What sort of person is this Ploumen, to whom the papal honor was given? Ed Pentin has more extensive information. HERE
Ploumen’s work in support of abortion has been monstrous: In protest at President Trump’s reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy last year which ended federal funding international organizations that perform or promote abortion, Ploumen set up an NGO called “She Decides” which sought to continue funding many of those organizations. By July 2017, “She Decides” had raised $300 million; it now has a war chest of $390 million, most of it going to UN agencies. It is backed by 60 countries, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Her campaigning has also gone beyond abortion to include being a radical supporter of homosexual rights. In 2010, she urged homosexuals to disrupt Mass in a Dutch cathedral after an openly homosexual man was denied Holy Communion. Last September Ploumen was a prominent speaker at the LGBT’s Core Group at the United Nations. The Vatican statement made no explicit mention of her political activism in that area.
In 2015, and also in her capacity as a Dutch minister, Ploumen had a private audience with the Pope to discuss climate change. The Dutch government had co-organized a Vatican conference on the issue ahead of the intergovernmental climate change talks in Paris later that year.
So… radical homosexualist as well as a radical infanticide.
___ Originally Published on: Jan 15, 2018
Signs of the times.
This first item struck me as being right up there with someone in Hawaii pushing the wrong button, or maybe a prime example of fake news.
A few days ago I saw tweets and a report that the Holy Father had awarded the papal honor of St. Gregory to an infamous promotrix of abortion in Holland, Lilianne Ploumen. She is the Dutch Ministrix of Development. She had, inter alia, worked to fill the gaps of funding for abortions overseas after Pres. Trump cut funding.
“It can’t be true”, I thought. “Or if it is, then someone pushed the wrong button.”
I was amazed. However, what was more amazing about it is that even she seemed amazed.
Watch the video below as she talks about getting the award. Transcript:
BNR – And this is the umpteenth prize that Lilianne Ploumen observes, won in 2017 and from whom they came.
Ploumen – Yes, it is a high distinction from the Vatican; from the pope.
BNR – From the pope.
Ploumen – Beautiful.
BNR – Yes.
Ploumen – It is Commander in the order of St. Gregory.
BNR – And that despite that you are pro-abortion. [Note how amused they are here.]
Ploumen – Yes you can check.
The Card. Eijk of Utrecht jumped in to say that he had nothing to do with this papal honor. Usually local bishops are involved when they are bestowed. They put in requests, the mandarins in Rome go through their gyrations and honors are awarded.
The Holy See’s Press Office issued a statement over the signature of one of the collaborators of the office, not over Greg Burke’s (he’s off to S. America with the Pope and in this age of social communications, with inboard wifi, etc., that leaves him out of the loop). The press office statement says that this award was part of a routine exchange of honors for diplomatic purposes during a state visit. Therefore, it has nothing to do with Ploumen’s advocacy of abortion.
Yes, I’m afraid that it does!
I know that the Pope himself is not bothered with most of these awards. This is handled in the Secretariat of State. But you’d think that someone in SecState, who knows the situation in Holland, would have said something like, “Ummm.. guys? Maybe we should pick someone who isn’t famous for being pro-abortion? I’m jus’ sayin’.”
I keep circling back to that video….
Does this not fit the definition of scandal?
Does this action in some way diminish the Church’s moral authority in defending human life, fighting abortion, and even working on the world stage to prevent abortion in developing countries?
2287 Anyone who uses the power at his disposal in such a way that it leads others to do wrong becomes guilty of scandal and responsible for the evil that he has directly or indirectly encouraged.
The flip side of this is, of course, that when an authority fails to act to prevent or diminish scandal, that authority is negligent, perhaps sinfully so.
Think, in another context, of a Catholic school inviting an infamous homosexualist advocate to speak. Even it the Jesuit is going to talk about something that has nothing to do with homosexuality, every one there knows that he and his primary message – set aside for tonight – is tacitly being approved by the fact that he has been whitelisted to speak.
The Religion if Peace is invading Europe. It is a form of jihad involving immigration called hijra. It is intended precisely to spread Islam. Build up your numbers in a region and then move against the infidel, now powerless to defend.
Nearly all our pastors seem to be prone in the face of the OBVIOUS.
Pam Geller’s site reports that practitioners of the Religion of Peace in near Genoa, Italy, have demanded that church bells be silenced.
“Before Christmas we received a letter from a lawyer who, in the name of his client, ordered to stop the bells of the church of the Blessed Sacrament,” said Fr Michele De Santis, the Chancellor of the Curia, [i.e., the chancery] ” so we advised the parish priest to stop them. ».
So, the parish has curtailed the use of their bells.
Hmmm… the blessing of bells is nicknamed “baptism”. They are washed with holy water, annointed with chrism and given a name. They speak, and remind us to of God and remind us when to pray, as at certain times of day they ring the Angelus and Mass times, alert us to 3 o’clock on Fridays, let us know of burials and marriages, etc.
It’s okay for muslims to have calls to prayer from the tops of towers, but not Catholics.
Shutting down bells in Catholic church towers is like disarming a population before the imposition of tyranny.
I am sure, however, that the catholic Left will be sympathetic both to this anti-bell movement as well as the award to the Dutch abortion promotrix. How sophisticated they will strive to sound as they explain how the delicate work of diplomatic circles can be, the need to make friends, not stir the pot too much. How thoughtful they will appear, as they, with a slightly sad smile explain that bells are, in the end, not such a big deal. We have to be respectful of different ways. We have to welcome the immigrant and – hey! – they aren’t used to bells. They don’t have them where they come from! It would be inhospitable to cling to the unnecessary trappings – in fact old and probably outdated practices.
Abortion… hijra … jihad by immigration/invasion.
Can’t we all just get along?
As per a request in the comments…
Everyone, please read
I also recommend The Grand Jihad by Andrew McCarthy. This explains how and why the liberal left coddles and cooperates in the destruction of Western culture.