Thursday, March 7, 2024

Meanwhile In Ghana

 Just some news from around the world.

There is currently a rebellion going on against Pope Francis. Some say, it will cause a schism in the Catholic Church:

 A group of 90 Catholic clergymen, scholars and authors have published a joint letter to "all Cardinals and Bishops of the Catholic Church," urging them to oppose a Vatican document approved by Pope Francis that allows priests to bless same-sex couples for the first time.

In the letter, the Catholic conservatives say that Fiducia Supplicans, a Vatican doctrine released on December 18 and signed by the Pope, would lead to the blessing of "objectively sinful" relationships. They add that the cardinals and bishops should "forbid immediately the application of this document in your diocese" and "ask directly the Pope to urgently withdraw this unfortunate document, which is in contradiction with both Scripture and the universal and uninterrupted Tradition of the Church."

Some Catholic priests went so far as to film themselves praying for the Pope to die and laughing about it:

A group of ultra-conservative priests from Spain and Latin America have been forced to apologise for saying they wished the Pope would die “as soon as possible”.

The comment was made during a filmed chat between members of a group called The Sacristy of the Vendée, which describes itself as “a counter-revolutionary priestly gathering”.

In it, Gabriel Calvo Zarraute, a priest from Toledo says: “I also pray a lot for the Pope, so that he can go to heaven as soon as possible.”

Another priest then also expresses his support for the Pope’s quick death, with other participants laughing at the comments.

The video was posted online and has had more than 60,000 views. 

Not only priests, but also some high ranking military officers appear to be upset by the current state of things in the West. Italy  suspended an army general for writing a politically incorrect book:

 ROME, Feb 28 (Reuters) - An Italian army general reprimanded by the defence minister for publishing a book disparaging LGBT people, migrants, minorities and feminists has been suspended from duty for 11 months, his lawyer said on Wednesday...The book says homosexual men are not normal and claims there is an "international gay lobby" trying to brainwash the world. It also appears to question whether Black people can be Italian, referring to Paola Egonu, an Italian volleyball international born in Italy to Nigerian parents.

 Well, I don't know about Nigeria, but in Ghana they don't care about "rules based world order'' any more:

Ghana's parliament passed a bill on Wednesday that further clamps down on the rights of LGBTQ people in the West African country.

The "Human Sexual Rights and Family Values" bill enjoys support from a majority of lawmakers in Accra and has been sponsored by a coalition of Christian, Muslim, and Ghanaian traditional leaders.

Same-sex intercourse in Ghana was already punishable by up to three years in prison, but while discrimination against LGBTQ people is common, no one has ever been prosecuted under the colonial-era law.

The new bill, commonly referred to as the anti-gay bill, now also imposes a prison sentence of up to five years for the "wilful promotion, sponsorship, or support of LGBTQ+ activities."

 Meanwhile in the USA progressives are upset about the pastor who won the Republican primary for governor of North Carolina. He is considered controversial because in a "fiery speech" he declared that there are "but two genders":

Robinson faces off against NC Attorney General Josh Stein, who won the Democratic nod Tuesday, and would become North Carolina's first Jewish Governor. Stein and Robinson will compete to replace term-limited Gov. Roy Cooper.

"Robinson is an abortion-banning, election denying, social media conspiracy theorist and come November every voter in the state will know exactly who the real Mark Robinson is," texted Morgan Jackson, a senior Stein adviser, to Politico.

Robinson, meanwhile, is on a quest to defend America against people "who want to destroy it."


  1. I did not know pope Francis was that astray. I thought that the Pope, of all people, should understand that Church is to set the moral standard of society. Not other way round. And jet we see alla over west how churches bend over backwards and adopt society's "standard", because hey, it is all about love, isn't it?

    Fine love, engouraging people to sin and go to hell...

    My heart breaks when I think all those homosexuals who could have been encourages to control their impulses. Some of them might even heal from it, with lots of prayer and God's grace. Or at least they could learn to carry their Cross like men, and gain some diginity -and salvation. All things they could achieve if we remembered to love the sinner, but hate the sin.

    But same goes with all sins nowadays: gluttony and body positivity, wrath and feminists who find anger empowering (apparently men are not allowed to be angry, since they hit harder...)

  2. BTW have you read Florence Barclay's Rosary? It is from 1909. Bit sentimental for modern reader, perhaps, but so refresing.

    I read mostly old books nowadays, and watch old movies. Just watched several 50's movies directed by Sirk Douglas. Another thing to break my heart is to see, that at 50's my values were still rather mainstream. Like they were past 2000 years. And what we have now... women of my age (that is, almost 50) wearing micro shorts and fake lashes. I used to wonder, if modesty means anything when I age and loose my charms. But apparently it is even more important, to prevent one from making fool of herself.

  3. Blanka, I'm not Catholic. I have but a vague idea what Rosary really is:)

  4. As for the Pope. I'm not a fan of Francis (I think the previous one was better, and there was this conspiracy theory doing rounds how there had been a coup against him and Obama had something to do with it). However, from what I read, the controversial document wasn't written by him, but by some sort of a committee, and he just signed it. At his age, was he really perfectly aware of the consequences? I don't know and it's not for me to judge since I don't belong to the Catholic Church. I do know that many traditional Catholics all over the world are upset. And that this issue arose because of some German priests openly blessing ssm in church and this whole Fiducia thing was seen as a compromise. Not so successful, imo.

  5. I'll write a post about clothes soon:)