Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Francis performs Birkat Kohanim blessing at the New Year’s Angelus

Francis giving the Birkat Kohanim blessing in the Sephardic manner.

To welcome in the new year, on Tuesday 1 January 2019, Francis decided to scrap the usual Catholic blessing invoking the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and replaced it with the Birkat Kohanim blessing.

And today the liturgy refers to the very ancient blessing with which the Jewish priests blessed the people. It states: “The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26). The priest repeated God’s name, “Lord,” thrice, extending his hand over the assembled people. In the Bible, in fact, a name represents the reality itself that is invoked and so, “to put the name” of the Lord on a person, a family, a community means to offer them the beneficial strength that flows from Him.

Angelus Address: On the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and the 52nd World Day of Peace, Zenit, (1 January 2019)

The website, NovusOrdoWire succinctly pointed out,

“Unfortunately, Bergoglio didn’t think it worth mentioning that the fact that the Lord’s name is invoked three times is a prefigurement of the Holy Trinity, just as is the threefold invocation of God as “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (Ex 3:6), and as is perhaps the visitation of Abraham by three angels who “appeared to him [as] three men” (see Gen 18:1-3). No, the Trinity does not make an appearance in Francis’ Jan. 1 Angelus at all, not even, as we just saw, in the final benediction.”

Francis opts for Old Testament Blessing at New Year’s Angelus, NovusOrdoWire, (9 January 2019)

The still above is taken from this video where Francis begins the Birkat Kohanim at 10 minutes & 34 seconds mark by raising his hands and saying,

“The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace”

Angelus Address: On the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and the 52nd World Day of Peace, Zenit, (1 January 2019)

These words are in agreement with the description the Jewish Encyclopedia of 1906 provides for the Birkat Kohanim,

We return to the still frame. In it, Francis is holding his hands and head in the style done by the Sephardic Jews as explained by the Chabad Lubavitcher website,

Knowing Francis’ penchant for all things Talmudic, his claim that he has an inner-Jew, his homilies filled with anti-Christian rabbinical ideas, his telling of blasphemous jokes to Jewish friends, and his vast collection of Judaic books, it should come as no surprise that Francis pulled another fast one.  In 2016, Francis received for his 80th birthday a replica of the oldest Birkat Kohanim known from his good friend and often guest at the Vatican, Rabbi Isaac Sacca. What amazes us at Call Me Jorge... is that while everyone is arguing over who the pope is (Francis or Benedict), the Viganò allegations, or is mesmerized by Francis’ redefinition of the papacy hardly anyone notices as Francis slowly and methodically incorporates Talmudic Judaism into the Novus Ordo.  As we grow tired of writing, Francis and his cronies will not be content until St. Peter’s resembles a synagogue and the Vatican a shtetl.  With this Birkat Kohanim ‘blessing’ another nail has been hammered into that coffin.

Thanks to NovusOrdoWire who brought this New Year’s ‘blessing’ to out attention.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Fresh off the ‘drukn’ — The Bible of Friendship

La Bibbia dell’Amicizia: Brani della Torah/Pentateuco commentati da ebrei e cristiani (The Friendship Bible: Passages of the Torah/Pentateuch commented on by Jews and Christians)

This past Thursday a new book, ‘La Bibbia dell’Amicizia: Brani della Torah/Pentateuco commentati da ebrei e cristiani’ (The Friendship Bible: Passages of the Torah / Pentateuch commented on by Jews and Christians), hit the shelves in Italian bookstores.  (CMJ’s note: The Talmudic Jews and the Novus Ordo freely use the words Torah, Tanakh, Hebrew Bible and pretend that they are the same as the Pentateuch or the first five books of the Old Testament.) It’s being published by Edizioni San Paolo, a publishing house connected to the Society of St. Paul.  The book has two editors, — Marco Cassuto Morselli, president of Amicizia ebraico-cristiana di Roma (Jewish-Christian friendship in Rome) and editor of Italian editions of works by Elia Benamozegh, Jules Isaac, André Chouraqui, Cecil Roth, Aimé Pallière, Moshe Idel, Jiri Langer and Barukh Spinoza,  — and Fr. Giulio Michelini, Francis’ retreat master of 2017, who is immersed in all things Talmudic, and looks to the rabbis to explain the Christian religion. The book also has two prefaces, the first by Francis, and the second by Rabbi Abraham Skorka.  This is not the only time Skorka appears in the volume, he also appears in a featured commentary.  The book has original introductions to each of the five books of the Hebrew Bible and is followed by thirty-five passages from the Hebrew Bible with exegesis.  In his preface, Francis stresses that there is much to learn from the Hebrew Bible.  One small problem is that the collection of books which this ‘Friendship Bible’ is based off, were not assembled until after Jesus ascended into heaven and Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans.  The compiler Akiba ben Yosef (aka Rabbi Akiva) drew up the canon which would became the Tanakh in A.D. 95.  He believed that the messiah wasn’t Jesus the Christ but a man named Bar Kochba.  In his Torah he included the rabbi created Halakahic laws and set out to destroy the credibility of the Gospels.  This text ultimately became the Hebrew Bible or Masoretic Text when it was codified by Aaron Ben Asher in the A.D. 10th century and was latter given the stamp of sacred authorization by none other than the anti-Catholic, Maimonides! Coincidentally, the book was released on the Novus Ordo’s Italian religious feast Day of Judaism which takes place on 17 January every year since 1990.  This day was so chosen because it sets a Talmudic tone for the Novus Ordo’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January). Below are translated excerpts from the two prefaces by Francis and Skorka.  The prefaces can be found online in the original Italian Servizio comune all’umanità (Francis) and Antropologia di Dio (Skorka’s is incomplete), L'Osservatore Romano, Anno CLIX n. 12 (48.040), mercoledì 16 gennaio 2019, pagina 11 (click here).  They can also be found here (Francis) and here (Skorka complete).

Francis’ Preface 
The Friendship Bible is an attractive but very challenging project. I am well aware that we have in the past nineteen centuries of Christian anti-Judaism and that in comparison a few decades of dialogue is a small thing. 
However, in recent times many things have changed and others are still changing. We need to work harder to ask for forgiveness and to repair the damage caused by misunderstandings. The values, the traditions, the great ideas that identify Judaism and Christianity must be put at the service of humanity without ever forgetting the sacredness and authenticity of friendship. 
The Bible makes us understand the inviolability of these values, a necessary premise for constructive dialogue. 
The best way to talk, however, is not just talking and discussing, but making plans and realizing them together with all those who have good will and mutual respect in friendship. There is a rich complementary relationship that allows us to read together the texts of the Hebrew Bible helping each other to dissect the riches of the Word of God. The common goal will be to be witnesses of the Father’s love all over the world. For the Jew like the Christian, there is no doubt that love for God and for the neighbor summarizes all the commandments. 
Therefore, Jews and Christians must feel like brothers and sisters, united by the same God and by a rich common spiritual patrimony, on which to build a foundation and continue together to build the future. 
It is vitally important for Christians to discover and promote knowledge of Jewish tradition in order to be able to understand themselves authentically. The study of the Torah is part of this fundamental commitment. This is why I want to entrust your journey of research to the words of the invocation that every Jewish believer recites daily at the end of the amidah prayer: “May the doors of Torah, wisdom, intelligence and knowledge be open to us, the doors of nourishment and sustenance, the doors of life, of grace, of love and of mercy and of approval before You”. I wish you continue on the journey with perseverance and invoke God’s blessing on everyone.

- Francis

As one reads in the preface, Francis implies that Catholicism is anti-semitic at it’s core when he states, “we have in the past nineteen centuries of Christian anti-Judaism”. His diagnosis for this, “Christian anti-Judaism” is “to work harder to ask for forgiveness and to repair the damage caused by misunderstandings.” How does he propose, “repair[ing] the damage”? Why by simply adopting Jewish, “value$, traditions, and ideas”. He then states that these Jewish value$ are inviolable and necessary for “constructive dialogue.” A suggestion Francis, why not drop the act of pretending to be a Catholic, go get your one of your kippahs, put it on, and have your humble self walk to the synagogue for shabbat? It only gets worse as he wants pewsitters to understand the Hebrew Bible through the tyrannical minds of the rabbis. He ends his preface by stating that only by “discover[ing] and promot[ing] knowledge of Jewish tradition” will Christians be able to understand themselves. As an example of this Francis turns to the rabbis and their anti-Christian Amidah prayer. In a previous post, The symbolism of the gifts Francis received and gave while at the Great Synagogue of Rome or Francis’ occult day at the synagogue, the ‘Amidah’ - Birkat Ha’Minim invocation is explained and we quote it below.

‘Amidah’ - Birkat Ha’Minim invocation

Notice in the second part of the excerpt, rabbi Riccardo Di Segni mentions the end of the ‘Amidah’ prayers.  This is interesting because the public watching Francis’ trip to the synagogue must not be sufficiently processed yet to hear the remainder of the ‘Amidah’.  Di Segni’s omission of the ‘benediction’ #12 speaks volumes as it will set the tone for what else is about to transpire. 

So what exactly is the ‘Amidah’ prayer?  This invocation is 1927 years old and in the 12th ‘benediction’ the Talmudic Jews curse Christians.  The Talmudists are required to pray this by Halachic law not once, not twice, but three times a day in order to be considered Jewish!

And for Christians let there be no hope, and may all the evil in an instant be destroyed and all thy enemies be cut down swiftly; and the evil ones uproot and break and destroy and humble soon in our days. Blessed are you lord who breaks enemies and humbles sinners. (Birkat HaMinim, "Benediction" #12 of the Shmone Esreh (18 Benedictions) mandated by halacha to be prayed by every Orthodox Judaic male three times daily).
source: Maurice Pinay, Hypocrites!

The Amidah prayer in its section twelve (formerly section nineteen) contains the Birkat HaMinim, the curse on Christians ("Ha' or 'la' 'minim"): Kerega karishah v'khol tikvah tehi al ve laminim ("Let there be no hope for the wicked and for Christians"). The curse has since been disguised by telling inquiring gentiles that the text is targeted not at laminim but at lamalshinim ("slanderers") and is aimed at malicious gossips, not Christians. The goyim usually believe this nonsensical cover story. It would be "antisemitic" not to believe it. The truth, however, may be discovered in any uncensored edition of BT Berakhot 28b-29a. The failure to recite this section of the Amidah "prayer" was considered a sure indication that the Judaic who failed to say it was a crypto-Christian. Hence, recitation of the Birkat HaMinim was a litmus test to determine if a Judaic was secretly harboring Christian beliefs. In the past, Judaics who failed this test were subject to the rabbinic penal laws of the cherem, including beating, whipping and in extreme cases, execution. The Birkat HaMinim prayer also consists in the supplication that Christians be "swiftly cut down (m'heriah... yika reitu)... doomed (toveid)... destroyed (ut mahgeir)" and "uprooted (fe'akeir)." Judeo-Churchians refer to this curse as a "blessing" — "the blessing of the Amidah."
source: Michael A. Hoffman II, Judaism Discovered (2008), footnote #272, p. 279

The patristic authority Jerome (342-420) complained bitterly, in his commentary to Isaiah, about the Jews’ condemnation of notsrim (believers in Jesus, “the Nazarite”), in the benediction of the daily Amidah known as Birkat ha-Minim: "The Jews . . . after having been invited by the Lord to do penitence . . . up to the present day persevere in blasphemy and three times a day in all their synagogues they anathemize the Christian name."
His complaint echoes even harsher early Christian polemics, such as that of the Church Father Epiphanius (315-403): "Not only do Jewish people have a hatred of their enemies; they even stand up at dawn, at midday, and toward evening, three times a day when they recite their prayers in the synagogue, and curse and anathemize them. Three times a day they say, 'God curse the Nazoreans.' For they harbor an extra grudge against them . . . because, despite their Jewishness, they preach that Jesus is the Christ, the opposite of those who are still Jews, for they have not accepted Jesus."
source: Jewish Ideas Daily, Do Jews Curse Christians?

For those who need more background on this ‘benediction’ which ritually curses Christianity and its civilization as malkhut zadon, see the Encyclopedia Judaica (1977): AMIDAH - Volume 2, pp. 841-2; BIRKAT HA-MINIM - Volume 4, p. 1035; JABNEH - Volume 9, p. 1176; MIN - Volume 12, p. 3; and SAMUEL HA-KATAN - Volume 14, pp. 815-6.

After reading it ask yourself, ‘Was Francis blessing the readers of his preface or cursing them backhandedly?’  One more thing to point out, notice how old the ‘Amidah’ - Birkat Ha’Minim invocation is?  Nineteen hundred and twenty-seven years.  How long did Francis state at the beginning of his preface that “Christian anti-Judaism” had been happening?  Nineteen centuries or nineteen hundred years.  The dishonest Francis is projecting here the sins of his favorite people onto the people he most despises.

Skorka’s Preface
Although the Bible has been considered as a sacred text... its interpretation has been the cause of disagreements, disputes and, finally, resentments and hatred that led to all kinds of persecutions and killings. 
During the Middle Ages disputes were organized between Jews and Christians, such as the famous ones in Paris (1240), Barcelona (1263), Ávila (1375) and Tortosa (1414), during which the word of God in the hands of men generated more rancor than understanding. Intellectual arrogance, spiritual arrogance, and blindness made many believe that the unique and absolute interpretative truth was in their own hands and that they had to impose it on others. These disputes were... conflicts between intellectual arguments from which the living God was expelled, who was replaced — at best — by a God as a concept, whose essence was supposed to be deeply known by polemicists. The image that the Bible reveals to us about God is diametrically opposed to this. 
There are many verses in the Hebrew Bible in which the expression “living God” appears, as an essential characteristic of the Supreme Being...The God of the Bible can change his opinion according to human behavior, he does not act like a computer program, he dialogues with men because he is sensitive to their behavior and their vicissitudes. Man can never arrogate knowledge about the perception of God, of men and their circumstances, because it is not static, but changes according to the dialogue that is developing with human beings, with their reactions and their attitudes, as can be deduced from the account of the prophet Hananiah ben Azur in Jeremiah (Jeremias) chapters 27 & 28.  Jeremiah, who had received the order from God to proclaim a given message, was disconcerted by the message of another prophet who proclaimed the antithesis of his own. Only after returning to consult God did he reply to Hananiah that his message was false: God can change his opinion. He is a dynamic Being... [Martin Buber masterfully developed this concept in his essay "Nevyie sheqer", in Darko shel Miqra, Bialik Institute, Jerusalem 1978, 119-122.] 
The dialogue between man and God, through which the former sees first glimpses of a reflection of his Creator, can be “full”.  So it was when the people, on Mount Sinai, in front of God's proposal to accept a pact with the ethical standards that he would reveal, replied, “Everything the Lord said, "We'll do and we'll listen.” (Ex 24.7). The opposite happens when God warns the people of Israel: “I will hide my face [at the people of Israel] on that day, for all the evil they have done, turning to other gods” (Deut 31:18). Through this dialogue between the celestial and the terrestrial, it was revealed to man in the biblical text what conduct God expects from individuals, but the ultimate truth of his working with his creatures and the sense of their existence is an unknown mystery for every man. The book of Yov, or Job, and multiple biblical passages are clear in this regard. [Cf. Ger 12,1-5; see in particular the exegesis of David Kimḥi of v. 5; Ab 2,1-4] The presence of the Creator must be sought by man day by day, moment by moment. It is much more than a concept or an idea. 
***The development of human knowledge has revealed the limits of the philosophical thought that aspires to include God as the last of the ideas to be understood. Martin Buber has developed a critique well founded to such intellectual structures, which he exposes in the essays collected in The Eclipse of God. [M. Buber, The Eclipse of God. Considerations on the relationship between religion and philosophy, Editions of Community, Milan 1983.] He explains that an idea is nothing more than the image of an image. When the mind elaborates an idea, according to Buber, creates an image that is ultimately material. In confining God within the limits of an intellectual creation we are, therefore, subtly transgressing the commandment of the Commandments which prohibits us from making any image, inspired by the to material things that represent God. His Presence, therefore, is to be found in existence itself: in the subtle messages it offers us nature (Ps 19), and in the search for oneself and one's neighbor. Pope Francis has developed this vision in his life in his particular and specific dialogue with God and with the people. From his position, founded on faith in Christ, he believes that the interpretation of the biblical texts by Jewish scholars rather than leading to opposition serves to clarify and understand the texts themselves more deeply. The paragraph of Nostra Aetate in which it is clarified that God maintains his covenant with the Jewish people, which has never been abolished, has undoubtedly been for Bergoglio the theological basis for seeking in dialogue with the Jews a complementary relationship that allows him to reach a vision He integrates his own faith, as he himself writes in his apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium: "God continues to work among the people of the Old Covenant and to bring forth treasures of wisdom which flow from their encounter with his word. For this reason, the Church also is enriched when she receives the values of Judaism. While it is true that certain Christian beliefs are unacceptable to Judaism, and that the Church cannot refrain from proclaiming Jesus as Lord and Messiah, there exists as well a rich complementarity which allows us to read the texts of the Hebrew Scriptures together and to help one another to mine the riches of God’s word. We can also share many ethical convictions and a common concern for justice and the development of peoples. 
The theology of Francis is strongly pragmatic. Religiosity, in his vision that I share, it can not be essentially confined to academies, meditation and spiritual elevation. These serve for the formation of the “fuel” with which the life of the simple individual must be enlightened in his daily struggle to live with dignity. 
Yehuda Amichai, a Jewish poet of the generation that founded the State of Israel, was born in an observing house, had a religious education, but the Shoah and the War of Independence marked a curvature in his life. In analyzing his poems, I feel his desperate need to ask questions to that God in whom he was taught to put his faith in. He left observance, but not the values proposed in the Bible; therefore, in reading his poem Jerusalem, we discovered the profound sense of what we have just written about the barriers that one erects so as not to see the human condition of the other. The poet wrote: [Italian translation from Hebrew from the article by F. Bianchi, ""A port on the shore of eternity""Jerusalem in the poem by Yehuda Amichai.", Orientalia Parthenopeia 11 (2011) 91-112, this is 94.] 
On a roof in the Old City
Laundry hanging in the late afternoon sunlight:
The white sheet of a woman who is my enemy,
The towel of a man who is my enemy,
To wipe off the sweat of his brow.
In the sky of the Old City
A kite.
At the other end of the string,
A child
I can’t see
Because of the wall.
We have put up many flags,
They have put up many flags.
To make us think that they’re happy.
To make them think that we’re happy. 
This is what Jerusalem represents for him: beyond his name, and of its history of holiness and spirituality, the current challenge is that that story has a continuity in the present. That his inhabitants discover in each other the human condition that they share. Perhaps — and this would be the central issue that mortified Amichai — is the dramatic dissociation between the heavenly and earthly Jerusalem, between the city that must summon all peoples to peace [see the prophets Isaiah (Isaias), Micah (Micheas), Zachariah (Zacharias)] and the reality of discord of the present. 
The Bible must be read to inspire its readers to delineate their own present and plan for the future.  The exegesis that bind us to the past generations allows a deep understanding, but at the same time are testimonies of readings of past times. The new exegesis, together with the academic one, must present the existential vision of the present and give projective models for the future. 
Rav Abraham Yoshua Heschel in his book, Man is Not Alone, has coined a very significant sentence that sums up the above mentioned incomplete idea: “The Bible is not a theology of man but an anthropology of God.” [A.J. Heschel, Man Is Not Alone. A Philosophy of Religion, Rusconi, Milan 1987.] It is the indestructible Shrine whose precepts are, as expressed in daily prayers, “our life and the length of our lives”. It is the text that God recommended to Joshua (Josue) to have for ever present and meditate day and night; a precept that the Jewish people interpreted should be extended to all its members and for all times (see the exegesis of Rav David Kimhi ad locum). One of the sages of the Mishnah states: “Investigate in it and investigate it again [the Torah], because everything is found in it” (Pirkei Avot 5:24). 
In the days of the great revolt against Rome during the reign of Hadrian, the masters were forbidden to teach the Torah. The oppressors claimed to destroy the Jewish identity by forbidding its transmission and formation. Rav Haninah ben Teradion challenged the oppressor by teaching the Torah in public. The Romans captured him, laid him on a pyre, surrounded his body with the scroll of the Torah with which he taught. And they lit the fire. At the moment of utmost sorrow his students asked him: “Master, what do you see?” The Rav answered them: “I see the scrolls that burn and letters that go up flying in the air.” (Avodah Zarah 18a). Many Torah scrolls had the same fate during the next two millennia, like other sacred writings: their letters went up, flying in the sky, along with the cries of those who were sacrificed with them, but came into our hands. This Bible of Friendship seeks to gather and shape them in a text that can be read and analyzed in a frank dialogue, in which each strives to understand the other. 
Since the time of history in which the tower of Babel, human arrogance prevailed over that humility that God expected as the attitude of his creatures, as masterfully explained by Umberto Shemuel Cassuto [U.S. Cassuto, A Commentary on the Book of Genesis. From Noah to Abraham, Magnes Press, Jerusalem 1959, 154-158.] It was the incomprehension of the language of the other and the arrogance of considering that one’s language is the only appropriate one several of the causes that led to the failure of that nefarious project. The antithesis to this story is found, according to Cassuto, in Sophonias 3: 9-11, where we read: “Then I will transform the language of the peoples into a clear language, in which they all cry out in the Name of the Lord, to serve him one at the side of the other.” It is a verse that summarizes the essence of this Preface to the Bible of Friendship, and which we hope will inspire the establishment of a language of universal understanding that will serve, in turn, as one of the foundations in the construction of a better reality.

This is a lot to unpack.  We will try to be as brief as possible.

The preface begins with Skorka writing that Catholics are, ‘arrogant’ and ‘blind’ to “believe that the unique and absolute interpretative truth was in their own hands and that they had to impose it on others.” Skorka continues, “God is diametrically opposed to this” because his (and the rabbis) interpretation told them so. What chutzpah!  It only get worse from here on out.  Next Skorka writes of a false prophet from the Prophecy Of Jeremias (Jeremiah).  Notice, this has nothing to do with the book’s subject matter (besides telling what Catholics what to believe) which is the first five books of the Old Testament — Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.  Skorka’s, “God is a dynamic being” is footnoted and notes this immanentism comes from the Hasidic pseudo-philosopher Martin Buber, who was obsessed with conjoining irreconcilable opposites into a pagan Judaism.

Skorka moves on to discussing the time when God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses and how the people started worshipping false idols — Skorka calls this dialogue! And like before, he turns to another Talmudic Jew, this time, Rabbi David Kimhi (aka RaDaK). RaDak was a medieval rabbi who wrote anti-Christian bible commentaries and sought to prove that Jews through their superior value$ and strong feeling that they were ‘true Israel’ were in fact, “true Israel” and not the Christians. (Coincidentally or not, Radak’s interpretations were favorites of the translators of the King James Bible.)

Immediately following this paragraph Skorka explains how Francis has incorporated the previously mentioned Hasidic sophist Martin Buber’s concepts into his beliefs and actions.  One of these concepts is that one cannot possess an idea of God because it is, “nothing more than the image of an image” and “when the mind elaborates an idea... [it] creates an image that is ultimately material... therefore, subtly transgressing the commandment of the Commandments which prohibits us from making any image, inspired by the to material things that represent God.” Skorka continues that Francis, “believes that the interpretation of the biblical texts by Jewish scholars rather than leading to opposition serves to clarify and understand the texts themselves more deeply.” The rest of this paragraph glowing mentions Nostra Aetate and Evangelii gaudium.  To call this preface garbage is an insult to garbage everywhere!

Next mentioned in the preface is Ludwig Pfeuffer (aka Yehuda Amichai), the national poet of Israel, and his poem ‘Jerusalem’.  Pfeuffer was a terrorist member of the Haganah and a staunch Zionist.  Skorka goes on to explain that Pfeuffer is “mortified” that heavenly Jerusalem and earthly Jerusalem are disassociated.  Yeah right, the Zionist Pfeuffer is most likely “mortified” that Jerusalem still has Moslems and Christians in it.

Skorka continues to lay it on quoting Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, then mentioning the exegesis of the previously mentioned Rav David Kimhi, and finally quoting the Mishnah from the Pirkei Avot. Rabbi Heschel had this to say of Christians, “There are those who would like to attack their bodies. I want to attack their souls.”  It’s safe to say that Rav David Kimhi would be in agreement. The quote from the Mishnah (part of the Talmud) and referenced as from the Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) is, “Investigate in it and investigate it again [the Torah], because everything is found in it.” This is attributed to Ben Bag-Bag, the rabbinic sage and disciple of Hillel, and means that one should study the Talmud in depth not the Bible as Rabbi Skora leaves readers to wrongly imagine.  This same quote from the Mishnah was used by the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in one of his opinions.  The Pirkei Avot, “presents the laws of interactions between Jews and Gentiles and/or idolaters (from a Jewish perspective).”  What does any of this have to do with Catholicism besides attacking it?

Subsequently a story from the Avodah Zarah (i.e. foreign worship, idolatry) part of the Talmud states that the Romans burned Haninah ben Teradion, who believed the Shekinah (the female aspect of the Jew’s androgynous god) rests on those who study the law, at the stake with his Torah scroll.  Skorka then implies that many Christians over the next two millennia burned Torah scrolls and other Jewish religious texts.  He concludes this, “This Bible of Friendship seeks to gather and shape [the burned Torah scrolls and other burned Jewish religious texts] in a text that can be read and analyzed in a frank dialogue”.  We ask again, what does any of this have to do with Catholicism besides attacking it?

In his conclusion Skorka turns to the Tower of Babel and looks to another rabbi on how to interpret Genesis.  This time it’s Rabbi Umberto Shemuel Cassuto, who was against assimilation and yes was a Zionist, that Skorka looks to.  It’s not much to infer with Skorka using anti-Catholic rabbis and pseudo-philosophers in his preface to the Bible of Friendship that “the establishment of a language of universal understanding that will serve, in turn, as one of the foundations in the construction of a better reality” being referred to are the universal adoption of the Noahide laws and a reign of Judaic Racial Supremacy that both would entail.  What a nightmare!

Francis and his rabbinical cronies want you aboard.

Francis and his roving ambassador Rabbi Skorka are a one two punch aimed at two separate audiences (Christians and Talmudic Jews) at getting aboard the apostasy express, one as passengers, the other as the conductors.  Get onboard with this anti-Catholic bible book or else...  Recall a few of Francis’ rants, that he calls homilies, directed at those who do not accept his re-reading of the Bible: the obstinate do not dialogue; don’t be a Christian with a stubborn heart because they close off the activity of the Holy Spirit; and you are a crippled christian.  Francis will call you these names and more if you do not want to imbibe the anti-Catholicism of the rabbis.  So either drink up and go down the railroad track to perdition or refuse to board the train and shun its conductors.  It’s your choice.

One final note, the word ‘drukn’ used in this post’s title is Yiddish for printing press.  As we have written more than a few times on this blog, Francis and his revolution will only stop when St. Peter’s resembles a synagogue and the Vatican a shtetl.

Paul Hernandez Investigates — Mr. William Edward Moran

The Mexican Exorcist from Arizona who, ‘No hablo español’, has reached his decision.

The layman who styles himself ‘archbishop’ has excommunicated another person* in the video comments for doubting the conclusion of this video!  You can’t make this insanity up!

*Sadly Mr. William Edward Moran removed this comment, “You are certainly excommunicated” as his reply to the comment from the user Byron Roy and we at Call Me Jorge... didn’t get a screenshot of it.

January 16 2019
Dear Archbishop Ambrose,

Please be Advised that to this date final sufficient verification required by the Church to use your episcopal powers for our Seminary is not in our hands. You have been asked and given ample time to provide the necessary certificates with real clear authentication. You have not done so. We did all we could on our part to facilitate your obtention of all necessary proofs. Hence, We cannot proceed with any allowance of your services in capacity of Bishop for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Seminary.

In Christ,

Fr Joseph Pfeiffer

Letter to Ambrose Moran by Fr. Pfeiffer - January 16, 2019, The Catacombs Forum, 21 January 2019

Remember, Fr. Pfeiffer had this con-artist laymen, Mr. William Edward Moran: offer masses at his seminary; told pewsitters to attend Mr. Moran’s masses; then said the seminary would not associate with Mr. Moran; while he stashed Mr. Moran at one of his supporters homes; and had Mr. Moran conditionally ordain a Novus Ordo priest, Fr. Poisson.

The one thing that is consistent here is the sheer insanity of it all!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

gnosticism from Dr. Taylor Marshall

The FSSP — Opus Judei ex-Episcopalian priest podcaster teaches his listeners gnosticism from his car in Texas but tells them it’s Catholicism!

**** UPDATE 17 MAY 2020 ****


 888 is the number of Jesus

What does the Catholic Encyclopedia have to say about Taylor Marshall’s gnostic gematria?

“Suffice it to note here that although the Fathers repeatedly condemned the magical use of numbers which had descended from Babylonian sources to the Pythagoreans and Gnostics of their times, and although they denounced any system of their philosophy which rested upon an exclusively numerical basis, still they almost unanimously regarded the numbers of Holy Writ as full of mystical meaning, and they considered the interpretation of these mystical meanings as an important branch of exegesis. To illustrate the caution with which they proceeded it will be sufficient to refer to one or two notable examples. St. Irenæus discusses at length the Gnostic numerical interpretation of the holy name Jesus as the equivalent of 888, and he claims that by writing the name in Hebrew characters an entirely different interpretation is necessitated.”

entry Numbers, USE OF, IN THE CHURCH, p. 151, The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the Constitution, Doctrine, Discipline, and History of the Catholic Church, Volume 11, (1913).

According to St. Irenæus people like Marshall who teach this crap are “the highest point of blasphemy”

Sige Relates to Marcus the Generation of the Twenty-Four Elements and of Jesus. Exposure of These Absurdities 
2. But Jesus, he affirms, has the following unspeakable origin. From the mother of all things, that is, the first Tetrad; there came forth the second Tetrad, after the manner of a daughter; and thus an Ogdoad was formed, from which, again, a Decad proceeded: thus was produced a Decad and an Ogdoad. The Decad, then, being joined with the Ogdoad, and multiplying it ten times, gave rise to the number eighty; and, again, multiplying eighty ten times, produced the number eight hundred. Thus, then, the whole number of the letters proceeding from the Ogdoad [multiplied] into the Decad, is eight hundred and eighty-eight. This is the name of Jesus; for this name, if you reckon up the numerical value of the letters, amounts to eight hundred and eighty-eight. Thus, then, you have a clear statement of their opinion as to the origin of the supercelestial Jesus. Wherefore, also, the alphabet of the Greeks contains eight Monads, eight Decads, and eight Hecatads, which present the number eight hundred and eighty-eight, that is, Jesus, who is formed of all numbers; and on this account He is called Alpha and Omega, indicating His origin from all. And, again, they put the matter thus: If the first Tetrad be added up according to the progression of number, the number ten appears. For one, and two, and three, and four, when added together, form ten; and this, as they will have it, is Jesus. Moreover, Chreistus, he says, being a word of eight letters, indicates the first Ogdoad, and this, when multiplied by ten, gives birth to Jesus (888). And Christ the Son, he says, is also spoken of, that is, the Duodecad. For the name Son, (υιός) contains four letters, and Christ (Chreistus) eight, which, being combined, point out the greatness of the Duodecad. But, he alleges, before the Episemon of this name appeared, that is Jesus the Son, mankind were involved in great ignorance and error. But when this name of six letters was manifested (the person bearing it clothing Himself in flesh, that He might come under the apprehension of man's senses, and having in Himself these six and twenty-four letters), then, becoming acquainted with Him, they ceased from their ignorance, and passed from death unto life, this name serving as their guide to the Father of truth. For the Father of all had resolved to put an end to ignorance, and to destroy death. But this abolishing of ignorance was just the knowledge of Him. And therefore that man (Anthropos) was chosen according to His will, having been formed after the image of the [corresponding] power above. 
5. But who will tolerate thy nonsensical Sige, who names Him that cannot be named, and expounds the nature of Him that is unspeakable, and searches out Him that is unsearchable, and declares that He whom thou maintainest to be destitute of body and form, opened His mouth and sent forth the Word, as if He were included among organized beings; and that His Word, while like to His Author, and bearing the image of the invisible, nevertheless consisted of thirty elements and four syllables? It will follow, then, according to thy theory, that the Father of all, in accordance with the likeness of the Word, consists of thirty elements and four syllables! Or, again, who will tolerate thee in thy juggling with forms and numbers,-at one time thirty, at another twenty-four, and at another, again, only six,-whilst thou shuttest up [in these] the Word of God, the Founder, and Framer, and Maker of all things; and then, again, cutting Him up piecemeal into four syllables and thirty elements; and bringing down the Lord of all who founded the heavens to the number eight hundred and eighty-eight, so that He should be similar to the alphabet; and subdividing the Father, who cannot be contained, but contains all things, into a Tetrad, and an Ogdoad, and a Decad, and a Duodecad; and by such multiplications, setting forth the unspeakable and inconceivable nature of the Father, as thou thyself declarest it to be? And showing thyself a very Daedalus for evil invention, and the wicked architect of the supreme power, thou dost construct a nature and substance for Him whom thou callest incorporeal and immaterial, out of a multitude of letters, generated the one by the other. And that power whom thou affirmest to be indivisible, thou dost nevertheless divide into consonants, and vowels, and semi-vowels; and, falsely ascribing those letters which are mute to the Father of all things, and to His Ennœa (thought), thou hast driven on all that place confidence in thee to the highest point of blasphemy, and to the grossest impiety.

Against Heresies, Book I by St. Irenæus, Chapter XV.-Sige Relates to Marcus the Generation of the Twenty-Four Elements and of Jesus. Exposure of These Absurdities, #2 & #5 (bold is ours for emphasis).


Folly of the Arguments Derived by the Heretics from Numbers, Letters, and Syllables 
1. This very thing, too, still further demonstrates their opinion false, and their fictitious system untenable, that they endeavour to bring forward proofs of it, sometimes through means of numbers and the syllables of names, sometimes also through the letter of syllables, and yet again through those numbers which are, according to the practice followed by the Greeks, contained in [different] letters;-[this, I say, ] demonstrates in the clearest manner their overthrow or confusion, as well as the untenable and perverse character of their [professed] knowledge. For, transferring the name Jesus, which belongs to another language, to the numeration of the Greeks, they sometimes call it "Episemon," as having six letters, and at other times "the Plenitude of the Ogdoads," as containing the number eight hundred and eighty-eight. But His [corresponding] Greek name, which is "Soter," that is, Saviour, because it does not fit in with their system, either with respect to numerical value or as regards its letters, they pass over in silence. Yet surely, if they regard the names of the Lord, as, in accordance with the preconceived purpose of the Father, by means of their numerical value and letters, indicating number in the Pleroma, Soter, as being a Greek name, ought by means of its letters and the numbers [expressed by these], in virtue of its being Greek, to show forth the mystery of the Pleroma. But the case is not so, because it is a word of five letters, and its numerical value is one thousand four hundred and eight. But these things do not in any way correspond with their Pleroma; the account, therefore, which they give of transactions in the Pleroma cannot be true. 
2. Moreover, Jesus, which is a word belonging to the proper tongue of the Hebrews, contains, as the learned among them declare, two letters and a half, and signifies that Lord who contains heaven and earth; for Jesus in the ancient Hebrew language means "heaven," while again "earth" is expressed by the words sura usser. The word, therefore, which contains heaven and earth is just Jesus. Their explanation, then, of the Episemon is false, and their numerical calculation is also manifestly overthrown. For, in their own language, Soter is a Greek word of five letters; but, on the other hand, in the Hebrew tongue, Jesus contains only two letters and a half. The total which they reckon up, viz., eight hundred and eighty-eight, therefore falls to the ground. And throughout, the Hebrew letters do not correspond in number with the Greek, although these especially, as being the more ancient and unchanging, ought to uphold the reckoning connected with the names. For these ancient, original, and generally called sacred letters of the Hebrews are ten in number (but they are written by means of fifteen ), the last letter being joined to the first. And thus they write some of these letters according to their natural sequence, just as we do, but others in a reverse direction, from the right hand towards the left, thus tracing the letters backwards. The name Christ, too, ought to be capable of being reckoned up in harmony with the Aeons of their Pleroma, inasmuch as, according to their statements, He was produced for the establishment and rectification of their Pleroma. The Father, too, in the same way, ought, both by means of letters and numerical value, to contain the number of those Aeons who were produced by Him; Bythus, in like manner, and not less Monogenes; but pre-eminently the name which is above all others, by which God is called, and which in the Hebrew tongue is expressed by Baruch, [a word] which also contains two and a half letters. From this fact, therefore, that the more important names, both in the Hebrew and Greek languages, do not conform to their system, either as respects the number of letters or the reckoning brought out of them, the forced character of their calculations respecting the rest becomes clearly manifest.

Against Heresies, Book II by St. Irenæus, Chapter XXIV.-Folly of the Arguments Derived by the Heretics from Numbers, Letters, and Syllables, #1 & #2 (bold is ours for emphasis).


Monday, January 14, 2019

a layman who styles himself ‘archbishop’ excommunicates Tony La Rosa

the insanity of Fr. Pfeiffer’s world — Mr. William Edward Moran

(fun starts at 16 minutes and 20 seconds)

LOL, the name of the layman’s homily 
is “Excommunication announcement”! 

The ball is now in Mr. La Rosa’s court. Will he go 
back to the OLMC or stay away for good?


Francis gives marriage instructions which will help couples pass on the faith

Fight!!! Just not in front of the children!

Francis during his homily for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and the baptism of children,

“And I would like give some advice — sorry, but I recommend this — never fight in front of children, never. It is normal for spouses to quarrel, it is normal. The opposite would be strange. Do it, but that they do not hear, that they do not see. You have no idea of children’s anguish when they see their parents quarreling. This, I dare say, is a piece of advice that will help you to pass on the faith. Is it bad to argue? Not always, but it’s normal, it’s normal. Do it, but don’t let the children hear it or see it. ”


At least he didn’t speak about suckling children this year!

Francis is highly educated and very well read

A dunce? Hardly, he’s calculating and malevolent.

Many conservatives in the Novus Ordo portray Francis as a simpleton.  On social media often the reaction to the latest anti-Catholic shenanigans Francis is that he is a fool who was never educated and therefore doesn’t understand what he is doing. 

The truth of the matter is that Francis is highly educated and very well read.  In a recent tweet, by his biographer Austen Ivereigh it is pointed out that Francis knew where the occultist Henri de Lubac got the term  “spiritual worldliness”.  Only someone steeped in the arcana of ‘ressourcement’ and Vatican II would know this. 

Francis has read this collection of books from cover to cover.

In his Address to Italian Association of Church History Professors (12 January 2019) Francis bragged of being “enthusiastic about reading about history,” having read all thirty-seven volumes of Ludwig von Pastor’s History of the Popes and “it did me good.”

Three other examples out of countless examples of his past behavior should suffice.  Firstly, in 2015 during one of his rambling in-flight interviews that he conducts on return trips to Rome he recommended reading Lord of the World by Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson in order to understand Francis’ concept of ‘ideological colonization’.  Secondly, Francis knows the minutiae of Halakhic law, down to what is and isn’t kosher food and how it should be prepared. He demonstrated this at the kosher lunch he hosted for his rabbinical friends at Casa Santa Marta in 2014.  Lastly, Francis is constantly collecting and reading books dedicated to Judaica for his ever growing library.

Francis is not only intelligent and calculating but has an education that would rival those with doctorates in their respected fields.

Francis has enough Judaica books in his personal library to outfit a yeshiva.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

the new evangelization — it’s pizza time!

Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe opens the door of the Cathedral Church to 600 people — the poor, the homeless, and the unemployed

Cardinal Sepe calls it the “Solidarity Dinner”

Nothing tells God you love him more than turning his cathedral into a dining hall!

It’s an ‘old tradition’...

Here they are in 2011... 2016 2017

At least the Neapolitans will be pleased that Sepe served pizza!

Francis’ “Care of Creation” comes from Eastern Orthodoxy

Eastern Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I leads and Francis follows.

Much has been made over Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, and his inauguration of a new day of prayer for creation.  Many have decried the encyclical and the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and rightfully so but few have reported where this foreign concept comes from.  One only need look at the first paragraph of his letter for the declaration of this day to find out.

“Sharing the concern of my beloved brother, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, for the future of creation (cf. Laudato Si’, 7-9), and at the suggestion of his representative, Metropolitan Ioannis of Pergamum, who took part in the presentation of the Encyclical Laudato Si’ on care for our common home, I wish to inform you that I have decided to institute in the Catholic Church the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” which, beginning this year, is to be celebrated on 1 September, as has been the custom in the Orthodox Church for some time.” 

It in interesting that the media in general skips over this simple fact.  Here we have the Eastern Orthodox church paving the way for the Vatican — a trend they have shared with their Russian Orthodox brethren since before the Second Vatican Council.  For those who think the Russian Orthodox church is a panacea to the ills of Francis — the Russian Orthodox church adopted this day of the protection of the environment a full month before the Vatican did albeit with a twist.  Instead of celebrating the day on September 1st as the Eastern Orthodox and as adopted by Francis, the Russian Orthodox church moved it to the first Sunday of September as it inconveniently overlapped with other conflicting services.

Let’s examine what the book, Conversations with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, has to say about the Feast of Creation (Care of Creation) on pages 99-100.

It appears to us at Call Me Jorge... that Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios was seeking to carve out a larger role for the Orthodox church in the New World Order and his successor, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, has picked up the ball and run with it.  Exactly what entails ‘saving’ the planet?

The above is from pages 105 and 106 of Conversations with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I - Olivier Clément, (1997). One should read the entire fifth chapter ‘Transfiguring the World’ from this book (click here) just to see how crazy the whole idea is.  For not only does it incorporate the above nuttiness about the Tabor Light but it also wants radically revise the cosmology into a dialogue between man and God via ‘ressourcement’, the Kabbalah, the Koran, and a slew of mystical Asian religions.  The Greek and Russian Orthodox believe the Tabor Light is the uncreated nature of light that was manifested to Jesus' disciples on Mount Tabor at the Transfiguration.  The Light of Tabor was formulated in the 14th century by Gregory Palamas defending the mystical practices of Hesychasm. When considered as a theological doctrine, this view is known as Palamism after Palamas.  Hesychasts believe by saying the ‘Jesus prayer’ over and over in the manner of a mantra while sitting in a pose similar to a yogi while focusing their thoughts and eyes on their hearts that the adepts will see the Tabor Light.  Who knew that this occult mumbo jumbo was the key to healing the environment?

In public statements, Bartholomew I, has said that man is responsible for global warming and climate changes. These two things threaten humanity’s existence and nature’s balance.  He also stated that the earth is full of “material” and “spiritual” garbage and the above mentioned occult mumbo jumbo, “can revive its worn out spiritual nature” along with “asceticism”.

Did you get that?

Get ready for more global laws in the name of saving the environment along with occultism while living in the poor house.

And remember if you hear someone tell you that Francis came up with this insidious plan, tell them no he did not, “the Orthodox religion did in 1989!”

Bartholomew I and Francis sharing a ‘spiritual hug’ along with a ‘spiritual kiss’.

How Francis spent his 80th birthday in 2016

Celebrating with his 

Talmudic & Kabbalist friends!

(click images to enlarge)

 The international delegation from Menora and the birthday boy at Casa Santa Marta.

Rabbi Isaac Sacca is the Senior Rabbi of the Sephardic Jews in Argentina & the founder and president of Menora, Organización Judía Mundial para la Juventud (Menora, World Jewish Organization for Youth).  The purpose of Menora is to spread the Talmud and the Kabbalah among the Jewish youth of the world by educating them about their powers.  Sacca brought a group of his fellow Talmudic Jews who back his causes to the Vatican to meet with Francis as well as celebrate his 80th birthday with a kosher cake, of course! This post from Sacca’s website explains it:

Pope Francis received Rabbi Isaac Sacca and an international delegation from Menorah, with representatives from Argentina, the United States, England and Italy. 
For more than an hour, they discussed, among other things, about the idea of ​​Argentina exporting to the world its capacity for harmony and peace among different faiths. They also talked on education initiatives for tolerance and respect among peoples and different action plans to make the society noble, just and inclusive. 
Rabbi Sacca gave Pope Francis a replica of the Birkat Kohanim (Blessing of Priests) from the oldest Bible found. 
The colored note was the kosher cake that Rabbi Sacca and the delegation of Menora presented to the Pope for his birthday, which read: H.H. Pope Francis Happy Birthday. 
Pope Francis gave each guest a coin of the Jubilee. 
It has been another unforgettable encounter between Pope Francis and Rabbi Sacca, two religious who seek to leave a message of hope to the world, based on deep knowledge, infinite merciful faith, sincere respect and a proactive action for the common good.

Expected meeting between Pope Francis and the Chief Rabbi Isaac Sacca, Isaac, 16 December 2016

In 1979 Gabriel Barkay found two tiny silver scroll amulets with different versions of the Birkat Hakohanim dating back to the 7th century B.C. at the Ketef Hinnom archaeological site southwest of the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel.  Above is a photograph of the scroll KH2 with transcription of its letters. 

A unidentified Orthodox Jew performing the Birkat Hakohanim.

The two old friends probably also discussed Halaka.

Francis must have been tickled pink to have received a replica of the Birkat Kohanim.

They had to celebrate the birthday one day early because it fell on the Jewish Sabbath.

Don’t worry it was kosher and from Francis’ favorite Jewish restaurant in Rome, Ba’Ghetto.

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