12/1/13 Why U.S.,NYT & co Pimp Pope Francis

"When fascism comes to america it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross" Sinclair Lewis correctly predicted in 1936

Since 9'11 there's been increasing 'public diplomacy' pushing religion along with patriotism. The inherently fascist, hegemonic nature of both US finance capitalist zionism and the Roman Catholic Church have made them committed partners in the battle to save US capitalism from communist revolution (now "terrorism").
The RCC, like the US required a friendly-face fascist cover in this make-or-break juncture to 'win hearts and minds' as the RCC more overtly pivots into geopolitical role in US-led world war to 'rebalance' its global supremacy - to continue 'rebalancing' the planet to death. Under Obama, state-sponsored 'news' people apparently converted to RCC and the
fuck-I-was-almost-pope Archbishop Timothy Dolan's version of the 'change, hope' prayer. (related revelations at http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/466)

NYT / neolib propagandists importance of RCC partnership to US agenda

Pope Prays for Freedom in China and Peace in Syria
12/25/12 NYT
Wearing a short red cape lined with snow-white ermine and trimmed with gold embroidery, Benedict smiled as he offered Christmas greetings in 65 languages to thousands of the faithful in St. Peter’s Square. Marching bands from the Italian armed forces and the Carabinieri police played festive anthems

Dolan Says Church Is 'Caricatured' as Antigay
11/30/13 NYT
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, discussed the Roman Catholic Church position on same-sex marriage and Affordable Care Act In an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press,"

Catholic bishops challenged to adapt to Pope Francis’ priorities
... New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the outgoing president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,, used his final address to call on bishops to take up the persecution of Christians in other countries...to “broaden our horizon” and recognize their domestic concerns “pale in comparison” to the suffering of Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere “experiencing lethal persecution on a scale that defies belief.” After cataloging numerous examples of brutality against believers, Dolan called on the bishops to make the fight against religious persecution abroad “not one good cause among others, but a defining element of our pastoral priorities.”

Dolan Calls Pope's Tone on Sexual Morality a 'Breath of Fresh Air
9/23/13 https://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/nyregion/dolan-calls-popes-tone-on-se...

U.S. bishops align with Pope Francis' 'pastoral' mission ...Cardinal Timothy Dolan spoke of Pope Francis offering a change in tone rather than substance ...
11/11/13 http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20131111/FEATURES10/311110113/>

'Who am I to judge?' Pope's remarks do not change church teaching
POPE-HOMOSEXUALITY Jul-31-2013 Backgrounder. xxxi
Vatican City, Catholic News Service
When Pope Francis told reporters July 28, "Who am I to judge" a homosexual person, he was emphasizing a part of Catholic teaching often overlooked by the media and misunderstood by many people... that homosexual people "must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity" and "every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided." But the catechism also describes a "homosexual inclination" as "objectively disordered" and homosexual acts as "intrinsically disordered," because sexuality is "an integral part of the love by which a man and a woman commit themselves totally to one another until death." The church teaches that any sexual activity outside the bond of marriage between a man and a woman is sinful. Pope Francis did not change or challenge that teaching....
New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, on "CBS This Morning" July 30, said Pope Francis' remarks reflect "a gentle, merciful, understanding, compassionate" approach to church teaching which emphasizes "that while certain acts may be wrong, we always love and respect the person and treat the person with dignity." Pope Francis' words "may be something people find new and refreshing," Cardinal Dolan said, but "I for one don't think it is and I hate to see previous popes caricatured as not having that.

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, in a letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, expressed “great disappointment” in the governor's announcement to move forward with the state’s proposed Reproductive Health Act...the Cardinal warned the state’s proposed Act would further increase the state’s ‘scandalous’ abortion rate.
Abortion Access (4111) http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/cardinal-dolan-decries-proposal-to-...

The Secretariat of State, the most important body within the Roman Curia, is headed by the Cardinal Secretary of State.

Holy See ("vatican") : Government (more below)
The Holy See has formal diplomatic relations with 176 nations...the Pope exercises his authority through the Roman Curia and the Papal Civil Service.

Cardinal Dolan: Pope Francis ‘Wants To Shake Us Up’
Pontiff Criticizes Church Emphasis On Abortion, Gays
9/20/13 http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/09/20/pope-criticizes-church-emphasis-o...
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Cardinal Timothy Dolan said sometimes the church “needs a good shock” and praised Pope Francis’ comments...Francis said “it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time ...The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with a disjointed transmission of a multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently...We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards..." “This man is batting a thousand,” Dolan told CBS’s Kathryn Brown ..
The comments contained no change in church teaching...it was the pope’s clearest declaration yet of a break in tone and style from his immediate predecessors.
“The way he’s doing it is so fresh and is so captivating, but he’s not really changing anything of the essence of the church” Dolan said.

Pope says future of mankind at stake over 'new concepts of the traditional family' and gay marriage
12/21/12 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/9...
"In the fight for the family, the very notion of being – of what being human really means – is being called into question. The question of the family is the question of what it means to be a man, and what it is necessary to do to be true men," the Pope said in Italian during an end-of-year speech...and the "falseness" of gender theories and cited at length France's chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim, who has spoken out against gay marriage."Bernheim has shown in a very detailed and profoundly moving study that the attack we are currently experiencing on the structure of the family, made up of father, mother, and child, goes much deeper," he said. He cited feminist gender theorist Simone de Beauvoir's view that one is not born a woman, but one becomes so – that sex was no longer an element of nature but a social role people chose for themselves."The profound falsehood of this theory and of the anthropological revolution contained within it is obvious," he said. The defence of the family, the Pope said, "is about man himself. And it becomes clear that when God is denied, human dignity also disappears. Monday, the Vatican newspaper described gay marriage laws as an attempt at a communist-like "utopia", a day after tens of thousands of demonstrators turned out in France to support legalization of gay marriage and adoption.

Catholic leaders reject Obama's support for same-sex marriage
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan president of the U.S. bishops' conference, said in a statement MAY 9: "President Obama's words today are not surprising since they follow upon various actions already taken by his administration that erode or ignore the unique meaning of marriage. We cannot be silent in the face of words or actions that would undermine the institution of marriage, the very cornerstone of our society," Cardinal Dolan added. "The people of this country, especially our children, deserve better." In December 2010, Obama said his views on same-sex marriage were "evolving" and that he "struggles with this," adding he would continue thinking about the issue... The Catholic Church upholds the sanctity of traditional marriage being only between one man and one woman, and that any sexual activity outside of marriage is sinful. "I pray for the president every day, and will continue to pray that he and his administration act justly to uphold and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman," Cardinal Dolan said.

DOLAN papabile
Timothy Michael Dolan, American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI...President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2010–2013...
Dolan widely known for his conservative values and charismatic media personality...2012 Time Magazine named Dolan one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World"
Cardinal Dolan was named in the press as a likely papabile (possible or likely successor) for election to the Papacy after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation... effective February 28, 2013 <"American Pope? Eyes turn to New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan" 2/12/13 WP , "Cardinal Timothy Dolan - papal prospect - startled by pope's resignation" ... March 13, 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected took the name Pope Francis ...
November 11, 2009, Dolan signed the Manhattan Declaration "A call of Christian Conscience" ecumenical statement calling on evangelicals, Roman Catholics and Orthodox not to comply with rules and laws permitting abortion, same-sex marriage and other matters... He later said he will challenge any suggestion Roman Catholics are unenlightened because they oppose gay marriage and abortion. AP, Seattle Post-Intelligencer.> ...

Sex Abuse Scandal
In 2002, Archbishop Rigali assigned Dolan to investigate Roman Catholic priests accused of sexual misconduct in St. Louis. During the investigation, Dolan spoke with parishes, victims, and the media about the scandals, and invited victims of clerical abuse to come forward.[11] Commenting on his meetings with them, Dolan said, "...[i]t is impossible to exaggerate the gravity of the situation, and the suffering that victims feel, because I've spent the last four months being with them, crying with them, having them express their anger to me."[51]...
In a 2003 letter to Joseph Ratzinger requesting that the process be expedited...,Dolan wrote: “As victims organize and become more public, the potential for true scandal is very real.”[52] In May 2012, the NYT revealed that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, then headed by Dolan, paid some abusive priests - already dismissed from their priestly duties - up to $20,000 to leave the priesthood immediately...[53] The archdiocese noted those "unassignable priests" were still receiving full salaries and would continue to do so until formally laicized;[53] and that payouts were "motivation" for priests to not contest being defrocked. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests sent a formal protest asking, "In what other occupation, especially working with families and operating schools and youth programs, is an employee given a cash bonus for raping and sexually assaulting children?"[53] Dolan responded to accusations he had given "payoffs" to protect accused priests as "false, preposterous, and unjust".[53] Dolan thanked Bill Donohue in 2011, for a press release, reproduced on the Archdiocese of New York website, in which Donohue referred to the non-profit support group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests as a "phony victims' group".[54]
In July 2013, documents made public during bankruptcy proceedings showed Dolan sought permission to move $57 million in church funds to protect the assets from victims of clerical abuse. In a letter to the Vatican requesting permission to move the funds, he wrote "By transferring these assets to the trust, I foresee an improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability.”[55] Dolan previously denied he tried to conceal assets from child sex abuse victims claiming compensation, calling the accusations "old and discredited malarkey."
US law forbids debtors transferring money in ways to protect some creditors against others.[56] The Vatican approved the request in five weeks.[52]

Misperceptions of abuse problem common
"Media reports about Catholic priests who sexually abused minors often mistakenly have referred to priests as pedophiles."...

Holy See: Government
Global Business and Knowledge, Created by the International Business Center at Michigan State University http://globaledge.msu.edu/countries/holy-see/government
Principal Officers Chief of State: Pope Francis, Head of Government: Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello
The Pope exercises supreme legislative, executive, and judicial power over the Holy See and Vatican City State. Pope Francis, formerly Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, was elected Pope on March 13, 2013. "Holy See" refers to the composite of the authority, jurisdiction, and sovereignty vested in the Pope and his advisers to direct the worldwide Catholic Church...
The Swiss Guard, a small military force, shares security responsibilities with the Vatican City State Gendarmerie under the authority of the Vatican Secretary of State.
The Holy See is especially active in international organizations. The Holy See is a permanent observer in the following international organizations: United Nations (UN), Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, African Union (AU), World Tourist Organization (WToO), World Trade Organization (WTO), World Health Organization (WHO), World Food Program (WFP), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Environment Program...
The Holy See conducts active diplomacy. It maintains formal diplomatic relations with 176 UN member nations. The Vatican also has relations with Taiwan, the Cook Islands, the Sovereign Order of Malta... a “special” European Union relationship with a separate permanent diplomatic mission in Brussels. Seventy-eight maintain permanent Holy See diplomatic missions in Rome...The rest have missions located outside Italy with dual accreditation... maintains 106 permanent diplomatic missions to nation-states.. also maintains 'special relations' with the Palestine Liberation Organization and a delegate to the Arab League in Cairo....
The Holy See is an observer on an informal basis of the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva (WMO), United Nations Committee of Peaceful Use of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS), International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), International Maritime Organization (IMO), African Asian Legal Consultative Committee (AALCC) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The Holy See is a member of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), International Telecommunication Satellite Organization (ITSO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), International Grains Council (IGC), International Committee for Military Medicine (ICMM), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). In addition, Vatican City State is a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU).
In 1971, the Holy See announced the decision to adhere to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in order to "give its moral support to the principles that form the base of the treaty itself." The Holy See is also a participating state in the OSCE and a guest of honor to the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE.

Media and Communications
The official Vatican Radio station, broadcasts in 40 languages to all continents. L'Osservatore Romano is the semi-official newspaper, published daily in Italian, and weekly in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and French (plus a monthly edition in Polish). There is also a weekly version published in Italian, as well as a weekly version in Malayalam (a language of India). Linked to the Osservatore Romano is publishing house, “Tipografia Vaticana.” The Vatican also runs a TV production company that provides a live feed of papal events
CIA World Factbook (March 2013)
U.S. Dept. of State Country Background Notes ( March 2013)

Man makes religion, religion does not make man.
... state and society produce religion, an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against a world whose spiritual aroma is religion. Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
Karl Marx, Introduction to A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right, 1843

What We Learned at Notre Dame: Obama and Abortion Rights
By Sharon Smith, www.counterpunch.org/sharon05262009.html
5/26/09 http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/198
...As soon as the news surfaced that President Barack Obama had been invited to speak at the University of Notre Dame’s 2009 commencement ceremony, the fanatical wing of the nation’s anti-abortion crusade began assembling the smoke and mirrors needed to masquerade as a mass movement. Media savvy crackpot Randall Terry, who boasts a long record of confrontation with the enemies of the Christian Right, immediately took the lead. With great fanfare, he announced his plan to “make a circus” out of the pro-choice Obama’s speech — the kind of grandiose threat guaranteeing a prominent spot on the evening news. ...the established pro-choice organizations preferred to let Obama represent their side of the debate. He did not. On the contrary, his speech called for those on opposing sides of the abortion debate to find “common ground … to work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions by reducing unintended pregnancies, and making adoption more available, and providing care and support for women who do carry their child to term." Obama’s speech never articulated his own support for women who choose abortion to end an unwanted pregnancy. His speech was so conciliatory to abortion opponents that even the Pope expressed delight. The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano praised Obama's speech and noted that Obama had stated at a recent press conference that passing a Freedom of Choice Act, which would protect women’s right to choose, was not high on his list of priorities. As such, Randall Terry was able to transform Notre Dame into ground zero for the most maniacal wing of the anti-choice movement without ever being forced to answer a coherent defense of the right to choose...Since Clinton’s election in 1992, the anti-abortion crusade has remained defiant while the pro-choice movement has been in steady retreat....[its] silence during Clinton’s two terms allowed the passage of a wide array of anti-abortion restrictions in states around the country — including mandatory parental consent and notification laws for minors, 24-hour waiting periods and anti-abortion “counseling"... Relying on politicians has been disastrous...The movement embarked on this calamitous strategy in the late-1980s, when leaders of the largest pro-choice organizations, including the National Abortion Rights Action League (now called NARAL Pro-Choice America) decided to adapt their argument for choice to one more acceptable to rightward moving Democrats. NARAL issued a “talking points” memo to its affiliates in 1989, instructing staffers not to use phrases such as “a woman’s body is her own to control” and to reshape the right to choose as a “privacy” issue. In so doing, the politically passive pro-choice movement allowed the more aggressive anti-abortion crusade to successfully hijack the very definition of “life"... Removing women’s rights from the debate allowed the rights of embryos to supersede those of living, breathing women ...there is an urgent need to build a new pro-choice movement that reinserts women into the abortion debate and wages an uncompromising fight for abortion without apology.

Why Barack Obama is waging a more effective war on terror than George W. Bush
by Jack Goldsmith, The New Republic, http://www.tnr.com/story_print.html
Many people think Cheney is scare-mongering and owes President Obama his support or at least his silence. But there is a different problem with Cheney's criticisms: his premise that the Obama administration has reversed Bush-era policies is largely wrong. The truth is closer to the opposite: The new administration has copied most of the Bush program, has expanded some of it, and has narrowed only a bit. Almost all of the Obama changes have been at the level of packaging, argumentation, symbol, and rhetoric. This does not mean that the Obama changes are unimportant. Packaging, argumentation, symbol, and rhetoric, it turns out, are vitally important to the legitimacy of terrorism policies.

Obama is Validating Bush War on Terror
Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post May 22, 2009, syndicated http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2009252528_opinc24krautham...
... Within 125 days, Obama has adopted with only minor modifications huge swaths of the entire, allegedly lawless Bush program...Observers of all political stripes are stunned by how the Bush national security agenda is being adopted by this new Democratic government What does it all mean? Democratic hypocrisy and demagoguery? Sure, but Washington, opportunism and cynicism are hardly news. There is something much larger at play -- an undeniable, irresistible national interest that, in the end, beyond the cheap politics, asserts itself. The urgencies and necessities of the actual post-9/11 world present a rather narrow range of acceptable alternatives..The genius of democracy is the rotation of power forces... When the new guys, brought to power by popular will, then adopt the policies of the old guys, a national consensus is forged and a new legitimacy established. That's happening before our eyes. Bush policies in the war on terror won't have to await vindication by historians. Obama is doing it day by day. His denials mean nothing. Look at his deeds.