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Bolivian President Honors Pope with Hammer and Sickle Crucifix

By Jerry A. Kane

During a formal ceremony, leftist Bolivian president Evo Morales presented Pope Francis with a communist crucifix depicting Jesus nailed to a hammer and sickle.

Bolivian president Evo Morales presents Pope Francis with  communist crucifix

Bolivian president Evo Morales presents Pope Francis with communist crucifix

The communist crucifix is a replica, originally designed by Jesuit activist Luis Espinal, who was assassinated in 1980 by suspected Bolivian paramilitaries during the months that preceded a military coup.

The night before, Francis stopped at an airport to pray at the site where Espinal’s body was found.

“Dear sisters and brothers. I stopped here to greet you and above all to remember. To remember a brother, our brother, a victim of interests who did not want him to fight for the freedom of Bolivia,” Francis said.

Following a brief examination of the wooden crucifix, Francis handed the gift to one of Morales’ aides.

Although spokesmen for the Bolivian government maintained that there was no political motive behind the gift, conservative Catholics claimed that Francis was being manipulated for ideological reasons.

Morales also presented Francis with a medal depicting the hammer and sickle in memory of Espinal’s death. Espinal was a Jesuit priest, journalist, and communist agitator.

“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast …” Revelation 13:11,12 (KJV)

For more on the story, see Vatican bewildered by Bolivia’s ‘communist crucifix’ gift to Pope Francis.

UPDATE

The video clip below shows Morales giving Francis several gifts in a formal ceremony. Before Morales gave Francis the communist hammer and sickle crucifix, he presented him with a pectoral cross with the same hammer and sickle image.

According to Francis, Espinal, the Marxist Jesuit who designed the communist crucifix from which the replica was taken, was a friend and brother who “preached the Gospel and this gospel bothered, and that’s why they eliminated him.”

What most Catholics and self-identified Christians don’t know is that the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church has been deeply invested in progressive collectivism for generations. While abhorring atheistic dialectical materialism, the hierarchy has embraced certain elements of Marxist theory including social justice and economic redistribution of wealth and has sided with authoritarian collectivism over personal freedom and individual liberty.

“Papal encyclicals that touch upon socioeconomic issues routinely attack ‘capitalism’ and ‘individualism’ as inhumane and unjust forces, thus implying that less capitalism and individualism would make society more humane and just. See Paul VI’s Populorum Progressio (1967), for example, which rejects the right to private property and demands that ‘public authorities’ (i.e. governments) solve the social injustice of men holding “surplus goods” for their own private use while others lack necessities.”—Daren Jonescu

Catholic visionaries and commentators such as the late Father Malachi Martin and Kathleen Keating have predicted the rise of an Anti-Pope who would transform the Church’s fundamental teachings and lead the faithful to embrace the Antichrist.

Some prophetic scholars say the book of Revelation predicts the rise of a future Antichrist along with the False Prophet who will implement the religion of the Antichrist and cause the masses to worship him as God.

“Full in the face of the world,

And see the collapse of this pygmy giant

Whose fall will not stifle my ardour.

Then will I wander godlike and victorious

Through the ruins of the world

And, giving my words an active force,

I will feel equal to the Creator.”—Karl Marx


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The founder of liberation theology, the Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez of Peru, received a hero’s welcome at the Vatican as Pope Francis continues his rehabilitation campaign to restore the once-criticized movement to prominence.

Liberation Theology is based on Marxist doctrine that interprets Scripture through the plight of the poor. In the 1950s when Marxism was making strides among the poor in South America, Gutierrez taught the gospel of wealth redistribution and social justice in Catholic communities.

In the 1980s Pope John Paul II and the Catholic hierarchy criticized Liberation Theology as a false, humanist doctrine dressed up in theological terms, and they chided the bishops and priests who proselytized it for misinterpreting Jesus’ preference for the poor as a Marxist call for armed rebellion.

Unlike Pope Benedict XVI, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who spent much of his tenure at Mueller’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith battling liberation theology and disciplining some of its most famous defenders, the view toward Liberation Theology has changed now with the election of a Jesuit pope.

Pope Francis embraces the theology of Gutierrez and his backers as being perfectly in line with the church’s social teaching about the poor. And for 20 years, Barack Obama was a member of a church headed by his mentor the Reverend Jeremiah Wright who preached and taught Black Liberation Theology, which is the same Marxist, revolutionary, humanistic philosophy found in Gutierrez’s Liberation Theology.

Obama and Francis are scheduled to meet next month. Knowing that both share a Liberation Theology background, it’s a safe bet that social justice and global wealth redistribution will be a focal point of the discussion.


This 11:47 youtube video is taken from The Millstone Report web cast at the Resistance Radio Network.

The two-hour show aired Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. TMR was broadcast live M-F from 10:00 am – noon on channel 2.

For more clips from The Millstone Report web cast visit I.M. Kane 2012 on youtube. To see a rebroadcast of the last show, visit the Ought to be Headlines web page.

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This 12:00 youtube video is taken from The Millstone Report web cast at the Resistance Radio Network.

The show aired Tuesday, March 27, 2014. TMR is broadcast live M-F from 10:00 am — noon on channel 2.

To see the full two-hour show, go to the Ought to be Headlines web page. Join the resistance and make a difference before it’s too late.

The pope’s critical comments last year about capitalism and his condemnation of “the economy of exclusion and inequality” have energized America’s progressive Catholics.

Hussein Obama said he was “hugely impressed” by Francis’s call for the Church to stop its obsession with debating the teachings on abortion, homosexual marriage, and contraception.

The truth is Hussein and Francis are on the same page when it comes to wealth redistribution and social transformation.

Throughout history the intellectual tradition of Catholicism has been statist and hostile to free markets, property rights, and the separation of Church and State.

The problem today is too many evangelicals think the pope is a Christian leader and the Roman Catholic Church is just another Christian denomination.

And to make matters worse, the Vatican and Jesuit Order’s involvement in creating the New World Order is never mentioned in the same breath with the International Bankers, the Bilderberg group, the Illuminati, and Freemasons.

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