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Tolerance is the buzz word ricocheting around politically correct circles over the past few years. What that really means is that all political, philosophical and theologically correct viewpoints must be tolerated, and any other viewpoints must be mercilessly squelched. The bottom line of this whole rhetoric is that the Christian viewpoint is hateful and must be silenced.

 

 

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Behold a White Horse

 

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The final world dictator seeking global domination will also be an “Assyrian” who is here characterized by a bow, riding a white horse. It is interesting how many confuse this counterfeit with the rider of the white horse in Revelation 19. In chapter 6, however, this rider is among some very bad company!
“Behold a White Horse” explores the career of the first of these “Four Horsemen” who seems to have at least 33 titles in the Old Testament and 13 in the New Testament and the common term “AntiChrist” really isn’t one of them. We also explore the only physical description of him in the Scripture!
• Why is he a “mistaken identity”?
• How do we know this is NOT the Christ?
• What is the precedent condition(s) for his appearance?
• What is the precedent condition for the unsealing of the Seven Sealed Book? What is the Seven Sealed Book?
• Is his “bow” a pun? How? Why?
• How can he “go forth to conquer” if he is a “peace maker”?
• Is the Church on the earth at this time? How do we know?
• Is He alive today? How do we know?
• How can he be the “Seed of the Serpent”?
Join Chuck Missler as he looks at the first of the Five Horsemen.
 

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The Spiritual Gifts

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The apostle Paul told the Corinthian Christians, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”

 Sadly, today many people are confused about the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

 • Who or what is the Holy Spirit?

• What are the gifts of the Spirit?

• Are the gifts of the Spirit for today?

• Do all Christians have spiritual gifts?

• What is the greatest sign of being filled with the Holy Spirit?

 Join Dr. Chuck Missler in the Executive Briefing Room of the River Lodge, New Zealand, as he examines the Spiritual Gifts. 

This briefing pack contains 3 hours of teaching 

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Myths of Eschatology

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 Myths of Eschatology

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Eschatology is a part of theology concerned with the final events of history, or the ultimate destiny of humanity. This concept is commonly referred to as the “End Times” or “Last Days”. In this field of study, there is a minefield of disinformation, misunderstandings and myths concerning many future events:

  • The Rapture
  • Does the Church go through the “Great Tribulation”?
  • Is there a literal “Millennium”?
  • Does the Church “replace” Israel?
  • What happened to the Davidic Covenant?
  • Is everyone in Heaven equal?
  • Under grace, does behavior matter?

Dr. Chuck Missler sheds light on these and some of the widely accepted myths surrounding some of the most important events on our horizon.

This briefing pack contains 2 hours of teaching


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Indonesian church attacker 'obsessed with IS leader'

 
‎Today, ‎August ‎29, ‎2016, ‏‎2 hours agoGo to full article
The knife attack took place at Santo Yosef chuch in Medan on August 28, 2016An Indonesian teenager who stabbed a priest in a church and tried to set off a homemade bomb was obsessed with the Islamic State (IS) group leader, a minister said Monday. The 17-year-old attempted Sunday to set off the crude, low-grade explosive as the Catholic priest held mass in the packed church in Medan on Sumatra island, and then stabbed him with a knife. The congregation tackled the attacker after he ran at Father Albert Pandiangan and knifed him, stopping the teenager before he could do more harm.
 
 

Indonesian church attacker 'obsessed' with Islamic State leader: senior minister

 
‎Today, ‎August ‎29, ‎2016, ‏‎6 hours agoGo to full article
Police are seen outside Saint Joseph catholic church after a suspected terror attack by a knife-wielding assailant on a priest during the Sunday service in Medan, North Sumatra, IndonesiaA knife-wielding Indonesian teen who tried to attack a priest at a church during a Sunday service was "obsessed" with extremist group Islamic State, a senior minister said on Monday. Indonesian authorities are increasingly worried about a resurgence in radicalism in the world's largest Muslim-majority country, driven in part by a new generation of jihadis inspired by Islamic State (IS). "From the cellphone that was seized by security forces, this youth was obsessed with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi," Chief Security Minister Wiranto told reporters, referring to the leader of the Middle Eastern militant group.
 
 

Neighbor churches, split on race lines, work to heal divide

 
‎Today, ‎August ‎29, ‎2016, ‏‎7 hours agoGo to full article
The Rev. James W. Goolsby, Jr., senior pastor of the First Baptist Church, left, and the Rev. Scott Dickison, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Christ, right, pose for a photo at Dickison's church in Macon, Ga., on Monday, July 11, 2016. There are two First Baptist Churches in Macon _ one black and one white. Two years ago, Dickison and Goolsby met to try to find a way the congregations, neighbors for so long, could become friends. They’d try to bridge the stubborn divide of race. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)MACON, Ga. (AP) — There are two First Baptist Churches in Macon — one black and one white. They sit almost back-to-back, separated by a small park, in a hilltop historic district overlooking downtown.
 
 

Pope mulls Italy quake visit as survivors dig in

 
‎Yesterday, ‎August ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎10:16:15 PMGo to full article
Firefighters help residents to recover their personal belongings from damaged houses in the village of Rio, some 10 kms from the central Italian village of Amatrice, on August 28, 2016Pope Francis said Sunday he wanted to visit the quake-hit villages of central Italy, as survivors and rescue workers dug in for the long haul with colder weather approaching. Speaking to worshippers in St Peter's Square in Rome, Francis said he wanted to visit those hit by Wednesday's deadly earthquake which brought devastation to a string of mountain villages in a remote area straddling the Umbria, Marche and Lazio regions. With hopes of finding anyone else still alive fading fast, rescue workers and survivors were turning their attention to the future as temperatures start to fall.
 
 

Choosing to Stay in the Mormon Church Despite Its Racist Legacy

 
‎Yesterday, ‎August ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎2:00:00 PMGo to full article
It’s been six years since I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Each year has been a lesson in faith and doubt, stretching and engaging what it means to be black, a woman, and Mormon. The decision to join on my own was not an easy one. As the child of a Protestant mother and a father who converted to Islam in his teens, I was doing something unheard of in my family by becoming a Mormon. And as a black woman, I had a heightened awareness of what it means to potentially be the only black person in any given congregation in the United States.
 

Would-be bomber's explosives fail in Indonesia church

 
‎Yesterday, ‎August ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎10:42:31 AMGo to full article
People carry an unconscious friend to an ambulance in front of a church after a would-be suicide bomber failed to detonate explosives during Sunday service in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. Police in the western Indonesian city said a would-be suicide bomber failed to detonate explosives in the packed church during Sunday mass. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A would-be suicide bomber's explosives failed to detonate in a packed church in western Indonesia during Sunday Mass, and he injured a priest with an axe before being restrained, police said.
 
 

Indonesian priest injured in church attack

 
‎Yesterday, ‎August ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎9:12:52 AMGo to full article
Indonesian police guard a blindfolded suspect who attacked a Catholic priest in Medan on August 28, 2016A knife-wielding man stabbed a Catholic priest and tried to set off an explosive device at a church in Indonesia on Sunday, police said, the latest attack on religious minorities in the mainly Muslim country. Priest Albert Pandiangan was holding a mass in the city of Medan on the western island of Sumatra when a young man approached him and stabbed him in his left arm, said local chief detective Nur Fallah. The attacker was carrying a homemade explosive device, said Fallah.
 
 

Suspected 'terror' attack at Indonesian church; no serious casualties

 
‎Yesterday, ‎August ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎7:45:51 AMGo to full article
Police are seen outside Saint Joseph catholic church after a suspected terror attack by a knife-wielding assailant on a priest during the Sunday service in Medan, North Sumatra, IndonesiaIndonesian police were investigating a suspected terror attack by a knife-wielding assailant on a priest during the Sunday service at a church, and a bomb squad had been deployed to determine whether the attacker's backpack contained explosives. "A terrorism act was carried out on Sunday morning at the Saint Joseph catholic church," said Rina Sari Ginting, spokeswoman for Medan police in a statement. A bomb squad was sent to the site to check whether the assailant was carrying explosives, in case the attack was a failed suicide bomb attempt.
 
 

Vatican says it has high hopes of better ties with China

 
‎Saturday, ‎August ‎27, ‎2016, ‏‎4:00:57 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanThe Vatican is hopeful it can improve ties with China after decades of tension, the Roman Catholic Church's highest-ranking diplomat said on Saturday, adding that warmer relations would benefit the whole world. Beijing severed links with the Vatican in 1951 shortly after the Communist Party took power and launched a crackdown on organized religion, with China's new rulers setting up their own church and appointing bishops without the pope's backing. After decades of mistrust, Pope Francis is pushing to improve relations and his secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, sounded upbeat about the chances of success.
 
 

'Religious vote' hears messages from both candidates

 
‎Saturday, ‎August ‎27, ‎2016, ‏‎8:42:26 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this April 18, 2016 file photo, Pastor Darrell Scott listens at left as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Trump Tower building in New York. Competing appearances earlier this month by Trump and Hillary Clinton highlight an oft-overlooked political reality: The “religious vote” is vast and complex, and it extends beyond generalizations about “social conservatives” who side with Republicans and black Protestant churches whose pastors and parishioners opt nearly unanimously for Democrats. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Donald Trump has told conservative evangelical pastors in Florida that his presidency would preserve "religious liberty" and reverse what he insists is a government-enforced muzzling of Christians.
 
 

Federal judge won't immediately block California vaccination law for schoolchildren, one of strictest in US for eliminating exemptions based on religious, personal beliefs

 
‎Saturday, ‎August ‎27, ‎2016, ‏‎12:08:05 AMGo to full article
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal judge won't immediately block California vaccination law for schoolchildren, one of strictest in US for eliminating exemptions based on religious, personal beliefs.
 

Candidates capitalize on the ever-powerful 'religious vote'

 
‎Friday, ‎August ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎8:09:12 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this March 24, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks at Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, third from left, as she participates in a roundtable with Muslim community leaders at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Seated with Clinton from left are City of Los Angeles General Manager, Emergency Management Department James Featherstone, Senior Policy Analyst City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission & Adjunct Assistant Professor (CSUDH) Joumana Silyan-Saba, Garcetti, President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Salam Al-Marayati, and Exucutieve Director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture Brie Jeanette Loskota. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Donald Trump has told conservative evangelical pastors in Florida that his presidency would preserve "religious liberty" and reverse what he insists is a government-enforced muzzling of Christians.
 
 

In Israel's religious press, Hillary Clinton is invisible

 
‎Thursday, ‎August ‎25, ‎2016, ‏‎1:13:16 PMGo to full article
File - In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 file photo, Secret Service agents stand near Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during a campaign event at the Riverfront Sports Complex in Scranton, Pa. In Israel's ultra-Orthodox press, Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is nowhere to be seen. For decades, the media catering to Israel's fervently religious Jews have avoided publishing pictures of women in a show of modesty. They are vowing to maintain their policy even if Clinton is elected president of Israel's closest ally.(Butch Comegys/The Times & Tribune via AP, File)BNEI BRAK, Israel (AP) — Hillary Clinton may become the president of Israel's most important ally, but her image is banished from a significant swath of the country's media: the ultra-Orthodox press whose deeply conservative readership chafes at images of women.
 
 

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu back in hospital

 
‎Thursday, ‎August ‎25, ‎2016, ‏‎12:31:39 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this July 2016, file photo, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu takes part in a Mass to celebrate four decades of episcopal ministry at a special thanksgiving Mass at St Mary's Cathedral in Johannesburg. Anti-apartheid campaigner Tutu's family foundation says that he has admitted himself to a Cape Town hospital for treatment of a recurring infection. The statement from his foundation said late Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, the Nobel Peace Prize winner is expected to remain in hospital for a week or two. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has admitted himself to a Cape Town hospital for treatment of a recurring infection, according to his family foundation.
 
 

Mural honoring victims of Charleston church massacre defaced

 
‎Thursday, ‎August ‎25, ‎2016, ‏‎2:05:04 AMGo to full article
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A mural honoring the nine black parishioners fatally shot at a South Carolina church has been defaced.
 

Pope dispatches Vatican firefighters to help in Italy quake rescue

 
‎Wednesday, ‎August ‎24, ‎2016, ‏‎5:40:58 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis on Wednesday dispatched one-sixth of the Vatican's tiny fire department to join rescue efforts following the earthquake that has devastated parts of central Italy. The Vatican said six of its firefighters traveled to the town of Amatrice to help civil protection workers look for survivors still under the rubble and assist those already rescued. Amatrice was one of the small mountain towns wrecked by the quake.
 

Attacker is killed after stabbing guard at Egypt church

 
‎Wednesday, ‎August ‎24, ‎2016, ‏‎1:11:08 PMGo to full article
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency says a knife-wielding attacker has been shot and killed after he stabbed a guard at a Coptic church.
 

Taiwan vice president to visit Vatican as it eyes better China ties

 
‎Wednesday, ‎August ‎24, ‎2016, ‏‎11:25:53 AMGo to full article
Taiwan's vice president will next month visit the Vatican, its sole diplomatic ally in Europe, on a trip that could anger China as the Holy See looks for rapprochement with the world's most populous country. Chen Chien-jen will be the special envoy for Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, who the Vatican invited for a Sept. 4 ceremony to declare Mother Teresa a saint, the Taiwan government said on Wednesday. Tsai leads the independence-leaning ruling Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan, which Beijing distrusts.
 

Suit alleging Catholic school gay marriage bias to proceed

 
‎Tuesday, ‎August ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎6:57:02 PMGo to full article
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A judge is allowing a lawsuit alleging a Roman Catholic school in New Jersey fired an employee because she's married to a woman to move forward.
 

It's Hard to Go to Church

 
‎Tuesday, ‎August ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎4:05:02 PMGo to full article
The standard narrative of American religious decline goes something like this: A few hundred years ago, European and American intellectuals began doubting the validity of God as an explanatory mechanism for natural life. As science became a more widely accepted method for investigating and understanding the physical world, religion became a less viable way of thinking—not just about medicine and mechanics, but also culture and politics and economics and every other sphere of public life. As the United States became more secular, people slowly began drifting away from faith.
 

Feds: Church shooting suspect entrenched in his beliefs

 
‎Tuesday, ‎August ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎1:41:57 PMGo to full article
FILE - This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof. The Justice Department intends to seek the death penalty against Roof, the man charged with killing nine black parishioners last year in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP, file)A white man charged with the shooting deaths of nine black churchgoers in Charleston “self-radicalized” in the months before the attack and grew more entrenched in his beliefs in white supremacy, according to court papers prosecutors filed this week in federal court. The information filed Monday was part of a list of more than a dozen expert witnesses whom prosecutors intend to call in Dylann Roof’s federal death penalty trial later this year. Roof, 22, is charged in the June 2015 deaths of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church.
 
 

Catholic school settles sex assault allegations for $1.9M

 
‎Tuesday, ‎August ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎12:46:56 PMGo to full article
ORADELL, N.J. (AP) — A Catholic school in New Jersey has settled allegations of child sexual abuse for $1.9 million.
 

Racism and talk of religious war: Trump staff's online posts

 
‎Tuesday, ‎August ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎9:31:05 AMGo to full article
This combo shows two examples of some of the social media postings by Trump campaign staff members discovered by the Associated Press in an online search. Trump’s paid campaign staffers have declared on their personal social media accounts that Muslims are unfit to be U.S. citizens, mocked how Mexicans talk, called for Secretary of State John Kerry to be hanged and stated their readiness for a possible civil war, according to a review by The Associated Press of their postings.(AP Photo)WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's paid campaign staffers have declared on their personal social media accounts that Muslims are unfit to be American citizens, ridiculed Mexican accents, called for Secretary of State John Kerry's death by hanging and stated their readiness for a possible civil war, according to a review of their postings by The Associated Press.
 
 

Feds: Church shooting suspect 'self-radicalized' pre-attack

 
‎Tuesday, ‎August ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎3:10:14 AMGo to full article
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A white man charged with the shooting deaths of nine black churchgoers in Charleston "self-radicalized" in the months before the attack and grew more entrenched in his beliefs in white supremacy, according to court papers prosecutors filed this week in federal court.
 

Rural church among those providing aid after Louisiana flood

 
‎Monday, ‎August ‎22, ‎2016, ‏‎5:46:33 AMGo to full article
Members of the South Walker Baptist Church led by pastor Mark Carroll, center, pray at the conclusion of what is normally a time for Bible study, but which became an informal talk about experiences during the flood in Walker, La., Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. The church was an island of high ground in a community flooded with 4-5 feet of water a week earlier. During and since the flood the church is serving as a shelter and food distribution point for the community. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)WALKER, La. (AP) — Outside the small town of Walker, Louisiana, a rural Baptist church has become an oasis for flood victims.
 
 

Paraglider dies after crashing into roof of Utah church

 
‎Sunday, ‎August ‎21, ‎2016, ‏‎10:55:43 PMGo to full article
DRAPER, Utah (AP) — A man who was paragliding has died after he plunged through the roof of a Utah church.
 

Five facts on new Crystal Palace signing Christian Benteke

 
‎Saturday, ‎August ‎20, ‎2016, ‏‎12:23:17 PMGo to full article
Christian Benteke joined Liverpool in a £32.5 million transfer from Aston Villa in 2015London (AFP) - AFP Sports picks out five facts on Belgian international striker Christian Benteke who completed his move to Crystal Palace from Liverpool for £27million (31m euros, $35m) on Saturday:
 
 

Mormon church opposes plan for futuristic, green communities

 
‎Saturday, ‎August ‎20, ‎2016, ‏‎12:25:04 AMGo to full article
Architectural engineer Ben Jensen displays plans for modular residential structure Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, in Provo, Utah. David Hall, a wealthy Mormon businessman has an ambitious plan to buy a Provo neighborhood and create a community of tiny, environmentally sustainable dwellings based on the teachings of church founder Joseph Smith. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The utopic communities envisioned by a wealthy Mormon businessman near religious landmarks in Utah and Vermont would feature small homes clustered around community gardens and focus on walkability to reduce the need for cars.
 
 

Lesbian sues Catholic school over firing

 
‎Friday, ‎August ‎19, ‎2016, ‏‎7:36:12 PMGo to full article
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A woman is suing a Roman Catholic school in New Jersey, alleging the school violated the state's discrimination law when she was fired because she's married to a woman.
 

U.S. judge says funeral home had religious right to fire transgender worker

 
‎Friday, ‎August ‎19, ‎2016, ‏‎2:08:45 AMGo to full article
U.S. District Judge Sean Cox dismissed a 2014 lawsuit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that said RG & GR Harris Funeral Homes Inc unlawfully fired funeral director Aimee Stephens when she told her bosses she would transition from male to female. Following milestone achievements in gay rights including same-sex marriage becoming legal nationwide in 2015, transgender rights have become an increasingly contentious issue in the United States. The EEOC said Harris violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of gender stereotyping.
 

Argentine church says working to release dirty-war archives

 
‎Saturday, ‎March ‎19, ‎2016, ‏‎9:02:07 PMGo to full article
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A representative for Argentina's Catholic bishops says church authorities are working to declassify their archives from the time of the country's 1976-83 military dictatorship.
 

Popular on Twitter, Pope Francis now has Instagram account

 
‎Saturday, ‎March ‎19, ‎2016, ‏‎6:38:38 PMGo to full article
This undated photo by Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano showing Pope Francis praying was the first image to appear on the pontiff's Instagram account that was launched Saturday, March 19, 2016. Pope Francis is expanding his presence on social media with an Instagram account. The pontiff, who has more than 26 million followers of his Twitter account, on Saturday launched his own account on the photo-sharing social network site Instagram. The pope’s account will use the name @Franciscus, his name in Latin. (L'Osservatore Romano/ANSA via AP)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is expanding his presence on social media with an Instagram account.
 
 

Pope Francis posts first picture on Instagram

 
‎Saturday, ‎March ‎19, ‎2016, ‏‎6:14:27 PMGo to full article
A man looks at the Instagram account of Pope Francis (Franciscus) on March 19, 2016 in RomePope Francis posted his first photo on Instagram on Saturday, a picture showing him kneeling down praying, on the third anniversary of his inauguration as Holy Father. "Instagram will help to tell the story of a papacy, letting everyone who wants to come along and get to know the papacy of Pope Francis," said Vatican communications chief Dario Vigano. Photos from Vatican daily the Osservatore Romano will be posted, as well as brief videos, "to try to show details which demonstrate .. aspects of intimacy and inclusion which Pope Francis lives every day," he said.
 
 

Business leaders oppose Missouri religious objections bill

 
‎Friday, ‎March ‎18, ‎2016, ‏‎10:13:15 PMGo to full article
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Top executives from some of the St. Louis area's largest companies said Friday that Missouri's proposed religious freedom law could have a devastating impact on the state's economy.
 

Pope to visit Armenia after angering Turkey with genocide remark

 
‎Friday, ‎March ‎18, ‎2016, ‏‎6:16:19 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis leaves at the end of his weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanPope Francis plans to visit Armenia in June, the Vatican said on Friday, a trip that could upset Turkey if he again describes the century-old massacres of Christian Armenians as a genocide. The Vatican spokesman said Francis would visit Armenia, for several days, most likely at the end of June, but the exact dates had not yet been set. The pope triggered a row with Turkey almost a year ago when he said the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians in World War One was "the first genocide of the 20th century", days before commemorations to mark the centennial of the massacres.
 
 

Pope looking at Armenia trip in June to mark anniversary

 
‎Friday, ‎March ‎18, ‎2016, ‏‎4:13:39 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is planning to visit Armenia in June, a year after he termed the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians a genocide.
 

Missouri business group opposes religious objections measure

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎17, ‎2016, ‏‎11:19:55 PMGo to full article
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A top Missouri business association on Thursday sided against a contested proposal to amend the state Constitution to create religious protections for photographers, florists and others objecting to gay marriage.
 

Benedict on Francis: Pope is in "full accord" with JPII

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎17, ‎2016, ‏‎6:08:08 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has broken a long silence with an interview in which he speaks about Pope Francis and the Catholic Church's merciful side.
 

Religious liberty bill passes Georgia state legislature

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎17, ‎2016, ‏‎4:06:27 PMGo to full article
Georgia Governor Deal speaks to the media as Public Safety Director McDonough and Georgia National Guard Director Butterworth listen at the State Capitol in Atlanta(In March 16 item, corrects timing of legislative session in final paragraph) By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - A religious freedom bill described by opponents as being discriminatory against same-sex couples passed the Georgia state legislature on Wednesday night in an 11th-hour vote ahead of the session's close. The legislation, dubbed the Religious Liberty Bill, still has to be signed by Georgia's Republican Governor Nathan Deal to become law.
 
 

AP sources: Kerry finds Islamic State committing genocide against Christian, Yazidis, Shiites

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎17, ‎2016, ‏‎1:48:11 PMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — AP sources: Kerry finds Islamic State committing genocide against Christian, Yazidis, Shiites.
 

Mormon scolded by Christian group is at center of Kansas law

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎17, ‎2016, ‏‎12:22:10 AMGo to full article
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Daniel Arkell was leading a bible study for a Christian group at Washburn University Law School in Kansas back in 2004 when the group's president reprimanded him for saying that people's eyes offer a glimpse into their souls. Arkell, who is a Mormon, was asked to sign a statement recognizing the Bible, not the Book of Mormon, as the word of God.
 

Pope slams governments who close doors to migrants

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎16, ‎2016, ‏‎5:29:21 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis has regularly spoken out on Europe's migrant crisisPope Francis on Wednesday criticised governments who close their doors to migrants in comments that came as the European Union seeks to shut the Balkan route into its territory. Francis has regularly spoken out on Europe's migrant crisis. Last month he praised Greece's efforts in seeking to deal with the huge influx of people in a humanitarian manner and said other European countries should help to share the burden.
 
 

Pope urges Europe to 'open hearts and doors' to suffering migrants

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎16, ‎2016, ‏‎2:10:08 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis smiles as he arrives to lead his weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis appealed to nations on Wednesday to "open their hearts and open their doors" to migrants, saying those waiting at closed European borders in the cold and rain were made to feel like exiles abandoned by God. Over 1.1 million migrants fleeing war and failed states flowed into the European Union in 2015 and the influx has continued, prompting countries straddling the main migration corridor through the Balkans to the wealthy north of the EU to seal their borders, trapping tens of thousands in Greece. In their eyes they still have the ruins of their homes," Pope Francis told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square.
 
 

Pope to join Bieber and co. on Instagram

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎16, ‎2016, ‏‎1:53:44 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis is already a major player on Twitter, tweeting in nine languages under the @Pontifex handlePope Francis will make his Instagram debut on Saturday, joining the likes of Justin Bieber and Cristiano Ronaldo on the image-sharing forum under the handle Franciscus, the Vatican confirmed Wednesday. The move represents the latest plank of a Vatican social media strategy designed to ensure Francis's message reaches a maximum number of believers and non-believers across the world with particular focus on the younger generation. Francis is already a major player on Twitter.
 
 

New faith-based films tone down religion, amp up star power

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎16, ‎2016, ‏‎1:46:42 AMGo to full article
This image released by Sony Pictures shows Kylie Rogers, left, and Jennifer Garner in a scene from Columbia Pictures', "Miracles from Heaven." (Chuck Zlotnick/Sony Pictures via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — For some filmgoers, hearing a movie described as "faith-based" makes it a must-see. But just as many others find the term a turn-off.
 
 

Vatican PR 'vowed to destroy priest' over leaks

 
‎Tuesday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2016, ‏‎11:01:44 PMGo to full article
Francesca Chaouqui, an Italian PR consultant accused of leaking classified documents to journalists, is seen on March 15, 2016, during a break at the "Vatileaks" trial of two journalists and three former Vatican officialsFrancesca Chaouqui, the PR consultant at the centre of the Vatican's controversial leaks trial, threatened to "destroy" a Spanish priest she worked with, a Holy See court heard on Tuesday. "I will destroy you in the press and you know I can do it," Choauqui allegedly wrote in a WhatsAPP message to Spanish monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda that was cited by the prosecution in the case against two journalists and three Vatican employees. Vallejo Balda has admitted leaking classified documents to the two journalists, who have written books on the mismanagement of Vatican finances.
 
 

French premier calls on Catholic cardinal to 'act' on abuse

 
‎Tuesday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2016, ‏‎9:43:37 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this March 1, 2013 file photo, French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin arrives for a meeting at the Vatican. Three of the numerous victims of an alleged French pedophile priest have asked Pope Francis to help them understand why Catholic Church officials failed to protect them. The victims were boy scouts in the 1980s when allegedly molested by Bernard Preynat. The scandal gained attention this month when Cardinal Barbarin and five others were handed preliminary charges for failure to denounce a crime and endangering others (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister appealed on Tuesday to a Catholic cardinal at the center of abuse cover-up allegations to take action, but stopped short of calling for his resignation.
 
 

Church of England reviews anti-abuse rules

 
‎Tuesday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2016, ‏‎9:29:12 PMGo to full article
The Church of England commissioned a review of how it handles sexual abuse allegationsThe Church of England on Tuesday said it would change the way it handled sexual abuse allegations in response to an independent review of a case that found "a tragic catalogue of exploitation and harm". This report is deeply uncomfortable for the Church of England," Bishop of Crediton Sarah Mullally said in the Church's official statement. The Archbishop of Canterbury has seen these recommendations and will ensure they are implemented as quickly as possible," she said.
 
 

Fired pregnant teacher settles with Montana Catholic school

 
‎Tuesday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2016, ‏‎9:20:23 PMGo to full article
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A teacher fired from a Catholic school in Montana after an anonymous letter writer said she was unmarried and pregnant reached a confidential settlement with the school district and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena.
 

French Cardinal Barbarin: hardline Catholic mired in abuse scandal

 
‎Tuesday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2016, ‏‎8:15:50 PMGo to full article
The 65-year-old archbishop of Lyon, Philippe Barbarin, has fiercely denied charges that he covered up paedophilia crimesFrench Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, accused of covering up sex abuse, is a hardline Catholic who has been outspoken against gay marriage and championed the cause of Christians persecuted in Iraq and Syria. The 65-year-old archbishop of Lyon, France's second largest city, has fiercely denied charges that he covered up paedophilia crimes by failing to remove a priest in his diocese known to have abused Boy Scouts decades before he took up his post in 2002.
 
 

Vatican monsignor says journalists never threatened him

 
‎Tuesday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2016, ‏‎8:12:25 PMGo to full article
Public relations expert Francesca Chaouqui walks past two Vatican Gendarmi as she leaves the Vatican during a pause of her trial, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Two Italian journalists who wrote books detailing Vatican mismanagement face trial in a Vatican courtroom along with three people accused of leaking them the information in a case that has drawn scorn from media watchdogs. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican monsignor has acknowledged that he was never threatened by two journalists to whom he passed confidential documents, but said felt pressured to cooperate with them because he feared a common acquaintance.
 
 

Pennsylvania religious leaders charged with allowing sex abuse

 
‎Tuesday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2016, ‏‎7:52:58 PMGo to full article
A grand jury found that the leaders knew of abuse allegations against Brother Stephen Baker as early as 1988, yet gave him Catholic high school jobs that allowed him contact with children, Kane said. Three of his supervisors at the Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regulars, Province of the Immaculate Conception, were charged with one count each of endangering the welfare of children and criminal conspiracy.
 

Pope says Mother Teresa to be made a saint on Sept. 4

 
‎Tuesday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2016, ‏‎7:37:02 PMGo to full article
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Mother Teresa will be made a saint on Sept. 4.
 

Top French Catholic cleric denies covering up acts of paedophilia

 
‎Tuesday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2016, ‏‎6:47:55 PMGo to full article
French Archbishop Philippe Barbarin leads the traditional procession to Mary, in LyonOne of France's most senior Catholic clerics on Tuesday denied having covered up acts of paedophilia, his second denial in two weeks, after Prime Minister Manuel Valls demanded that he take responsibility for the situation. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin's initial denial came in a statement on March 4 after news that the Lyon prosecutor's office had opened an inquiry into complaints made against him and five other people. "Never, never, never have I covered up the least pedophile act," the Archbishop of Lyon, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, said at a news conference in the southern French town of Lourdes where he was attending a twice-yearly meeting of bishops.
 
 

Pope Francis approves sainthood for Mother Teresa

 
‎Tuesday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2016, ‏‎3:58:03 PMGo to full article
Mother Teresa was awarded the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize for her work among the poorest people in IndiaPope Francis on Tuesday approved sainthood for Mother Teresa, the missionary nun who became a global if controversial symbol of compassion for her care of the sick and destitute. The pontiff set September 4 as the date for her canonisation, elevating the Nobel peace laureate to an official icon for the Catholic faith. The move comes 19 years after the death of the Albanian nun who dedicated much of her adult life to working with the poor in the slums of Kolkata, India.
 
 

Mother Teresa of Calcutta to be made Roman Catholic saint Sept. 4: pope

 
‎Tuesday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2016, ‏‎3:04:53 PMGo to full article
Roman Catholic nuns from the Missionaries of Charity, attend a special mass held at Mother Teresa's tomb in KolkataBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a nun who dedicated her life to helping the poor, will be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church at a ceremony on Sept. 4, Pope Francis announced on Tuesday. Last December, he cleared the way for sainthood for the Nobel peace laureate, who died in 1997 at the age of 87 and was known as "saint of the gutters". Teresa, who was born Agnese Gonxha Bojaxhiu of Albanian parents in 1910 in what was then part of the Ottoman Empire and is now Macedonia, became an international figure but was also accused of trying to convert people to Christianity.
 
 

Pakistan religious groups say law protecting women from abuse 'un-Islamic'

 
‎Tuesday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2016, ‏‎2:13:31 PMGo to full article
Pakistani dancer Sheema Kirmani and her troupe perform during a conference on International Women's Day, organised by Tehrik-e-Niswan, a cultural action group working on women's development through theatre, at the Art's Council in Karachi,By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - An all-parties conference convened by Pakistan's oldest Islamic political party and attended by powerful religious groups asked the government on Tuesday to retract an "un-Islamic" law that gives unprecedented protection to female victims of violence. The Women's Protection Act, passed by Pakistan's largest province of Punjab last month, gives legal protection to women from domestic, psychological and sexual violence. Domestic abuse, economic discrimination and acid attacks made Pakistan the world's third most dangerous country in the world for women, a 2011 Thomson Reuters Foundation expert poll showed.
 
 

Vatican to approve sainthood for Mother Teresa

 
‎Tuesday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2016, ‏‎5:29:33 AMGo to full article
Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II in Calcutta in February 1986Mother Teresa will be cleared to become a saint on Tuesday after a Vatican panel recognises a second miracle attributed to the late nun famed for her work with the poor of Kolkata. The committee of senior clerics that approves elevations to sainthood is due to meet from around 0900 GMT with the long-awaited green light seen as a formality, less than two decades after her death. Pope Francis will then sign a decree approving the canonisation of the 1979 Nobel peace prize winner and announce a date and venue for it to happen.
 
 

Vatican prelate admits leaks; says woman 'spy' intimidated him

 
‎Tuesday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2016, ‏‎12:07:05 AMGo to full article
Spanish Monsignor Angel Lucio Vallejo Balda, Italian laywoman Francesca Chaouqui and journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi attend a trial at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A Vatican prelate on Monday admitted in court he had leaked confidential documents to the media and said he had been manipulated into it by a woman co-defendant who claimed she was a spy. After an adjournment of more than three months, Spanish Monsignor Angel Lucio Vallejo Balda was questioned at the resumption of the so-called "Vatileaks II" trial. Vallejo and four other people are on trial in the case, which centers on the publication last year of two books based on leaked documents that depict a Vatican plagued by graft and where Pope Francis faces stiff resistance to his agenda.
 
 

Vatican priest claims emotional blackmail behind leaks

 
‎Monday, ‎March ‎14, ‎2016, ‏‎11:15:45 PMGo to full article
A picture shows the cuppola of St Peter's basilica behind a fence on March 14, 2016 during the "Vatileaks" trial of two journalists and three former Vatican officialsA Spanish priest at the centre of a controversial Vatican leaks trial admitted Monday to passing classified documents to the press but insisted he had acted under emotional blackmail from a female colleague with whom he was romantically entangled. "Yes, I sent documents to journalists, I handed over a list of five pages with 87 passwords," Monsignor Lucio Vallejo Balda told a Holy See court. The Spanish Vatican official said he had not been "fully lucid" when he leaked the documents and had since been treated by a psychiatrist for depression and stress.

 

 

United Reformed Church approves gay marriage services

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The United Reformed Church has voted overwhelmingly to allow same-sex couples to marry in its buildings.

Members of the URC's ruling general assembly voted in favour at a meeting in Merseyside, although individual churches will not be forced to comply.

The URC becomes the largest Christian organisation in Britain to offer same-sex weddings in its churches.

The Church, which has about 60,000 members, is a Protestant Church with roots in Presbyterianism.

The assembly, meeting in Southport, voted to allow individual congregations to register churches as venues for same-sex marriage services immediately if they wish.

Church officials think the first weddings under the new powers will be able to take place from the autumn.

The couple hoping to marry in church

'Sensitive issue'

The Rev John Proctor, general secretary of the URC, said: "Today the URC has made an important decision - at which some will rejoice and with which others will be uncomfortable."

Churches within the denomination which did not wish to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies would not be compelled to do so, he said.

"This has been a sensitive issue for many in our churches.

"It has been important to take our time over the decision process, and to listen as carefully as we can to one another along the way."

Quakers, Unitarians, and some small denominations have already performed same-sex marriage ceremonies.

The Scottish Episcopal Church's general synod will vote for a final time next summer on allowing same-sex couples to marry in churches, after a large majority voted in favour earlier this year.

 

 

 
1501 Ballet of Chestnuts – a banquet held by Cesare Borgia in the Papal Palace where fifty prostitutes or courtesans are in attendance for the entertainment of the guests.

 

The Banquet of Chestnuts, known more properly as the Ballet of Chestnuts, refers to a fête in Rome, and particularly to a supper held in the Papal Palace by Cardinal Cesare Borgia, son of Pope Alexander VI on 30 October 1501. An account of the banquet is preserved in a Latin diary by Protonotary Apostolic and Master of Ceremonies Johann Burchard (it is titled Liber Notarum), but its accuracy is disputed.

 

The banquet was given in Cesare's apartments in the Palazzo Apostolico. Fifty prostitutes or courtesans were in attendance for the entertainment of the banquet guests. Burchard describes the scene in his Diary:

 

 

 

 

On the evening of the last day of October, 1501, Cesare Borgia arranged a banquet in his chambers in the Vatican with "fifty honest prostitutes",called courtesans, who danced after dinner with the attendants and others who were present, at first in their garments, then naked. After dinner the candelabra with the burning candles were taken from the tables and placed on the floor, and chestnuts were strewn around, which the naked courtesans picked up, creeping on hands and knees between the chandeliers, while the Pope, Cesare, and his sister Lucretia looked on. Finally, prizes were announced for those who could perform the act most often with the courtesans, such as tunics of silk, shoes, barrets, and other things.

 

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Getting behind the lobby word New Religious Movement to the meat in the sandwich

 
‎Today, ‎August ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎11 hours ago | dialogueirelandGo to full article

What is a Cult ?

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Joseph  H. McKenna, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer, History of Religious Ideas, University of CA Irvine

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The word ‘cult’ is never benign in religious terminology as it is in the world of art, where Johnny Stonenoggin filmster extraordinaire may cult-ivate a cult following for his eccentricity in artistry. Eccentricity in religion, if recent enough, is rarely welcomed with approving nods. And when eccentricity is welcomed by followers of a novel religion, those followers never designate the new religion as a cult. Such is the denigrating power of the word cult for religion.

Oddness in an ancient religion is no longer perceived as eccentric. No matter how implausible and bizarre a religious idea might be, if its pedigree is old, if generations are raised with that weird idea from youth, then that bizarre idea will become as believable, as commonplace, as immune to critical thought as a simple statement of fact about the color of summer grass.

If the idea had been taught for a thousand years that we may inhale the actual aroma of our God through the ritual of setting clover alight, we would accept that idea and practice it without scruple.

New Religions

In the late twentieth century some scholars of religion offered the phrase ‘new religions’ as a benign substitute for ‘cults.’ These scholars had grown weary of encountering a bias found in every stratum of society from nickel-plated broom pushers to copper-plated Ivy League Ph.Ds. It is a bias that may be put into bumper-sticker brevity:

Old Good, New Bad
Familiarity Good, Strangeness Bad
Old-Time Religion Good, New-Fangled Religion Bad

Or, as old-moneyed religionists say, ‘I have a religion, you have a sect, she has a cult.’

Prejudice against idea innovation, although the common coin of all conservative religiosity, should not be found in the higher arts of intellection, said these scholars who offered the fresh and unharmful term ‘new religions.’

After some decades, ‘new religions’ caught on in higher education and doctorates were granted in the study of such things, and academic journals were established and entitled with that name. As the new term gained acceptance, there was an attending decrease in bias against novel religions among academics. However, the term ‘cult’ got mislaid in the shakeup, as all new religions were deemed as worthy as any other religion.

Hold your ponies! Aren’t some new religions harmful, hateful, distasteful, and downright wacky? Yes. And therefore ‘cult’ is yet a needful term.

There are cults out there, and they do not deserve benign inclusion in the ‘new religions’ taxonomy. If a new religion resorts to coercion, if it invites adoration of human personalities, if it welcomes sexual favors for its leaders, if it suggests isolation from family and friends, if it embraces money-making schemes, call a pickaxe a pickaxe: the new religion is a cult.

Trouble is, a few of the older religions sometimes meet the cult criteria. But not many people would dare to call these pickaxes pickaxes.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/j-h-mckenna-phd/what-is-a-cult_b_11729868.html


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Marlborough Hall, Glasnevin part of the legacy of the National School and non denominationalism now unconstitutionally suppressed.

 
‎Thursday, ‎August ‎25, ‎2016, ‏‎2:22:37 AM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
Marlborough Hall

Marlborough Hall, Glasnevin.
I have been trying to understand the rich history of the National School in the area around DCU. On the way home recently I noticed we have a new educational experiment called Whitehall College of Further Education where just over a 100 years ago there was the last residence for male members of the Non Denominational “Marlborough Street,” Teacher School Training College. The building was also used as a hospital and convalescent home for those injured in the First World War, and later, Ireland’s War of Independence. From 1926 -1938 it became Colaiste CaoIimhin. John Marcus O’Sullivan was the Minister of Education that brought in Irish as a subject and Marlborough Hall was going to be the engine room of the teaching of Irish and it was most successful in this. Down the decades it has been used by various government departments and for the past several by the Department of Defence.

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Most of educationalists know that the model schools were used to teach children and prepare teachers. However, in 1834 “Marlborough Street,” Teacher School Training College was founded. It was obviously for men only as a residence as it is clear from a book that I received from Plunkett College that there was also a place called Talbot House where the female students were housed. It came under the Commissioners of National Education in Ireland. It was non denominational in its values. In their report in (1905 -06) the Commissioners gives the following breakdown of the Christian denominations
Of the students referred to as King’s Scholars:-
Roman Catholic : 50 resident students and 2 external
Church of Ireland : 57 resident students and 3 external
Presbyterian Church : 133 resident students and 1 external
Others : 3 resident students.

It is clear at this stage that the other denominational Colleges were drawing the most students, so it is interesting that the Commissioners of National Education in Ireland in their report for 1903-4 had decided to build a new college in Glasnevin. Also it is remarkable that by then there were more women than men enrolled. Why? As the Marlborough Hall was for men only. Women were to still to be housed in Talbot House, and in Marlborough House which is where the Meteorological Office is now located.
The New Building was opened by Lord Aberdeen prior to final completion by the Lord Lieutenant on the 24th August, 1908. It is not clear when it really opened but the war saw its demise and it officially closed in 1917. Lord Aberdeen also opened the National School on Lindsay Road in 1910. The plaque is still there and President McAleese celebrated its centenary in 2011.

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Colaiste CaoIimhin

What was remarkable was that the Minister John Marcus O’Sullivan who had all the constitutional powers vested in his office and a tradition of non denominational education based in his Department on Marlborough Street decided to appoint the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin as Patron of this new educational institution and brought in the Christian Brothers to take over its administration. Do we see in this an attack on the Non denominational character of our National School System? This is an example of what people say without evidence that our National School changed from being Non Denominational to Denominational and as a result the problems we have now inherited?
Did the British march out and Rome take over? The Patrick Pearse mix of the cult of sacrifice, the heretical mix of revolutionary violence and the Christian Faith created the nexus of what Joyce called, Christ and Caesar being hand in glove. The Christ story of giving life and dying for humanity is transmogrified into a cult of death and killing the enemy. Then being resurrected in a power grab.

 


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“The Cross Uncovered,” by Christina Gallagher- a work of the imagination inspired by wealth.

 
‎Friday, ‎August ‎12, ‎2016, ‏‎3:01:45 AM | dialogueirelandGo to full article

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Immaculate deception

Christina or an unholy ghost wrote this book. It is entitled, “The Cross Uncovered.” It is 372 pages long with a lot of recycled non miracles. The thought that struck me was that what the book should be called is “The Stigmata Uncovered.” The case of the knitting needles in the bedroom. The Chalkey love story and why we do not believe scams. The longer the book the less it relates to reality. The Foreword by Gerrard McGinnity is a disgrace. It shows a person who has lost the plot and his great intelligence. I had the opportunity to read his Doctoral thesis on Ambrose of Milan in the Trinity Library. It showed great intelligence. No he has been totally taken over by Christina. The bishops helped him follow the example of the Cardinal who got retirement parties. Get him off the stage and deny you have any responsibility. Poor Christina has another house this time in City West. She likes the cross and is crucified between the Kinahans. Meanwhile her house in Malahide remains unsold. Take up and read…then repent.

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Gulen organisation is keeping a low profile

 
‎Thursday, ‎August ‎11, ‎2016, ‏‎11:18:42 PM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
IMAG0059The Gulen organisation has gone underground in Dublin. Turkish Irish Education Society. They are now on Marlborough Street, south and to left of North Earl Street.

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Ireland’s Secret Cults revisited.

 
‎Monday, ‎August ‎8, ‎2016, ‏‎11:48:04 PM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
Five years after this programme was broadcast the House of Prayer is still ripping off vulnerable adults. The Catholic Church has refused to do anything. Dr McGinnity has retired but is still supporting this scam. The Palmarians are still doing damage to the elderly and the brainwashing continues.

Scientology is not as strong but the opposition to it was totally undermined by illegal and totally damaging attacks on Scientologists.

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/tv3-irelands-secret-cults/


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Mayo man’s battle with Scientologist back in court BY FRANCESCA COMYN ON  AUGUST 7, 2016

 
‎Monday, ‎August ‎8, ‎2016, ‏‎9:19:57 PM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
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The case is due to wind up before the Four Courts in the coming months Pic: RollingNews.ieThe case is due to wind up before the Four Courts in the coming months Pic: RollingNews.ie

Dialogue Ireland reports of the earlier cases.

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/bad-day-for-the-scientologists-ex-scientologists-understanding-cultism-and-common-sense/

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/report-on-the-defamation-and-assault-cases-in-the-civil-circuit-court-january-27-and-28-2016/

This gives you all the material on Scientology.

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/category/therapy-groups/scientology

 

Man wants review of earlier award of damages against a Scientologist

A long-running legal battle involving current and former members of the Church of Scientology is due to wind its way back to the Four Courts.

Co Mayo man Pete Griffiths is appealing a €5,000 Circuit Court award from earlier this year against a Scientologist who launched a “vitriolic” personal attack on his character.

He had sought compensation of €50,000 against Zabrina Collins after she sent a semi-naked photo of him to the principal of a Dublin school, and an email falsely accusing him of criminal activity.

Collins, a spokesperson for the Church of Scientology, sent a complaint to the headmaster of St David’s School, Artane in May 2013, after she discovered a YouTube video of Griffiths, an ex-Scientologist, addressing students about the dangers of Scientology and cults in general.

In the email, she described herself as a “concerned parent”. Judge James O’Donoghue said the allegations against Griffiths were “grossly defamatory”.

However, the damages were reduced as Griffiths posted the material online, giving it a much wider audience.

Clearly unhappy with the decision, Griffiths has lodged a High Court appeal against the award in a bid to further vindicate his good name.

He perceives the award to be on the light side, but the main focus of his challenge will be on court orders made in a separate but parallel case.

As Judge O’Donoghue noted when delivering judgment last April, there is a longstanding animus between the two parties in this dispute.

Collins, a chiropractor with an address at Mount Eustace in Tyrellstown, Dublin, previously sued Griffiths and another man, John McGhee from Armstrong Grove in Clara, Co Offaly, for assault.

The allegations arose from an incident where Collins was harassed and grabbed by McGhee while distributing anti-drug literature in Dublin city centre.

Griffiths, of Cual Gara on Teeling Street in Ballina, Co Mayo, made a video of the protest and was ordered to pay Collins and another Scientologist damages of €2,000 in the ensuing court battle. McGhee was ordered to pay €3,500 for assault.

Griffiths claims he is now the subject of overly restrictive court orders, blocking him from approaching Scientologists.

He alleges that the injunctions impinge on his freedom of speech and his right to protest.

 

 

 

 

 


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House of Prayer accounts 2015. The costs of losing your charitable status

 
‎Monday, ‎August ‎8, ‎2016, ‏‎6:19:47 PM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
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The fact that the House of Prayer has lost its charitable status shows the Charity Regulator has no confidence that the House of Prayer has any charitable focus. It is the evidence of Dialogue Ireland that not only is there no charitable intent, but the opposite, it is a fraudulent, scam taking advantage of mainly the elderly and vulnerable adults.

This our conclusion from the evidence is as follows:

The accounts show a contingent liability which arises because the Company lost its charitable status and if this is not reversed a sum of €125,000 will be due to Revenue. No provision has been made for this but the level of Stock and Cash Equivalents is € 403,935 so funds are there to pay.

Our Lady Queen of Peace House of Prayer (Achill) Limited

Review of Accounts to 31 December 2015

In common with most Financial Statements there is a limited disclosure of data, which renders a full review nigh on impossible.The figures as shown below endeavour to restate the data by calculation from the figures shown.

Income

There is a drop in income from 2014, in the sum of €74,853The constituents elements of this drop are Sales of religious items down € 4393 and Donations down € 70469.

This drop in donations (94% of total drop) may be partly due to the number of scandals in the Charitable sector which are affecting all organisation, but may also be due to the age profile of their doners and their natural decline.

Expenditure

The total expenditure for 2015as shown in the Profit and Loss is € 451167.  We are not given a complete breakdown of this but from detail shown we can deduce the following.

2015                                         2014

Salaries                                                                      222,448                                     221,344

Depreciation                                                              44,357                                       37,737

Other expenses                                                      180,862                                     145,808

Audit                                                                           3,500                                          3,463

Total                                                                        451,167                                      408,352

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Notes

Of the €44357 depreciation only € 5,790 does not relate to buildings, which are depreciated despite the tendency to rise in value.

Other expenses have risen by €35,054 which in a year of falling donations may indicate either a lack of concern or a once of cost.

The accounts show that the salaries figure which includes employer prsi and other such costs realtes to 2 House attendants and 2 admin roles. This would give an average of € 55,612 per person (the average industry wage is €35000 per CSO)

Other Data
During the year the following assets where purchased.

Vehicle(s)   cost             €25,500

Buildings                        €47,137
The accounts show a contingent liability which arises because the Company lost its charitable status and if this is not reversed a sum of €125,000 will be due to Revenue. No provision has been made for this but the level of Stock and Cash Equivalents is € 403,935 so funds are there to pay.


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The role of Dr McGinnity in the denial of the election of Michael Ledwith

 
‎Sunday, ‎August ‎7, ‎2016, ‏‎8:23:37 PM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ledwith-s-name-submitted-for-dublin-archbishop-post-1.345137

Ledwith’s name submitted for Dublin archbishop post

Mon, Jan 13, 2003

Patsy McGarry
Among the three names submitted to Rome in 1987 as likely successors to the post of archbishop of Dublin was that of the former president of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Dr Miceál Ledwith, against whom there have been allegations of sexual abuse.

When an episcopal vacancy arises in the Catholic Church it is procedure for a papal nuncio to canvass the views of diocesan priests and others on likely successors. From names proposed, three may be selected by the nuncio and submitted to Rome, from which one is appointed by the Pope.
When it came to choosing a successor to the late archbishop of Dublin, Dr Kevin McNamara, the then papal nuncio Dr Gaetano Alibrandi is understood to have submitted the names of Mgr Ledwith, that of then auxiliary bishop of Dublin Dr Donal Murray, (now Bishop of Limerick), and Dr Desmond Connell, then dean of metaphysics at UCD. Dr Connell was appointed to the vacancy.

What makes Dr Alibrandi’s submission of Mgr Ledwith’s name to Rome in 1987 surprising is that three years previously in 1984 the former president was a frontrunner to become Bishop of Ferns when concerns about his behaviour emerged. Bishop Brendan Comiskey was appointed to Ferns.
Father Gerard McGinnity, senior dean at St Patrick’s College Maynooth in 1984, told The Irish Times last July he had been consulted then about Mgr Ledwith as a likely bishop of Ferns by Dr Alibrandi, as part of church procedure. This Sub Pontificio Secreto (under pontifical secrecy) procedure involves filling written answers on a form sent by the papal nuncio to people who would know a prospective episcopal candidate well. In his replies, Father McGinnity repeated concerns about Mgr Ledwith’s behaviour, then being expressed by senior seminarians and others.

On June 1st last year, the trustees of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth acknowledged that, before his abrupt departure in 1995, an allegation of sexual abuse involving a minor had been made against Mgr Ledwith, which he denied strenuously. They also said he made a settlement with the claimant, without admission of liability. They further disclosed that in 2000 they were told of another allegation against the monsignor, made by a former student at the college between 1992 and 1994.

In 1987, Bishop Murray was the choice of a majority of Dublin priests to succeed Archbishop McNamara. However, Dr Alibrandi did not favour him, and the post went to Dr Connell.

Bishop Murray’s prospects were not helped by controversy generated by an RTÉ news report which claimed he was not acceptable to Rome because he permitted “unorthodox” practices such as allowing altar girls take part in church services in Bray.

The report caused surprise, not least as it created an impression that Bishop Murray was on the Church’s liberal wing. The leading moral theologian among Ireland’s Catholic bishops – then as now – belongs very much to the more orthodox school in the church.


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Fethullah Gulen’s Race to the Top Is Over

 
‎Saturday, ‎August ‎6, ‎2016, ‏‎7:15:21 PM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
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The Turkish cleric’s decades-long plan to use schools to acquire political power and cultural influence has ended in shambles.       

  Foreign Policy Magazine

 BY SELIM KORU, HUSEYIN RASIT YILMAZ   

AUGUST 5, 2016

“Like a cancer, this virus has metastasized,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech days after Turkey’s attempted coup. The virus to which he referred was the followers of the Pennsylvania-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom he blames for orchestrating the attempt to topple him from power.

Turkey’s newly declared state of emergency has armed the government with the powers to purge Gulenists across all state institutions: More than 10,000 military personnel, including 151 generals and admirals, as well as about 3,000 police have been arrested or are now in custody, pending investigation.

But the chemotherapy appears to be focusing on education. Of the 67,000 people suspended in the first 10 days of the state of emergency, at least 42,700 are from the Ministry of National Education. By decree, 1,043 private schools have been closed and expropriated, and 15 universities and 109 student dormitories have been closed. All of the country’s 1,577 university deans have been asked to resign, though many presumably will be allowed back once their records are cleared. Meanwhile, Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz has announced that the government will hire more than 20,000 new teachers this year to make up for the loss. Education features so prominently in the government’s response to the failed coup attempt because the Gulenists have a decades-long commitment to building a network of schools in Turkey and around the world, which has been crucial for their efforts to expand their influence. Turkey’s political class may not have created the Gulen movement, but it allowed it to move into the state apparatus relatively unhindered. It is now determined to cut it out and is starting with the part that feeds the rest: education. Like many of Turkey’s religious movements, the Gulenist network represents a reaction to the formation of modern Turkey as a secular republic in 1923. It traces its origins to Said Nursi, a polymath known for his prodigious memory and Gandhi-like resolve who built a movement that engaged in civil disobedience against the secular government. After Nursi’s death, several religious communities based on his teachings took form. Only one grew beyond its provincial origins — the community nurtured by Fethullah Gulen, who was 25 years old when he first went to the coastal city of Izmir and established himself as an imam known for his emotional style. “He would always cry during his sermons,” an octogenarian who attended a few during the 1960s told one of the authors. But Gulen also had a unique charisma, and his sermons quickly became popular throughout the region. Nearly all were recorded in audio and later video format and made the rounds among the faithful. Gulen was a state-sanctioned imam at the time and did not come out openly against the Kemalist order — but, being part of the Nursi tradition, he did not condone it either.Starting in the late 1960s, his followers set themselves apart from other religious communities by emphasizing secondary and higher education. Unlike other religious communities, the Gulenists’ educational system reached into all aspects of life. Each boy would be assigned an abi, or “older brother,” who would mentor him in his studies and also endeavor to shape his character. When girls were incorporated, they were each assigned an abla, meaning “older sister.” They would be typically only a few years older than their pupil, such as a university student mentoring a high school student. This gave members of the movement a strong sense of belonging throughout their lives and established a clear hierarchy and ideological unity. On Turkey’s political spectrum, the Gulenists were clearly political Islamists. It was their secrecy that made them stand out: Whereas most of Turkey’s Islamists openly resisted secularism through grassroots organization and participation in the democratic system, the Gulen movement sought to subvert secularism. Move “within the arteries of the system, without anyone noticing your existence,” Gulen advised his followers during a now-infamous sermon.This process should continue, Gulen went on, until his followers had amassed extraordinary influence. “You must wait until such time as you have all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey,” he counseled in the same sermon. In Gulenist literature, those who will take the reins of the state when this time comes are among the “Golden Generation.” These people have the resolve to “cross over seas of filth,” meaning secular sin, while remaining pure in their intentions and thus bring about a kind of utopia.  But to play the long game, the movement needed a broader base in society, and the key to that was institutional education. In the 1970s and 1980s, the Gulen movement focused on training world-class teachers who could recruit children into their cause.  “I scored high enough in my university entrance exam to get into medical school, but the jamaat [a common phrase for the Gulenist movement] asked me to become a teacher, so that’s what I did,” a teacher who used to work in a Gulenist school said in an interview. As is typical for Gulenists, these teachers were willing to make huge material sacrifices over long periods of time, motivated by the status they attained in the movement and the prospect of religious fulfillment. As the numbers of Gulenist teachers grew, they spilled over into the private sector. An extensive network of Gulenist student dorms and camps prepared students for university exams and gave them a sense of community. Most important, however, were the “cram schools” that Turkish students attend in order to prepare for university examinations. Students are usually under great pressure during the year they study for these examinations, since they determine the quality of their university degrees and, to some extent, professional lives. Although the curriculum of Gulenist cram schools was similar to that of others, it also exposed students to an environment where they would be assigned an abi or abla. These elder figures would invite the students to their homes for tutoring sessions, where they would pray together and be exposed to Gulenist books and sermons. Over time, a certain mold began to emerge — Gulenist students were known to be pious, hard-working, punctual, and accomplished in math and the hard sciences. This made them excellent candidates for jobs in the government’s technical departments, such as the treasury and central bank, and allowed them to rise up fast in other institutions, like the police.  By 1992, the movement had enough experienced teachers to found its first schools abroad, in the newly independent Central Asian republics. At this point, the movement was funding its activities to a large extent through so-called “aid meetings” (himmet toplantisi), where sympathetic businessmen would come together to listen to private religious sermons and were asked to contribute large sums to the movement in the presence of others. As the movement expanded abroad, each Turkish city’s followers were made responsible for Gulenist activities in a different foreign country. Over time, these schools would spread across the world: Today, the movement boasts more than 2,000 schools in 160 different countries.These schools became known for their emphasis on mathematics and the natural sciences. Education is not necessarily Islamic, but the quality is so high that they have become places where the elite send their kids to be disciplined — and where poor, bright children are given scholarships and a chance at success. Turkish politicians began to support these schools as beacons of Turkey’s growing “soft power” in the region. Though the Gulen movement was on good terms with various governments, the mildly Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) that rose to power in 2002 became its first true ally. For more than a decade under AKP rule, Gulenist educational institutions thrived. The group’s reach into the bureaucracy also rose to unprecedented heights. Gulenists were especially strong in the police and judiciary and used those arms of the state to libel and imprison those who opposed their network. Some of this was in line with the AKP’s policies, such as the infamous Sledgehammer and Ergenekon cases, which charged high-ranking military officers with plotting a coup using fake evidence. Other notable figures, such as investigative journalists Nedim Sener and Ahmet Sik and former police chief Hanefi Avci, were jailed on false evidence simply for writing negatively about Gulenists. By the early 2010s, the Gulenist influence began to worry the AKP government. It had become like an invisible circle choking the government’s presence in key parts of the state.When Erdogan finally moved against the Gulenists, he tried to hit them where it hurt — by targeting their influence over educational institutions. In 2013, he proposed closing down all private cram schools in the country, thus cutting off the Gulenists’ primary source of human capital. Without its educational infrastructure to mass-produce followers, the Gulen movement would be just another religious community in Turkey — a jamaat rather thanthe jamaat. Gulenists were unable to accept that and fired their first salvo against Erdogan in December of that year. Using its network in the police and other branches of government, it released audio recordings implicating senior government figures in corruption, bribery, money laundering, and inciting war in Syria. Erdogan then made clear that battle lines had been drawn. No longer were the Gulenists going to be allowed to pull the strings of power from behind the curtain. “We will bring out into the open this structure,” he said, “which is a state within the state.”But even in the midst of this impending battle, there was a last-ditch attempt to mend fences between the AKP government and Gulen. Fehmi Koru, a journalist close to both sides who, in full disclosure, is the uncle of one of the authors of this article, met with then-Prime Minister Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul and was dispatched to Pennsylvania — where Gulen lives in exile — to talk peace. Koru writes in his tell-all book that Gulen gave him a letter to deliver back to Ankara imploring the government to ease its grip on the schools. “It was transmitted to our prime minister that we do not desire the closing of institutions [cram schools] beneficial to the public and that we desire their continuation under their present mission,” Gulen stated in his letter. But the rivalry between the groups had taken on a momentum of its own, and the bureaucratic shadow duel soon turned into open war. In the following years, the government declared the Gulen movement a terrorist organization and began to put pressure on Gulen-linked businesses, media outlets, and other institutions. The cram schools, as per Erdogan’s initial proposition, were closed down. The government also began to roll back the Gulen network’s 25-year presence across its entire apparatus — with the notable exception of the military, where, due to the institution’s secular sensibilities, Gulenists were often said to have entered secretly. The feud also exposed the Gulenist educational system to corruption allegations. In 2015, Turkish officials investigated Gulenists for cheating on civil service exams, claiming that bureaucrats with access to the exam questions passed them to the educational arm of the network before test dates. There have been several waves of arrests of people who have allegedly perpetrated this crime, resulting in more than 3,200 ongoing trials and several civil servants whose examinations have been deemed void as a result of the scandal. Government officials confirmed to the authors that they were compiling a list of Gulenists in various sectors, including education, long before the attempted coup. But Turkey’s new state of emergency has given them the authority to purge these remaining Gulenists from state institutions.At present, the government does not seem to believe that all Gulenists are pro-coup infiltrators and does not formally accuse them of involvement in the coup, yet it sees their continued presence in the public sector as a national security risk. Given the public consensus in Turkey that the Gulenists were indeed behind the coup, this purge has received the passive support of the opposition. No matter what happens next, tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people will lose their jobs as Erdogan makes a clean sweep. The critical question at this stage is to what extent the government will abuse its state-of-emergency mandate and start to purge non-Gulenists. So far, this has not happened. For example, the 16,000 members of Egitim Sen, a leftist teacher’s union that has been under heavy investigation since January, have been left untouched. If the government oversteps those lines, there will certainly be public uproar about an abuse of power, and the anti-Gulen consensus that keeps the peace will disappear. There is a real risk that the government will indeed go too far. Erdogan’s followers have taken to the airwaves and newspaper columns to smear former statesmen — including former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and former Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan. National Movement Party insurgent Meral Aksener, who billed herself as a serious challenger to the ruling party, has perhaps had the worst of it. Despite having come out against the coup in its early minutes, pro-government media have largely been successful in making her out to be in favor of Erdogan’s toppling. If the government fails to contain this trend and allows the anti-Gulen purges to sweep up the ruling party’s legitimate political opponents, wider unrest could ensue.  What appears certain is that the government will do its best to erase any Gulenist influence within Turkey’s corridors of power. The Gulenists’ remaining educational institutions will be disbanded and, with them, the future of the movement in its home country aborted. Education policy has long been an afterthought to Turkey’s politicians. They will now pay closer attention to ensure that no other religious or political group ever takes advantage of that deficit.

http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/08/05/fethullah-gulen-race-top-over-turkey-erdogan-secularism-schools/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New%20Campaign&utm_term=%2AEditors%20Picks&wp_login_redirect=0

 


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Dr Gerard McGinnity still on the moral high ground, but very vulnerable around his capitulation to Christina and the House of Prayer.

 
‎Friday, ‎August ‎5, ‎2016, ‏‎12:59:07 AM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
Senan Malony writes about the ongoing issue of the training of priests. How celibacy can be a great hindrance to the expression of sexuality. On the one hand one can hide one’s sexual orientation but also a Church that is so supportive of marriage can destroy those are not able to live with these false ideals. Then there is the issue of sexual harassment and the institutionalisation of power with an episcopate incapable of addressing these issues.


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Gulen seen as a dark force behind the smile

 
‎Monday, ‎August ‎1, ‎2016, ‏‎7:27:03 PM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
Turkey: Is the Gülen Organization a Cult?

Breitbart Newshe Associated Pressby ROBERT AMSTERDAM

31 Jul 2016

Note: Robert Amsterdam is a Canadian attorney based in London who has represented government officials, corporations and human rights activists around the world. He isworking with the Turkish government on litigation involving Gulen.

In the aftermath of the violent attempted military coup launched against the Government of Turkey on July 15-16, urgent questions have been raised regarding the role of the self-exiled cleric, Fethullah Gülen, resident in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania.

Gülen is not your typical radical. You won’t find him posting incendiary videos to the Internet or directly calling for violence or revealing his agenda to the public. He’s actually much smarter and more dangerous than that.

For years, he and his extensive hierarchy of loyalists have worked from behind closed doors in his mansion in the Poconos, where he has established more than 160 charter schools (via secretive front companies), 55,000 businesses operating worldwide, and thousands of members embedding themselves throughout the media, government, and military in Turkey.

In Turkey, people are not fooled by Gülen’s act. When the attempted coup took place, Turkish citizens flooded into the streets and risked their lives not to cheer on Gülen, but to resist the putschists and send them back to their barracks. The issue of his involvement in this attempted overthrow is a matter of general consensus – even those opposed to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledge the link.

But here in the United States, regrettably, it’s another story. Many members of the media (as well as many politicians benefitting from the largesse of his donations) treat Gülen with naïve acceptance of the “moderate Islam” narrative they are presented with while never questioning the vast array of inconsistencies, half-truths, and direct involvement in criminal activity.

Among Gülen’s leading U.S. supporters is the former high-ranking CIA officer Graham E. Fuller, who writing in the Huffington Post on July 22, described the Hizmet network as “one of the most encouraging faces of contemporary Islam in the world.” As he acknowledges in the piece, he played a key role as a character witness in protecting Gülen from deportationWhen Gülen’s green card application was rejected in 2007, Gülen appealed, citing as support for his application his widespread influence, educational leadership (which he previously had denied under oath), and scholarly activities. Lawyers representing the U.S. government were highly skeptical of Gülen’s submissions to support his lofty position, however: “The evidence submitted by plaintiff [Gülen], when carefully examined, reveals that he is not a scholar and his work is not the subject of serious scholarship. He is a religious and political figure attempting to buy academic prestige by paying people to write papers about him.” Despite USCIS’s misgivings, Gülen won his appeal in 2008 largely due to Fuller’s support and has enjoyed permanent residency in the United States ever since. Fuller and other supporters high up within the U.S. intelligence apparatus are mistaken with regard to the intentions and risk posed by this organization. While there may, in fact, exist many innocent members pursuing public works, there is also another side actively working on a much more sinister agenda. This is echoed by Mustafa Akyol in the New York Times, who writes that former Gülenists have told him “there is a darker side of the movement, and few of its members know it as it is.” Years before the attempted coup took place, Gülen himself ordered his followers to secretly penetrate key state institutions, instructing them to “move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers.” He then instructed them to lie about ever receiving such instructions. The Gülen organization practices what academics describe as “strategic ambiguity” – which means that they habitually conceal all connections while consistently and regularly denying the scope and purpose of their operations. As a telling example of this strategic ambiguity and the exploitation it enables, three Gülen charter schools were closed in Georgia after a series of forensic audits uncovered the schools’ use of a fake educational services vendor, the Grace Institute. Over the course of our investigation into unlawful activities at Gülen’s U.S. charter schools, we have interviewed numerous whistleblowers and former teachers. The disturbing revelations very much point to the Gülen organization operating as a cult. Former teachers have disclosed abusive treatment of Turkish nationals secured as employees of these schools through the H-1B visa program that borders on human trafficking. In the past, passports have been seized, the Turkish teachers’ movements limited, their earnings garnished, and their social lives and basic freedoms surveilled. These whistleblowers indicate a sophisticated level of control, including mandatory installation of tracking software on laptops and phones to prevent members from disclosing the Organization’s secrets. One whistleblower faced deportation from a European country after beginning to speak out about the Gülen organization’s illegal activity. Yet despite all this, Gülen remains in favor with a variety of influential Americans such as Fuller. Fuller’s defense stands as an example of the strange level of support Gülen has received from former ambassadors and agents of the U.S. who appear to operate with eyes wide shut, oblivious to the extensive fraud schemes he is running. Despite numerous ongoing criminal investigations, Fuller and key figures in the US leap to the cult’s defense. Think about it: a cult accused by a crucial NATO ally of operating a terror organization determined to overthrow its elected government is secretly running 160 charter schools and attempting to influence the international relations of the United States, and we are simply asked to look the other way. We believe those schools are operated by cells of Gülen’s followers, with the primary purpose of exploiting the public education sector to benefit one person only—Gülen. Turkey has every reason to question the position of the United States in this matter, just as the U.S. would question other nations hosting similar criminal organizations. While asking Turkey for evidence of Gülen’s coup mongering, we should also be asking the American government why, with numerous audits, investigations, and evidence of wrongdoing by the Gülen Organization available in the public record, we still give this dangerous cult safe harbor. 

Robert Amsterdam is the founding partner of Amsterdam & Partners LLP. The firm has been appointed to represent the Republic of Turkey with regard to a global investigation of the unlawful conduct of the Gülen organization.

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/07/31/gulen-organization-cult/


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Prime Time 2006. The decade long rise of Islamism in Ireland

 
‎Friday, ‎July ‎29, ‎2016, ‏‎5:04:45 PM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
This important documentary has been down for a number of years. It is very important to have this programme as part of the archive. The recent Prime Time piece on the Muslim Brotherhood should be watched in conjunction with this programme.

http://www.rte.ie/news/player/prime-time/2006/1218/


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Prime Time documentary on the Muslim Brotherhood European HQ situated at the Clonskeagh Mosque.

 
‎Wednesday, ‎July ‎27, ‎2016, ‏‎3:24:37 AM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
FG at Mosque

 

Clonskeagh mosque 2

 

Clonskeagh mosque 3

The programme on RTE Prime Time programme on July 27th night was very welcome but its content had been delayed for ten years. In December 2006 RTE had a documentary on the Muslim Brotherhood and its HQ in Europe Clonskeagh and had raised similar issues about them.

http://www.rte.ie/news/primetime/2016/0720/803666-prime-time-14-7-2016/
We in Dialogue Ireland have been drawing attention to the issues surrounding the Muslim Brotherhood for 15 years at least. It is amazing that Imam Halawa has been here for 20 years and still has to have Ali Selim translate for him. He can’t express himself in English.
You will find all you need to know about these issues by visiting our blog at:

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/category/islam/islamism/

Again during the programme there was the oft repeated idea that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the country. It is likely the religion with the most immigrants who have come into Ireland, however, it is in fact one of the lowest growing religions in Ireland. In fact there is a very deep decline in religious practice, but if you take the view you are born into a religion then by definition there will be an increase in that religion by virtue of the growth in the population as our current census suggests. Hardly a scientific means to study the growth of a religion?
This article will help you get he picture.

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/islam-to-become-irelands-second-religion-by-2043-by-ralph-riegel-irish-independent/#more-12448

What was quite shocking, not in the negative sense was for the first time the Clonskeagh Mosque came under media scrutiny. They have been able act as the official Vatican for Muslims for nearly two decades. The government of the day give them a totally undeserved status.

Clonskeagh mosque 1

 

When Richard Downes asked the Imam if he was involved with the Muslim Brotherhood he ducked and dived even though we have a lot of evidence that he is their pointsman in Ireland. Asked about the Sisi regime in Egypt he made a savage attack on them. He and his daughters have not got a clue about strategy if they want their brother to go free. They are so under the influence of the MB they do not use common sense in regard to trying to save their family member.

This report is totally out of date now as the Maktoums are really no longer connected to the mosque.

Maktoums 1996

After the MB came to power in Egypt they were funding their Irish franchise. Again the programme missed the point that Ibrahim Halawa was in fact going to Egypt to support the MB funders of the Clonskeagh Mosque. He was the collateral damage when there was regime change. He was still mouthing the old mantras when the tectonic plates shifted. Also throughout the UAE the MB was thrown out as they were caught trying to infiltrate their governments.
https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/ali-selim%e2%80%99s-mask-begins-to-slip-by-our-irish-islamist-expert/

The most comprehensive archive on this whole area is by Mark Humphrys.

http://markhumphrys.com/muslim.brotherhood.html
He gives details about a number of the issues raised in the documentary and you will find more in our archive.
http://www.dialogueireland.org/dicontent/a2z/islamism/islamism.html

The government needs to maintain a discreet distance from Clonskeagh and not jump to other mosques that on initial reading seem to be playing the right cards of integration and rights for all.

 


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Joe Duffy on the Palmarians and the House of Prayer

 
‎Tuesday, ‎July ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎8:58:39 PM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
 

Joe Duffy in MonS1

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JD text

Joe Duffy writes about the Palmarians and how family members are affected.
The Irish Palmarians are the largest group in the Church. We believe that there about 200 members and as result we can extrapolate that around 2000 family members are affected. Vulnerable adults and especially the elderly are under savage pressure. Joe also referenced the House of Prayer where the Catholic Church has washed it’s hands of involvement in pastoral care to the mainly elderly participants. They also refuse to remove priests who are supporting this scam. It is our reading that there are about 20,000 people affected.

jD


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Overreach: Update on Victory Outreach

 
‎Tuesday, ‎July ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎6:45:29 PM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
The issue of Console has raised again the problems associated with charities. This report in 2013 raised exactly the same issues then.

Late in 2014 we had overtures from VO and engaged with them about the abuses outlined a year earlier in the Prime Time documentary.

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/victory-outreach-prime-time-special-report/

They clearly tried to separate themselves from Andy Valdez and his Freedom Ministries. Our discussions broke down and could find no one to take responsibility for the issues raised by the documentary. One of the reasons VO was able to be so successful is that they did not require any entry requirements and so vulnerable families and addicts flock to them like bees to honey not realising the trap they are entering.

http://www.rte.ie/news/player/2013/1217/20493072-vulnerable-addicts-working-to-raise-money-for-religious-charity/

Our intelligence suggests that VO has gone underground and certain leaders have moved to locations like Cork and some to other locations. We hear that funds that had been buried at the end of the collapse of the VO grouping in 2013/14 have been invested in in various businesses but the public do not realise the connection to VO. This story has not ended and many former addicts have reverted to addiction including some involved with the documentary. We have clear intelligence ion this and will be able to lead the Gardai directly to where those that are involved with this scam.


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The Palmarian Church on RTÉ – Liveline: More testimonies from former members

 
‎Wednesday, ‎July ‎20, ‎2016, ‏‎6:31:40 PM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
20 July 2016

John Sheahan’s sister Goretta joined the Palmarian church a quarter of a century ago and he hasn’t heard from her since. He wasn’t sure if she was dead or alive. Today, former Palmarians Maria and John provided lots of information about what has happened to Goretta since she joined the church.

Today we got some recent news from John in Lichtenstein who was subject to assault by the Church when he resisted them. Maria Hall was able to give information about a person who was a religious in Palmar and tells Joe about her involvement.

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/maria-hall-and-the-palmarians-the-craziness-that-led-to-liberty/

What we get to understand is that as the place fragments it is caught between tightening the screw and having no screws to tighten. The youth are totally isolated and can’t have contact with family so as the the community is facing wipe out it is unlikely that they will become a Jonestown or Waco but rather a kind of prison camp old peoples home. There is always the possibility that some charismatic might present to do miracles but really all they have are the accounts which are hidden and the ex Pope will likely be more at risk than most.I would see him not sleeping well at night as some troubled person abused by him becomes a jihadist.

This testimony by by Joshua gives a flavour of where things are at currently.

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/a-palmarian-testimony-1991-2015-by-joshua-daly/

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Maria's pics of PT4

 

 


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An update from Terry who’s brother died days after he returned to the Palmarians in Spain.

 
‎Tuesday, ‎July ‎19, ‎2016, ‏‎9:54:51 PM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
Maria's pics of PT1

RTÉ – Liveline
Joe Duffy talks to the Irish public about affairs of the day.
Palmarian Church Update
19 July 2016

An update from Terry who’s brother died days after he returned to the Palmarians in Spain.

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Today we had the difficult job of understanding how a woman in Dublin can be influenced by the ideology of the Palmarians to the extent that she allows her sick son to go back to a place where he was abused. Also how the effects on the family can be absolutely dreadful. We will likely see these dynamics work themselves out when the folks in the House of Prayer reach a similar age. Families who can’t enter the home and where children have grown up in the shadow of isolation and despair.

 

You can now find Dialogue Ireland as a on the Live Line help list:

https://www.rte.ie/radio1/liveline/features/2012/1030/343603-helplines/

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An independent trust that works to promote awareness and understanding of religious issues and cultism in Ireland.

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HELP:

Those seeking help with vulnerable persons due to cult involvement should call the National Safeguarding Office at 061 461165 and they will give you the contact details of a social worker in your area who can assist you. Or if you think criminal activity has taken place make a statement to your local Garda station.
 

The Spanish  Embassy* in Dublin confirmed that they are aware of the Palmarians and were very clear that if an Irish citizen had died in whatever context the local Irish representative must be informed. The nearest is Ignatio in Seville. His number is 0034954690689

The email address is: irishconsulate@telefonica.net

The number for the Spanish Embassy is as following:

emb.dublin@smael.es

012691640 Ask for the Legal section. It is important that families so long separated from their loved ones begin to put in place contacts as we are hearing that as older members die houses are being sold and elderly people put in in houses together without proper supports and funds are being repatriated to Spain.

 


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Maria Hall and the Palmarians: The craziness that led to liberty

 
‎Tuesday, ‎July ‎19, ‎2016, ‏‎7:56:51 PM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
 

Maria Hall

Last year Maria wrote a book about her experiences and it is certainly a must read for  anyone who wants to understand what being a Palmarian is like. Recently the story has become about the celebrity Pope who left and looking at the St Peter’s of Palmaria Rome. No this about the break up of families, the psychological damage done to children and the undue influence exercised on the elderly. The reality is that once the undue influence has been exercised people can be in Raheny and do not require the large walls of Palmar to keep people in. Of course it is a mind wall but the real one helps keeps the member prisoners in. They become in time their own prison warders. The photographs that Maria brought back from Spain show the  wall and the separation of people like in Berlin rather than the glories of of the Cathedrals of Spain. It looks like a concentration camp as Nick calls it.

 

Maria in her favourite chair

http://www.mariahallwriter.com/basilica_visit/

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https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010032439074

 

http://tvnz.co.nz/sunday-news/february-14-6446654

Maria's pics of PT

Maria's pics of PT1

Maria's pics of PT2

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Terry tells Joe that her brother died last night in Palmar inside the compound.

 
‎Monday, ‎July ‎18, ‎2016, ‏‎8:10:42 PM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
RTÉ – Liveline

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Joe Duffy talks to the Irish public about affairs of the day.
Palmarian Church Update

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/category/christian/palmarian-church/

http://www.dialogueireland.org/dicontent/a2z/palma/index.html

Here are last weeks programmes:

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/palmarian-church-day-2-live-line-with-rachel/

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/the-palmarian-church-vulnerable-adults-and-how-we-assist-them/

Joe played part of the documentary from New Zealand about a former Palmarian nun Maria Hall.

http://tvnz.co.nz/sunday-news/february-14-6446654

Joe also brought on Patrick Kinsella who used to be a producer at TV3. They produced a very moving documentary entitled, “Ireland’s secret Cults,” which was aired in 2011.

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/tv3-irelands-secret-cults/
18 July 2016
Last week Terry phoned Liveline worried that her brother was about to rejoin the Palmarian Church in Spain. Today she got some tragic news.

Her brother Tobias went to Spain to rejoin having been kicked out over 20 years last Tuesday and died last night. Listen to the full story here. Terry very clearly explains what happened.

Imagen del interior del Palmar de Troya

HELP:

Those seeking help should call the National Safeguarding Office at 061 461165 and they will give you the contact details of a social worker in your area who can assist you.

The Spanish  Embassy* in Dublin confirmed that they are aware of the Palmarians and were very clear that if an Irish citizen had died in whatever context the local Irish representative must be informed. The nearest is Ignatio in Seville. His number is 0034954690689

The number for the Spanish Embassy is as following:

emb.dublin@smael.es

012691640 Ask for the Legal section. It is important that families so long separated from their loved ones begin to put in place contacts as we are hearing that as older members die houses are being sold and elderly people put in in houses together without proper supports and funds are being repatriated to Spain.


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Palmarian Church: Day 2 Live Line with Rachel

 
‎Wednesday, ‎July ‎13, ‎2016, ‏‎3:14:59 AM | dialogueirelandGo to full article

 

Imagen del interior del Palmar de Troya

 

Palmarian Church

Rachel was baptised into the Palmarian Church and stayed for 18 years. She described life inside the church and her reasons for leaving.

Here we notice a problem with most reports being given to the programme. Most former members talk about Palmar as if they were resident there. What they mean is that they were in Ireland and were in what they call Palmar meaning the Palmarian Church. They regularly visited Spain as children and enjoyed meeting other children but when they became teenagers it got a bit heavy. They have in many cases not been involved for decades and as a result have no real idea what is going on and they also find that their relatives do not communicate with them or have them in their houses. Rachel takes a view which is becoming quite current that the new Pope is being a bit more liberal with the rules. This might be the case with Rachel’s family but the reports we are getting from families suggests that the rules are actually being strengthened and many elderly people are going to be moved over to Spain with the resultant sale of properties going to central funds. Also there still significant numbers of younger people and children in the movement. We in fact received a report from local residents in Lusk about this as they observed them. Remember that as we reported yesterday Ireland has largest group of Palmarians in the world. This testimony from Joshua Daly gives the best insight into the current situation.

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/a-palmarian-testimony-1991-2015-by-joshua-daly/

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Rachel’s Live Line interview can be heard here:

HELP:

Those seeking help should call the National Safeguarding Office at 061 461165 and they will give you the contact details of a social worker in your area who can assist you.

 

 


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Humana / Tvind another con trick. Irish Aid are you awake?

 
‎Tuesday, ‎July ‎12, ‎2016, ‏‎2:52:11 AM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
This so called development agency has left a trail of abuse in regard to funding.

Jill Nesbitt ST

Read Jill Nesbitt’s excellent article on the subject. Please open the pdf to get the full story.

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The Palmarian Church: Vulnerable Adults and how we assist them.

 
‎Monday, ‎July ‎11, ‎2016, ‏‎9:56:42 PM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
Today on Live Line we had another report from Terry about a vulnerable family member. We have seen a number of articles recently in Ireland about how the Palmarian Pope has left his ministry and has married a woman who was associated with them earlier.

Picture of the Pope

As Pope

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/category/christian/palmarian-church/

For some reason these events have seemed to pass the media by here, though a Spanish documentary team visited Ireland in May of this year and has produced a documentary which will air in September.

Spanish TV

The fact that the serious issues raised on Live Line last December in regard to the death of of Bridie Crosby where vulnerable adults are left to die and family members can’t intervene is another national disgrace. We have since that time been in touch with family members trying to deal with this problem for over 20 years. We have been very pleased to meet Joshua Daly who himself grew up in the movement and has been able to brief us as to the most recent developments in the Church including the fact the largest group of members reside in Ireland. Otherwise with the age profile and the amount of calls we are getting it would seem we will see this type of situation mentioned earlier being  repeated as the need for cash increases and as the situation becomes dysfunctional as the elderly are abandoned. Then at the other end of the scale is the terrible abuse that children and young adults experience as they can’t meet their family members.

There were reports of a fire in the basement of the Cathedral in Palmar last week. All those charged with vulnerable adults must attend to this and first assemble the facts rather than react to events.

Imagen del interior del Palmar de Troya

http://sevilla.abc.es/provincia/utrera/sevi-desalojan-basilica-palmar-troya-incendio-201607080830_noticia.html

HELP:

Those seeking help should call the National Safeguarding Office at 061 461165 and they will give you the contact details of a social worker in your area who can assist you.

 

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/a-palmarian-testimony-1991-2015-by-joshua-daly/

They have sold their house in Haddon Road Clontarf and moved to a new place near Lusk , Co Dublin.

Leaca Ban, Tooman Lusk

LEACA BAN, TOOMAN, Lusk, Co. Dublin

RTÉ – Liveline

Palmarian Cult 11 July 2016
Terry is a former member of the Palmarians, a religious cult. She’s concerned about other family members who are being drawn into the Church.


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Con-Sole: Another Cult of Greed.

 
‎Saturday, ‎July ‎2, ‎2016, ‏‎2:49:56 AM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
Paul Kelly

The classic signs of cultism and cultist tendencies. Using celebrities to give emotional cover, they then disguise their clear attempts to enrich themselves. The use of volunteers to get the public to give more money as they see the generosity of the counsellors. Paul Kelly has managed the tools of playing on the heart strings and the human decency of the public, and the families of the victims. Subtle cover for abuse and the total scam at the heart of this organisation dedicated to assist the suicidal. A contempt for the horrendous despair at the heart of those caught in the lights of this condition. The lack of empathy while pretending to be concerned about the issue of suicide. This is not a cult of personality, but rather a nepotistic family cult. It is mundane and material, the stuff of normal life misappropriated and channeled for personal use. Donations given in love and through sacrifice made into cheap gestures of material gain. David Hall put it well. It is like an octopus with many arms sucking the truth out of suicide – the cult of death.
 

PK with wife

Remember the legislation for the charities was produced during the Rainbow Coalition 20 years ago and was resurrected in 2009 without teeth. In the meantime people like the conman Mike Meegan from the “Charity” ICROSS which managed to con most of the media, Garrett Fitzgerald, and had a TV documentary made by RTE about him led to the cash rolling in, not to mention it again that ubiquitous Person of the Year Award for “DR” Meegan.

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2010/03/07/rte-wins-award-for-aids-documentary/

http://www.independent.ie/unsorted/features/magic-mike-hes-top-of-the-docs-26394079.html

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See this compelling evidence from the High Court:

Here you will find the evidence as preserved in our archive.

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2010/05/01/archive-following-the-mail-groups-success-in-the-courts-april-19-2010/

Most media outlets actually nearly let him get away with legal murder.

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/mike-meegan-reaches-settlement-but-is-still-unsettled-by-an-archive-that-shows-the-truth-about-icross/

In other words this is not the first failure of the media, the government and those charged with getting to heart of the abuses that some charities can allow.

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/category/christian/icross-charity/

Leading academics knowingly refused to act. He received an honorary doctorate from Galway even after Tom Lyons showed Mike Meegan’s own medical qualifications were fake. Just before the Charities Regulatory Authority was established around 200 K was delivered to him in Kenya because nothing could be done to stop it.

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/commissioners-of-charitable-donations-bequests-for-ireland-hands-are-tied/

He saw himself as the Francis Assisi to the Masai. Many men and children there saw him as Frankenstein. Now it is time to get the Dail to sit till the legislation is passed. It is time to get the whole Irish public involved in assisting in the arrest of this cruel family. We owe it to all charities, those who have died and those noble people who have supported Console and the counsellors who were used as bait to get the money rolling in. They must have funds drawn to pay their fees.


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Triratna/FWBO and grooming by Sangharakshita is the Order of the day.

 
‎Saturday, ‎June ‎25, ‎2016, ‏‎2:14:46 AM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
The author has reflected long and hard and through a process of reflection has come to the realisation that under the guise of Buddhism a horrendous sexual injustice has been perpetrated on young men to undermine and leave them incapable of reacting.

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Sangharakshita: ‘Greek Love’, ‘Fierce Friendship’ and the perversion of Buddhism. By: Alan J. W.

The purpose of this article, is to explain how several forms of unethical behaviour were promoted and practised by senior members of Sangharakshita’s Order. I have employed a psychological perspective, because I feel that this approach gives the most revealing insight into these damaging developments.
In 1977, I was living in the largest male community at that time, Sukhavati at the old fire station, next to where the London Buddhist Centre now is. This was 18 months before the LBC was opened in Nov 1978. I had joined the community to help renovate an old building, that was to be used as a temporary public centre, about 80 yards further down Roman Road. The chairman of the community at the time was Subhuti (later in effect Sangharakshita’s chief of staff), and there were about 30 other community members.
In December of that year, Subhuti called me into his office and told me that Sangharakshita (who I will now abbreviate to Sr to save space) was ‘keen to meet new Mitras to the movement’. A Mitra being defined as a more committed Triratna/FWBO member than a regular class attendee. There were several of us meeting that criterion in the community. Subhuti suggested that we go up to the large house, now named Padmaloka where Sr was living, in pairs: each twinning to stay as community guests for a period of one month. I set off in early Feb’ 78, hitching lifts as most of us did at that time.
Padmaloka is situated in Surlingham, just outside Norwich, in Norfolk. It was a very small community at the time: apart from Sr there were only about 5 other people, one of whom was Mark Dunlop (Vajrakumara then). Mark was to become the catalyst for criticism of Sr and his organisation, during the 1990’s. My pairing Mitra, Dave B, was already there waiting. Dave and I pottered about for the month, living as part of the community; doing some painting and decorating; having our meals with Sr and the others, etc. We were free to see Sr whenever he was available, if we wished.
During this stay, I had the opportunity to observe the Padmaloka community closely, in this quiet but intense setting. My impression of Mark D was that he was a confident, uncomplicated and straightforward young man. There were no signs of incipient psychological problems, or underlying emotional disorders at all: if there had been I would have sensed them. In a situation like that one becomes much more sensitive to one’s ambient surroundings, and other people.
When I encountered Mark 6 years later, in 1984, I felt disturbed – something was clearly wrong. There were rumours later about him breaking a window at Padmaloka in a rage, and generally being difficult.
I eventually came to believe, that the change in his behaviour was caused, not by internal factors, but by his interactions with Sr and other key community members. He had opted out of an unwanted sexual relationship with Sr in the summer of 1976. Subhuti, Kulananda and the usual hard-line suspects, were to move to Padmaloka circa 1980 – inaugurating a period of change. Sangharakshita had embarked on other sexual relationships of varying duration. At the same time, Mark was perhaps being assessed as lacking ‘spiritual commitment’, by some of his peers.
Mark Dunlop’s relationship with Sr, and some of his courtiers, became noticeably difficult during the 1980’s. This eventually led to the widespread perception of him as a troubled, even fractious, person: in stark contrast to his earlier, uncomplicated (as far as I could tell) and easy-going self.
I remember that an Order Member attached to the LBC felt able to claim, in an internet blog I spotted in 1998, that Mark D was ‘mad and believed himself to be enlightened’. This is the outcome of a recognised form of emotional abuse called ‘Baiting & Bashing’. The victim is provoked until he/she reacts: in Mark’s case, he might have felt goaded by the cold disparagement shown towards him, by Order Members close to Sr. The abusive bully(s) then cite this reaction as evidence of their chosen target’s emotional and psychological instability. They are then able to manipulate others into a wider group campaign of vilification against the unfortunate victim. As more people are drawn in, attention shifts decisively away from the machinations of the abuser(s) and onto the increasingly anxious prey – very neat and nasty!
Some OMs (Order Members) sadly became accomplished practitioners of the abusive game ‘Baiting & Bashing’: and this was to become a key tactic in what was later (during the bulk of the 1980’s) to be called euphemistically ‘Fierce friendship’! More about this dark chapter in Triratna/FWBO history later.
At the beginning of March 78, Dave and I got a lift, with a few Padmalokans, back to London to rejoin the busy Sukhavati/pre-LBC situation. Almost immediately, another pair of recent Mitras was primed for departure. One of these was a youth from Glasgow called Maurice (who I will abbreviate to M), who was about 20 years old then. We had met M at a retreat at Loch Lomond during the Xmas 1977 period, which was organised by the Glasgow FWBO centre. He had returned with us to London to join our community for an indefinite period. He was the youngest and least experienced Mitra we had at the time; I hardly spoke to him as I recall. His pairing was Andrew F (now I believe Tejamati).
At the beginning of April 78, Andrew returned to Sukhavati community alone. I remember him telling me that Sr had asked M to stay behind to act, we all supposed, as his new companion/assistant. I did not know, at the time, that his previous ‘companion’, Mark Dunlop, had asked to be relieved of sexual duties with Sr some 18 months earlier; but at that time I did not know that these ‘consorts’ were expected to fulfil sexual duties, amongst their other tasks. This was a closely guarded secret then, and for some time subsequently.
About 4 months later M was ordained – in nearly record time I believe – as Yuvaraj, and there the matter rested for a long time. Exactly 9 years later, I was told by a friend that Yuvaraj had resigned from the order. I could get no information about why he had quit. It was some time in the late 90’s that I discovered that M had made claims of being lured into a sexual relationship with Sr, prior to his ordination in mid-1978. He also alleged that Sr’s conduct of this carnal liaison had caused him ongoing psychological and emotional difficulties: almost exactly replicating Mark Dunlop’s accusations, first made public in Oct 1997.
I must stress that as far as I know, M has made no public statements about his experiences with Sr, during his tenure as companion/assistant to his teacher. All of my information concerning his disturbing claims come from secondary sources: although the author of the internet document, The FWBO-FILES, also repeats M’s allegations with apparent confidence.
Looking back on these events now, which cover the period from 1978 to 1987, is deeply unsettling for me. It seems to me that Dave, Andrew, M and I had been paraded before Sr like potential catamites before a pederast, whilst he took his time selecting his preference. His stated desire to have some contact with new Mitras, being little more than a smokescreen for his true purpose. In the event, he chose the youngest and most vulnerable amongst the four of us, and this was to become his general modus operandi – although I did not discover this for another twenty years or so.
It later became apparent that he much preferred grooming youths as sexual partners: so it was always a case of pederasty as a model for his carnal exploits. I count myself lucky that Sr showed no sexual interest in me: thus I avoided the psychological damage suffered by the few of those selected by him, who have admitted as much in the public domain.
Equally disturbing is the apparent complicity of Subhuti in this nefarious scheme: for there can be no doubt that he knew of Sr’s extra-curricular sexual activities. Subhuti, and some other senior members of the Order, certainly knew of the precise nature of Sr’s relationship with Mark Dunlop, and others they mixed with on a frequent basis – even at this relatively early stage in Triratna/FWBO history. I know this for a fact; it was the rest of us who were kept in the dark. This becomes evident, when I clearly recall that it was very soon after M’s fateful selection by Sr, as his new ‘consort’, that Subhuti began to promote what became known as, the Greek love concept.
Subhuti’s explanation of ‘Greek love’ was as follows: men become involved in sexual relationships with women due to ‘social conditioning’. Unfortunately, in many cases these heterosexual relationships become mired in feelings of clinging and dependency. These serious emotional complications are detrimental to the spiritual life, and drain away energy which should be available for meditation and ‘more creative’ relationships: particularly with one’s ‘spiritual friends’ (other Mitras, members of the Triratna/WB Order, etc.)
An alternative to these socially approved, and expected, sexual relationships could be provided by ancient Greek culture: a homo-erotic relationship between an older, more experienced man, and a youth. This is of course pederasty within an historical context, and just happened to be Sr’s chosen sexual strategy!
So Subhuti, clearly on behalf of his teacher, was attempting to provide an historical and quasi-intellectual pretext for including Sr’s sexual outlook, and behaviour, into his interpretation and exposition of the Buddha’s teaching (the Dharma) under the guise of bringing it into a more western orientated format!
When Subhuti began to outline these ideas (which became known as ‘Greek love’), I had no idea they emanated from Sr: because I failed to see the connection with M’s adoption by Sr, unaware then of its sexual basis.
Another factor, that led directly to the adoption of ancient Greek pederasty as a model for spiritual friendship (Kalyana mitrata), particularly between senior Order Members and the usually younger Mitras they had established a bond with, came from an article published in the former FWBO newsletter. This was entitled ‘Leaving mother and initiation into manhood’, and had been written by a Sukhavati community member named Chintamani. As I recall, it appeared in the latter half of 1977. Although I read it at the time, it has not (hardly surprisingly) been reproduced on the internet or anywhere else that I know of.
My memory is that it suggests that men often find it difficult to loosen their strong natural ties with their mothers: so Chintamani recommended that young men should concentrate on forging strong relationships with other, sometimes older, men; including the option of having sex with them; whether on an experimental basis, or as a key feature of the liaison. This influential article was widely circulated, some six months or so before Subhuti began to promote the ‘Greek love’ concept on unsuspecting Mitras like myself!
Thus, my perception informed by my deep involvement in the Triratna/FWBO at the time, is that the period from late 1977 to mid-1978 was the nurturing, incubation phase for the eruption of sexual misconduct (euphemistically called Greek love), which was subsequently to critically damage the reputation of the Triratna/FWBO group, and Sr’s personal credibility as a Dharma teacher.
After Subhuti, and other senior Order Members, began to popularise so-called Greek love, it was only a matter of months before homosexual liaisons between well-established Order Members and, generally younger, Mitras began. I know of at least four OMs, who became deeply involved in initiating these types of relationships – in a few cases with shocking promiscuity!
All of the Order Members I knew, who were involved in conducting these homosexual associations, had themselves been sexually involved with Sr at some point. They were, therefore, conducting these liaisons as, what they had been led to believe was, a key element of Sr’s interpretation of the Dharma: Sr’s Buddhism in action! I was told many times, from the late 70’s until the mid-80’s, that Sr believed that it was sometimes possible to make more progress – in forming a strong rapport with an individual of the same gender – in one night, than in months of platonic contact. This was presented to me as a direct Sr quote, so it seems clear that at least some in the Order believed it to be a key component of his teaching.
A senior member of the Order, Vishvapani, revealed in a letter published on the internet (see: http://discussion.fwbo.org/sangharakshita/
‘A letter to Norman Fischer’) that some of Sr’s sexual partners were below the age of consent (for homosexual encounters) as legally set at the time: which was 21 during the 1970’s and early to mid-80’s; but felt unable to refuse his sexual advances – an absolutely crucial point. So Sr’s ‘personal teaching’ had no regard for the law!
The concept of ‘Greek love’ has, of course, nothing at all to do with Buddhism: so it seems astonishing that reasonably intelligent and well-informed individual, within the Order, behaved – and seemingly believed – as if it did! Moreover, this was not the only feature of Sr’s teaching that was wildly at variance with the substance, and spirit, of the Dharma.
A central element of Sr’s interpretation of Buddhist teaching is the concept of ‘The higher evolution’. This notion, first outlined by Sr in the late 60’s, was to become an integral part of the Mitra study course: which all Mitras were, and still are, expected to undertake, especially if they covet ordination.
From my own past experience of meeting relatively new attendees at public classes and retreats – run by Sr’s Order – most have only, at best, a rudimentary knowledge of basic Buddhist doctrine (the Dharma). Even those more acquainted with the Dharma, are unlikely to be too perturbed by the introduction of this unfamiliar formulation. Unfortunately, this easy acceptance is a serious mistake! Because the teaching of a ‘higher evolution of man’ changes the character of Sr’s presentation: from a Buddhist path to something quite different – literally Sangharakshitism!
The reason for this lies in a close examination of this idiosyncratic concept. According to Sr, human consciousness develops and evolves, as a direct consequence of meditation and other Sr sponsored practices. He speculates that most humans are just below the level of ‘Self Consciousness’ – even some way below. Practice of Sr ‘Buddhism’, results in the elevation of an individual’s consciousness above self-awareness, and into ‘Super-human’ awareness, and thence into ‘Transcendental Consciousness’; and finally onward to Buddhahood. Sr equates his so-called, Super-human consciousness, with artistic achievements: a notion those of us who have studied, or practised in, some area of the fine arts/literature may feel shows a poor understanding of the creative process. Sr has no formal training in any of the arts. The problem with this model is that it has nothing at all to do with Dharma teaching!
Buddhism is concerned with the cultivation of insight into the true nature of reality, and of the consciousness that perceives it: ie, the characteristic of everything we experience being, impermanent, subject to change, insubstantial, and thus deeply unsatisfying to identify with. This insight has to be experienced DIRECTLY, not through intellectual appreciation: rather in the manner of the death of someone close having to be experienced as an actual event, rather than just considered mentally. There is no concept, anywhere in the Buddha’s teaching, of individual awareness evolving in some sort of structured, linear progression. ‘Stream entry’ (the point of no return, when eventual enlightenment is inevitable) arising from a deep, transforming spiritual insight – not a gradual evolution in consciousness.
A period of intense meditation (eg, a retreat situation) will enhance one’s self-awareness, understanding of past events, and insight into other people – as they really are. This, however, is a temporary, reversible elevation in consciousness – not part of an ongoing ‘evolutionary’ process. In addition, stressful and other harmful states may be alleviated, to some extent, as a consequence of Buddhist practice: a welcome and positive side-effect, not the primary focus.
The process of attaining Vipassana (insight) is achieved through the regular, and diligent, practice of some form of Insight meditation: unfortunately this practice is not taught – and never has been – at Triratna/FWBO public classes and retreats!
Thus, common sense suggests that acquiring insight is not Sr’s main, and imperative, goal: what is really on offer is the establishment of a hierarchy of Triratna personnel, according to the level of ‘awareness’ and commitment they are judged to have attained – by loyal seniors (called Preceptors) in Sr’s Order. In effect, the primary underlying intention is the creation of a rigid theocratic structure: each individual’s placement, therein, determined by these Preceptors (mini-Srs). Consequently, Buddhist doctrine is transmuted into a form of Theocratic Fascism: a phrase that is a synonym for a cult!
The existence of this inflexible, and wholly artificial, hierarchy – based on Sr’s invented ‘higher evolutionary’ model – has historically provided the ideological matrix for the acceptance of forms of abuse: mainly, although not exclusively, focused on the ordination process. Thus, my contention is that the fostering of this fabricated, multi-tiered organisational ranking, has inevitably facilitated abusive behaviour from Sr (sexual misconduct), and some senior OMs (various unethical forms).
One of the Order’s darkest secrets is of the practice of ‘Fierce friendship’, otherwise known as ‘Feedback’, which was promoted and implemented routinely – especially during the 1980’s.
The genesis of this new venture into abuse was sometime in the early 80’s, when I was temporarily out of contact with the Triratna/FWBO: for a period of just over 4 years. I was told in late 1984, that a senior OM had written an article for the former FWBO newsletter on this subject. Because I never saw this article, I can only repeat my informant’s comments. The general argument, was that one of the most effective ways of encouraging a Mitra to overcome ’emotional blockages’, and deeply rooted ‘negative behaviour patterns’, is by confrontational communication with an OM (Order Member). This would benefit the Mitra in his/her quest for ordination – as a new OM.
This might seem like a reasonable and thoughtful proposal: and in the gift of a trained, experienced and sensitive OM, perhaps a viable and effective strategy. Unfortunately, this was not how the practice was, all too often, implemented. In the black and white cartoon world of FWBO culture, the supposedly benign and therapeutic ‘confrontation’ quickly degenerated into outright bullying and intimidation. By the mid-80’s, Mitras whose only desire was to express their deep commitment to the spiritual life, were unexpectedly at risk of serious, damaging abuse.
Not all Mitras involved in the pre-ordination process were subjected to so-called ‘fierce friendship’, but those who were (including myself) were unlikely to forget the ordeal they suffered. So, although the professed purpose of this adopted tactic was to facilitate a Mitra’s ordination prospects, the reality – as I personally witnessed and experienced – was spiteful bullying; accompanied by claims that we were now learning to become ‘more open to the Order and hence Bhante [Sr’s appellation]’!
My perception is that this ‘feedback’ (another euphemism for this abuse), was most likely to be deployed against Mitras who were regarded as having some unwelcome aspects to their profile: they may have been older, more set in their ways, or just very reserved by nature – as is Sr by his own admission! By the aforementioned process of ‘Baiting & Bashing’, an OM who embarked on a process of ‘fierce friendship’ with a Mitra, whose Ordination request was under review could, intentionally or otherwise, draw in other OM’s in a collective campaign of opprobrium and invective. A situation that could, and sometimes did, become difficult to control and restrain.
The main problem being: the complete lack of training, skill, maturity and psychological education and insight, of the Order Members who became involved in these confrontational scenarios! Some training in counselling skills, and a preliminary selection of OM’s in terms of their innate ability in one-to-one people skills, and personal sensitivity, could have alleviated the more noxious effects of the ‘feedback’ epidemic that I witnessed – but this was not done.
One of the most insidious and effective forms of mental and emotional manipulation is called ‘Gaslighting’: named after a stage play, and two later 1940’s movies. This is a more subtle and complex form of abuse than ‘Baiting & Bashing’, more difficult to detect, but just as corrosive in its effects on an individual’s psychological well-being.
In its standard form ‘Gaslighting’ involves an interaction between two people. Individual A desires control and domination over Individual B. This is achieved by the use of psychological techniques, designed to undermine B’s belief in his/her powers of perception, memory and intuition. Over a period of time, Individual B becomes increasingly insecure, unable to make decisions, and confused in their recollection of recent events. Eventually, B becomes completely dependent on A, for his/her interpretation and sense of reality. Individual B cannot then function without A’s presence in the relationship.
The Gaslighting techniques involve controlling communication between the two: A might tell B that their memory of a past conversation is false, that their interpretation of a past event is pure fantasy, and that they always see things in a negative light. Attempts by B to question the honesty and integrity of the relationship, are met by comments from A challenging B’s state of mind, general attitude and even sanity.
Although usually seen in this one-to-one format, it has recently occurred to me that the same dynamic was often at work in the Triratna/FWBO, during the periods of my involvement: ie, the late 70’s, the bulk of the 80’s, and the late 1990’s.
The reason for this lies in the curious, but chronic, self-deception evident in Triratna personnel, when they are collectively considering the innermost processes and developments in their organisation. There has always seemed to be a dark, but unrecognised, shadow at the heart of this troubled group. The Order’s faculty for introspective group analysis being notably dysfunctional.
A good deal of the problem is concerned with Sr’s blatant, but concealed, past sexual misconduct; and the equally reprehensible behaviour of some senior OM’s who have been close to Sr. This curious myopia has led to a blind spot, or spots, manifesting at the heart of Triratna culture.
The ongoing attempt to hide the unethical behaviour of Sr and others, has been enforced by tactics such as: blocking and diverting questions from concerned Mitras, trivialising their importance, or feigning lack of knowledge – even outright denial! In my past experience, awkward questions concerning these uncomfortable topics were often dealt with by calling into question the attitude and motivation of the enquirer. This would lead to comments like ‘You’re being negative again’ or ‘I don’t like your attitude’, etc.
The point is, of course, that these evasive tactics are identical to the Gaslighting techniques mentioned earlier! Therefore, it is my thesis that a form of institutionalised Gaslighting has been routinely employed, to cover up inconvenient truths – all of which track back to Sr. This type of abusive behaviour (and Gaslighting is definitely recognised as a form of emotional abuse) reached its zenith during the 1980’s: the period when ‘Fierce friendship’ blighted the lives of Triratna/FWBO Mitras, and some Friends (‘less committed’ members).
Consequently, my argument is that part of the purpose of ‘Fierce friendship’, whether in its intense often brutal 80’s mode, or less virulent pre-80’s and post-80’s form, was to HABITUATE – or condition – future Order Members (Mitras requesting ordination) not to direct their attention onto the gradually noticeable sexual misconduct of Sr, and some of his favourite courtiers! This resulted in a ‘Black hole’ being created at the heart of Triratna/FWBO culture.
‘Fierce friendship’ and the increasingly detectable ‘Black hole’, forming a nexus of abuse that still simmers just below the surface of the Triratna/FWBO group: patiently waiting for opportunities to manifest in a more tangible and toxic form! If you are considering, or in the early stages of, involvement in this organisation, then be warned: this is not abstract conjecture, but a very real threat to your emotional well-being!
It has been suggested to me that Sr’s claim, to be unable to remember certain aspects of one long-term homosexual relationship, and the entire existence of another (with ex-OM Yashomitra) are a classic Gaslighting tactic. This is technically true: although in the case of ex-Yashomitra, the claimed lack of recollection is more likely due to the fact that this youth was below the age of legal consent (21), for homosexual acts at this time: 1982. Sr may have become fearful of legal action, for having had sex with an 18 year old youth; although there were others, also legally minors.
Finally: it would be illuminating to consider the character of the Triratna/FWBO founder himself. Sr’s public image has been carefully promoted and cultivated by his closest confidants: Subhuti, Mahamati et al.
The process of projecting an image of wisdom, great learning and reverence for his teachers, can be most clearly seen in the infamous document: ‘Conversations with Bhante’ [Sr’s appellation]. This interview was conducted in August 2009, and I’m told that its disingenuous content led to several resignations from the Order.
You can find the full interview on:
http://www.Sangharakshita.org/interviews

Download the 2nd interview on the list.
The first 16 pages are devoted to Sr’s narcissistic musings on his alleged personal qualities. He admits to going through a period of Promiscuity, but does not reveal that many of the 200 or so youths he lured into sexual encounters, were heterosexual; and some below the coeval age of consent! Question: why would a heterosexual youth of circa 19 agree to have sex with an old man? Answer: because he expects something very beneficial in return.
This is called implied inducement of a minor, for illegal sexual purposes!
Like many former Mitras or OM’s, I receive information now and then about new developments in Triratna group culture, or newly surfaced confidences regarding the past. In the latter category, I was recently sent two accounts written by individuals who were close to Sr during very different periods.
The first was written by a senior OM, and concerned his relationship with Sr in the early years of the FWBO. It gives a vivid and disturbing portrait of a man who is prone to emotional tantrums, when his desires are frustrated. It shows Sr as a vulnerable and volatile individual, prone to sulking, and even demeaning sarcasm.
Perhaps this was true in the late 1960’s, but surely not recently? Unfortunately, the second account dating from the early 2000’s, paints a comparable picture of our troubled subject.
The informant is a man in his mid-20’s, who became quite close to Sr during his time at Madhyamaloka in Birmingham. What is particularly troubling, is that this young man describes a sexual relationship with Sr at this time – circa 2004. If you turn to page 33 of the aforementioned interview with Sr, you will see that he states clearly that he had been celibate since the MID-1980’s! Some 20 years BEFORE this newly revealed sexual liaison began!
I am reliably informed that this young man’s account has been confirmed, by comments made by two Order Members; I have also seen corroboration from another source.
It seems that the compelling balance of probability is that Sr (aided and abetted by Subhuti, as he was in the ‘keen to meet new Mitras’ saga of 1977/78) was being economical with the truth, regarding his apparent inability to remain celibate.
The rest of the import of this second, later account, also gives a strong impression of an emotionally unpredictable and manipulative man: so the two accounts, some 35 years apart, are completely consistent.
The author of the more recent narrative, remarks with dismay that there exists a huge difference between Sr’s public, and his private, personas – and this is the crucial point!
I have heard members of Sr’s Order say that although one of their number is ‘unreliable in behaviour’, he/she is ‘completely solid’ when teaching the Dharma. The same qualification seems to apply to their teacher: whose truthfulness and past sexual conduct was demonstrably highly dubious.
The Buddhist path is intended as an holistic process: which means that one’s motivation, intellect, emotions and ethical values, should be brought together into a cohesive and mutually supportive whole. It is common for our emotions and moral sensibilities to lag behind: so that there is a time delay – perhaps many years – before they are brought into this united front. This holistic integration is necessary, to sustain a lifetime commitment towards Buddhist meditation and Dharma study.
We must remember that Sr has, supposedly, been a practising Buddhist since the late 1940’s: ergo, it is not so much a case of a delay, in bringing his emotions and ethics into line, as a permanent schism! Quite simply, Sr is a divided personality: with his idealism and intellect orientated in one direction, and much of the rest of him in another.
It follows that Sangharakshita, on the evidence of confidential written accounts I’ve seen, has been FAILED by his own invented, and greatly distorted, version of Buddhism! This being the case, what chance have the rest of us, mere mortals, of benefiting from these teachings?
And with that thought I will end!
© Alan J. W. June 2016

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Meeting with Minister Simon Harris Wicklow Town June 20th 2016

 
‎Tuesday, ‎June ‎21, ‎2016, ‏‎8:41:05 PM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
 

Simon Harris

Simon Harris TD Minister of Health

Mike Garde the Director of Dialogue Ireland joined Carolann Murphy at a meeting in the Grand Hotel last night to discuss the issue of a programme that was introduced a few years ago to rehabilitate sexual offenders.

The meeting resulted from a promise made during the election campaign to look into the issue of child protection.

Mike Garde received a request to meet Carolann Murphy two years ago when it became clear that the Church of Ireland parish of Redcross had introduced this programme without consulting the parents of children within the parish. This led to great consternation among parents and public meetings made the situation even worse.

The person who was part of this experiment featured in a recent article in the Sunday World. They were not able to get to the bottom of this issue.

Read PDF below:

Circle of Friends for sex offenders

 

The Minister of Health invited Carolann Murphy to meet him and he was totally focussed on this issue and after hearing the testimony of Carolann Murphy he agreed that this issue would be investigated properly.

Carolann Murphy

I came along to connect the dots of the origins of this programme in the ministry of the Core Church, St Catherine’s, Thomas Street*, in the mid nineties to sexual offenders at Arbour Hill involving Willi Stewart and others. It was from this Church that the ministry to place ex offenders in Protestant parishes emerged and it was felt due to the sex abuse issues in the Catholic Church it would not be appropriate to have it in Catholic parishes. Phillip Larragy is the person who has established this ministry.

http://www.release.ie/

* (on the site of the execution of Robert Emmet,)

A number of actions were proposed and the Minister agreed to get back to Carolann. Following the conclusion of this segment of the meeting I briefed the Minister on the concerns of DI concerning vulnerable adults in regard to the House of Prayer and the Palmarians.

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/category/christian/palmarian-church/

I told him about my contact with the HSE  which has a dedicated team looking at this area. He suggested I write to him and make connections to that team as I suggested to him that up to 20,000 Irish people could be affected by the House of Prayer most of whom would be elderly. We have no idea how many are affected by the Palmarians because of their total isolation. I gave him a copy of the book the Immaculate Deception by Jim Gallagher.

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/category/christian/house-of-prayer/

 

Immaculate deception

I explained to him that one of the most important persons who was the beneficial owner of the Malahide House purchased by the House of Prayer lived in his home town of Greystones. While Christina Gallagher still “owned” the Malahide House she had purchased another house in City West where her neighbours are the Kinahans.

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/christina-gallagher-is-tracked-to-city-west-no-9-coldwater-lakes-sagart-co-dublin/

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He was most receptive and diligent in the manner he absorbed the information and was able to disentangle the legal, and ethical issues involved.


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Retirement of whisteleblower Fr McGinnity.

 
‎Tuesday, ‎June ‎14, ‎2016, ‏‎4:13:13 PM | dialogueirelandGo to full article

Parishioners turn out

to honour popular PP

Retirement function for Fr McGinnity

Published 04/06/2016 |

Eugene Caulfield and Seamus Kirk with Fr McGinnity at the retirement function held in his honour. Photo: Ken Finegan

Eugene Caulfield and Seamus Kirk with Fr McGinnity at the retirement function held in his honour. Photo: Ken Finegan

http://www.independent.ie/regionals/argus/news/parishioners-turn-out-to-honour-popular-pp-34760557.html

Knockbridge people turned out in great numbers on Friday night at a function to mark the retirement of parish priest, Fr Gerard McGinnity. Following Mass, a crowd in excess of 300 parishioners adjourned to the community centre for the celebration.

Indeed, so big was the response to invitations to the event, that a bigger marquee had to be booked to accommodate the overflow.

Argus on retirement

A committee comprising members of various local voluntary organisations and individuals was put together to organise the function, with precise instructions from Fr McGinnity that it was to be held in the parish centre, with no charge, and everyone invited. As a consequence, a letter was put through every door in the parish, and the response was impressive, as parishioners supported the priest, who went through trying times before coming to Knockbridge.Originally from Derrynoose in Co Armagh, Fr McGinnity was ordained for the Archdiocese of Armagh in 1972.

At the age of 32, he was appointed senior dean of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth in 1978.

He was the whistleblower of the sex abuse scandal at the national seminary in 1984. His complaints were dismissed, and he was removed from the position.The Irish bishops published the McCullough report in June, 2005, which found no complaints by any seminarian about sexual harassment.However, Fr McGinnity’s concerns were fully validated by the report of the Ferns Inquiry, commissioned by the Irish government, and published in October, 2005.When the matter came to national prominence, he spoke of being ‘demoted and humiliated’.

On Friday, sixteen priests were on the altar for a special Mass in St Mary’s church at 7pm. At the meal which followed in the community centre, a number of presentations were made to Fr McGinnity, who said his first Mass as parish priest in Knockbridge on 22 August, 1999.Many people came to the organising committee with contributions to a cheque which was presented, while he also received a framed photo of the cherry trees in full bloom at the church.Local historian Pat O’Neill presented Fr McGinnity with two of his books, A History Of Knockbridge and Knockbridge Miscellany.
Chairman of the Pioneers, Colm Smith, gave the priest a gold pin; and he received from Kilcroney residents a selection of pictures of the old national school, where Mass is celebrated every Christmas morning and Easter Sunday.

Irish Independent


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Dr Gerard McGinnity and the loss of the critical mind

 
‎Monday, ‎June ‎13, ‎2016, ‏‎10:31:14 PM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
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About two years ago I discovered that Gerard McGinnity had done a PhD in Classics at Dublin University (TCD.) It was on Ambrose of Milan. It is my considered opinion that due to undue influence he has lost his critical ability to reflect. I decided to enter his mind as as a young priest and see how it ticked and whether my view that he had come undue influence was correct?.

Gereard McGinnity thesis on Ambrose of Milan

I decided to engage with his thesis as because he refuses to meet to discuss his involvement with the House of Prayer.

Finally I have now obtained permission to study his thesis in the Berkeley Library at Trinity College, Dublin.

TCD library

 

TCD Berkeley library

 

Note it has only been studied 4 times since 1982.

We will have to wait to see where Fr McGinnity will reside on his retirement and see if after studying his thesis he will engage about it? We in DI tried along with some of those affected by their family’s involvement in the House of Prayer to engage with the Catholic Bishops, but after much prevarication they have refused to engage on the issue of the House of Prayer.
See the final correspondence in regard to this issue which ended in March.
https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/catholic-bishops-reject-the-equal-right-to-life-of-the-victims-of-the-house-of-prayer/

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So when the Bishops refused to engage we are now trying a different route namely an academic study of his mindset before the trauma he experienced as a whistleblower in regard to Michael Ledwith.

Gereard McGinnity thesis on Ambrose of Milan10

Gerard McGinnity then found refuge as a big fish in a small pond with Christina Gallagher of the House of Prayer. She is addicted to wealth and can’t sell her ill gotten house in Malahide, but ironically has a new house in City West located between the Kinahans involved currently in a deadly feud with the Hutch family.

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/fr-mcginnity-move-from-whisleblower-and-abuse-victim-of-the-catholic-church-to-enabler-and-cultist-victimiser-in-the-house-of-prayer/

Author: McGinnity, Gerard.
Title Ambrose of Milan philosopher, poet, preacher and politician : a study of the originality of Ambrose of Milan / Gerard McGinnity.

Gereard McGinnity thesis on Ambrose of Milan3

Note the contempories of Ambrose of Milan that are contained in this thesis.

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/fr-gerard-mcginnity-the-author/
https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/fr-gerard-mcginnity-of-the-house-of-prayer-in-his-own-words/
Part One Biography: http://www.gerardmcginnity.info/index.html#Author

My study of his thesis makes me aware he has a great intellect and that if he had not been abused by the Catholic hierarchy would likely have been a bishop at this stage.He has a clear understanding of Greek and Latin, and is at home with both French and German sources. I hope to study the thesis over the next few weeks. So it was while he was senior dean that he completed his thesis in 1982 and it was only 2 years later that his whistleblower role left him vulnerable. He was sent to Rome and then to St Patrick’s College in Armagh. So he was a sitting duck when he was love bombed by Christina.

2014-10-27Christina Airport1

 

Perhaps when he had enough of the studies Gerard would watch a bit of cricket to clear his head of Ambrosia.

TCD cricket


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A Palmarian Testimony 1991 – 2015 by Joshua Daly

 
‎Tuesday, ‎May ‎31, ‎2016, ‏‎8:56:40 PM | dialogueirelandGo to full article
We have in this testimony a unique lens to look behind the walls of this very sinister group who are developing into a very controlled entity. Joshua wrote to us and we were delighted to publish his story. Any former Palmarian or person struggling with similar issues in the Palmarians should contact us and we will put you in touch with Joshua.

Here is what Joshua wrote,

Hi,

 

I wrote a piece on my experience with the Palmarian Church some months ago, I’ve decided to update it given the recent events around the group. I’ve attached a copy of my complete testimony as a youth of this group through the years 1991 to 2015. Hopefully you will find it useful, feel free to publish it or use it as a reference.

 

The work your organisation has done on reporting the facts on this group has been an invaluable source of information for countless people that have been cut of from their families by this group.

Regards,

Joshua Daly

Gregorio XVIII, durante su pontificado en El Palmar

Since news about the 22 of April escape of Pope Gregory XVIII from Palmar de Troya was made public there have been many articles about the matter in the Spanish press. The combination of a hermetically closed religious group and a pope leaving  to live with his girlfriend, claiming that he does not believe in the church teachings anymore was the catalyst for bringing this seriously cultist issue to the public’s attention.  Ginés Jesús Hernández according to this article has been running a mind controlling cult and his soft cuddly exit is nothing more than a three card trick…..

Picture of the Pope

A Palmarian Testimony 1991 – 2015
Very few people from the era of the Palmarians that I left will ever speak openly about what they have experienced. The Palmarian Catholic Church changed drastically under the Pope who came to power on July 16h 2011. In a little under four years the Palmaians has experienced an exodus of youth en masse as a result of Gregory XVIII’s extreme and irrational actions. These have included:

• Eviction of ex-members from family homes above the age of 18, be they at school or a university student, regardless if they have any financial independence.

• Obligatory signing of a document that declares the member accept these terms of eviction if they were ever to leave.

This “agreement” is enforced at the age of 10 and upwards.
• Increased pressure through teachings and peers to “find a state in life”, which was becoming dangerously close to arranged marriage.

• Deliberately concealing the death of its members from non-Palmarian relatives and friends.

• Near complete social isolation from the outside world. I was born in the year 1991 into a Palmarian family of six, my mother, father, and three sisters. My extended members of my family who were Palmarian at that time included my father’s parents, his brother, and great uncle. I became a 3rd generation Palmarian by birth. For 23 years I lived the life of a Palmarian Catholic. During that time I witnessed the transition from a moderate New Religious Group to that of an extremist organisation that no longer represented my understanding of a rational human being. I was the 4th member of my family to leave Palmarian Church, and the first in over a decade. My family originally became entangled in the Palmarian Church through my Father’s parents both of which made several trips to El Palmar de Troya during the time of Clemente’s claimed visions. They became Palmarian in the year 1978 followed by my Father and his brother, both in their late teens. Two of my family members have died Palmarian and were declared “saints”, five of my family, including myself, have left.
There has been a lot of speculation regarding the exact number of members both in Ireland and worldwide belonging to this movement. The last official figure I received before leaving came from the Irish Missionary who claimed that there were between 130-140 faithful in Ireland. In conjunction with that an encyclical, an official publication from Gregory XVIII, stated there are fewer than 2000 members worldwide [1]. There are another 250 in Germany and the Swiss regions, around the same number in Nigeria, fewer than a hundred in Spain, the rest are distributed throughout the Americas, Philippines, and the UK. Their numbers have been slowly dwindling since the 1990’s, during the 23 years I was Palmarian there was no growth. At this point they are completely dependent on growth through existing members.

My experience with this group has left long lasting scars in my personal life. At the age of 11 it was at the centre of my parents divorce,and it effected my mother’s mental health badly. The strict regime imposed by my father led my older sister to rebellion, and I didn’t see her for an entire decade after she left the home. During my teenage years I spent time in social care and was deprived of a mother. I returned to my father and Palmarians after a brief period of separation at the age of 13. Even back in 2005 I saw a fundamental shift in the tone coming from Palmarian Church. The rules were getting tighter and communication was slowly being limited, and as a result I lost a lot of good school friends.

At the age of 18 I had little choice but to cut off communication with my mother, then an ex-member. Part of me died that day, as I felt that I would never again communicate with her. The most dramatic shift in recent years had been under Gregory XVIII’s reign, something the outside world knows little about due to Palmarian Church’s secretive nature where:

• All correspondents are distributed in person, via private text messages, or word of mouth.

• Documents are no longer sent in the post but received in person.

• There is zero discussion on the Palmarians teaching with non or ex-members.

Through 2011 to 2012 Gregory XVIII also clamped down on all forms of media by banning cinema, television, newspapers, magazines, video games, and virtually all communication with nonmembers[2.] These regulations virtually cut off its faithful from the outside, but most importantly they isolated the youth. A group that can be easily moulded and influenced, who must either follow blindly, or face the consequences. The reality today is the hard fact of becoming disowned and homeless.
In 2012 I witnessed the exodus of youth in Ireland and across the world, I lost more friends in that year than ever before. As a result of this I suffered a serve breakdown, I should have left then. Instead I endured a long term depression that would resurface 3 years later. This is something that the Palmarian Church youth are forced to endure. It does not matter how close you were to that person, you have been mentally moulded to forget about them. They’ll never be apart of your life again, this has had long term effects on my ability to make new friends in a life without the Palmarians. The older the person is the tougher it is to leave, as you have no past other than the one you would rather forget. Understanding this is crucial to treating former members who have been enclosed in an alternative reality where their thoughts and actions were influenced not by reason but by fear.
During my commute to college I would from time to time encounter old school friends on the bus. They’d sit next to me expecting a warm welcome, instead I greeted them with why I couldn’t speak to them. I put myself through hell on those bus rides, I shunned old friends, avoided talkative people like the plague, and for what? I escaped Palmarian Church in my mid twenties, school was already long behind me, and I only had 3 months of college left. I came to the realise that I knew nothing about the people I had spent 4 years studying with. Unfortunately 3 months was too short a time to make any long lasting friendships, and at that point I was still struggling with my own sense of identity.
Under Gregory XVIII, as a youth, I experienced increasing amounts of pressure to make life changing decisions, such as getting married quickly or joining the religious life. I became part of a list of single youth, and I was summoned before Gregory XVIII and two other members of the Church hierarchy, and questioned on my future “state in life.” While I may not have been forced into a marriage before leaving, the threat was clear. This was the kind of control being exercised by the hierarchy late 2014 and early 2015. Prior to that in late 2012 they introduced a document of membership to be signed by anyone over the age of 10, which required me to:

• Accept the authority of the Palmarian Church including any regulations or punishments they may demand of me.

• If I leave the Palmarians I accept that since I am over the age of 18, I must leave my family home unconditionally.

• I agree to never to take legal action against the Church or any of its members.

I was forbidden from keeping a copy of this document under pain of excommunication.

It is just another example of the level of control that now exists. After battling a long and hidden depression for three years I left the Palmarians and my home early in 2015. As a student I took what little money I had, my passport, and a few other important documents, and disappeared one morning. By the time I was leaving I realised that I had nearly been completely cut off from escaping. I had only one contact detail in the outside world on my phone that still worked. I cannot stress how much my extended family helped. Without them I would have had nothing. My greatest fear is that the next generation of youth will have no means of exiting the Palmarians, as it has become harder year on year to leave it.
When I heard that Gregory XVIII had resigned, I was sceptical, it had to be just someone’s wishful thinking. The idea that the most hard line of all the “popes” in Palmarian history would abandon the Church seemed impossible. This is the man who had branded himself as the “Receiver of Christ,” established his own personality cult, and formed the so called
“Red Guard.” The latter being a band of followers who would lay down their lives for him. In the end he just got up and left. Ultimately he took the cowards way out, he has been quoted as saying he “lost his faith” [3] and “I discovered that all that had been a sham for financial purposes” [3]. Why he didn’t use his position as “pope” to bring these revelations to light among the faithful? Instead he left a note behind and ran anyway with his lover. Rather than using documents that could be used to expose the Palmarian Church for what it is he threatens them with blackmail [3].

Those inside the Palmarians are now left in the dark, they will be spoon fed nonsense by Peter III, about how Gregory XVIII lost the faith and that this is just another test. Nowhere in the Palmarians teachings is there mention of such a huge event as a “pope” apostatising in such a way. To the remaining Palmarians, this should be “the writing on the wall”. I hope this will at least make them question their blind faith and the direction that it has taken them in. In the end I found that growing up as youth in the Palmarian Catholic Church was a dehumanising experience. I felt more machine like everyday. Some days I went without speaking to another human because the rules made it impossible to do so. I was socially isolated and spent prolonged periods alone, and towards the end I sank back into depression. At first I fought it, I still wanted to believe there was some good in the Palmarians. My father used to say, “Look at the Cathedral, how could Palmar build such a thing and not be the Truth.” In the end for me, there was nothing, it has only ever brought me pain, and ultimately I left. Making the decision to leave my remaining family and friends behind has been the toughest of my entire life. You have no past, no identity, over the years I spent so much time moving for the sake of the Palmarians that I never made any connections outside of it. I can only imagine the grief and pain it shall cause for the generations that follow me.

A Palmarian Testimony 1991 – 2015
References
[1]: Sermon given by His Holiness Pope Gregory XVIII on the 15th of August 2011, in the Cathedral-Basilica of Our Crowned Mother of Palmar, Gregory XVIII, 15th August 2011
[2]: Sermon given by His Holiness Pope Gregory XVIII on the 20th of November 2011, in the Cathedral-Basilica of Our Crowned Mother of Palmar, Gregory XVIII, 20h November 2011
[3]: Journeys to the Bizarre: the Basilica of Palmar de Troya, Nick Rider, 24th May 2016,
https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/journeys-to-the-bizarre-the-basilica-of-palmarde-troya-by-nick-rider-2/
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