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Chaldeans Complain of Clericalism

Christians in Iraq have condemned clerical interference in their political affairs, which is viewed as part of the U.S.A.’s attempt to hold onto its fragile and dwindling control over the country.

A recent statement released by the Chaldean Patriarchate, entitled ‘The Chaldean Church Refuses to Form a Christian Faction’, says that Christians can engage in political activity “but not to form a Christian faction”, and that “armed factions in the name of Christianity contradict the spirituality of the Christian religion which calls for love, tolerance, forgiveness and peace”.

The statement is widely regarded as a political attack directed against the 50th Brigade of the Popular Mobilisation Units, and the statement issued to serve the geo-political interests of the U.S.A.

The 50th Brigade of the P.M.U. is commonly known as the Babylon Brigades. The P.M.U. is a network of grass-roots based militias that formed all over Iraq to supplement the Iraqi army in its war against ISIS and it operates under the overall command of the Iraqi armed forces. The Babylon Brigades first formed in 2014 as a Chaldean militia to protect Christians against Wahhabi-Salafist terrorism, and soon became a respected component of the Popular Mobilisation Units. It is closely associated with the Babylon Movement which holds two seats in the Iraqi Parliament, and which constitutes the biggest Christian bloc in the Iraqi parliament.

The commander of the 50th Brigade, Rayan al-Kildani, was recently placed on a U.S. sanctions list, the timing of which, Chaldeans have noted, coincides suspiciously with not just the statement issued by the Iraqi Patriarchate, but with a policy enacted by U.S. government to rip apart families and deport over 1000 of the 250,000 Chaldeans living in the U.S.A., even though many of them were not actually born in Iraq and do not even speak Arabic.

This new policy is seen as the U.S.A. attempting to exert political leverage over the Chaldean Church and a harsh demonstration that U.S. authorities can target and mistreat the quarter-of-a-million Chaldeans living in the U.S.A. if the Christians of Iraq are not compliant with U.S. foreign policy.

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Understanding Islam

A Catholic priest and scholar has some useful insights into the Islamic world, its relationship with Christianity, and its relationship with the Western World.

“To understand what is happening today in regard to the Western World and the Middle East we must understand the main branches of contemporary Islam. They are a) Pan-Arab nationalism, and, b) Takfiri  [also commonly referred to as Wahhabi-Salafist] Jihadism which has roots in both the Middle Ages and the nineteenth-twentieth centuries.”

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Christian towns targeted on the murderous frontline

With ferocious clashes currently taking place around Christian towns on the Hama-Idleb borders in Syria, independent journalist Vanessa Beeley reports:

“I have visited As Suqaylabiyah many times over the last year and have personally experienced a number of the attacks on the town by the HTS-dominated terrorist groups embedded in the surrounding countryside. In September 2018, Al Suqaylabiyah and the neighbouring town of Mhardeh were targeted with prohibited ground-launched cluster munitions and Grad missiles. In Mhardeh, 13 civilians were killed in the attack, another massacre that barely registered in Western reporting.

The shock that resonated throughout Al Suqaylabiyah after the deaths of four children in May 2019 was unprecedented. I visited the town about a week after the attack ……..”

Read more at MintPress News.

 

Wahhabi/Salafist-destroyed cathedral re-consecrated

“The Forty Martyrs Armenian Cathedral in Aleppo was re-consecrated on Saturday, four years after the jihadist rebels ransacked the building.

His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, visited the historic church after its reconstruction meant it could be opened again after Jabhat Al-Nusra razed parts of the compound back in April 2015.”

View the video at Al-Masdar News

Christians say “Honour Hezbollah”

On Friday it will become illegal in the UK to show public support for the Lebanese organisation Hezbollah, which is about to be fully classified as a so-called “terrorist” organisation.

Hezbollah constitutes the biggest elected parliamentary group in the Lebanese government, and thousands of its supporters have courageously risked their lives and shed their blood protecting Christian, as well as Muslim, communities from Saudi-backed Wahhabi-Salafist head-choppers sent in to cause murder and mayhem in Syria and Iraq.

At the same time, the UK continues a lucrative multi-billion pound trade in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, an horrific trade in murder and mayhem that actually increased by two-thirds in 2017.

In return, Saudi Arabia funds the widespread construction of mosques throughout the UK which preach and indoctrinate Muslims living in the UK with the Wahhabi-Salafist message.

Common sense says it’s not going to end at all well.

The esteem in which Hezbollah is held throughout the Middle East by Christians can be gauged from the video produced below from a concert given by the Maronite Catholic singer Julia Boutros.

 

Jihad, sex abuse, and the missionary position

On Wahhabi-Salafist Islam:

“We are on the front lines of combat, facing a jihadist mercenary group called Séléka, financed by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries. They’ve come to Central Africa to conquer it, to put their claws in the country’s gold, mercury, cobalt and coltan.”

“Coltan is a key geostrategic material. The largest producer of coltan in the world is the Democratic Republic of Congo and the largest seller of coltan is Rwanda, which steals everything from Congo. Coltan is used in the production of phones and computers, but also weapons, nuclear missiles and drones.

Saudi Arabia tries to destabilize the country using religion as a ruse. In the world there are millions of non-radical, moderate Muslims who have understood the Quran and live it as a religion of peace. But there are radical groups … in Nigeria there is Boko Haram, in Mali there is Ansar, in Central Africa there is Séléka and in Somalia, al-Shabaab, which has attacked a lot in Kenya. All of these are radical groups like ISIS that are being formed with the logistical help of the Muslim countries with petrodollars. They use religion as a smoke-screen and make radicals fight against non-Muslims in wars that have done a lot of damage.”

On clerical sex abuse:

“In my opinion, there are three reasons for this crisis. The first is the entrance of homosexual priests to the seminary, who have lived their homosexuality within the Church in the 1970s to the 1990s. Secondly, the arrival of Internet, through which the negative impulses of many priests have been awakened. Thirdly, there are priests who do not occupy their time well, who have too much free time and let themselves be tempted by the devil.”

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