EFFECTS OF A WORLD WAR, OTHER WARS


Fr. Orthohippo

Below are a numbing set of statistical tables which detail only a partial history of humans in conflict with other humans.  We become unable to see individual suffering when confronted with these immense numbers.  Pain and hurt need to be individualized to have maximum impact.  Even so, take a read of these tables.

Fr. Orthohippo

Víctimas mortales a partir
de septiembre de 1939

WWII

Country ↓ Military ↓ Civil ↓ Total ↓
USSR 8.700.000 18.300.000 27.000.000
China 1.324.000 10.000.000 11.324.000
Germany 3.250.000 3.810.000 7.060.000
Poland 850.000 6.000.000 6.850.000
Japan 1.300.000 700.000 2.000.000
Yugoslavia 300.000 1.400.000 1.706.000
Romania 520.000 465.000 985.000
France 340.000 470.000 810.000
Hungría 750.000
Austria 380.000 145.000 525.000
Greece 520.000
United States 500.000 500.000
Italy 330.000 80.000 410.000
Czechoslovakia 400.000
United Kingdom 326.000 62.000 388.000
Países Bajos 198.000 12.000 210.000
Belgium 76.000 12.000 88.000
Finland 84.000
Canada 39.000 39.000
India 36.000

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VATICAN BANS GLUTEN-FREE COMMUNION BREAD


 

1 day ago
Indian girl receiving communion (July 2012): There are about 1.2 billion Roman Catholics around the world© AFP There are about 1.2 billion Roman Catholics around the world Bread used to celebrate the Eucharist during Roman Catholic masses must not be gluten-free – although it may be made from genetically modified organisms, the Vatican has ruled.

In a letter to bishops, Cardinal Robert Sarah said the bread can be low-gluten.

But he said there must be enough protein in the wheat to make it without additives.

The new rules are needed because the bread is now sold in supermarkets and on the internet, the cardinal said.

Roman Catholics believe bread and wine served at the Eucharist are converted into the body and blood of Christ through a process known as transubstantiation.

Glossary of Roman Catholic terms

The wine used must also be “natural, from the fruit of the grape, pure and incorrupt, not mixed with other substances”, said Cardinal Robert Sarah of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

The ruling was issued at the request of Pope Francis, the letter said.

There are about 1.2 billion Roman Catholics around the world

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Senate Democrat blasts Obamaphone


Democrat Blasts over fraudulent findings, complete lack of oversight’

A new government audit finds more than a third of enrollees of the “Obamaphone” program may not be qualified — among other fraudulent findings — prompting a Senate Democrat to roundly criticize the program’s “complete lack of oversight.”

A report released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) claims the program, which gives cell phones to poor people, stashed $9 billion in private bank accounts, the Washington Times reported.

The 90-page report was requested by Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who serves as ranking Democrat on the Senate’s chief oversight committee and who is a former state auditor in Missouri.

“A complete lack of oversight is causing this program to fail the American taxpayer — everything that could go wrong is going wrong,” McCaskill said in a statement, according to the newspaper.

“We’re currently letting phone companies cash a government check every month with little more than the honor system to hold them accountable, and that simply can’t continue,” she said.

The program — officially known as the Lifeline Program and run by the Federal Communications Commission — predates President Obama but received attention during his time in office when recipients began to associate the free phone with other benefits given to the poor, the paper reported.

The GAO report found that about 10.6 million people have an Obamaphone, but 36 percent of them may not qualify, according to the Washington Times. The audit also concluded that more than 5,500 people were found to be enrolled for two phones, while the program was paying for about 6,400 phones for persons the government has listed as dead, the paper reported

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On the much lighter side….


China cracks down on toothpick crossbow toys

  • 22 June 2017
  • From the section China
Toothpick crossbowImage copyright 1688.com

If you think fidget spinners can be dangerous toys, wait until you come across a kid playing with a toothpick crossbow – and then take cover.

The new gadget toy appears to be selling like hotcakes in China – much to the horror of concerned parents across the country.

The tiny crossbows fire toothpicks powerful enough to break cardboard, apples or even soda cans.

Some cities worried the toys can cause serious injury have now banned them.

According to Chinese media, cities like Chengdu, Kunming and Harbin have already banned sales of the toy, while parents in Hong Kong are also raising concerns.

Screenshot of 1688.com websiteImage copyright 1688.com
Image caption This bow sold on 1688.com costs as little as five yuan if bought in bulk

The small crossbows come as a cheap plastic version for about four yuan (£0.5; $0.6) while the metal versions of the mini weapon cost around 10 yuan.

They are sold in shops and on the streets near schools and are also available online.

Still available online

Reacting to criticism from parents, the country’s leading online platforms JD.com and Taobao.com have said they won’t allow the toys to be sold any more.

While they are indeed no longer available on those two online shops, they can still be found on other websites like 1688.com, which like Taobao belongs to online retail giant Alibaba.

According to Chinese media, police are also cracking down on shops near schools selling the dangerous gadgets.

Toothpick crossbowImage copyright 1688.com
Image caption Retailers offering the bows online post pictures of how powerful they are

Videos on social media showing the crossbows in action have them breaking into cardboard, apples or raw meat.

If the toothpick is replaced with a metal needle, it can even crack through a can of soda.

While the toys do come with a note saying they should not be aimed at people or animals, the packaging of one product claims it can even fight cockroaches, which many might say is no bad thing.

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Canada Passes Bill to Let Government Remove Kids from Christian Homes


 

Canada has now passed what critics have called totalitarian legislation that could give more power to the state to remove children from the homes of Christians and
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Ecumenical Patriarch to participate in celebrations for 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation


Version:1.0 StartHTML:000000200 EndHTML:000014232 StartFragment:000011595 EndFragment:000014176 StartSelection:000011595 EndSelection:000014166 SourceURL:http://orthochristian.com/103857.html Ecumenical Patriarch to participate in celebrations for 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation / OrthoChristian.Com

Moscow, May 26, 2017

During his visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople in September 2016, Heinrich Bedford-Strom, Chairman of the Council of German Evangelical Churches, told His All-Holiness that “it would be a special honor” if the patriarch would attend the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in Wittenberg and Tübingen this month.

Having accepted the invitation, Patriarch Bartholomew will head to Germany next week, reports Sedmitza.

The patriarch will arrive in Stuttgart on Sunday, May 28, and will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the Evangelical Theology and History Department in Tübingen the next day. He will also be presented with the German translation of his book Encountering the Mystery. Then the patriarch will attend a two-day symposium on Evangelical and Orthodox theology.

According to the organizers of the Reformation celebrations, the invitation to Patriarch Bartholomew is intended to remind about the first contacts between representatives of Orthodoxy and adherents of the Reformation, which took place in 1573 between Martin Crusius and Jakob Andreae and Ecumenical Patriarch Jeremias II.

The Patriarchate of Constantinople entered into a bilateral theological dialogue with the Evangelical Church of Germany in 1969.

5/26/2017

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A Very Rare Way to Commit Suicide


Demographic Suicide | George Weigel | First Things

Ten years ago, after my meditation on Europe, The Cube and the Cathedral, had appeared in several languages, I was invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels. There, I tried to make what seemed three rather obvious points:

(1) Europe is committing demographic suicide, systematically depopulating itself in what British historian Niall Ferguson has called the greatest sustained reduction in European population since the Black Death in the fourteenth century.

(2) This unwillingness to create the future in the most elemental sense, by creating new generations, is at the root of many of Europe’s problems, including its difficulties assimilating immigrants and its fiscal distress.

(3) When an entire continent healthier, wealthier, and more secure than ever before—deliberately chooses sterility, the most basic cause for that must lie in the realm of the human spirit, in a certain souring about the very mystery of being.Â

The response to this analysis that has stuck in my mind ever since came from an Italian Euro-parliamentarian, who said, in so many words, Look, we know we’re finished. We’re trying to arrange things so that we can die comfortably in our beds. Don’t you Yanks come over here and start stirring things up.

It was brutal but it had the merit of being honest, and it came back to me the day after the recent French presidential election, when it was pointed out by several observers that the prime ministers or presidents of Europe’s largest economies and of all the European members of that exclusive global club, the G7—are without children: German’s Angela Merkel, Great Britain’s Theresa May, Italy’s Paolo Gentiloni, and France’s Emmanuel Macron. Add to the mix the childless Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte and the childless prime minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, and something quite striking comes into focus: Of the six founding members of what has evolved into the European Union, five are now led by childless prime ministers or presidents, a situation that would have been unimaginable to one of the founders of modern Europe, Konrad Adenauer, who was the father of eight.

The childlessness in this elite cohort certainly has different causes, given the diverse personalities involved. Some of these leaders doubtless experience their childlessness as a sorrow although none seems to have taken the option of adopting children. Nonetheless, the childlessness of so many western European leaders is, if nothing else, a stark illustration of the crisis I identified more than a decade ago—and which my Italian interlocutor in Brussels confirmed, if in a thoroughly depressing way.

The members of the American commentariat most attuned to this plague of Euro-childlessness tend to discuss its impacts in terms of the rapidly growing Muslim population in Europe and the difficulties so many European states seem to have in assimilating immigrants from a different civilizational orbit. Those problems are real enough. But for a Catholic, Europe;s demographic winter bespeaks, first and foremost, a colossal evangelical failure. Acknowledging that also sheds light on the contemporary Catholic situation in Europe.

In recent years, the Catholic Lite Brigade has reasserted itself in western Europe and in the counsels of the world Church. It is time to ask whether Catholic Lite—as displayed in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and elsewhere—does not have something to do with Europe’s demographic meltdown. It is time to ask whether Catholic Lite is not at least partially responsible, not only for Europe’s self-chosen sterility, but for Europe’s rapidly accelerating embrace of euthanasia. It is time to ask why Catholic Lite has been such an abysmal failure in forming public moral cultures in which self-gift, not self-aggrandizement, is the touchstone of human aspiration.

Sixteen years ago, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger told me that Organized Catholicism in Germany is a task force for the old ideas of Catholic Lite. The same might be said of organized Catholicism throughout much of western Europe. And while there are signs of hope to be found in renewal movements and new forms of Catholic community across the continent, the continued embrace of Catholic Lite by too many western European Catholic leaders and intellectuals bodes ill for a European Catholicism that can inspire Europe to reject demographic suicide and rediscover the joy of creating the future through having children.

George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington, Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic StudiesVersion:1.0 StartHTML:000000259 EndHTML:000019618 StartFragment:000013513 EndFragment:000019580 StartSelection:000013706 EndSelection:000019548 SourceURL:https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2017/05/catholic-lite-and-europe’s-demographic-suicide Catholic Lite and Europe Demographic Suicide | George Weigel    First Things

Ten years ago, after my meditation on Europe, The Cube and the Cathedral, had appeared in several languages, I was invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels. There, I tried to make what seemed three rather obvious points:

(1) Europe is committing demographic suicide, systematically depopulating itself in what British historian Niall Ferguson has called the greatest sustained reduction in European population since the Black Death in the fourteenth century.

(2) This unwillingness to create the future in the most elemental sense, by creating new generations, is at the root of many of Europe’s problems, including its difficulties assimilating immigrants and its fiscal distress.

(3) When an entire continent healthier, wealthier, and more secure than ever before—deliberately chooses sterility, the most basic cause for that must lie in the realm of the human spirit, in a certain souring about the very mystery of being.Â

The response to this analysis that has stuck in my mind ever since came from an Italian Euro-parliamentarian, who said, in so many words, Look, we know we’re finished. We’re trying to arrange things so that we can die comfortably in our beds. Don’t you Yanks come over here and start stirring things up.

It was brutal but it had the merit of being honest, and it came back to me the day after the recent French presidential election, when it was pointed out by several observers that the prime ministers or presidents of Europe’s largest economies and of all the European members of that exclusive global club, the G7 are without children: German’s Angela Merel, Great Britain’s Theresa May, Italy’s Paolo Gentiloni, and France’s Emmanuel Macron. Add to the mix the childless Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte and the childless prime minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, and something quite striking comes into focus: Of the six founding members of what has evolved into the European Union, five are now led by childless prime ministers or presidents, a situation that would have been unimaginable to one of the founders of modern Europe,  Konrad Adenauer, who was the father of eight.

The childlessness in this elite cohort certainly has different causes, given the diverse personalities involved. Some of these leaders doubtless experience their childlessness as a sorrow although none seems to have taken the option of adopting children. Nonetheless, the childlessness of so many western European leaders is, if nothing else, a stark illustration of the crisis I identified more than a decade ago and which my Italian interlocutor in Brussels confirmed, if in a thoroughly depressing way.

The members of the American commentariat most attuned to this plague of Euro-childlessness tend to discuss its impacts in terms of the rapidly growing Muslim population in Europe and the difficulties so many European states seem to have in assimilating immigrants from a different civilizational orbit. Those problems are real enough. But for a Catholic, Europe’s demographic winter bespeaks, first and foremost, a colossal evangelical failure. Acknowledging that also sheds light on the contemporary Catholic situation in Europe.

In recent years, the Catholic Lite Brigade has reasserted itself in western Europe and in the counsels of the world Church. It is time to ask whether Catholic Lite as displayed in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and elsewhere does not have something to do with Europe’s demographic meltdown. It is time to ask whether Catholic Lite is not at least partially responsible, not only for Europe’s self-chosen sterility, but for Europe’s rapidly accelerating embrace of euthanasia. It is time to ask why Catholic Lite has been such an abysmal failure in forming public moral cultures in which self-gift, not self-aggrandizement, is the touchstone of human aspiration.

Sixteen years ago, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger told me that Organized Catholicism in Germany is a task force for the old ideas the ideas of Catholic Lite. The same might be said of organized Catholicism throughout much of western Europe. And while there are signs of hope to be found in renewal movements and new forms of Catholic community across the continent, the continued embrace of Catholic Lite by too many western European Catholic leaders and intellectuals bodes ill for a European Catholicism that can inspire Europe to reject demographic suicide and rediscover the joy of creating the future through having children.

George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington, D.C.’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies.

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