Telegraph: Was Titanic inquiry scuppered by the Freemasons?

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Was Titanic inquiry scuppered by the Freemasons?

A new secret archive shows a high level of masonic involvement in the inquiry into the sinking of the Titanic

23 Nov 2015

By John Bingham, and Victoria Ward

NATO HQ Brussels Freemasons: The Titanic inquiry may have foundered because of Masonic involvement

The Titanic inquiry may have foundered because of Masonic involvement

The inquiry into the sinking of the Titanic may have been influenced by the Freemasons, new evidence suggests.

“The Titanic inquiry in Britain was branded a ‘whitewash’ because it exonerated most of those involved. Only three passengers were interviewed, and they were all from first class” – Titanic Expert Nic Compton

A secret archive containing the names of two million Freemasons has been made public for the first time on the genealogy site Ancestry which reveals extensive Masonic involvement in the controversial British investigation into the catastrophe.

It confirms that not only the judge who oversaw the British Wreck Commissioner’s inquiry into the disaster and leading investigators, but also even some of those who escaped censure were all Freemasons.

While a US Senate inquiry into the sinking savaged the White Star Line and singled out the British Board of Trade for blame for lax regulations which allowed the scandalously small number of lifeboats fitted on the ship, the UK investigation overseen by Lord Mersey avoided blaming the Board of Trade.
Lord Mersey himself – John Charles Bigham – was, the records show, a Freemason, initiated in 1881 at the Northern Bar Lodge in London.
Crucially, so too appears to have been the President of the Board of Trade Sydney Buxton, initiated at Limehouse in East London in 1888 where he was the local MP at the time.

The ship split into two at 2.20am on April 15 and the RMS Carpathia arrived around 4am (Getty)
The names of at least two of the inquiry’s five expert assessors – Prof John Harvard Biles, a specialist in naval architecture, and Edward Chaston, the senior engineer assessor – can also be found in the Masonic archive.

Meanwhile Lord Pirrie, who was not only chairman of the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast which built the Titanic but, crucially, also one of the directors of White Star’s parent company, also appears to have been a Freemason.

The peer was born William Pirrie in Quebec in 1847. The records show a William Pirrie initiated at St George’s Lodge in Montreal in 1904.
Titanic Expert Nic Compton, author of Titanic on Trial told History.com: “The Titanic inquiry in Britain was branded a ‘whitewash’ because it exonerated most of those involved. Only three passengers were interviewed, and they were all from first class.

“Even Captain Smith was exonerated on the grounds that most other ships at that time also sped through the ice at full speed with no serious consequences.
“The only person both inquiries heaped scorn on was the captain of SS Californian, the ship that had stood by about eight miles off, its crew watching the emergency flares being fired by Titanic, without doing anything about it until it was too late.”

Newspaper boy Ned Parfett sells copies of the Evening News telling of the Titanic maritime disaster, outside the White Star Line offices at Oceanic House in London’s Cockspur Street (Getty)

Mr Compton said the British inquiry got drawn into more populist issues, such as whether Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon had paid the crew of Lifeboat 1 a bribe not to go back and pick up swimmers and whether Bruce Ismay had behaved like a coward.

The passenger line sank in the Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of April 15 1912 after colliding with an iceberg on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.
Lookout Frederick Fleet had spotted the iceberg and altered the bridge but by the time First Officer William Murdoch had ordered the ship to be steered around the obstacle and the engines put in reverse, it was too late. The ship was carrying only enough life boats for half the passengers, the crew were not trained for a full evacuation. In all, more than 1500 people died and 700 survived the disaster.
The British inquiry was headed by the Board of Trade who had approved the ship, and some believed it had little interest in finding itself or White Star negligent.
It concluded that Captain Smith had done “only that which other skilled men would have done in the same position” and neither White Star or its parent company, the International Mercantile Marine Company (IMM) was found negligent.
Titanic II begins search for captain

Captain Smith went down with the Titanic and was cleared of wrongdoing Photo: GETTY

However the new Freemason links cast new light on the proceedings.

“The records demonstrate the extensive involvement which freemasons have had in British society,” said Diane Clements, director of the Library and Museum of Freemasonry.

“As freemasonry approaches its 300th birthday in 2017, we are pleased to be able to provide access to details of past members.”

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Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper was an obscure singer whose identity was shielded by fellow Masons, the new records suggest.

A new book by Bruce Robinson, the director and screenwriter of the classic film Withnail and I, claims that the notorious Whitechapel murderer was a man named Michael Maybrick.

In the book They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper, Robinson argues that all of the Ripper killings bore the stamp of Masonic ritual; the symbol of a pair of compasses carved into the face of Catherine Eddowes, the removal of meal buttons and coins from the bodies of Eddowes and Annie Chapman and the cryptic graffiti daubed on a wall in Goulston Street, which he says was “the most flagrant clue of all.”

The new archives prove for the first time that singer Maybrick and his brother James were both masons.

Michael Maybrick photographed in 1907 Photo: Courtesy of Fourth Estate

And they reveal that Freemasons were in prominent positions in the Scotland Yard inquiry including the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Charles Warren and the colleague he appointed to be his “eyes and ears” on the case, Chief Inspector Donald Swanson.

Two coroners who ruled on the murders, Wynne Baxter and Henry Crawford and at least three of the police doctors who examined the bodies were also members of the masons.
Maybrick, who was on the Supreme Grand Council of Freemasons, travelled the country as a performer.

His entry in the carefully handwritten records, describes him as a “vocalist” and states that he was a member of the St Andrew’s Lodge from 1863 until 1887 – meaning he left just a year before the nine-week period in 1888 when five women were murdered in the East End of London, one of the biggest unsolved crimes in British history.
Sir Charles is said to have been a senior member of the Masonic society. He was a founder member of the Quatuor Coronati lodge, and an authority on Freemasonic history and ritual.

Robinson told the Telegraph: “It was endemic in the way England ran itself. At the time of Jack the Ripper, there were something like 360 Tory MPs, 330 of which I can identify as Masons.

“The whole of the ruling class was Masonic, from the heir to the throne down. It was part of being in the club.

‘Part of the whole ethic of Freemasonry is whatever it is, however it’s done, you protect the brotherhood – and that’s what happened.

“They weren’t protecting Jack the Ripper, they were protecting the system that Jack the Ripper was threatening. And to protect the system, they had to protect him. And the Ripper knew it.”

An illustration from 1891 showing a body being discovered Photo: Getty

Secret Archive shows extent of freemasonry in Britain

A secret archive containing the names of two million freemasons has been opened to the public for the first time
The list, seen by the Telegraph, could lead to a re-examination of almost 200 years of British history, by revealing the extent of Masonic influence in the upper reaches of society at the height of Britain’s imperial grandeur.

Defiant to the end: wartime PM Winston Churchill after losing the election in July 1945
Sir Winston Churchill joined in 1901

Records, being published online by the genealogy service Ancestry, contain the names of royalty, statesmen and thousands of other influential figures including judges, police, military top brass, lawyers and bishops.

While the individual Masonic connections of some of those included – such as Sir Winston Churchill and Edward VIII – are well known, the records from 1733 to 1923 offer the first comprehensive view of the reach of freemasonry over the age of Empire.

On the military field, those listed range from the Duke of Wellington to Lord Kitchener. In the arts it includes writers such as Oscar Wilde and Rudyard Kipling; the actor Sir Henry Irving while names from the musical world include both Gilbert and Sullivan.

The explorers Ernest Shackleton and Captain Robert Falcon Scott also feature while scientists listed range from Edward Jenner, the pioneer of vaccines, to Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin.

In the world of charity and social reform Dr Thomas Barnardo is among those listed while businessmen include Harry Selfridge while Thomas Telford heads a list of thousands of engineers who ensured Britain’s industrial dominance.

In addition to Edward VIII, monarchs present include Edward VII and George VI.

While most of the entries simply include names, lodges and initiation dates, of the smaller number which specify professions there are 5,500 police officers of different varieties, thousands more military figures, 170 judges, 169 MPs, 16 bishops and at least one Indian prince.
It follows a series of steps by the freemasons in recent decades to open up the organisation while Ancestry believes the records will prove invaluable in helping people trace their roots.

Miriam Silverman, senior UK content manager at Ancestry said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer people an online window into a relatively unknown organisation.

“While we can’t reveal the inner workings of Freemason ceremonies, what we can tell you is the details of over two million historic members.

“So, if you want to find out more about a Freemason ancestor or locate a famous member, now is the perfect time to get online and start your search.”

The freemasons officially date from 1717, when a group of like-minded men in London got together in a coffee house and devised a non-sectarian, socially egalitarian ‘club’ in which ‘men of integrity’ could fraternise, while avoiding the issues of religion and politics.

They took as their guiding metaphor the trade of stonemasonry, hence the symbols of Freemasonry – the square, compass and apron – and its three degrees of evolution, Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason.

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has around 250,000 members and The Grand Lodges of Scotland and Ireland administer some 150,000 members. There may be as many as six million globally – two million in the United States.

The Duke of Kent is the current Grand Master of UGLE, and his brother, Prince Michael of Kent, is a Mason.

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Freemasonry in British society

Sports

John Houlding (1833 – 1902); Alexander Watson Hutton (1853 – 1936); Douglas Robert Jardine (1900 – 1958); Archibald Leitch (1865 – 1939); John Lillywhite (1826 – 1874); John McKenna (1855- 1936); Henry Augustus (“Gus”) Mears (1876 – 1912); Sir Philip Neame (1888 – 1978); Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji (1872 – 1933); John Gillies Shields (1857 – 1943); Matthew Webb (1848 – 1883); Vivian John Woodward (1879 – 1954)

Royalty

Edward VII (Albert Edward, Prince of Wales; 1841-1910); Edward VIII (Edward, Prince of Wales, later Duke of Windsor: 1894-1972); George VI

Politics/Military

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874–1965); General Filippo Antonio Pasquale Paoli (1725–1807); Arthur, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769–1852); Sir Francis Burdett (1813-1892); Richard Pankhurst (1835-1898); Kitchener of Khartoum (1850-1915); Field Marshall Lord Roberts of Kandahar (1832-1914)

Explorers

Capt George Everest (1790–1866); Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912); Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922); Reginald Koettlitz (1860-1916); Albert Borlase Armitage (1864-1943)

Science/Medicine

Professor Alexander Fleming (1881–1955); Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins (1861–1947); Edward Jenner (1749–1823); William Hales Rivers Rivers (1864–1922); Sir Henry Tizard (1885–1959); Cromwell Fleetwood Varley (1828 –1883); Sir Henry Wellcome (1853–1936); James Glaisher (1809-1903)

Music/The Arts

Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900); Sir W S Gilbert (1836-1911); Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930); Rudyard Kipling (1865-1836); Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905; Archibald Knox (1864-1933); Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

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Mirror: How secret group Freemasons has kept grip on Britain for 200 years

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How secret group Freemasons has kept grip on Britain for 200 years

23 NOV 2015

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The names of royalty, statesmen, judges, military top brass, bishops and police have been found in a secret archive

Freemason: Winston Churchill making his famous V for Victory sign, 1942

Freemason: Winston Churchill making his famous V for Victory sign, 1942

The huge influence Freemasons had in ruling British society for almost 200 years has finally been revealed.

The names of royalty, statesmen, judges, military top brass, bishops and police have been found in a secret archive which lists two million Freemasons.

The masonic records – from 1733 to 1923 – are set to be made available to the public for the first time.

They show Kings Edward VII, Edward VIII and George VI were all Freemasons.

Military leaders the Duke of Wellington and Lord Kitchener were also members of the clandestine group founded by a group of men in a London coffee house in 1717.

Freemason: Oscar WiIde

Oscar WiIde

Britain’s wartime Premier Sir Winston Churchill was also a Freemason along with literary greats Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde and Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Freemason legend: Captain Robert Falcon Scott

Freemason legend: Captain Robert Falcon Scott

Freemason: Douglas Jardine

Freemason: Douglas Jardine

Others include music legends Gilbert and Sullivan, explorers Ernest Shackleton and Captain Robert Scott, England cricket captain Douglas Jardine and scientist Sir Alexander Fleming who discovered penicillin.

Freemason: Rudyard Joseph Kipling

Rudyard Joseph Kipling

More than 5,500 police officers, thousands of military figures, 170 judges, 169 MPs, 16 bishops and an Indian prince are listed in the Freemasons archive to be made public by family history website Ancestry.

Freemason: : Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

A member: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

Freemason: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Also a member: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Businessman Harry Selfridge is named in the archive along with social reformer Thomas Barnardo, famous bridge builder Thomas Telford and thousands of engineers who made Britain a world industrial power.

Pocket watch with Mason symbol

Pocket watch with Mason symbol

Freemason: Alexander Fleming

Key member: Alexander Fleming

The extent to which Freemasons wielded power over the British Empire may lead to a re-examination of two centuries of our history.

Freemason: William Schwenck Gilbert

Big role: William Schwenck Gilbert

The all-male group was originally formed to enable “men of integrity” to get together while avoiding issues of religion and politics.

Freemason: Arthur Sullivan

Freemason: Arthur Sullivan

They adopted the compass, square and apron used in stonemasonry as symbols for the group.

Freemason: Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State at the start of World War One

Key member: Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State at the start of World War One

Publication of the archive comes after initiatives by the Freemasons in recent decades to make the organisation more open.

Freemason: Edward VIII in 1935

Also a member: Edward VIII in 1935

There are believed to be six million Freemasons in the world today – including two million in the United States.

A freemason: King George VI of Great Britain in 1939

A freemason: King George VI of Great Britain in 1939

Ancestry’s senior UK content manager Miriam Silverman said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer people an online window into a relatively unknown organisation.”

The Titanic

The loss of SS Titanic, 14 April 1912: The lifeboats. All that was left of the greatest ship in the world – the lifeboats that carried most of the 705 survivors

Huge influence: The Freemasons were key in the inquiry of SS Titanic

Huge influence: The Freemasons were key in the inquiry of SS Titanic

Freemasons had a huge influence over a controversial inquiry into the Titanic disaster in which more than 1,500 passengers and crew died.

The secret archive shows the judge who presided over the British Wreck Commissioner’s inquiry was a Freemason along with leading investigators and some who escaped censure.

A US investigation blamed the British Board of Trade for lax rules which allowed the Titanic to set off on its maiden voyage in 1912 with just 20 lifeboats for 2,208 people on board.

But the Board of Trade was exonerated by the British inquiry led by Lord Mersey.

Records show the judge was initiated as a Freemason in 1881 at the Northern Bar Lodge in London.

Freemason Tragedy: Photograph purporting to be of the iceberg that sank the Titanic

Tragedy: Photograph purporting to be of the iceberg that sank the Titanic

President of the Board of Trade Sydney Buxton was also a long-standing Mason after being initiated in 1888 at Limehouse in East London, where he was local MP.

Two of the inquiry’s five expert assessors were also listed as Masons – naval architecture specialist John Harvard Biles and senior engineer assessor Edward Chaston.

Another key figure in the inquiry listed as a Freemason was Lord Pirrie.

He was chairman of the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast which built the Titanic and a directors of shipping line White Star’s parent company.

Nic Compton, author of Titanic on Trial, told History.com: “The Titanic inquiry in Britain was branded a ‘whitewash’ because it exonerated most of those involved.

Only three passengers were interviewed, and they were all from first class.

“The only person both inquiries heaped scorn on was the captain of SS Californian, the ship that had stood by about eight miles off, its crew watching the emergency flares being fired by Titanic, without doing anything about it until it was too late.”

The Titanic sank on April 15 1912, after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the way from Southampton to New York.

There were 700 survivors. The British inquiry decided ship’s captain Edward Smith did “only that which other skilled men would have done in the same position”.

White Star and its parent company were cleared of negligence.

Jack the Ripper

Freemason Cover up: Was Michael Maybrick the notorious killer?

Infamous Victorian serial killer Jack The Ripper may have escaped justice because of a Freemason cover-up.

The notorious murderer is believed to have been a second-rate singer called Michael Maybrick who is identified as a Freemason in the archive records.

Maybrick was a member of the St Andrew’s Lodge in London for more than 20 years.

He left a year before five women were murdered in the East End in nine weeks in 1888.

The case is one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in British criminal history.

Records show the part played by Freemasons in the failed Scotland Yard inquiry.

Freemason Failed investigation: Jack The Ripper

Failed investigation: Jack The Ripper

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Charles Warren was a Mason along with his “eyes and ears” on the case Chief Inspector Donald Swanson.

Coroners Wynne Baxter and Henry Crawford who ruled on the murders were also Masons along with at least three police doctors who examined the bodies.

Maybrick was on the Supreme Grand Council of Freemasons and toured Britain as a performer.

His handwritten entry in the records describes him as a “vocalist”.

Met police chief Sir Charles was a senior member of the Masonic Society.

Author Bruce Robinson, film director of Withnail and I, claims in a new book that the Ripper murders bore the hallmarks of Masonic ritual.

He said proof came in the form of a pair of compasses carved into the face of victim Catherine Eddowes, removal of meal buttons and coins from the bodies of Eddowes and Annie Chapman and cryptic graffiti daubed on a wall which was “the most flagrant clue of all”.

Robinson – whose book is called They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper – said: “The whole of the ruling class was Masonic, from the heir to the throne down. It was part of being in the club.

“Part of the whole ethic of Freemasonry is whatever it is, however it’s done, you protect the brotherhood – and that’s what happened.

“They weren’t protecting Jack the Ripper, they were protecting the system that Jack the Ripper was threatening.

“And to protect the system, they had to protect him. And the Ripper knew it.”

Freemasons

There are 250,000 Freemasons in 8,000 Lodges in England and Wales.
Be a man who comes of his own free will.
Believe in a Supreme Being (the form of which is left to open interpretation by the candidate).
Be at least the minimum age (from 18-25 years old depending on the jurisdiction).
Be of good morals, and of good reputation.
Be of sound mind and body.
Be capable of furnishing character references, as well as one or two references from current Masons, depending on jurisdiction.

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PJ Media: Was Jack the Ripper a Mason?

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Was Jack the Ripper a Mason?

October 4, 2015

By Michael Walsh

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James Bond 007 Creator Bro. Ian Fleming's final resting place in Sevenhampton, England. Masonic Obelisk Upon Globes.

James Bond 007 creator Bro. Ian Fleming’s final resting place in Sevenhampton, England. Masonic Obelisk Upon Masonic Globes.

“Ripperology” is a popular pastime among amateur sleuths and armchair Sherlock Holmeses the world over. Now along comes actor, writer and director Bruce Robinson (The Killing Fields, Withnail and I) with an entirely new suspect:

For much of the past 15 years he has been absorbed in an extraordinary – and, frankly, improbable – quest. The identity of the man who was responsible for the horrific murders of five women in the East End of London over a nine-week period in 1888 remains one of the great mysteries in British criminal history. Robinson would dispute the use of the word ‘mystery’ – the word he prefers is ‘scandal’. But he is convinced he has solved it.

Next week sees the publication of They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper. More than 800 pages in length, it is the fruit of intense, one might say obsessive, dedication. ‘I thought it would take me two years – a year to research and a year to write,’ Robinson sighs. ‘Had I known – truly known – then what I know now, I would never have started.’

On the night of September 30, 1888, two women, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes, were murdered within hours of each other on the streets of Whitechapel. They were the third and fourth women to have been murdered, and horribly mutilated, in the course of four weeks. The case of Jack the Ripper was already a cause of public alarm. But Charles Warren had not yet bestirred himself to visit the scene of the crimes. On that night, however, he rushed to the East End in the early hours of the morning – his priority, it seems, not to examine the bodies, but to inspect some graffiti scrawled on a wall in Goulston Street, close to where a bloodied apron belonging to Catherine Eddowes had been found. The graffiti read: ‘The Juwes are the men that will not be blamed for nothing.’

Warren immediately ordered the words be washed off the wall. ‘It was a light-bulb moment,’ Robinson remembers. ‘We’ve got this rampaging maniac in the East End, but it suddenly occurred to me – what if they didn’t want to catch him? Is there any mileage there? Let’s go down that street.

‘Part of the whole ethic of Freemasonry is whatever it is, however it’s done, you protect the brotherhood – and that’s what happened. They weren’t protecting Jack the Ripper, they were protecting the system that Jack the Ripper was threatening. And to protect the system, they had to protect him. And the Ripper knew it.’

I don’t want to give the solution or the name of the alleged culprit away, so please do read the whole thing, It’s ingenious and, given the prevalence of Masons among the British ruling class, far from implausible.

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Economia: Freemasons lose VAT exemption appeal

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Freemasons lose VAT exemption appeal

18 November 2015

Jessica Fino

Brother Blair and Bro. Hitchens at the Munk Debate in Toronto, Ontario

A jovial Bro. Tony Blair and Bro. Christopher Hitchens making Masonic handsign ‘recognition gestures’ prior to the Munk Debate in Toronto, Ontario in 2010.

The High Court has upheld a decision by the First-Tier Tax tribunal that The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE)- otherwise known as The Freemasons – should not be exempt from VAT

The Freemasons’ claim centred around whether or not its activities could be defined as being of a “philosophical, philanthropic or civic nature”, which would have therefore made it exempt from VAT. An earlier tribunal hearing ruled that they did not, but UGLE was granted leave to appeal.

The Upper Tier Tax Tribunal ruled that while UGLE had some philosophical and philanthropic aims, it also had “other aims” which did not fall within the exception.

It said, “In our opinion, the aims which did not fall within the exemption were not insignificant and were of sufficient magnitude to cause UGLE to fall outside the words of the exemption in Article 132. Accordingly we dismiss the appeal.”

Judge Justice Asplin said the first-tier tribunal did not “err in law” when it dismissed UGLE’s appeal in February last year following an initial decision from HMRC in 2010.

An UGLE spokesperson told economia, “United Grand Lodge of England is disappointed with the decision and consideration will be given regarding taking this to the Court of Appeal.”

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Lifesite News: Washington, D.C. Archbishop Cardinal Donald Wuerl called former St. Louis Archbishop Cardinal Raymond Burke a ‘dissenter’

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February 18, 2015

Cardinal Wuerl calls Cardinal Burke a ‘dissenter’: pot calls the kettle black

Cardinal Wuerl, Cardinal Kasper, Cardinal Dolan, Catholic Church

Cardinals Timothy Dolan (New York), Walter Kasper, and Donald Wuerl (Washington, D.C.) seated at the opening Mass of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family at St. Peter’s Basilica on October 5, 2014. John-Henry Westen / LifeSiteNews.com

On his official blog, Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl made a rather obvious reference to Cardinal Raymond Burke, calling him a “dissenter.” Referring to “an interview and an article by brother bishops who are less than enthusiastic about Pope Francis,” Cardinal Wuerl was unmistakably pointing to Cardinal Burke, whose interview with France2 days earlier was making the rounds on the Internet.

While newsworthy, the interview with Cardinal Burke was rather mundane in that he merely said he would be willing to “resist” Pope Francis, if the pontiff were to attempt to change the Church’s practice of denying Communion to those in “second marriages.” Pope Francis has never said he would change the current Church practice, even though powerful cardinals surrounding him have suggested the move.

After introducing the unnamed bishop who was critical of Pope Francis in an interview, Cardinal Wuerl runs through dissenters from papal teaching in recent history, noting, “a common thread that runs through all of these dissenters” is that “they disagree with the Pope because he does not agree with them and therefore follow their position.”

Cardinal Wuerl is here on new ground. For years he was, by his own definition, the “dissenter” under Popes John Paul II and Pope Benedict. The issue also revolved around Holy Communion. However, rather than giving Communion to divorced and remarried, the previous popes were asking that Communion be denied to pro-abortion Catholic politicians.

In 2004, Pope John Paul II had the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith intervene in the US Bishops deliberation over the question of Communion for pro-abortion politicians. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later to become Pope Benedict XVI, wrote in his letter titled “Worthiness to receive Holy Communion,” that a Catholic politician who would vote for “permissive abortion and euthanasia laws” after being duly instructed and warned, “must” be denied Communion.

Ratzinger’s letter explained that if such a politician “with obstinate persistence, still presents himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, the minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it.”

As pope, Benedict XVI confirmed this position. Answering a reporter on an in-flight press conference in 2007, Pope Benedict addressed a question on the Mexican bishops excommunicating politicians who support legalizing abortion. “Yes, this excommunication was not an arbitrary one but is allowed by Canon law which says that the killing of an innocent child is incompatible with receiving communion, which is receiving the body of Christ,” said the pope.

In the comment, Pope Benedict was referring to the Church’s Canon law 915, which states: “Those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or interdict has been imposed or declared, and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin, are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”

Archbishop Wuerl repeatedly refused to comply with that directive. In fact, he was open in his dissent. Asked by various media since the mid-1990s, he said it was not his pastoral style, and also claimed that denying Communion is tantamount to wielding the sacrament as a weapon.

But for the Washington archbishop it wasn’t only a matter of words – he backed up his rhetoric against the pope’s wishes with action. In March 2012, he stripped a priest of his faculties to publicly celebrate Mass for refusing Communion to a woman who was known to have been living in a homosexual relationship.

Fr. Marcel Guarnizo was “placed on administrative leave” by the archdiocese after he refused to distribute Communion to Barbara Johnson, a self-identified Buddhist who had reportedly introduced her lesbian “lover” to the priest in the sacristy right before her mother’s funeral Mass. The archdiocese issued an apology to Johnson and said that Fr. Guarnizo’s actions were “against policy” and that an investigation was underway.

In 2012, when asked about refusing notorious pro-abortion politician Nancy Pelosi Communion, Wuerl opined, “I stand with the great majority of American bishops and bishops around the world in saying this canon was never intended to be used this way.”

At that time the head of the Catholic Church’s highest court dealing with canon law was none other than Cardinal Raymond Burke. Burke told LifeSiteNews unequivocally at the time: “The Church’s law is very clear.”

“The person who persists publicly in grave sin is to be denied Holy Communion, and it [canon law] doesn’t say that the bishop shall decide this. It’s an absolute.”

So perhaps Cardinal Wuerl is savoring a little revenge with his dissenter remark. But, the hypocrisy is so very blatant.

Cardinal Wuerl concludes his blog post saying, “Dissent is perhaps something we will always have, lamentable as it is, but we will also always have Peter and his successor as the rock and touchstone of both our faith and our unity.”

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In 2015 did U.S. House Speaker John Boehner give Washington D.C. Archbishop Cardinal Wuerl a theatrical Masonic 'Grip' live on TV in front of Pope Francis in Bro. Boehner's Office?

Bro. Barack Obama and Bro. Justin Trudeau exchanging Masonic pleasantries and 'grips', in secret, using the 'Five Points of Fellowship' Freemason exchange.

Bro. Barack Obama and Bro. Justin Trudeau exchanging Masonic pleasantries and ‘grips’, in secret, using the ‘Five Points of Fellowship’ Freemason exchange.

Bro. Nicholas Sarkozy and Sis. Laura Bush Masonic Greeting each other using a secret Freemason handshake 'grip'.

Bro. Nicholas Sarkozy and Sis. Laura Bush Masonic Greeting each other using a secret Freemason handshake ‘grip’.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Bro. Ashton Carter: 'We've seen increasingly unprofessional conduct by Russian forces' – VIDEO

Guardian
Oct. 08, 2015

Russia will pay price for Syrian airstrikes, says US defence secretary

Ashton Carter predicts reprisal attacks on Russian soil over Vladimir Putin’s military campaign to prop up Bashar al-Assad’s regime

Moscow will soon start paying the price for its escalating military intervention in Syria in the form of reprisal attacks and casualties, the US defence secretary has warned, amid signs that Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies are preparing to counter the Russian move.

Ashton Carter was talking at a meeting of Nato defence ministers in Brussels on Thursday during which the ministers agreed to increase a Nato response force intended to move quickly to flashpoints.

There were no plans to deploy the force to Turkey, though the Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, suggested its existence alone should discourage future Russian or Syrian incursions into Turkish territory.

“We don’t have to deploy the Nato response force or the spearhead force to deliver deterrence,” Stoltenberg said. “The important thing is that any adversary of Nato will know that we are able to deploy.”

Saudi Arabia, a leading supporter of Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow Bashar al-Assad, was said by diplomats to be preparing to step up its support, having despaired of the US. Ministers from Qatar and Turkey, the Saudis’ partners in the fight against Assad, are holding talks on their next moves.

Riyadh’s anger over Vladimir Putin’s intervention was reflected in a statement by 55 leading clerics, including prominent Islamists, urging “true Muslims” to “give all moral, material, political and military” support to the fight against Assad’s army as well as Iranian and Russian forces.

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YouTube: Terrorists with US TOW-missile/ SYRIA

Published on Apr 8, 2014

Syrian Terrorists, now seem to have been supplied with American-made BGM-71 TOW, missile system. Analysts say, the missile-system usually, dosent show up in the hands of muslim extremists, by itself. The US has lately been signaling, it will step up its arms supply to the Syrian terrorists. This could be seen as a response, or countermeassure by the US, regarding the situation in Crimea, since Syria is a close allie of Russia, This could be a covert revenge, by the US, to “punish” Russia, for its geopolitical actions.

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YouTube: What’s With All These TOW Missiles Anyways? (Syria, U.S.)

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Published on Nov 25, 2015

A group of Syrian Infantry troops are caught off-guard, and in the open, by a rebel TOW strike. What’s the deal with these TOWs?

It’s no secret that the American CIA has been supplying the FSA with TOW missiles. The total cost of each of these missiles from Raytheon, is a staggering $58,908.00. Over the past few months we have seen dozens of these missiles used on targets of opportunity, inside of Syria.

It isn’t possible for us, or anyone else, to get an exact number of the amount of TOW missiles supplied to rebel forces. It is currently believed, from reports in October of 2015, that over 500 TOW missiles have been used by CIA-vetted rebels.

The conditions for these TOW missiles are pretty simple. The 42 vetted groups must log each missile shot, and return the casings to the location which they received them. They log them simply by recording the shot, and then the target. A majority of these videos end up on YouTube after their submission to the CIA.

This gives the appearance that these CIA supplied TOW shots are extremely influential in the war, however that is not the case. Repeatedly, as shown in these videos, we have seen the rebels firing the TOW missiles at any target of opportunity that presents itself. Regardless if that’s an up-armored humvee, a group of infantrymen, or any SAA armor they spot.

The big picture that we aren’t seeing, is all of the SAA captured equipment that the FSA has been using. Why haven’t we been seeing it you ask? Well the answer is simple, they aren’t required to upload videos of themselves shooting Russian-made 9M113 Konkurs, 9K1152 Metis-M, 9M133 Kornet, or Chinese-made HJ-8 that they’ve secured in previous battles, because the CIA doesn’t care about the use of that equipment.

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Stephen Colbert’s tenure on “The Late Show” began Tuesday night with a tribute to his predecessor David Letterman and a visit from an old friend.

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Published on Aug 31, 2014

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About

Phil Black is an International Correspondent based in CNN’s London bureau.

Before his deployment to London, Black was CNN International’s Russia correspondent based in Moscow. In this capacity he reported on a number of high-profile stories from the region including Vladimir Putin’s landslide re-election as president and the controversial arrest and detainment of protest punk group Pussy Riot.

Prior to joining CNN International, Black spent seven years at Seven News in Sydney as a correspondent on Australia’s highest rating news programme, where he covered the Asian Tsunami from Sri Lanka.

Black is Australian and studied an associate diploma in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney.

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“Aid reduced to $700 million; reduced our combat efficiency to 40% American political decision will encourage North Vietnam to speed takeover of South Vietnam and will discourage people and army. Only North Vietnam got peace from Paris. South Vietnam still at war.”

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VIDEO: E.U. - Ukraine Association Agreement 'sealed' (Freemason Gestures Bro. José Manuel Barroso @ 00:48 & 00:55)

Published on Sep 16, 2014

On the 27th of June this year, Ukraine (and Georgia and Moldova) signed the Association Agreement with the European Union, to govern policy convergence and later trade. Its supporters see it as setting the seal on a new era of east-west relations.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko highlighted the solemnity of the moment, smiling broadly: “I will sign the Association Agreement by this pen, which mentions EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, Vilnius, 29th November. It did not happen then, but th…
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