Wednesday, June 04, 2003

From Reuters
US House set to pass partial-birth abortion ban

Poll: US image abroad worse since Iraq war

Post-traumatic school disorder
by Bob Wallace

The unravelling of Tony Blair
by John Pilger, The Daily Mirror
'Tony Blair took Britain to war against Iraq illegally. He mounted an unprovoked attack on a country that offered no threat, and he helped cause the deaths of thousands of innocent people. The judges at the Nuremberg Tribunal following World War Two, who inspired much of international law, called this "the gravest of all war crimes".'

'It is now Day 83 in the post-war magical mystery hunt for Iraq's "secret" arsenal. One group of experts, sent by George Bush, have already gone home.'

Five essentials about Our Lady
From Allentown Tract No. 10 of the Anglican Catholic Church (former Anglicans, a ‘Continuing Church’), posted online by Daniel Lula

In the days when Christendom was still united Christians believed - and true Catholic Christians still believe - five things about Our Lady: 1. That she is the Mother of God (Theotokos, in Greek). 2. That she has always remained a Virgin, even after the birth of Jesus. 3. That she was free from personal sin throughout the whole of her life on earth (Conception). 4. That she has fulfilled the WHOLE plan of God for us (Assumption). 5. That she is our intercessor in heaven. Even when Christendom broke up and Eastern Orthodox and Western Catholics would have nothing to do with each other, they all STILL believed these five things about the Virgin Mary - and they still do. The reason why they still go on believing is because God the Holy Spirit keeps on telling us these five things are true. The Holy Spirit tells us this through the Holy Tradition, his abiding, guiding presence with the Church. The Holy Spirit, through the Holy Tradition, keeps us, heart and soul, focused upon Jesus who is the source of all Truth. That Truth includes the role and destiny of the Virgin Mary, His earthly Mother.

The five Marian doctrines tell us about the WHOLE Plan of Salvation. They tell us this through the story of the Blessed Virgin - her preparation for the role of Mother of the Saviour, her Co-operation with the will and grace of God, her total dedication (in her case through a life of virginity). They tell us also what is at the end of the Way of Salvation - the complete package, so to speak. Mary has travelled even beyond the final Resurrection, she is filled with the glory of God, sharing, as far as it is possible for a human being, the divine life itself. In the Mother of God the Plan of Salvation is complete and already at work among us. Mary is still herself, she is not hidden away from us in heaven, any more than our Lord himself (who is always present with us through the ministry of the Holy Spirit). Just as she was chosen to be the earthly Mother of Jesus, so she is now the Mother of us all. Through her Son she cares for us, she prays for us, she acts to guide and help us. Anyone who does not realise this has lost out on a whole dimension of the Faith - and many have lost out because of an idea [I'd say Nestorianism and its partial revival in Protestantism] introduced many centuries ago.

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