, widely known as the “VatiLeaks,” raised questions of financial impropriety and corruption at the Vatican. The investigation that followed, however, may prove even more uncomfortable for church officials.

The secret dossier allegedly details a wide range of infighting among various factions in the Vatican’s governing body, known as the Curia. But the headline-ready takeaway from today’s report from La Repubblica concerns the existence of one faction in particular, a network of gay church officials. Just in case that weren’t enough to pique international interest, the Italian newspaper also reports that some of said officials had been blackmailed by outsiders. According to the report, the pope got his first look at the dossier—”two folders hard-bound in red” with the header “pontifical secret”—on Dec. 17, and decided that same day to retire.

Now’s a good time to take a step back and offer a few disclaimers. For starters, the Vatican has repeatedly dismissed the reports as baseless. The story from La Repubblica that is driving the allegations is unsourced, so it’s difficult to tell how much stock to put into the whole thing. (There’s also the fact that, it being an Italian-language paper, there’s always a chance of some of the details getting lost in translation.) Still, it appears as though at least one other Italian newspaper, the weekly Panorama, has a similar report—although its unnamed sources could very well be the same as La Repubblica’s. A third Italian paper, Corriere della Sera, alluded to the existence of the secret dossier soon after Benedict announced his resignation earlier this month, describing its contents as “disturbing” but providing few details.

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Philip Pullella ~ Pope Will Have Security, Immunity By Remaining In The Vatican

Reuters February 15 2013 (Thanks, CD)

Vatican City ~ Pope Benedict’s decision to live in the Vatican after he resigns will provide him with security and privacy. It will also offer legal protection from any attempt to prosecute him in connection with sexual abuse cases around the world, Church sources and legal experts say.

“His continued presence in the Vatican is necessary, otherwise he might be defenseless. He wouldn’t have his immunity, his prerogatives, his security, if he is anywhere else,” said one Vatican official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“It is absolutely necessary” that he stays in the Vatican, said the source, adding that Benedict should have a “dignified existence” in his remaining years.

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onplanetliz ~ So Long And Thanks For All The Fish!

onplanetliz February 18 2013

Are we about to witness the last of the Fishermen? I am referring of course to the Popes as the fishers of men or the Captains of the ‘Bark of St. Peter’ – bark meaning boat and St. Peter was a fisherman as well as the first Pope.

Pope Benedict actually used that expression in his resignation speech

– here is the excerpt:

…”However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”…

The ROMAN Catholic Church is about to get a new captain and according to the Malachy Prophecy this will be the last Pope – number 112.

Ratzinger/Benedict, by the way, fits the 111th prophecy of Malachy – the ‘Glory of the Olive’ having taken the name of the previous Pope Benedict who was known as the Pope of peace during WWI. The olive plant is a symbol of peace.

Only 3 popes have been to Jerusalem since Israel became a state. It seems that Benedict XVI is the only one of those popes to give a mass at the Mount of Olives.  A custom made altar, complete with a red throne was erected specially for the event near where the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives was supposed to be. It was certainly erected to ‘Glorify his Oliveness’!

According to Drunvalo Melchizedek in the ‘Serpent of Light’ page 88, a triple 1 (prophecy #111) signifies Energy flow. Whenever one consciously clocks the triple 1,  it means energy moving location or shifting into something new. Ironically, Ratzinger is an Aries – the number 1 in the zodiac.

Perhaps the next and supposedly last Pope #112 may signify where the energy goes.

Here is what Malachy prophecied about him:

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Carol Ann Ciocco ~ The Pope Resigns

3Moon Ocean February 15 2013

Hi everyone, some have written to me after my email the other day to ask what I thought about Pope Benedict resigning on February 11 (http://reut.rs/VVXrQy) especially since I didn’t mention it. I wanted to avoid talking about it because of my negative view of this Pope, but I decided to weigh in anyway.

This resignation truly is a monumental occurrence – the last time a Pope resigned was in 1415, nearly 600 years ago. I was completely shocked – as many were. I didn’t see it coming, especially astrologically.

From my perspective, the real fireworks of this year will begin in April/May with a triple eclipse season and the third of seven Uranus/Pluto squares. Eclipse effects can emerge several months before the actual eclipse, it’s true, but I don’t feel that’s what was at work here. On the day the announcement was made, we were immersed in a sea of Piscean energy – the energy of Love, Oneness and Bliss. When something shocking like this happens, I immediately suspect Uranus and Pluto, but nothing on that day was glaring in that regard for me.

I believe that the astrology of this Pope’s resignation has more to do with the general revolutionary energy of our times, i.e. with Pluto in Capricorn bringing down ancient corrupt structures and leaders. A close study of the natal chart of the Vatican would be interesting but that’s not the type of astrology I do. Anyway, I feel that this resignation has more to do with powerful effects in the Pope’s natal chart (Pluto and Uranus making serious aspects to his natal Moon-Pluto). It is personal to him and has rippled out to affect us – a global example of the nature of the beast at the turn of the 21st century.

This is a very significant event in terms of the hand-writing on the wall of the radical and stunning changes happening now, and yet to come. Consider the character of this Pope:

In 1981, as Cardinal Ratzinger, Pope Benedict was named Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the organization which until 1965 had been called the Holy Office of the Inquisition, making him successor to the Grand Inquisitor.

“The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) (Congregatio pro Doctrina Fidei), previously known as the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition (wherefrom arose the names Roman Inquisition or Holy Inquisition popularly used in reference to the 16th century tribunals against witchcraft and heresy), and after 1904 called the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office, is the oldest of the ninecongregations of the Roman Curia. Among the most active of the congregations, it oversees Catholic Churchdoctrine. Its offices are housed at the Palace of the Holy Office at the Vatican.” -wiki

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Richard Gleaves ~ A Trail Of Breadcrumbs: The Resignation Of Pope Benedict And The Great Financial Collapse

Uncommon Sense February 15 2013 (Thanks, A.L.)

On Tuesday, February 12th, Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world and his congregation with news that he was resigning the papacy; this is entirely unprecedented in the modern age. The last pope to resign, Gregory XII, did so only to solve a dilemma of leadership in the church. That was 600 years ago, and it hasn’t happened since. Every pope in 600 years has died in the arms of the church.

But not this pope. Regardless of what you believe, it is hard to fathom how, within the Catholic framework, he can justify rejecting the papacy theologically or practically. Despite the advantages of medical care and luxury, despite the prospect of remaining servant of God and meeting his creator as pope, he is rejecting his position in relation to God and walking away.

When something extraordinary happens, one must look for extraordinary circumstances. I think I can explain this sudden resignation, if the reader is prepared to follow a trail of breadcrumbs, link after link in a chain that connects five men. This is not a chain of five conspirators, necessarily, but is intended to show the links between our politics, our financial gurus, and our religious leaders.

First, Barack Obama. The president is bent on running the national debt to its limit. He is pushing to eliminate the debt ceiling, and calling for chump-change revenue while the government wastes trillions pouring cash down sinkhole after sinkhole of boondoggles, swindles and schemes. Every move he makes promises a parabolic curve of rising debt. Why? There are three opinions. Firstly, it is possible that he believes increased spending is the way to save the economy; perhaps his advisors have told him that the depressionary forces of the market must be countered by an inflationary monetary policy or else the economy will collapse. The second possibility is that he knows a collapse is inevitable and is buying time, either for noble motives (sparing Americans the pain in the hope that some last minute save appears) or venal (a shopping spree of spending while the reserve status makes it possible, to secure his constituency and reward his cronies). The third opinion is more sinister. Could Obama be running up the debt to cause the collapse? Who would stand to benefit? And what would happen afterwards? It is difficult to believe that this is the case. How would the man look in the mirror?

Simon Tomlinson ~ Lightning Hits St Peter’s Hours After Pope Resignation

Govt Slaves February 11 2013

The Catholic church was thrown into turmoil today after Pope Benedict XVI made the shock decision to quit the papacy because of his deteriorating health.

In a decision that has surprised even his closest aides, the 85-year-old Pontiff said his strength was ‘no longer adequate to continue in office due to his advanced age’.

He announced his resignation in Latin to a meeting of Vatican cardinals this morning, saying he did not have the ‘strength of mind and body’ to continue leading more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide.

The decision is unprecedented. He is the first Pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415 and no Pontiff in history has stepped down on health grounds.

The move allows the Vatican to hold a conclave before Easter to elect a new pope, since the traditional mourning time that would follow the death of a Pontiff does not have to be observed.

There are several papal contenders, including Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson who is a front-runner to become the first black Pope.

Although officials said there had been no pressure for Benedict to resign, the internet is already awash with speculation that there was a more sinister reason behind his decision.

Speaking in one of the Vatican’s state rooms, the Pope today told cardinals: ‘After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.

‘I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only by words and deeds but no less with prayer and suffering.

‘However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the barque of St. Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary – strengths which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.’

Benedict, who at 78 became the oldest Pope in 300 years when he was elected in 2005, said he was making the decision in ‘full freedom’ but was ‘fully aware of the gravity of this gesture’.

Several cardinals did not even understand what Benedict had said during the consistory, said the Reverend Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman.

Others who did were stunned.

A cardinal who was at the meeting said: ‘We listened with a sense of incredulity as His Holiness told us of his decision to step down from the church that he so loves.’

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Vatican Confirms ~ Pope Benedict Resigns

SkyNews February 11 2013

He will be the first head of the Roman Catholic Church to resign in almost 600 years, with his departure expected to leave the post vacant for around three weeks.

The 85-year-old German’s resignation letter said: “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.

“I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering.

“However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfil the ministry entrusted to me.”

He will step down after almost eight years in the post, having been elected in April 2005.

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