Noise of Thunder Radio –
Chris goes back in time to show how Rome’s Counter Reformation continues to influence the modern world. Several articles are referenced as Chris compares the world, especially England and America, to the world of 100 years ago.
To listen to the program, click on the link entitled “PAST TO PRESENT“.
To learn more about the tactics of the Counter Reformation through the Oxford Movement, click on the link entitled “The Secret History of the Oxford Movement“, by Walter Walsh – 1899.
The present day tactics of the Counter Reformation can be seen in Rome’s converting of Anglican priests to Roman Catholic priests.
The Guardian –
In its 100-plus years Westminster Cathedral, the mother church of English Catholicism, will have seen few stranger sights than Saturday’s procession of three Anglican bishops’ wives, in matching beige coats, one with an outsized brown hat, going up on to the high altar to embrace their husbands, all newly ordained as Catholic priests. Catholicism isn’t that keen on women on the altar – to the pain of the demonstrators from the Catholic Women’s Ordination movement protesting outside the cathedral’s doors – and it doesn’t usually countenance priests having wives.
What is breathtaking about the whole initiative is the speed at which 550 years of post-Reformation practice is being overturned. Until two weeks ago Broadhurst, Burnham and Newton were still Anglican bishops. In the space of 14 days, they have completed a journey that usually takes other converts seven years: 12 months to go through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults to become a Catholic, and six years in a seminary.
Rome’s influence can also be seen in the media, as well as Bible distribution companies, such as in Rupert Murdock, who is the owner of Fox News, Zondervan Publishing, has recently bought Thomas Nelson Publishing, and he is the founder, and former owner, of CNN. Murdock is also a servant of the Pope, by way of him being a Knight of Saint Gregory.
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation is just like the Jesuits, he told a mostly-full Gaston Hall yesterday, “except we don’t insist on vows of poverty or chastity.”
The Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great (Latin: Ordo Sancti Gregorii Magni, Italian: Ordine di San Gregorio Magno), was established on September 1, 1831, by Pope Gregory XVI, seven months after his election.
It is one of the five orders of knighthood of the Holy See. The order is bestowed on Catholic men and women (and in rare cases, non-Catholic men) in recognition of their personal service to the Holy See and the Church, unusual labours, support of the Holy See, and the good example set in their communities and country.
The inaugural brief states, in part, that “gentlemen of proven loyalty to the Holy See who, by reason of their nobility of birth and the renown of their deeds or the degree of their munificence, are deemed worthy to be honoured by a public expression of esteem on the part of the Holy See”.The end of the brief states that they must progressively maintain, by continued meritorious deed, the reputation and trust they had already inspired, and prove themselves worthy of the honour that had been conferred on them, by unswerving fidelity to God and to the sovereign Pontiff [the Pope].
Zondervan has said that its connection to News Corporation does not present an ethical dilemma for the company.
The Christian book and Bible publisher is owned by Harper Collins, a subsidiary of News Corp, which has hit the rocks over allegations that phone hacking was widespread at one of its newspapers.
News Corp founder Rupert Murdoch and his son, chairman of News International, James Murdoch, were grilled for three hours by a Commons Select Committee yesterday over the scandal that brought down The News of the World.
HarperCollins Publishers today announced it was buying Christian/inspirational publisher Thomas Nelson “for an undisclosed sum.” It’s a huge move since the company will now reportedly control about half of the Christian publishing market.
The question now is how the acquisition will play with Zondervan, Thomas Nelson’s chief competition. HarperCollins, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, acquired Zondervan in 1988. (It also owns religion and spirituality imprint HarperOne.) Thomas Nelson says it is reportedly the largest Christian publisher in the world and the seventh largest trade-book publisher in the United States. Zondervan says it is the world’s leading Bible publisher.
In 2009, then-Thomas Nelson CEO Michael Hyatt reported that his publisher and Zondervan control half of the Christian publishing market–a percentage that had held relatively steady over the previous few years.
Rome’s tactics of infiltration can also be seen by prominent Protestant leaders, such as Jack Van Impe and Billy Graham praising the Pope for his ecumenism. Also, the affirmation of Roman Catholics as brothers and sisters in the faith by prominent leaders can be seen in the “Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience“.