Catholic Church Leads Mass Protests in France Against Homosexual ‘Marriage’
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November 19, 2012
Over 100,000 demonstrators joined protests organized by Catholic groups to oppose the introduction of homosexual “marriage” in France over the weekend. Backed by the Catholic Church and attended by Catholic clergy and bishops, the protests rallied against French President Francois Hollande’s decision to back plans to legalize homosexual “marriage” and adoption next year.
On the day of the biggest protests, November 17, Pope Benedict xvi gave his implicit support. He told French bishops visiting the Vatican that day that “the voice of the church must make itself heard relentlessly and with determination.”
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin from Lyon joined the protesters, as did the archbishop of Toulouse, Robert Le Gall.
On the same day, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim leaders urged the government to allow more time for debate, in an article in Le Monde.
Seventy thousand gathered in Paris on November 17 in the largest demonstration in the country, with thousands rallying in other cities, according to police estimates. The Catholic group Civitas organized a smaller protest, attended by 9,000, in Paris on the 18th. More extreme groups attended this protest, including the far-right National Front and the local leader of the Society of Saint Pius X—the Catholic breakaway group. There were several reports of clashes between these demonstrators and pro-homosexual “marriage” counter-protesters.
Earlier this month, France’s cabinet approved plans to legalize homosexual “marriage” and adoption, and the bill will be discussed in parliament in January. Recent polls show that the majority in France support homosexual “marriage.” But support for adoption by homosexual couples lacks popular approval. The marches focused on this aspect of the law—with the slogan “one father + one mother for all children.”
On this, and other issues, Europe has been just as liberal, if not more so, than the U.S. Despite similar protests, France introduced civil partnerships several years ago.
But the Catholic Church is a lot more popular and powerful in Europe than in the U.S. While America continues on the path away from traditional values, watch for the Catholic Church to play a leading role in changing Europe’s direction.
German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere confirmed that he expected Turkey to formally request help from nato later today. Mortar rounds from Syria have already landed in Turkey, and the government is concerned the spillover could worsen.
Germany and the Netherlands are the only European nato members with the most advanced Patriot missile batteries—the pac-3. Turkish media reported that Germany, which owns more of the weapon systems, is the most likely source for the Patriots.
The Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that de Maiziere told defense ministers from France, Poland, Italy and Spain that he felt that Germany should contribute to the mission.
German-Foreign-Policy.com points out that the Patriot batteries could also be used to enforce a no-fly zone over rebel-controlled parts of Syria. Germany, however, insists that this is not its intention. Nonetheless, Germany’s opposition parties are demanding that parliament approve the deployment—a legal requirement before German troops are sent into battle.
Germany appears remarkably keen to deploy the missiles. During the two Iraq wars, the Netherlands provided the Patriot missiles and supporting troops. Contrast Germany’s attitude toward the situation in Syria—volunteering to provide the missiles even before Turkey asks for them—to its actions in Libya. Then, Germany was notable for its refusal to get involved. This time, Germany’s defense minister is doing a dignified equivalent of bouncing up and down with one hand in the air, saying, “pick me, pick me.”
It is clear that Germany’s military deployment follows an overarching strategy that other nations lack. Germany is choosing to send troops to some regions, sell weapons to others, and is avoiding getting involved in the rest.
With the German Navy patrolling the area as part of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (unifil), Germany already has a military presence in the Levant region. To find out more about the strategy behind Germany’s moves, read our article “Next in Line, Please” from the December 2012 issue of the Philadelphia Trumpet.
Reporting from southern Israel, near the Gaza border. Over the past few weeks, southern Israel has been hit with hundreds of rockets launched by Hamas from Gaza, some reaching as far as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. On November 14 Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defense, targeting hundreds of terrorist installations in Gaza for the past several days. But to truly understand this escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas, we need to see the grand strategy at play.
Sometimes a headline from one of the more articulate think tanks can lead to a genuine take on an event. Such was the case with Stratfor’s recent observations on the effect of the U.S. election on international affairs.
The introduction to the article that followed read, “The American election is over, and things remain pretty much as they were. For Americans, the quadrennial election is a time of self-absorption, as insults hurled by each side are obsessed over while the rest of the world is treated with a degree of indifference. Thus, it is time to consider the state of the rest of the world, beginning with the two other pillars of the international system, Europe and China,”
What is interesting to students of Bible prophecy is that Stratfor should isolate Europe and China as being, in addition to the U.S., the “two other pillars of the international system.” This is the post-Cold War perspective that has emerged since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the implosion of the Soviet Union over 20 years ago.
Your Bible not only reveals these two entities will constitute the two main global markets at the time just prior to Jesus Christ’s return (Isaiah 23:1-3, 13), but also that they are the two great powers that clash at the climax of the close of this age—a German-led European Union and the Chinese-dominated Far Eastern bloc (Daniel 11:44).
Yet one of these powers has arisen far in advance of the other in terms of its influence over a whole continent—Germany. Unlike the Eastern hordes, Germany is given very specific reference in Bible prophecy as to its methods of gaining continental power in Europe and its attempts to extend that power into the wider global arena.
In Isaiah 10 we read that Assyria—the ancient biblical name for modern Germany—gains and holds power just prior to Christ’s return to this Earth by four primary means. In that chapter God declares of Germany: “I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks. For he says, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent” (verses 12-13).
Here is the national attitude of today’s Germany described to a T. Many an article has been published revealing that Germany believes that it is by the prudence of the German people that it has gained ascendency economically over the rest of Europe. In fact, the Germans have held their economy up as a model for all Europe to follow. One only has to consider German attitudes to Greece to discover the “glory of his high looks” as the nation boasts of having achieved its dominant status by the strength of its own hand and its own unique Teutonic wisdom.
There’s no doubt that the renewed belief in German superiority that has emerged in the Fatherland over recent years has become firmly entrenched, powerfully affecting German attitudes to its neighbors.
The second prophetically revealed method by which German elites have worked to enable future imperial dominance over Europe is revealed in the phrase, “and I have removed the bounds of the people” (verse 13).
The elimination of national borders to be replaced by regional boundaries has been a long-term goal of German elites. Check an official European Union map and there are no national borders represented, just a plethora of regional boundaries. This arrangement allows for the collectivization of regional zones to be each placed under its unique administration in the future, with national loyalties subsumed by enforced loyalty to the future imperial head. Your Bible prophesies that 10 such zones will comprise the final outcome of this removal of national boundaries in Europe.
The same verse in Isaiah 10 prophesies of a third way that Germany has used to consolidate its dominance of nations. It has “robbed their treasures.”
Here is a classic prophecy about the effects of the euro on Europe. While driving much of Europe into penury, the euro has worked to enhance Germany’s export economy most powerfully at the expense of the rest of the continent.
Greece is a special case in this instance.
In World War ii, Nazi Germany plundered the nation and shot up whole villages full of Greek people. Seventy years later, the Greeks have received not one penny in reparations.
Having knowingly invited Greece to enter the eurozone when its economy did not fit the criteria for membership, the German elites are now squeezing the life blood out of Greece, at the same time as sending in the German industrialists to buy up Greek industrial and commercial assets at fire sale prices.
Other nations will follow this pattern.
The fourth way in which the Assyrians are prophesied to deal with whole national populations, even as they did during World War ii, is to “put down the inhabitants, akin to many people” (verse 13; correct translation—see King James Version marginal reference).
Numerous commentators have called the European Union “the most undemocratic of institutions.” The German-dominated EU is administered by a battery of unelected technocrats who enact legislation with no specific input from the people. End-time prophecy denotes that Germany’s demographic problem of declining population will literally be dealt with by the enforced enslavement of whole populations.
In Revelation 18:13 we read that the king of the north trades in “slaves and the souls of men.” There could hardly be a closer match to Isaiah 10.
This overwhelming enforcement of Germanic power at the time of the prophesied Great Tribulation leads to a fifth way in which Germany, ancient Assyria, will seize power in Europe on the road to global dominance. It is summarized in Isaiah 10:14: “And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathereth eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped.”
Comparing this verse with that in Revelation 13:16-17, we see a global power prophesied to possess huge economic clout, one that plunders the nations that are part of its Holy Roman imperial possessions, that literally dictates who will eat to survive, and that rules to such an extent by tyrannical fear that none dare open the mouth or utter a peep in opposition!
It really is time to stop pussyfooting around with this EU monolith, and declare the facts as they are and as they will be in the not-too-distant, and very dark future.
Unless we do that, we shall never see the light that burns brightly on the other side of this terrible prophesied global woe. The fact that it is one of the greatest of signs pointing to the return of Jesus Christ to put down all tyranny forever, and usher in the greatest government of peace and divine love this world has ever witnessed!
Study our booklet Zephaniah’s Day of the Lord for a clear understanding of this outcome and just how it will come about. Watch the Key of David program for an indication of just how close these events are to coming to fruition!
In November over 10,000 protestors stormed Tahrir Square in Cairo, calling for Islamic Sharia law to play a more prominent role in the drafting of Egypt’s new constitution. The current dispute over the wording may not even matter in the end, since the panel responsible for drafting the constitution is led by the Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt’s president Mohammed Morsi is also a member of the Brotherhood, and in recent weeks he hasn’t exactly concealed his hostility toward Israel.