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December 2, 2008

And Then There Were Pimps

“Bishop Don Magic Juan, the self-proclaimed king of the pimps, poses in one of his professional outfits in Los Angeles. Real pimps and former pimps, like Don Magic Juan, have become celebrities in the hip-hop culture.”

Say what? I thought this was a crime (and I'm not just talking about the costume). This pimp trend, which has been around awhile now, is another example of the depraved downward spiral so much of the music culture is locked into.

Let's Go Visit the Temple

These images from the UCLA website are fascinating. See how the Temple in Jerusalem might have looked based on research fed into a computer-generated graphics program. Nice! (Scroll down on the web page to see more.) These are a good teaching tool for your kids, if you'd like to give them a visual idea of what the Temple was all about. They read about it (or at least hear about it) in Scripture, but may not have any clear idea of what it was. And they really should. After all, aside from its central importance in the Old Testament, this is where so much of Christ's public ministry took place.

Here's another resource with plenty more fascinating information on the Temple, which was located somewhere atop what today is known as the Temple Mount.

I Get Letters, Lots of Letters

Barbara, a non-Catholic visitor to the Envoy Magazine website site (www.envoymagazine.com), sent me the following note. I post it here so you can get a flavor of the “other side” of Catholic apologetics; the side many people who like Catholic apologetics and apologists don't often see. There are plenty of folks out there, Barbara being one of them, who definitely do not like the Catholic Church.

(FYI, I'm posting Barbara's comments verbatim, including her no doubt inadvertent misquoting of Scripture.)

“Hello Mr Madrid, I have never heard of you. But recently I saw your name while surfing the web because I try my best to make catholics see the error of their beliefs.

“I hate the RCC because it destroys lives. Need I tell you how? I can. I am interested in why you apologize for the RCC. You could never apologize enough for your pagan system and your idolatrous daily consumption of your wafer god. I am a christian, but, of course not a catholic. You can serve God and mammon.

"I have also studied religion and ancient history and I can tell you that the RCC is not the church of the living God. It is a religious money making machine that manufactures 'priests' like a factory makes puppets. The pope is not holy, nuns aren't either, the wafer is not the Body of Christ, confession is unscriptural also.

“As a matter of fact, the RCC is the great whore that sits on seven hills and is mentioned specifically in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ given to John on Patmos. Jesus told his servant John to send seven letters to the seven churches in Asia. Rome was not one of them. That should tell you something.

“A sister in our church was a cloistered nun for 25 years until God had mercy and saved her. In Mexico one can go to see the old convents where dead bodies of babies were found buried behind walls.A guide will take you through.

"I marvel that you are so amazingly ignorant of the Bible, but that is typical of a catholic. South and Central America are steeped in poverty and ignorance. Why? because some of my ancestors, the Conquistadores brought with them only priests and soldiers, but they did not bring Jesus.

“America is the greatest nation on earth .Why? It is founded on Protestanism. Protestant children fare better than catholic children. and I could go on and on, but I think you get my message. I watch TBN and know many ministers personally and minister myself through prophesy, evangelism and teaching the Bible. I also am a Gospel singer. I see clearly that the faces of the preachers and christians are radiant with joy and EWTN makes me sad to see the dead faces of those poor "priests" and nuns and how the RCC is desperately trying to be like the Protestants.

“Yes, God is able to save catholics and he is doing it, praise his Name, but when he does, he removes them from their paganism and idolatry. I owe Martin Luther nothing and I owe the RCC nothing. I owe all to Christ who died for me.

“In closing, let me say that the RCC will be brought into judgement by God for all the lives that have been destroyed by it's pagan teachings and it's idolatrous behaviour.

“Sincerely, Barbara”

Women Tells of Stolen Babies

A 22 year-old Romanian woman is weeping - my visit, and request for an interview with Tatya, which is not her real name, brings back terrible memories. 

After she has recovered her composure she tells me how nearly two years ago she was stopped in the street and offered the chance to leave her small, impoverished village behind. 

A youth, who she knew quite well, told her he knew people who could find her well-paid work in Italy. 

It was, he said, the chance of a lifetime for her. He was lying. 

A month later, Tatya recalls, she was smuggled into Italy by sea and then forced to work in a brothel to make money to pay for the trip. 

She became pregnant a few months later, and was taken to be examined by a man claiming to be a doctor, she says. 

He confirmed she was five months pregnant. Three months later, she recalls, she was brought back to the same man who induced her to give birth. 

Tatya says her baby was born without any apparent problems and seemed well. 

But before she even had the chance to hold him or even look at him properly, they took him away. "I remember just seeing his body. He was alive though," Tatya said. 

She was never to see him again. 

Two weeks later, Tatya says, she was put back on the streets and told to continue selling herself for sex. 

Within two months she was pregnant once more and the same gruesome ordeal was replayed again, she says. 

After carrying the child for eight months the birth was induced and the baby taken away from her within seconds of being born. 

She pleaded with the men to tell her what they had done with this baby and the one before him. 

"They told me that the babies had died but they were not telling me the truth, I know," Tatya said. 

"I think that my babies were taken for their organs or to be sold. I don't know for sure, but one of these things." 

Within a fortnight of giving birth to the second baby, Tatya says she was again put back on the streets to work as a prostitute. . . . (read article)