Monday, February 18, 2013

Old Testament is Forgery; Pope gets immunity

Wisdom Quarterly; Joseph McCabe (The Freethought Library);;
Dangerous reading: Read all about the Bible and apocrypha before believing the translations
In his classic essays, "The Forgery of the Old Testament" and "Lies of Religious Literature," ex-priest Joseph McCabe (1867-1955) exposes the inconsistencies that lie behind Christian texts. With clarity, forcefulness, and often biting humor, McCabe undoes two millennia of Christian tradition using the tools of science and reason. More
How We Detect The Forgery
THE Word of God a forgery! I can understand the bewilderment of a religious reader, but let one consider coolly what the statement means. It does not mean that God forged a book. It means that men forged a book in God's name. That can be examined dispassionately by anybody.
 But, you say, they were religious men, and the charge is an insult. My dear friend, Protestant divines and preachers unanimously accuse, not merely religious men, but ministers of the Christian Gospel of hundreds of forgeries.
You never heard of it? Why, they hold -- and quite rightly -- that almost all of the stories of saints and martyrs which are treasured in the Roman Church are forgeries; and there are Roman Catholic scholars who agree with them! They hold -- all the non-Roman historians in the world hold -- that the documents on which the power of Rome is essentially based are sheer forgeries. They hold that from the 6th to the 12th century Roman priests poured upon Europe a flood of forgeries, very much to their own profit.
The simple question here is whether ancient Jewish priests had done the same thing a thousand years before. But that is different, you say. These supposed forgeries are not lives of saints and decrees of councils, but the Word of God. Well then, what is a forgery? More
What? I don't know nothing about no laws, courts, banks, child molesting, or Vatican politics.
(Reuters) - Pope Benedict's decision to live in the Vatican [a private corporation within a city-state known as the "Holy See," which is not part of Rome or Italy but located on the grounds of an ancient Mithra temple complex repurposed for the "holy" Roman Empire's Christian Universalism a.k.a. catholicism] after he resigns [i.e., escapes prosecution] will provide him with security and privacy [in the face of the anticipated furor, while giving him the ability to save face by saying he quit because of his health and age, not his intention to evade prosecution as the CEO of the Vatican, Inc. engaged in a criminal conspiracy to shield homosexual pedophiles and corrupt Vatican bankers].
Now who's foolish, me or my church?
It will also offer legal protection from any attempt to prosecute him in connection with sexual abuse cases around the world, Church sources and legal experts say. [See the real reason he stepped down.]
"His continued presence in the Vatican is necessary, otherwise he might be defenseless [vulnerable to legal prosecution for his crimes]. He wouldn't have his immunity, his prerogatives, his security, if he is anywhere else," said one Vatican official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"It is absolutely necessary" that he stays in the Vatican, said the source, adding that Benedict should have a "dignified existence" in his remaining years [rather than one dragged through the courts like a common criminal].
Vatican sources said officials had three main considerations in deciding that Benedict should live in a convent [monastery?] in the Vatican after he resigns on February 28.
Vatican police, who already know the pope and his habits, will be able to guarantee his privacy and security and not have to entrust it to a foreign police force [which would have to extradite him to the Hague or some other world court to be prosecuted for crimes against humanity], which would be necessary if he moved to another country.
"I see a big problem if he would go anywhere else. [He better stayed holed up here in secret back rooms to wield power from behind the scenes as we get another younger man to take the fall while being temporarily elevated to CEO crying Mea culpa and being martyred to make way for The Last Pope, as explained by St. Malachy] I'm thinking in terms of his personal security, his safety. We don't have a secret service that can devote huge resources (like they do) to ex-presidents," the official said. More

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