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Dear Protestant: Where did you get your New Testament?

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At least a couple of times every week, Protestants use New Testament verses to show me where the Catholic Church is wrong about something. I always make them take the necessary step back by asking the following:

“Where did you get your New Testament?”

When they answers that it came from God (as indeed it did), I say, “Yes, but what was the mechanism God used to bring it to you today? How did it come to you, historically and in real time, since it did not drop out of Heaven into your hands, leather-bound?”

Nine times out of ten, they have no answer because they have never considered the question.

The quick answer:

The Catholic Church officially determined and set the canon of of the New Testament approximately 400 years after Christianity began. The canon was declared by the body of Catholic bishops at the Council of Carthage (397 A.D.) and confirmed by Pope Boniface (419 A.D.).  

Greek Manuscript Greek ManuscriptThis is historical fact.

Let me flesh out a few more of the details, which very few Christians (Protestant or Catholic) know.

After Christ’s ascension into Heaven, and after the Holy Spirit descended upon the first Christians at Pentecost, the Church thrived and grew exponentially for years before even one line of the New Testament was written. Let that sink in: Baptisms, catechesis, communal worship, conversions of thousands of sinners, Apostles and their companions traveling to other lands and risking imprisonment, torture, and death to evangelize the world with zeal — all went on for over a decade before the New Testament was even begun, much less completed.

Without having written a word, the Church was teaching, preaching, growing, and flourishing for many years.

Eventually, a very few Apostles and their disciples starting writing down some of the Church’s oral Tradition: The Gospels, which recorded the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and also the Epistles (letters) of St. Paul and others, which gave encouragement and instruction to local churches being established throughout the world. The young Church cherished those gospels and letters, and began to incorporate them into her liturgies and masses.

Greek-ManuscriptMore and more written accounts and testimonies materialized as the Church grew, but contrary to today’s popular belief, it was not obvious to the early Christians which of these writings were truly God-inspired.

As brutal persecution of the Church continued in those first centuries, clarity about Christian writings became important. After all, Christians were being martyred routinely, and it was necessary to know which books were worth dying for.

Three categories of writings existed at that time:

1. Those writings that were universally acknowledged/accepted
2. Those writings that were disputed or controverted
3. Those writings that were known to be spurious or false

The first group included divinely-inspired books that we have in our Bible today, such as the four Gospels, the Epistles of St. Paul, and the Acts of the Apostles.

The second group included books that were simultaneously accepted in some Christian regions, rejected in others, and disputed in others. Some of these were indeed divinely-inspired, such the Epistles of James and Jude, one of Peter’s, two of John’s, the Epistle to the Hebrews, and the Book of Revelation, even as many Christians did not believe they were. Some were books that never made it into the final canon of the New Testament, but which several Christian communities considered inspired (and even used for catechizing and in the liturgy), such as the Shepherd of Hermas, the Epistle of Barnabas, Apostolic Constitutions, the Epistle of St. Clement, St. Paul’s Epistle to the Laodiceans, etc.

The third group consisted of the fakes floating around, spurious works which were never acknowledged or claimed by the Church, such as about 50 false gospels including the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of James, a couple dozen “Acts” (Acts of Pilate, Acts of Paul and Thecla, etc.), and some epistles and apocalypses.

NiceaUnder the promised guidance of the Holy Spirit and after a long series of historical events, a gathering of Catholic bishops went through the process of authoritatively and infallibly setting the books of the Christian canon, using the following criteria: a) The book in question must have been written in apostolic times by an Apostle or one close to an Apostle, and b) The book in question had to be doctrinally sound, completely conforming to Catholic Church teaching.

Several books met those criteria, and so it happened that some four centuries and 20 generations after Christ’s Resurrection, the Magisterium of the Catholic Church authoritatively set the canon of the New Testament, ending all confusion and doubt among the faithful.

Rome had spoken, and the canon was closed.

Which leaves us with some takeaways:

— If the Catholic Church (bishops and pope) had the authority from God to set the New Testament canon, then she cannot be the corrupt and un-Christian “Whore of Babylon” as is claimed by many Protestants.

— If one accepts the canon of the New Testament, one must also accept the authority of the entity who gave it to us, i.e., the Catholic Church.

— If one rejects the authority of the Catholic Church, one should and must also reject the canon of the New Testament that came to us through the authority of the Catholic Church. (It makes sense that Martin Luther, the rebel behind the Protestant Reformation in the 1500s, wanted to throw out several of the New Testament books that he despised.)

— The New Testament cannot be “personally interpreted” by each individual Christian, because it was never meant to be taken outside of the Church from which it came.

— The New Testament cannot and does not contradict Catholic doctrine, as it was Catholic doctrine that was used as a criterion for its authenticity and authority.

— The New Testament was discerned and canonized by men who had divine authority to do so — men who believed explicitly in the Mass, the Eucharist, the ministerial priesthood, Confession, Purgatory, veneration of Mary, infant baptism and infused grace, justification by faith and works, the Communion of Saints, etc., etc.

— The Bible came from the Church. In other words, the Bible is Church-based, not the other way around. If you get this paradigm wrong, you get some messed-up theology.

— If a Protestant uses Scripture to attack the Catholic Church, it’s like ripping off a man’s arm to beat him with it. Using a Catholic Book to beat up the Catholic Church makes no sense.

— If you believe that your eternal salvation is based entirely on a Book, isn’t it important to know where the Book came from and who was given authority to proclaim it? Who meticulously copied, preserved, protected, and guarded it with their lives, and who ultimately vouched for the fact that it is indeed the written Word of God?

There is so much more to discuss, and I would love to do so in the comments. Meanwhile, one of the best books on the subject, which I devoured when I came back to the Church, is Where We Got the Bible: Our Debt to the Catholic Church, by Henry G. Graham.

**Note: I did not include the Old Testament canon in this post, because I wanted to work with something that both Protestants and Catholics agree on, namely, the 27 books of the New Testament.

 

source: http://www.catholic-convert.com/blog/2016/07/26/dear-protestant-where-did-you-get-your-bible/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

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July 26, 2016 at 12:38 am

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What I Wish I’d Known About Catholics (And Why I’m Becoming One Now That I Do)

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What I Wish I’d Known About Catholics (And Why I’m Becoming One Now That I Do)
 
It’s been a strange, unexpected journey. Something I often think about, and reflect on, is what I would’ve thought of myself, today, if I’d met me ten years ago. What if, by some miracle of space and time, the twenty year old me was able to visit the thirty year old me, today. What would the younger me think?
 
Becoming a Catholic is something I never could’ve imagined or envisioned.
 
I became a Christian at the age of about fifteen. I found an incredible local Pentecostal church, and incredible youth group, and was welcomed into a group of fantastic, devout young Christians. It’s hard to imagine all the grace I received through the friends I found and the experiences I had.
 
Then, at a time when so many Christians lose their faith and their identity, by the grace of God I was plugged into an incredible campus ministry in my university years. There I met lifelong friends, and my beautiful wife.
 
I fellowshipped, alongside my wife and our best friends, at a non-denominational church for many years. We still attend. It’s been an incredible place of growth, grace, and meeting God.
 
But the trajectory of my faith life—which impacts, of course, the whole of my life—changed one day when a Protestant pastor asked me what’s more important, the Bible or tradition. I didn’t have an answer, and that stumped me. And when I dug for answers, I was even more stumped, and unsatisfied. This began a long journey of searching, prayer, and unexpected discoveries.
 
A journey which will culminate at Easter, and continue for the rest of my life, in an entirely new direction.
 
What I know now, I didn’t know then. I’m becoming Catholic because of what I’ve learned—and I’ve learned it, I believe, by the grace of God.
 
St. Francis de Sales is a favourite saint of mine. In the 16th century, as the Reformation split apart the Christian Church in Europe he wrote, preached, and worked tirelessly to explain the Catholic faith, and bring Protestants back into the fold. He was incredibly successful and something in his mission of cordially explaining his faith resonates deeply with me.
 
To paraphrase St. Francis de Sales to the early Protestants: If you’d known what the Catholic Church really taught you’d never have left.
 
In my case, if I’d known what the Catholic Church really taught, I’d have become Catholic much sooner.
 
Catholics Don’t Worship Mary
 
The Catholic Church doesn’t teach the worship of Mary. Worship (and adoration) are for God alone.
 
As a Protestant I thought, for a long time, that Catholics worshipped Mary alongside her son, Jesus. There are plenty of churches named in her honoured, Catholics seemed obsessed with statues of the Virgin, and the Rosary, of all things, seemed to be nothing more than vain repetition of praise for Jesus’s mother.
 
The reality, I’ve learned, is much different. Catholics don’t worship Mary but, because of her special role in salvation history, she is venerated. How is that different? In Catholic theology, which, remember, was the theology of the whole Christian Church for 1,500 years, we ask Mary to pray for us.
 
Like Mary’s request to Jesus at the wedding at Cana, Catholics believe that Mary has the ear of Jesus in a special way. This is also reflected in biblical typology—the same kind of exegesis that Jesus used to explain His role in salvation to the apostles on the road to Emmaus. In the same way I can ask my best friend—a living, breathing Christian—to pray for my intentions, the Catholic Church teaches that Mary can be asked for prayer in the same way. When Catholics say they pray, “to Mary,” they don’t mean that Mary will answer our prayers. When we “pray to” Mary, we ask for her to pray for us, to Christ.
 
Jesus answers all prayers. We ask Mary to pray on our behalf.
 
Catholics Don’t Worship the Saints
 
In the same way, the Catholic Church believes that holy men and women (more women than men, for the record) are, presently, in the presence of God. We call these people saints and, like the Virgin Mary, we can ask for their prayers.
 
As pictured in Revelation, the prayers of the saints gathered around the altar float up like incense before God. That’s why, since the very beginning of the Christian Church, there has been a strong belief in ability of the dead to pray for us—and the practice of us asking them for their prayers. This is why the earliest Christian Churches were built on sites where holy men and women were killed.
 
The beautiful theology of the Catholic Church says that the Church, as a body of believers, is made up of all past, present, and future Christians. We’re all one and the same and just because I pass away doesn’t mean I cease to be a part of that active body. The saints, as Christians, continue their role in the body, only now in the presence of God.
 
Jesus is Present in the Eucharist
 
For all the different Protestant branches and denominations I’ve learned that no one in Protestantism takes Jesus’s words more literally than the Catholic Church.
 
When Jesus said, “This is my body; this is my blood,” the Catholic Church—and the whole of Christianity for 1,500 years—takes Him at His word.
 
Incredibly, the Catholic theology of transubstantiation says that when the priest consecrates the elements (the bread and the wine) they become the actual body and blood of Jesus through a mysterious, miraculous process. The fact that we can’t see, touch, or taste these elements are real flesh and blood is part of the miracle.
 
This bold claim is backed up not only by a thousand and a half years of Church history but by solid exegesis of the gospels.
 
Jesus, from Bethlehem (which means “the house of bread”), who was laid into a manger (which is a feeding trough) when He was born is the actual manna from Heaven.
 
If I had known that I can actually receive Jesus in the Eucharist, I would’ve stormed the doors of my local Catholic Church a decade ago.
 
There’s Only One Mass
 
What strikes me as even more incredible is the Catholic theology of the act of the Eucharist itself: There’s only one.
 
Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross was once and for all, final, and this is something that all Protestants can get behind. The brilliant, beauty of the Mass and the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharistic elements is that it links us up with all of Christian history—past, present, and future.
 
Jesus only died once. When the priest prayers the Eucharistic Prayers and says, “This is my body; this is my blood,” we are, as a church community, reliving the Last Supper and Jesus’s death on the cross. We are linking up, together, with all of the other Christians who have ever, and will ever, celebrate the Eucharist. And we’re linking up with the saints, angels, the Virgin Mary, and God Himself in Heaven as we see this same celebration taking place in Revelation.
 
As a Catholic, then, when I go to Mass I am experiencing something universal: Jesus’s death re-presented before my eyes.
 
The Priest Acts as Jesus
 
In a similar way, I never understood the importance of the priest in Catholic theology. As a young Protestant the priest, like Mary and the saints, stood in the way of my personal relationship with Jesus. But I had it all wrong.
 
The priest, as understood by Catholic theology, acts as Christ. The priest is a stand-in, if you will.
 
In the Mass, the priests acts in the place of Jesus, as he consecrates the bread and the wine. In the blessing of people, in Baptism, in prayer, and in the healing of the sick the priest, based on the authority that Jesus gives His apostles in the New Testament, is acting in His place. Where Jesus is not tangibly, physically with us, the priest is here in His place.
 
In confession, the priest, based on the direct charge from Jesus, “whoever’s sins you forgive they are forgiven,” represents Christ in forgiving our sins for us.
 
We don’t have to imagine God among us: there He is.
 
God Gave Us a Real, Tangible Church
 
Perhaps the greatest, most incredible thing I’ve learned, and wish that I knew a long, long time ago, is that Jesus left us with a real, tangible Church.
 
As a Protestant, I thought of the Church as a non-physical, spiritual union of Christians all over the world. But this isn’t how Jesus meant it, I’m convinced. Because this isn’t the Church as conceived by the apostles, the fathers of the Church (who were taught by the apostles), and all Christians for more than fifteen hundred years.
 
As I become Catholic perhaps the greatest gift I’m to receive is union with a real, tangible Church founded by Christ.
 
A Church with bishops and priests who can trace their authority, historically, all the way back to the apostles. Authority that we see manifest in the New Testament as the ability to forgive sins, drive out demons, and define an understanding of doctrine. These authoritative charges, according to the Catholic Church, remain with today’s bishops and priests through Apostolic Succession.
 
That’s why when the priest says, “You’re forgiven,” he means it. Because Christ said he’d have that power.
 
Rather than having to “feel” or “know” it on our own, God gave us the beauty and the blessing of a physical, tangible Church to be His hands and feet on earth. I don’t need to pray and ask for God to give me a sense of His grace, although I certainly could, and do. But in the Eucharist, in confession, and in the knowledge that God gave us the Church, we can be certain of His grace. This, in my experience, has been the most powerful aspect of the Catholic Church—and something I wish I knew years ago.
 
The most beautiful gift that Jesus gave us, beyond His sacrificial offering, was the establishment of a Church to proclaim, celebrate, and safeguard truth.
 
There’s a lot—a lot!—I wish I’d known about the Catholic Church a long time ago. I would’ve become a Catholic. And, of course, now that I know I can’t help but do anything else. At Easter I’ll turn in a new direction, take a new path, but I suppose, really, it’s the path I’ve always been on: A slow road to Rome. But I’m finally getting there. My new orientation, then, will be continue to explain and champion this incredible faith I’ve found. And to be a cordial Catholic.
 
Update (December 2015): Wow! This article, originally written in March 2015, has seen an incredible resurgence over the past few days. Good news, I’m Catholic! I joined the Church at the Easter Vigil 2015. You can read more about Why I Became Catholic and more about my journey in How I Got Here: From Evangelical to Catholic.
 
 
“To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.” Cardinal Newman former Protestant

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July 10, 2016 at 4:21 pm

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Why do some Protestant denominations not consider Catholics to be Christians? How do you refute someone who tells you this?

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Why do some Protestant denominations not consider Catholics to be Christians? How do you refute someone who tells you this?

Answer

The confusion is cased by the fact that different groups define the term Christian differently. A Catholic would define a Christian as anyone who professes faith in Christ and who has been validly baptized (water baptism).

Many Protestants do not use the term Christian in this way. Different denominations have different criteria for determining who is a Christian—e.g., Christians are those who have “accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior” or those who profess to be saved “by faith alone.” Since Catholics don’t generally use this language, they classify Catholics as non-Christians (though many are willing to concede that some Catholics are Christians even though they don’t use this language).

For those who approach you with this issue, point out several things to them:

(1) Catholics are Christians;

(2) the Catholic Church is the Church Jesus started and which he said would never pass away (Mt 16:18);

(3) when Scripture speaks of Christians it speaks of every church member as a Christian, no matter what his “walk with God” may be like; and

(4) Christians throughout history have always recognized baptism as the method by which one becomes a Christian. It was not until after the Protestant Reformation was underway that people denied this.

 

http://www.catholic.com/quickquestions/why-do-some-protestant-denominations-not-consider-catholics-to-be-christians-and-how-

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June 30, 2016 at 12:07 pm

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10 Bible Verses that Protestants Cannot Accept Without Becoming Catholic

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In the Catholic faith, the Bible comes alive. It is the only Christian faith that accepts the Bible wholly without removing books or verses. Protestants have a hard time proving some Bible verses that are authentically Catholic. Here are 10 of them:
1. Matthew 16:18-19 / Isaiah 22:22 (Authority/Papacy)
Simon Peter said in reply, You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God. Jesus said to him in reply, Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. (Matthew 16:16-17)
I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; when he opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one shall open. (Isaiah 22:22)
2. 1 Timothy 3:15 (Authority of the Church, not Bible Alone)
But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth. (1 Timothy 3:15)
3. 2 Thessalonians 2:15 (Tradition)
Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours. (2 Thessalonians 2:15)
4. 1 Peter 3:21 (Baptism also Saves us, not just Faith Alone)
This prefigured baptism, which saves you now. It is not a removal of dirt from the body but an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, (1 Peter 3:213:21)
5. John 20:23 (Confession to a Priest, not “Directly to God”)
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained. (John 20:23)
6. John 6:53-58, 66-67 (The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist)
Jesus said to them, Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever. (John 6:53-58)
As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, Do you also want to leave? (John 6:66-67
7. 1 Corinthians 11:27 (The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist)
Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 11:27)
8. James 5:14-15 (Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick)
Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint (him) with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. (James 5:14-15)
9. Colossians 1:24 (Suffering for the Body of Christ which is the Church)
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church, (Col 1:24)
10. James 221726 (Necessity of Good Works ad not Faith Alone)
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well, but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Indeed someone might say, You have faith and I have works. Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works. You believe that God is one. You do well. Even the demons believe that and tremble. Do you want proof, you ignoramus, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by the works. (James 2:14-22)

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June 29, 2016 at 10:51 pm

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June 19, 2016 at 12:33 am

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Poland Rises Against Islam – Fr.Miedlar addresses the March For Independence, 11 Nov 2015 (Eng subs)

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Father Jacek Miedlar warns crowd: “Be ready to be persecuted”

WARSAW (ChurchMilitant.com) – Footage of a young Polish Catholic priest addressing a crowd of tens of thousands protesting Islam and liberalism is going viral.

The speech occurred at a march in honor of Poland’s November 11 National Independence Day, which marks the anniversary of the country’s restoration of sovereignty in 1918.

The young priest, Fr. Jacek Miedlar, spoke to a crowd of an estimated 50,000 protesters, defending Poland’s autonomy and Catholic heritage against the rising threat of Islam, in response to European Union (EU) demands for the country to “absorb” Muslim refugees currently flooding Germany.

“The leftist and Islamic aggression is turned against Christianity and our nation,” the priest said to a crowd filled with Polish flags. “We have the right to be afraid of that. We are entitled to fear for the fall of the Christian heritage of our nation.”

“Get ready to be spat at,” he warned the crowds. “Be ready to be persecuted.”

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Father Jacek Miedlar

But he affirmed that the Catholics of Poland will not “fight with the hammer of hatred, which [the liberals] try to press into our hands. We will fight with the sword of truth, the sword of love and the sword of the Gospel Who is Jesus Christ, the Living Lord and Savior.”

“We do not want any violence in Poland,” he affirmed. “We do not want the aggression in the name of Allah. No rapes! No lynches! No terror!”

This was met with repeated cries from Fr. Miedlar and the audience of “Gospel not Koran!”

Following chanting from the crowd of “God! Honor! Homeland!” Fr. Miedlar instructed the youthful audience that they are “the future of the Church” and the “future of the nation” and urged them to build “Catholic Poland on the foundation of truth and love, Who is no less than Jesus Christ.”

Father Miedlar finished with a request to the audience to pray to “Our Lady, to [their] only Queen, St. Mary the Queen of Poland” who would save them “from the Islamic invasion.”

Footage of the speech, which was published on YouTube last month, has gone viral, amassing nearly 120,000 views.

The speech was part of what is being described as the “largest demonstration in Polish history,” in which citizens took to the streets in protest of the Polish government’s acceptance of 6,800 Syrian refugees per an EU refugee resettlement program.

Many protesters burned and stepped on EU flags, with some carrying a banner that read “EU Macht Frei,” a reference to the Germann phrase “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work makes you free”), which appeared over the gates of Auschwitz concentration camp.

Other banners read “Stop Islamization” and “Great Catholic Poland,” with marchers chanting “Poland for the Polish!”

Another group shouted, “Yesterday it was Moscow, today it’s Brussels which takes away our freedom!” referencing the country’s history as a Soviet Union satellite state following World War II and the Belgian city often regarded as the de facto capital of the EU.

“I came here because I love Poland and want to show it,” stated one protester, who added that his grandfather had fought against the Nazi occupation of Warsaw during World War II.

The protests, which lasted for several days, came two weeks after Law and Justice, the national-conservative party in Poland, became the largest presence in the country’s parliament.

Several thousand police officers were dispatched in anticipation of riots, but the demonstration, apart from occasional firecrackers and smoke bombs, was peaceful.

The mass resettlement of Muslim Syrian refugees has been the subject of much controversy for months, with many questioning the insufficient vetting process of refugees and countries are ill equipped to handle the sudden influx.

Lebanese Education Minister Elias Bou Saab made the claim in September that ISIS operatives had infiltrated Syrian refugee camps and were using the crisis to enter Europe undetected. This claim was confirmed by a statement from an Islamic State operative who asserted that 4,000 ISIS jihadis had been successfully smuggled into Western countries.

According to Norway authorities, hundreds of asylum-seekers that recently entered the country had photos on their phones of executions, severed heads, dead children and ISIS flags. Norway police acknowledged that the sudden rush of refugees resulted in less-thorough security vetting.

Father Miedlar’s speech occurred two days before the Paris terrorist attacks, in which coordinated mass shootings and suicide bombings perpetrated by seven Muslim terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State resulted in the deaths of 130 people. One of the terrorists had entered the country under the guise of being a Syrian refugee.

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December 30, 2015 at 11:31 pm

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I used to be a supporter of Duterte but I changed my mind after I discovered a lot of issues about him

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I am a native of Mindanao and I used to support Duterte but I changed my mind because I discovered a lot of issues about his principles and history.

# Duterte supported Misuari the creation of Bangsa Moro Islamic state of Mindanao and Palawan.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte expressed his support on the declaration of independence by Moro leader Nur Misuari and the creation of the Bangsamoro Republik with Davao City as its capital. Misuari declared himself president of the Bangsamoro Republik, a federal state that includes the whole of Mindanao and Palawan As well as Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia.

Read news report http://davaobreakingnews.com/dutertes-support-misuaris-declaration-of-independence/

# Duterte admitted he CANNOT resolve crime twice – not in weeks or 6 years

6/23/2015 – FLASHBACK – Before he decided to run for President he ADMITTED he CANNOT resolve crime even in 6 years.

http://news5.com.ph/videos/30BE871EB23C419

2/3/2016 – Flip Flop – When he decided to run for President suddenly he said he can resolve crime in only 3-6 months?

Duterte has been repeatedly saying he will END criminality, drugs, and corruption in government in 3 to 6 months.

http://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections/2016/121227-duterte-crime-drugs-corruption-bayot-ka

4/11/2016 – Flip Flop – Then now he ADMITTED again that it would be IMPOSSIBLE to STOP crime

I can promise you, I will suppress crime – HINDE ‘STOP,’ that’s impossible – not in months, but in weeks,” he told a crowd of thousands in Taguig City on Monday.

http://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections/2016/129287-duterte-suppress-stop-crime?utm_content=buffer7431a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

It is obvious that Duterte is just fooling the people.

# – It is NOT correct that Davao city is one of the Safest City.

1. 2010 – 2015 Davao City has to the highest recorded murder incidents, a whopping 1,032. Quezon City followed at 961

2. Davao City ranked second on the list of chartered cities nationwide rape cases with 843 recorded incidents. Quezon City still took the top spot at 1,122.

http://www.wheninmanila.com/pnps-report-shows-davao-city-has-highest-number-of-recorded-murder-incidents/

# Duterte admitted he is a Communist, a Socialist and a Leftist and he will not kill any NPA criminals who killed innocent christians. This is crazy because he is committed to kill criminals but not NPA terrorist who are criminals! Thousands of innocent civilians were killed since the 70s and continuing up to now.

Duterte in Bohol: I’m leftist, I wouldn’t kill NPA members

http://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections/2016/128251-duterte-bohol-not-kill-npa?utm_content=buffer59843&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Duterte admitted he is a communist – said he possessed “the same view of the government and politics” with the COMMUNISTS but “without the armed struggle” involved. Read news report http://kickerdaily.com/duterte-my-dream-of-being-president-died-with-ka-parago/

Read news reporth http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/704460/duterte-defends-allowing-heros-burial-for-slain-npa-leader

Duterte admitted he is a Socialist – Socialism and communism are alike in that both are systems of production for use based on public ownership of the means of production and centralized planning. Communism is a further development or “higher stage” of socialism.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/779984/duterte-im-a-socialist-not-a-communist-last-card

# – Duterte on Friday admitted that he coddles communist rebels NPA terroristshttp://newsinfo.inquirer.net/727436/duterte-admits-coddling-reds-calls-palparan-a-bigot

Human Rights Watch: The rebel New People’s Army (NPA) in the Philippines should immediately end unlawful killings and detention of civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. The NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, has admitted to gunning down civilians and detaining others in recent months.

For four decades the New People’s Army has offered excuses for cold-blooded killings of civilians,” said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Recent attacks show that there has been no real departure from this illegal practice.

# Duterte said he would even personally invite CPP founding chair Jose Maria Sison and other communist leaders to join his cabinet.
Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/duterte-says-npas-welcome-in-malacanang-if-he-becomes-president/#0kqZFYr8SGd4gZGc.99

# Duterte wanted his best friend NPA leader Parago to be his vice President not Cayetano – In his weekly Gikan sa Masa program, the tough-talking mayor of Davao City revealed he had wanted the legendary New People’s Army (NPA) commander to be his vice president if ever he decided to run for the country’s top post in 2016. Duterte earlier allowed Parago’s funeral procession to be conducted by his supporters in the city. Read news report http://kickerdaily.com/duterte-my-dream-of-being-president-died-with-ka-parago/

# Duterte ‘s Doctrine – Killing suspected criminals without Due Process in Davao, many children got murdered.

In the April 2009 UN General Assembly of the Human Rights Council, the UN report (Eleventh Session Agenda item 3, par 21) said, ‘The Mayor of Davao City has done nothing to prevent these killings, and his public comments suggest that he is, in fact, supportive.’

Human Rights Watch reported that in 2001-2002, Duterte appeared on local television and radio and announced the names of ‘criminals’, some of whom were later executed. In July 2005 at a crime summit in the Manila Hotel, the politician said, ‘Summary execution of

criminals remains the most effective way to crush kidnapping and illegal drugs’.

In 2009 Duterte said: ‘If you are doing an illegal activity in my city, if you are a criminal or part of a syndicate that preys

on the innocent people of the city, for as long as I am the mayor, you are a legitimate target of assassination

# – Duterte Supports BBL and Federalism

Duterte said BBL a foundation for federalism – Duterte pointed out that the BBL could be a precursor for federalism and assured Iqbal he would be willing to talk about federalism in the Bangsamoro.
Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/duterte-backs-bangsamoro/#vhGxMceLvXfHXqbD.99
Read http://www.mb.com.ph/duterte-backs-bangsamoro/

BBL and Federalism will be the key for Mindanao to secede into a Bangsa Moro Islamic Country. In Federalism there is always a danger of the federating units breaking away from the federation.

Just recently, Texas wanted to secede from the Federal govt. A year ago this week, more than 125,000 people signed a secession petition asking the Obama administration to “Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.”

This is what happened in the USA in 1860’s when the southern states started civil war to break away from the federation. Similarly in the very recent past East Pakistan broke away from federation and became Bangladesh. Kosovo and Russian federating units’ case are other examples.

Federal system: (If you want more taxes, choose federalism. Why? Look at federal states. The United States has federal income tax and state income tax. In Malaysia as well. All of the federal systems around the the world have taxes at the national and local levels. In the Philippines, we have a unitary system, it’s just one tax and these taxes are remitted to local governments.)

# – Corruption – Duterte also linked to P2.9 billion missing assets in ‘COA report’ –

The alleged Commission on Audit (COA) report questioning the hiring by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of 11,000 contract workers pales in comparison to another ‘COA report’ alleging a billion-pesos anomaly hurled at the city mayor in the run-up to the 2010 election.

The missing assets charge  gained circulation in the 2010 mayoral race between then Vice Mayor Sara Duterte, the mayor’s daughter, and then House Speaker Prospero Nograles.

In its audit report, COA questioned the necessity and regularity of 4,754 job orders, which were all for the mayor’s office.

State auditors discovered that of the 14,499 person on the city government’s payroll, only 3,253 hold regular positions. Their salaries were charged to the city’s personal services budget.

The salaries of the 6,081 contractual employees and 5,165 job orders, meanwhile, came from the fund for maintenance and other operating expenses.

Read politics.com.ph/coa-says-80-percent-of-dutertes-staff%E2%80%8E-could-be-ghost-employees/

Written by pinoyteaparty

December 16, 2015 at 8:30 pm

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