Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Papal coat of arms corrected to remove Communistic and Freemasonic symbolism

The coat of arms of Pope Francis has been corrected. The controversial five-pointed star has been replaced by an eight-pointed star. The bishop and cardinal showed on a blue shield the seal of the Jesuit order and under it as silver nard blossom and a silver five-pointed star. The first version of the Papal coat of arms published by the Vatican showed beside the papal insignia initially just a correction: The nard blossom and star were not shown in silver, but in gold, probably in order to take account of a heraldic principle. The five-pointed star caused some discussion as well as irritation, as reported. (Cathcon- St. Joseph, the patron of the universal Church, in traditional Hispanic iconography is depicted holding a nard blossom).

The star on the coat of arms of the new Pope will represent Mary.  The Maria star is traditionally represented with eight points or rays. Over the past 250 years, the five-pointed star has been increasingly been taken over initially by Freemasons, then also as a symbol of communists and anarchists. The freemasonic and communistic five pointed star represents the self-sufficient man (legs, arms, head) who does not need a God.

A five-pointed star in a papal coat of arms gave rise in the Catholic Church, not least in the Vatican, to some irritation, over those who turn only a blind eye, who basically are indifferent to symbols or who have no opinion on their meaning. For the Catholic Church sysmbols are of the utmost importance. Finally, the Vatican saw the need to intervene to correct the coat of arms,  to dispel any doubts.

The Vatican published the meantime, a new corrected coat of arms of Pope Francis . A decision that could be made only with the approval of the new Pope. The papal coat of arms now has an eight-pointed star, and thus the classical shape of a star, which is symbolic of the Most Blessed and Most Pure Virgin Mary, Mother of God. In addition, the eight rays of the star represent the Beatitudes,  the Vatican announced. By correcting,  all speculations and interpretations about the Papal  coat of arms have been ended. Symbols have just a precise central essence and especially for the Catholic Church. The nard blossom, which  in the episcopal coat of arms  for European eyes looked more like a bunch of grapes, has now been clearly shown.

The coat of arms of Pope Francis has also for the first time  a heraldic motto, which  Jorge Mario Bergoglio has already used in his coats of arms, as Bishop and Cardinal.

Pope John Paul I, remains the exception among all popes. His coat of arms were changed multiple times.The episcopal crest showed three eight-pointed star, the crest as Patriarch and Cardinal showed three six-pointed stars but the Papal coat of arms had suddenly three five-pointed stars. How this change could happen to such an unusual symbolism is not entirely clear. Pope Luciani reigned only 33 days.


Passionist seminarians dressed as nuns do dance


Just how much further can you get from the Rule of the Passionists, and the intentions of St Paul of the Cross, their founder.

Russian Orthodox warning for new Archbishop of Canterbury at enthronement

The Moscow patriarchate expects Justin Welby, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, to adhere to the norms of Christian morals and the church system.

"We know that the Anglican Church is now going through a difficult time and various views, positions, and parties co-exist in it. However, we really hope that the traditional understanding of Christian morals and the church system will prevail in this polemic," Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the Synodal Department of External Church Relations, said during a meeting between Welby and representatives of the Orthodox churches who attended his enthronement.

The introduction of the institution of female bishops will lead to the elimination of even a theoretical possibility of the Moscow patriarchate recognizing the church hierarchy of the Anglican church, the communications service of the Department of External Church Relations reported on Saturday.

"I would like you to know about that and take our opinion into account when this issue arises again," Metropolitan Hilarion said.

Metropolitan Hilarion also said he is hoping Justin Welby will firmly defend the traditional biblical understanding of marriage as a union between a man and a woman "to prevent secular society from forcing on the Church of England the recognition of some forms of cohabitation which were never considered marriage by Christian churches."

Welby responded by saying he appreciates the comment (Cathcon- hardly!), adding that the position of the Church of England on the issue of marriage is absolutely clear and it has recently confirmed that marriage is a life-long union between a man and a woman.


CathCon- click on Archbishop Hilarion for whole history of his resolute statements on ecumenism.

Orthodox Patriarch foresees reunion of Christian East and West

"Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has told reporters that he sees a possibility for reunion between the Orthodox and Roman churches, even if it “will probably not happen during my life.”

The Ecumenical Patriarch, who made history by traveling to Rome for the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis, said that he was surprised to receive an invitation from the new Pontiff to join in a dinner with cardinals."

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