Survivors reveal how gunman executed non-Muslims - after asking them to name Prophet Mohammed's mother.
Another example of the anti-Christian genocide going on in the Muslim world.
The media and governments will, predictably, play down the anti-Christian aspect of this slaughter, because it does not fit the narrative.
Christians are under attack around the world. This is starting out as a very bloody century for Christian martyrs. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ, and for all of the innocents targeted by these demons.
OK, where is the non-Muslim oil?
But anyway. Oil is in a global market. Supply versus demand determines price. More demand means higher prices and more income for the Saudis.
My suggestion is for individuals to voluntarily reduce consumption. As a means of fighting Islamic terrorists. I've gone from using 35 litres of petrol fortnightly to using 25 litres every 6 to 9 months. By using a bike and/or public transport.
blinkfast, can't you broaden your climate phylacteries and lengthen the tassels on your anticarbon shawl a bit more? :-)ReplyDelete
But if ooooooil is the root of the problem, how do you explain the historical occupation of Spain, the invasion of France, the conquest of the Levant and North Africa, and the last stand at the Gates of Vienna? And how do you explain the occupation of the Temple Mount today?
I think not.
And another question - what do you mean by 'civilisation'? I think you actually mean 'lifestyle'. We have a very affluent lifestyle because we've had cheap abundant energy. Something that's not going to last, even if the Alberta oil sands or the Green River 'tight' oil manage to be tapped in sufficiently large amounts each year to be significant.
Our use of fossil fuels is increasingly profligate, going from 1 billion tonnes of carbon in 1950 with a global population of 3 billion to 9 billion tonnes per year now with a global population of 7 billion.
So we're using around 4 times as much energy per person. Has our 'civilisation' changed from 1950?
They were looking for oil, just in case some Christian invented an internal combustion engine. Muslims think ahead.
You really need to stop playing with your plastic toy battleships in your bathtub. You need to improve your reading skills. I wrote that the terrorist attack wasn't just a case of Islamic war on Christianity (meaning that it did play a part, but there were other factors too). Such as the Kenyan government intervening in Somalia, supporting the Somali government.
The terrorists want to weaken and perhaps topple the Somali government. There are definite local factors in play. And the Somali terrorists wouldn't have the power they have were it not for Saudi money. Paid by Saudi oil.
blinkfast, I happen to agree that there are political and economic factors involved in the mall event. But it's pretty clear (at least to unblinkered people and perhaps even visible gorlllas) that when you begin executing people because they can't quote the Koran or don't know the genealogy of Muhammad... those executions are not about oooooooil. Capisce?ReplyDelete
I was merely enjoying your climate pieties.
Nevertheless, if you consider flush toilets, clean water under pressure, central heat and air conditioning, antibiotics, refrigeration, nocturnal lighting, and a lack of kilotons of horseshit (with the concomitant flies) in the street "lifestyle", fine. I call it civilization. We can agree to disagree.
By the way, blinkfast, they also used a lot of renewable energy in ancient civilized Rome and Greece. Back then, it was called "slaves".ReplyDelete
I'd like to send you an email I posted to Gerald Schroeder about your writings.ReplyDelete
Please write to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you familiar with the work of the Kolbe Center for Catholic Creationism? And if so how do you deal with people who claim that Popes JPII and Benedict both have capitulated to Darwinism?
The Catholic Church resolutely supported slavery in the US pre-Civil War. In fact the Vatican was one of the few institutions to officially recognize the Confederacy. So why are you being sanctimonious?ReplyDelete
The bible exploits slaves extensively, Indeed how many slaves did Solomon and Herod burn through building their grandiose Temples?
Thank God St. Peter's was not built with slave labor ... right?
Has anyone made the obvious connection between the fact that Americans are now being reported as the perpetrators and the fact that Obama just visited there on his long African junket?ReplyDelete
Seems like it could be a false flag designed to instigate international pressure on the US government to impose gun control and further NSA surveillance restrictions on our society. Maybe even martial law.
Most Islamophobes are also ardent patriotards who hate the UN imposing its will on us, so I am curious how ya'all will extricate yourselves from the horns of this dilemma!
Ya'all need to relax and let Caesar do his thing.ReplyDelete
Jesus said to render unto Caesar what is his. Not to wave his vile imperial flags for him.
Go to church, pray, and work on righteousness and honesty. And ignore the wars and rumors of wars of the satanists working with Caesar.
Also worth remembering that Islam does not teach evolution, does not permit abortion, does not allow alcohol or drug abuse, and enforces codes of sexual modesty and early marriage. Islam successfully pursues most of the same social agenda as Catholicism, with arguably much less hypocrisy. For example while Italy, in the Vatican's own front yard, has the highest abortion rate in Europe (and also rampant pornography and prostitution), Saudi Arabia has virtually zero abortion.
Consider how God might be using Moslems as a rod of chastisement on hypocritical and debauched Christendom.
And then pray and repent and seek the Kingdom of God.
And stop playing petty politics and wargames of the beast.
And write your representatives at the Vatican about acting like men who believe in God and love Jesus and firmly renounce evolution and excommunicate darwinian heretics like Ken Miller, Franisco Ayala, and John Haught!
And write your representatives at the Vatican to urge them to act like men who believe in God and love Jesus and to firmly renounce evolution and excommunicate Catholic darwinian heretics like Ken Miller, Franisco Ayala, and John Haught!Delete
"And write your representatives at the Vatican to urge them to act like men who believe in God and love Jesus and to firmly renounce [Darwinism] and excommunicate Catholic darwinian heretics like Ken Miller, Franisco Ayala, and John Haught!"Delete
It will never happen -- Catholic "intellectuals", those folk with either directly run the bureaucracy of The One True Bureaucracy, or at lest set the tone of it, care too much about being "respected" by atheists-and-leftists as having nothing to do with the "rubes" and "fundies".
[[It will never happen -- Catholic "intellectuals", those folk with either directly run the bureaucracy of The One True Bureaucracy, or at lest set the tone of it, care too much about being "respected" by atheists-and-leftists as having nothing to do with the "rubes" and "fundies".]]Delete
Nice answer. I like "One True Bureaucracy". Priceless!!!
But do they desire "respect" or simply grant money for their universities?
I don't understand how they can brand Protestants as heretics but cozy up to atheists and satanists on the PAS?
Maybe better called PUS: Pontifical unAcademy of Science.
Interesting to see a new perspective on here. I will attempt to respond to your comment to the best of my ability.
"Jesus said to render unto Caesar what is his. Not to wave his vile imperial flags for him."
I do not recall anything being said about flags at all, actually. Vile or otherwise. The conversation, as I recall had to do with minted coins (currency).
"Go to church, pray, and work on righteousness and honesty."
I do...and more. I also pray for humility, forgiveness, and God's grace for myself, my loved ones, and all in need.
"And ignore the wars and rumors of wars of the satanists working with Caesar."
What an interesting spin on a scriptural verse! Those 'wars and rumours of wars' are given as omens. Things that will be evident 'in those days'.
Omens are not to be ignored, are they? Mistaken all the time. But ignored?
The words 'be not alarmed' do not mean 'ignore', do they? Suggesting that something is inevitable does not mean one has no choices to make.
Further, was it Satan or Satanists who described 'those days'? I think NOT.
As for Satanists themselves who work for Caesar : Would you care to identify some them? I am not being snarky, SMY. I just want to know how you define 'satanist'. A sample of the people you are talking about would give me a very quick and clear ref to what you mean when you use the word.
"And then pray and repent and seek the Kingdom of God."
Good advice. I hope you follow it yourself.
"And stop playing petty politics and wargames of the beast."
Staying alive and preventing the death of fellow Christians is not a petty pursuit and nor are wars that cost millions of merely games. Some of us need to sell our cloaks.
"Consider how God might be using Moslems as a rod of chastisement on hypocritical and debauched Christendom."
I have often wondered about this also. If this were the age of Soloman, I would have to agree. However, I feel that in light of the teachings of the new covenant I suspect the lessons of these conflicts to be ones of balancing reasonably measured mercy and tolerance with the need to preserve the lives of the innocent - all in the face of naked, fanatical aggression.
I do Creationist outreach at universities, and I cannot count the number of times total unbelievers have sneered at me: "But even the Pope believes in evolution!!!"Delete
Thanks Vatican for undermining the faith of billions around the world.
And let's see Dr. Egnor be true to his convictions and dump the harlot out of his sordid bed.
Letter to Theistic Evolutionist pastor:Delete
gerald.zandstra ; info ; office ; schoerde ; gerald_schroeder
A friend from Bible Study Fellowship recommended your film.
I am a Creation Science evangelist, so I was very interested to see this film. But I was sorely disappointed to see that you have totally capitulated to the bogus ideas of evolution, only by finding a "sexy" way of stretching them out from 6 days to an alleged 16 billion years.
Don't you realize that evolution contradicts the biblical testimony that God created each species of plant and animal to propagate after its own kind, not to morph endlessly into other kinds???
Don't you realize that the long time scale proposed contradicts the historical veracity of the bible and invalidates Noah's Flood as the catastrophic event that laid down the fossils and geological strata?
I am sorry that I had to submit such a negative review of your film on Amazon, but since you are a truth seeker you surely will understand:
I am hoping and praying that your testimony for the Creator God who wrote the bible will become more informed and more fearless.
Shalom baShem Yeshua - Peace in the Name of Jesus,
PS I am Ccing this to Prof. Gerald Schroeder, whose ideas about time dilation and theistic evolution you seem to have used in your film. As well as to a number of Creation Scientist Christians with whom I have been dialoguing and whose views I respect:
Sent: Monday, September 23, 2013 5:45 PM
Subject: Re: Comments on your Amazon comments
Dear Dr. Humphreys,
Thank you for writing. If you are an associate of Jonathan Sarfati, please convey to him how amazed I am at your website and the incredible information contained therein. If there were a Church of Creation Science, that is where I'd like to worship at this point!!!
May I ask to what reference about me you are responding specifically?
My monicker Mevashir is a composite Hebrew word made up of Mevasser = Evangelize and Shir = Song. Ergo Evangelism through song. See attachments if you're interested to learn more.
Jewish people are very weak when it comes to the kind of information you convey. I know of only one scientifically informed YEC Orthodox rabbi, who is a professionally trained geologist who blogs out of South Africa. This is his site that savages the books of Gerald Schroeder (MIT nuclear physicist and convert to Orthodox Judaism who teaches at Yeshivat AIsh HaTorah in Jerusalem) that make mathematically "sexy" Theistic Evolution and an Ancient Universe.
Even the famous Lubavitcher Rebbe, who supposedly was an all around genius and was educated in nuclear engineering at the Sorbonne, fumbled on the issue of fossils, claiming God has purposely left them in the earth as a test to Jewish faith, rather than seeing in them confirmation of a global flood! That someone of his eminence could miss the mark so abjectly is the best possible proof of the desperate need in the Jewish community for Creation Science teachings of the kind you promote!
It is very sad that most Orthodox Jews have totally capitulated to the Darwinist dogma. I believe this is for two reasons: (1) They imagine they can use Darwinism to undermine Christianity, which they view as a naive biblically literalist religion. (2) They are able to compartmentalize their secular and religious identities even if they seem totally contradictory. And of course they are encouraged by their rabbis to survive at all costs, even if it means compromising Torah Truth, so long as they maintain their prestige and high salaries by which to support Jewish institutions.
I think perhaps the best way to demonstrate Jesus' antipathy to evolution is by His statement:
Whoever loses his life for My sake finds it; but whoever finds his life will lose it.
This is the very opposite of Survival of the Fittest. Indeed righteous people do not expect to survive in this psycho planet and rat's nest of iniquity. Our hope is in losing our lives and inheriting a better place in the next world!
We might rewrite Darwin's principle as: Survival of the Fattest and the Wickedest. Certainly not the fittest!
Jesus taught us that those most spiritually fit can expect to lose their lives, not gain them. This seems to me a knockout refutation of Darwin's satanic aphorism.
But the problem, as I wrote above, is that the church's highest priority is self-preservation and its almost total unwillingness to trust the Lord to preserve it even as it lays down its life for Him.
I am fairly certain the reason the Vatican has compromised on evolution is because of the few thousand evolutionary biologists at its universities world wide whose livelihoods will be jeopardized were the Vatican to take a principled stand against Darwinist satanism. Again, the church seeks institutional survival over the needs of a lost and dying humanity who yearn to see biblical truth affirmed sacrificially by so-called believers. The church appears to show more concern for its own heretical scientists like Ken Miller John Haught and Francisco Ayala than for the dying children of men. Is it any surprise that it is being brought to its knees over child molestation charges?!
I feel the failings of the RCC apply to every other denomination as well, however. No one is willing to give it all up for God's Sake.
And therefore God cannot really use any of them.
Energy is the backbone of our civilization, and oil could well be the hamstring. We are technologically dependant. That technology requires energy to run it and the synthetics that make up it's parts.
Reducing your personal consumption of petroleum products where possible is an excellent idea for many reasons, but it will not defeat or defund the Jihad.
A huge network of industry is what drives the consumption. That same network of industry provides work for hundreds of millions. We cannot simply stop using it like a smoker quits We need to divert it and give the industry a lifeline to conversion. There are literally millions of families at stake.
An alternative must be made available. The Tar Sand, North Atlantic, Arctic, Gulf and Central Oil fields of North America are vast and certainly help lift the load of the normal folks while providing a life line for many workers (and their families). But, we could not look to that as a permanent fix.
A shift needs to me made, I would agree.
But even then, it would not reduce the enemies of our civilization (including the Jihadist) .
They would/will find means. The reality is that we would simply be turning off a single valve in a massive torrent of wealth being bled off by them in both the legitimate and underground economies.
To actually defeat and control an enemy we need to face them. To identify them and their goals and discover the source of the conflict/hatred.
Among many other things (such as testicular fortitude, humility, resolve, and a plan), ENERGY is required to do that.
We cannot hide behind walls, Bach.
Economic or otherwise.
Perhaps I am mistaken, but your suggestion seems to be to cut one's own throat to avoid being bitten by fleas.
If you want an enemy, just look in the mirror, or at this quote if that is too uncomfortable for you:ReplyDelete
"The Christian idea of the world is that it originated in a very complicated process of evolution but that it nevertheless still comes in its depths from the Logos. It thus bears reason in itself."
Evolution is bogus science and totally discredits the historical veracity of the biblical text.
Benedict has betrayed his office and his faith.
The fact is the Moslems have infinitely more faith in God than do Catholics.
So ponder that the next time you swallow your holy wafer in mortal sin of denying the Deity and the testimony of Christ about Adam and Eve, Noah's Flood and the inerrancy of the bible.
"The Christian idea of the world is that it originated in a very complicated process of evolution but that it nevertheless still comes in its depths from the Logos. It thus bears reason in itself." Benedict [Arnold] XVIReplyDelete
Crusader: [[However, I feel that in light of the teachings of the new covenant I suspect the lessons of these conflicts to be ones of balancing reasonably measured mercy and tolerance with the need to preserve the lives of the innocent - all in the face of naked, fanatical aggression.]]ReplyDelete
How can you call the West innocent when it is inundated in a deluge of abortion, sodomy, pornography, false flag political terror, a totally corrupted polity, and above all the heresy of evolution that renders doubtful a Creator God???
We are not innocent my self righteously deluded friend.
And even if you think YOU are lilly white and pure, the bible teaches than once the destroyer has been given license from God to go forth in judgment the He kills the righteous along with the wicked together.
The righteous are ultimately blamed for failing to bring correction to their society.
About wars and rumors of wars, you are correct they are signs. But in this day and age we cannot possibly know who is the aggressor and who the victim, as governments and spy agencies engage in massive false flag provocations and conspiracies.Delete
So we should keep our noses clean and refuse to be sucked into the vortex of violence. Did not Jesus tell His followers to flee from Jerusalem when they saw the Roman armies encircling the city like vultures to destroy it? Did Jesus tell them to sign up with the Jewish zealots to resist Rome? Or to volunteer with the Imperial legions to wreak judgment on God's People?
He said flee and butt out and try to avoid the vortex of retribution.
And that's what I think conscientious Christians should do today.
Take a look at Veterans Today and Rense to see just a small example of the utter depravity of modern political scheming and warfare:
http://www.veteranstoday.com/ - http://rense.com/
See here for how this is likely to be exploited by our guvmint under Judeo-Bolshevik control with the Catholics paid off and asleep at the wheel:ReplyDelete
I just got some bad news. Our local doctor reported that a trucker he knows brought a government consignment of goods up from the Mexican border to the Arizona/Nevada check point. The Nevada inspector asked, “What’s in the back of your truck?” The trucker didn’t know, it was a government consignment and so he hadn’t bothered to check.
The inspector said, “Let’s have a look.”
They opened the back and the trailer was stacked with new signs that said, “MARTIAL LAW AREA.”
No agency name on them. The trucker was on his way to the north-east part of the country. The signs were apparently made in Mexico.
Trouble is on its way…
Check this out as well:Delete
Treason everywhere. Our crackhead queen president is arming what we’ve been told for over a decade is the enemy in the war on terror, al-Qaeda, which means “the base.” That refers to the CIA’s computerized data base of mujahedeen fighters they put together in Afghanistan back in the ‘80s to fight the Soviet Army, which was finally defeated by surface-to-air Stinger missiles the CIA provided to al-Qaeda.
How al-Qaeda could ever be considered “the enemy” is a joke, since the CIA created the group, armed it, trained it and financed it with the help of Osama bin Laden, who was the CIA’s paymaster. Osama said in several interviews leading up to his death of Marfan Syndrome and kidney failure in late 2001 that he had nothing to do with 9/11. He said it was committed by the US government and Israel.
However, al-Qaeda is the boogyman in the Bush/Obama power grab they call the war on terror, except when we supply them with powerful ordnance including chemical weapons.
The crackhead’s popular support is in freefall and his parachute won’t open so he must go to Plan B. His cherished Tomahawk and B-1, B-2 and B-52 attack on Damascus (Plan A) has been delayed by John Kerry’s flip mention of a remotely possible way that Assad’s people could avoid kosher slaughter, which would be for Syria to surrender its chemical projectiles. Assad quickly agreed, with Russian help, to do exactly that, but now with certain conditions which will naturally be unacceptable to the US, which has always, since 1861, stood for Unconditional Surrender. So Plan A is still possible.
I’m pretty sure that Plan B is a declaration of martial law for whatever contrived but believable cause. Believable to the dwindling numbers of Obama lovers. And I suspect that Plan B was/is meant to coincide with Plan A, which would cause the national emergency that is required for a declaration of martial law. Plan A is designed to escalate into a world war with Russia and China, designed by Zbigniew Brzezinski, who by the sheerest of coincidence happens to be the same cat who dreamed up al-Qaeda in ‘79. Brzezinski is, in the words of James Bond, “quite mad, you know.”
With the impending collapse of the Federal Reserve System’s fake currency and bond market, a new currency based on total war may be coming. We might call it the War Buck. Unlike Germany’s debt-free Reichsmark, which was based on production, the War Buck will be based on destruction and reconstruction....
Destruction and Reconstruction, the broken window theory writ large. That has been the American method for profiteering and artificial prosperity for one hundred fifty-two years. The Rothschild syndicate lends fake credit to the military for destruction and more fake credit to industry for reconstruction of what the military destroyed. Most people don’t get ahead that way.
This is leaving out the human element, the totally innocent victims of Obama’s mercenaries in Syria. The grown-ups and children who are at this moment being videotaped as their heads are sawn off (chopped off, if they’re lucky) by Obama’s CIA-armed protégés. Assad’s generals are correct: These vicious lunatics should be gassed as quickly as possible.
Chris Stevens, our “ambassador” in Libya, was actually a CIA gunrunner who was supplying weapons to the Syrian monsters. As such, he deserved what he got in Benghazi, along with his CIA cohorts. The minimum penalty for such hideous treachery is death, whether in Benghazi or San Francisco. But it all originates in Manhattan, whence orders are passed to the DC cesspool, thence transmitted overseas. Orders for Plan A, total Jewish war against the world.
Now we must consider orders created in Manhattan for Plan B – also known as Operation Garden Plot, Rex-84 and just plain martial law. Sheriffs from around the country were summoned to a secret FEMA meeting in DC a couple of weeks ago. This is the signal we’ve been anticipating for the crackdown. Whether it’s based on a predicted natural disaster (real or man-made) or a false-flag terror event (same thing), it doesn’t matter. Martial law has to occur for whatever reason.
The only possible response from us is revolution. Revolution means the utter destruction of every person involved in designing, ordering, implementing, enforcing, participating in and profiting in any way from martial law.
Martial law means no law, the law of the gun. Keep in mind that we paid for all the guns that are going to be aimed and fired at us at roadblocks and home invasions.
The reader will recall Brandon Raub, if only because I won’t stop talking about him and his nightmare arrest without charge and disappearance to a mental ward for “brainwashing.” His crime was speculating on Facebook about the traitors running our government. Well, now we have a similar thing that happened a few days ago. Blaine Cooper in Humboldt, Arizona wondered on good old Facebook if America is becoming a police state? Within twenty-four hours he got a call from the local police department and was told to come down for an FBI interview.
He complied with the request for an interview, which lasted 45 minutes. He was released after apparently being determined not to be a threat.
“They had every Facebook post I had ever made in a huge file, along with all my wife’s information and parents’ information,” Cooper said.
I apologize for writing Pope Benedict [Arnold].ReplyDelete
Pope Benedict has written some very fascinating things. I have enjoyed immensely his trilogy on the life of Jesus of Nazareth:
He says some extremely provocative things there, for example:
(1) Mary was NOT a consecrated virgin (like a nun) as St. Augustine maintains, but was betrothed to marry Joseph in the normal way of Jewish maidens at the time.
(2) The Final Supper was NOT a Passover meal, but according to the Gospel of John was a rabbinical meal of conclusion called a Siyyum held the night before the traditional night for the Jewish Seder meal.
(3) The more proper translation of Hail Mary would be Rejoice Mary, hearkening to the verse in Zechariah 9:9
[ The Coming King ] “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.
Pope Benedict also affirms the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin:
I like many of his maverick and bold ideas. And his books on the life of Jesus are written with clarity and depth and respectful of other views even as he affirms his own and those of the church.
I don't understand, therefore, why he is willing to insist on the authenticity of the Shroud in spite of negative scientific evidence, but he capitulates to evolution despite its negative scientific evidence?
Shir Mevashir Yeshua: "I like "One True Bureaucracy". Priceless!!!"ReplyDelete
I got tired of that "One True Church" bullshit-and-worship-of-bureaucracy that certain "Rah-Rah" Catholics (and to a lesser extent, Anglicans) like to toss around when they're engaging in hypocritical criticism of Protestantism, so I came up with a term the accurately names/describes what people are *really* talking about when they claim that their denomination is "The One True Church".
At the same time -- and perhaps it only looks this way to me because I've only skimmed through the posts you're made here -- it appears to me that you are a mirror image of those "Rah-Rah" Catholics.
A "Rah-Rah" Catholic cannot admit that there were -- and are -- good reasons for "the Protestant revolution", as they like to call it. A "Rah-Rah" Catholic cannot admit that there is anything good about Protestantism, nor anything bad about Catholicism -- hell! that sort even blames the so-called Enlightenment on Protestantism, despite that both it and the amusingly mis-named Renaissance began in Catholic countries, and that the epitome of the so-called Enlightenment was the French Revolution (France being both a Catholic country and *where* the so-called Enlightenment began).Delete
So, at minimum, the mirror of a Rah-Rah" Catholic would be someone who cannot admit that there is anything good about the Roman denomination.
LLion: Thanks for writing. I am very interested in Catholicism. I like the holiness of Mass and Eucharist. I also think it is disrespectful of Christian history to pretend as many Protetants do that Christianity began in 1500.ReplyDelete
I often recite the Rosary (in Hebrew, you might enjoy this version of the Rosary in Hebraic song sung by German nuns!!!: http://catholic.co.il/index.php?option=com_content&id=253%3Apraying-the-rosary&Itemid=35&lang=en )
However, as a YEC Creationist, I cannot accept Vatican capitulation to dawrinist ideology which contradicts traditional Catholic teachings about the bible. I find it ironic that Catholics believe in the Real Presence of the Eucharist but no longer the Real History of the Bible!
So I remain an outside admirer of the Catholic Church but not a full participant. I understand your annoyance with Rah Rah Catholics. I find it strange that so many Catholics capitulate to the bogus War on [of] Terror, like Dr. Egnor for example, despite both JPII and Benedict condemning the US wars of aggression in the Middle East. I think Catholics pick and choose what to obey and what not and they put the Pope on the pedestal rather like an idol rather than as a true spiritual guide and beacon. For all these reasons I choose to remain outside the RCC.
This book is excellent by the way:
I feel that Catholicism looks good on paper, but in practice it does not deal with the messy realities of life. It wants squeaky clean cradle Catholics, not adult sinners seeking grace. It puts up very high barriers to entry into the church for adult converts. It seems to focus on poaching mature believers out of Protestant churches rather than doing the dirty work of grass roots evangelism.
In a way Catholicism seems like an elitist faith, like an expensive Opera ticket for the super rich rather than a humble folk music concert for the masses of humanity.