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Yesterday, Pope Francis led a celebration for the soon-to-be canonized Junípero Serra by praising the 18th century Spanish Franciscan friar who founded the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in California. “He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, a saintly example of the Church’s universality and special patron of the Hispanic people of the country,” the pope said.  

In the opinion of others, “Serra should be considered nothing less than a monster.” “The missions were coercive religious, forced labor camps....The Indians who wound up there had their children taken from them, and harsh, manual labor was the rule. Beatings and filthy living conditions were common. The death rate at the missions was appalling. By 1818 the percentage of Indians who died in the missions reached 86 percent. Over 81,000 Indian 'converts' eventually managed to successfully flee the missions."

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Patricia Jannuzzi, a religion teacher at Immaculata High School in New Jersey, posted on Facebook that gays "want to reengineer western civ (sic) into a slow extinction" as part of their "agenda." This made headlines after two celebrities became involved. Susan Sarandon’s nephew, an Immaculata alumnus, wrote Januzzi a critical letter which Sarandon posted on her official Facebook page. Greg Bennett, a cast member of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” who had also attended Immaculata, posted his objections on Twitter.

On March 13, Jannuzzi was put on administrative leave with pay and benefits. Diocese of Metuchen Bishop Paul Bootkoski became the target of a campaign demanding the teacher’s reinstatement including radio ads. "Call Bishop Bootkoski now," the announcer says in an ad which ran during the Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity shows on WOR. "Ask him whose side he's on: Catholics who defend our faith or Hollywood liberals who mock it."

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During an interview conducted “Easter Monday,” Jeb Bush admitted that, while the pope might be a “real disappointment” for people who expected “big changes,” the pontiff’s “attitude” could “help Catholics in public life.” “In politics, we really need to focus on language that cuts through…the divide,” Bush said. “I think about …how I can improve how I express my views,” he admitted. “Pope Francis’s lesson may just be, Bush suggests, ‘Where you say it, how you say it, is important,’” because “in the case of Francis the media, in search of sound bites, may have glossed over some of the pope’s more inconvenient underlying beliefs.”

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Hagiographies of Jorge Mario Bergoglio may soon obliterate what was written before the media -created Pope Francis Superstar. This is an effort to preserve this information along with some background as to what took place during the Argentine dictatorship.

Part I covers the period before Bergoglio’s election as pope prefaced by a brief description of the civil and ecclesial unrest of the 1970s.

Part II covers the response to Bergoglio as pope from Argentines who were present during this period as well as a sampling from the hagiographies and papal actions which reflect on Bergoglio’s past.

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Hagiographies of Jorge Mario Bergoglio may soon obliterate what was written before the media -created Pope Francis Superstar. This is an effort to preserve this information along with some background as to what took place during the Argentine dictatorship.

Part I covers the period before Bergoglio’s election as pope prefaced by a brief description of the civil and ecclesial unrest of the 1970s.

Part II covers the response to Bergoglio as pope from Argentines who were present during this period as well as a sampling from the hagiographies and papal actions which reflect on Bergoglio’s past.

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The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue is fully sanctioned by the Catholic Church. Cardinal Raymond Burke is not the “highest ranking U.S. cardinal," not even close. Some Jesuits are neocons. Whatever your parents or grandparents told you about the Catholic Church, it probably is no longer true. The Tea Party branch of Catholicism may be dead, but big-money, establishment Catholic leaders and Republicans are more synchronized than ever.

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The last time anyone counted, “about one-in-five religious advocacy organizations in Washington D.C. have a Roman Catholic perspective,” the biggest spender being the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at $26.67 million. Unfortunately, the report didn’t list the organizations it considered to have a “Roman Catholic perspective.” Because they’re not based in Washington D.C., the 195 dioceses, Catholic Foundations and the state level Catholic Conferences who lobby on behalf of the local bishops, and the approximately 40,000 other organizations controlled by the bishops throughout the U.S., were not included. Unlike Evangelicals, all the above speak with a unified voice on anti-equality for women and gays. Additionally, no other religion has a global financial network capable of accepting and moving “dark money” thanks to exemptions in requirements to file financial statements and to pay taxes.

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Pope Frances refused the Dalai Lama’s request for a meeting on December 11, 2014, because “the Holy See’s relationship with the Chinese government is currently going through a very delicate - a crucial in fact - phase. In recent weeks China appeared to be reaching out to the Vatican, signaling a willingness for dialogue.”

"I am deeply saddened and distressed that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, should give in to these pressures and decline to meet the Dalai Lama,'” South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu said in a statement.

China has been waging a “calculated and systematic strategy aimed at the destruction of Tibet's national and cultural identities," often personified by their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. The pope's choice was a victory for China. "[T]he attention of public opinion in the West to the Dalai Lama is going down by the day," a Chinese official said on December 19, 2014. "The Dalai Lama also has no good ideas. All he can do is use his religious title to write about the continuation or not of the Dalai Lama to get eyeballs overseas," he added.

The pope is trying to increase his influence in Asia and China is key to his success.

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“Americans will vote for Republicans even though they disagree with them on everything. [O]n the biggest issues facing Congress, they still agree with Democrats on ... almost everything. That includes issues like raising the minimum wage, making the rich pay more in taxes, letting illegal immigrants stay in the United States, taking action to stem global warming, legalizing same sex marriage and fixing the Affordable Care Act rather than repealing it,” noted Zachary A. Goldfarb, policy editor at the Washington Post, after November’s elections.

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The head of the notorious Society of St. Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, met with Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on Sept. 23, 2014, “with a view to the envisioned full reconciliation” with the Catholic Church. Known by its acronym, SSPX, the society “does not have a canonical status in the church [and] its ministers do not exercise legitimate ministries in the church.”

The Vatican initiated “non-official” contact with the SSPX leading to an “informal meeting” between Fellay and church officials on Dec. 13, 2013, despite the SSPX offering to hold the funeral Mass of a convicted Nazi war criminal the previous October and disrupting a November ceremony in Buenos Aires marking the anniversary of the beginning of the Holocaust.

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“Pope sacks Paraguay bishop accused of protecting abuser priest” or some similar headline was carried by newspapers and news agencies around the world yesterday, unanimously praising Pope Francis for “taking action” against a prelate for harboring a clerical sex abuser. Since such notorious guardians of offending priests as Twin Cities Archbishop Niensted, Kansas City Bishop Finn and Newark Archbishop Myers are still in place although petitions have been sent to the pope for their removal, and just about every hierarch appointed or promoted in the U.S. by Pope Francis has a dismal record in this regard, accurate headlines would have stated the real reason this bishop was “sacked.”

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Pontificates have common and particular geopolitical aspirations for increasing the power of the Catholic Church. The current pope and his two predecessors formed and maintain the U.S. episcopate as a politically motivated body who, in support of the Republican Party, remained silent on immoral military invasion, torture and domestic slaughter by firearms but went into paroxysms of outrage over birth control.

John Paul II allied with the Reagan administration against the Soviet Union in Eastern Europe and in support of military dictatorships in Latin America.[1] The Eurocentric Benedict XVI tried to restore some deference previously enjoyed by the Church on that continent and concentrated on Africa, which he called the “lung of the Church,” mindful of the West African oil boom. Now, with one of their most influential and powerful pontiffs in history, the Vatican has undertaken a most ambitious project: incursion into Asia, the economic powerhouse and home to half the world’s population.

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