Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Upside of the Moscow Fires: a Forest won't be killed... yet?

Quote noted by Marc Aupiais

Welcome to our Meta-Media etc service:

AsiaNews, the Vatican linked Italian service, which focuses on human special interests, has an interesting story of an upside of the devastating Moscow fires, which killed many and hurt Russia:

"Moscow (AsiaNews) - "A great victory for civil society, to which others will surely follow because people will start to believe in their own forces". With these words Yevgenia Chirikova - the woman at the head of the movement that fought for years to defend the forest of Khimki, near Moscow, against its destruction to make way for a highway -greets President Dmitry Medvedev's decision to stop all construction . While it is still far too early to speak of any real change ecologist in the Kremlin, the story marks a resounding success for activists who in recent months have faced arrests, threats and assaults.

After growing protests and the unprecedented call by ruling party United Russia - led by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin - Medvedev has halted work on the notorious Moscow-St Petersburg highway project. Its route, which had included the decimation of the oak woods of Khimki (pictured) - near Sheremetyevo airport - will have to find another location. Even the capital's mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, had already expressed the possibility.


The Russian President explains on his video blog that "there is nothing unusual" in re-thinking a plan. The fact is that "our people, including representatives of political parties, from the governing party United Russia and other opposition movements, as well as expert circles, believe that additional analysis is needed." Putin has not commented so far on the subject.

Chirikova’s movement of, Ecodefense, suggests that this reconsideration is linked to the "ecological crisis", after the disastrous summer of fire, heat and smog highlighted the inadequacy of authorities and structures in Russia. But perhaps the factor that has contributed most were the protests to save the forest: on August 22 a political protest rally was held in central Moscow, attended by 2 thousand people, despite authorities attempts to deter protesters, banning a musical event. (NA) "

Monday, August 30, 2010

Climate (gate) panel needs serious changes- review states the obvious

Quote compilation by Marc Aupiais

SACNS looks into the report by the United Nations, asking for a more scientific, scholarly, and accurate approach to the controversy over Anthropological Climate Change theory. Our service notes an article by the French Government's France 24, before going onto just some of the shocking reports on the IPCC, and major scientists, including an admission by the University of East Anglia- according to the London Times: that it threw out the temperature data claimed to prove a connection between fossil fuels and and global temperature rises (this has been the data used to link information to the polar ice caps):

"AFP - The UN's climate panel needs to "fundamentally reform" its structure to prevent the kind of embarrassing errors found in a landmark 2007 study on global warming, a review said Monday.

A UN-requested probe of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found that the Nobel Prize-winning body was largely successful, despite the political uproar that critics called the "Climategate" scandal.

But the five-month review called for changes including setting up an executive committee to replace the IPCC's largely part-time structure and stricter guidelines on acceptable source material.

It also asked for checks on conflicts of interest by board members and stricter limits on the terms of the chairman -- a position now held by Rajendra Pachauri.


The IPCC has admitted that the Himalayan glacier reference was wrong, but says its core conclusions about climate change are sound, an opinion shared by mainstream scientists.

The UN review focused primarily on the structure, not the substance, of the IPCC but gave its endorsement overall to the panel's work, saying it has "been successful overall."

It said that guidelines on source material for the IPCC were "too vague."


The review recommended creating a more permanent and professional position of IPCC chair, changing the current part-time arrangement. It also said that the IPCC's chair tenure -- two terms of six years each -- was too long.

"Formal qualifications for the chair and all other bureau members need to be developed, as should a rigorous conflict-of-interest policy to be applied to senior IPCC leadership" and authors, it said.

"Review editors should also ensure that genuine controversies are reflected in the report and be satisfied that due consideration was given to properly documented alternative views," it said.

The IPCC's study, known formally as the Fourth Assessment Report, helped earn it a Nobel Peace Prize which it co-shared with former US vice president turned environmental activist Al Gore."
France 24, Staff report by AFP (Based in France; Connected with the French government; Secular/General interests coverage; may be influenced by European support for action on the claims of Climate Change theory)
30 / 08 | August / 2010: UN climate body needs to 'fundamentally reform'

From quoting a hiking magazine, to allegations of the flow of money by British papers, and lucrative contracts, to quoting a deforestation report- to claim alleged future tree loss due to climate change, the UN panel has given sceptics much to talk about, here are some quotes our service has noted in the past:

One of the most noted issues, lies with the fact that much of the major purported evidence of a rise in global temperatures was destroyed by the University of East Anglia

"McEwan, 62, author of best-sellers including Atonement, Amsterdam and Enduring Love, said he was on the side of scientists who believe global warming is man-made.

“I have a fairly strong opinion. I’m not a complete alarmist. I used to think, but no longer think, that we’ve got six years left.

“I did spend a lot of time with the science, and read an enormous number of papers, and it would seem to me there’s a fairly powerful consensus. About three-quarters of the papers I read thought we had a man-made problem and there was some urgency.

“At the same time, there are some very good sceptics out there. Sceptics are completely different from ideologically-driven deniers, who have no evidence but have interests to protect. It’s a very important distinction to make. Some of my best friends are climate change sceptics. The denial camp are really not scientists at all, they are very well-funded, particularly in the States, and they have specific agendas.”"
Anita Singh writing for the UK Telegraph (Based in the United Kingdom; Independent of the Government; Tends to support the same special interests as the Tory/Conservative electorate; Secular/General interests coverage)
17 / 07 | July / 2010: "Ian McEwan says Americans are 'profoundly bored' by climate change" See other articles published by the UK telegraph of Anita Singh as well as their in-house bibliography

"SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.

It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years.

The UEA’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) was forced to reveal the loss following requests for the data under Freedom of Information legislation.

The data were gathered from weather stations around the world and then adjusted to take account of variables in the way they were collected. The revised figures were kept, but the originals — stored on paper and magnetic tape — were dumped to save space when the CRU moved to a new building.

In a statement on its website, the CRU said: “We do not hold the original raw data but only the value-added (quality controlled and homogenised) data.”"
Jonathan Leake, Environment Editor of the paper he is writing for, writing for the London Times (Based in the United Kingdom; Independent of the State; Possibly supports many of the same special Interests as the Labour party; Has been one of the British Papers to most actively question the UN panel on climate change)
29 / 11 | November / 2009: "Climate change data dumped"

"THE United Nations climate science panel faces new controversy for wrongly linking global warming to an increase in the number and severity of natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods.

It based the claims on an unpublished report that had not been subjected to routine scientific scrutiny — and ignored warnings from scientific advisers that the evidence supporting the link too weak. The report's own authors later withdrew the claim because they felt the evidence was not strong enough.

The claim by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), that global warming is already affecting the severity and frequency of global disasters, has since become embedded in political and public debate. It was central to discussions at last month's Copenhagen climate summit, including a demand by developing countries for compensation of $100 billion (£62 billion) from the rich nations blamed for creating the most emissions.


The latest criticism of the IPCC comes a week after reports in The Sunday Times forced it to retract claims in its benchmark 2007 report that the Himalayan glaciers would be largely melted by 2035. It turned out that the bogus claim had been lifted from a news report published in 1999 by New Scientist magazine.

The new controversy also goes back to the IPCC's 2007 report in which a separate section warned that the world had "suffered rapidly rising costs due to extreme weather-related events since the 1970s".

It suggested a part of this increase was due to global warming and cited the unpublished report, saying: "One study has found that while the dominant signal remains that of the significant increases in the values of exposure at risk, once losses are normalised for exposure, there still remains an underlying rising trend."

The Sunday Times has since found that the scientific paper on which the IPCC based its claim had not been peer reviewed, nor published, at the time the climate body issued its report.

When the paper was eventually published, in 2008, it had a new caveat. It said: "We find insufficient evidence to claim a statistical relationship between global temperature increase and catastrophe losses.""
Jonathan Leake, Environment and Science Editor of the paper he is writing for, writing for the London Times (Based in the United Kingdom; Independent of the State; Possibly supports many of the same special Interests as the Labour party; Has been one of the British Papers to most actively question the UN panel on climate change)
24 / 01 | January / 2010: "UN wrongly linked global warming to natural disasters"

"The controversy surrounding the global warming e-mail scandal has deepened after a BBC correspondent admitted he was sent the leaked messages more than a month before they were made public.

Paul Hudson, weather presenter and climate change expert, claims the documents allegedly sent between some of the world's leading scientists are of a direct result of an article he wrote.
In his BBC blog three days ago, Hudson said: 'I was forwarded the chain of emails on the 12th October, which are comments from some of the world's leading climate scientists written as a direct result of my article "Whatever Happened To Global Warming".'

That essay, written last month, argued that for the last 11 years there had not been an increase in global temperatures.

It also presented the arguments of sceptics who believe natural cycles control temperature and the counter-arguments of those who think it's man's actions which are warming the planet.


The leak comes ahead of inter-governmental talks in Copenhagen next month which campaigners have argued is a last opportunity to prevent irreversible climate change.
Former Chancellor Lord Lawson has called for an inquiry into the scandal, warning the credibility of UK science is at stake.

It comes amid pressure on the professor at the centre of the scandal to quit from his position at the CRU.

In one damning email, he appears to call the death of a climate change sceptic 'cheering news!'.
In other messages, researchers appear to be discussing manipulating data and how to dodge Freedom Of Information requests.

Another shows a climatologist from the U.S. admitting it was a travesty that the lack of global warming in recent years could not be explained."
CAROL DRIVER writing for the Daily Mail (Based in the United Kingdom; Independent of the government; Has been accused of being a Tabloid in the past; General/Secular interests coverage)
26 / 11 | November / 2009: "Climate change scandal deepens as BBC expert claims he was sent leaked emails six weeks ago

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1230943/Climate-change-scandal-BBC-expert-sent-cover-emails-month-public.html#ixzz0y6mGGzC8"
See other articles published by the Daily Mail by Carol Driver

""It's unchallengeable that CO2 traps heat and warms the Earth" says Professor John Beddington

Prof John Beddington admitted the impact of global warming had been exaggerated by some scientists and condemned climate researchers who refused to publish data which formed the basis of their reports into global warming.
In an interview, Prof Beddington, called for a new era of honesty and responsibility from the environmental community and said scientists should be less hostile to sceptics who questioned man-made global warming.

His words were refected in a New Scientist editorial that also argued that climate scientists should "welcome in the outside world" for more scrutiny.
Prof Beddington also said public confidence in climate science would be boosted by greater honesty about its uncertainties.

''I don't think it's healthy to dismiss proper scepticism,” he said.
“Science grows and improves in the light of criticism.

“There is a fundamental uncertainty about climate change prediction that can't be changed.”
His comments come after the United Nations’ climate science panel admitted last week that it made a mistake by claiming that the Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2035.

The IPCC was forced to apologise after the prediction in its benchmark 2007 report – that Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035 – was revealed to have been based on unsubstantiated claims.

It followed another row surrounding the science behind climate change, dubbed “Climategate”, when leaked e-mails appeared to suggest that scientists at the University of East Anglia had manipulated climate change data."
Andrew Hough writing for the UK Telegraph (Based in the United Kingdom; Independent of the Government; Tends to support the same special interests as the Tory/Conservative electorate; Secular/General interests coverage)
27 / 01 | January / 2010: "John Beddington: chief scientist says climate change sceptics 'should not be dismissed'" See other articles and a short in-house bibliography of Andrew Hough on the UK Telegraph

"The real issue here is one of trust and transparency -- values that apparently didn’t matter enough to Professor Phil Jones, the director of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. The files made public Nov. 19 include a message from Jones asking other scientists to delete e-mails, apparently as a way of dodging requests under the U.K.’s Freedom of Information law.

Other e-mails discuss trying to oust a journal editor who published skeptical papers and preventing dissenting views from being published by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “I can’t see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report,” Jones wrote. “Kevin and I will keep them out somehow -- even if we have to redefine what the peer- review literature is!”"
Anthropological Carbon Based Climate Change believer Eric Pooley writing an opinion piece for Bloomberg (Based in the United States of America; Independent of the Government; does support the same special interests of the Democratic Party at times)
01 / 12 | December / 2009: "Climategate Proves Sunlight Best Reply to Skeptics: Eric Pooley" See other articles on Bloomberg by Eric Pooley

"Phil Jones, a professor and director of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, will temporarily relinquish his post, the U.K. school said yesterday in a statement. Private e-mails from Jones were among thousands of correspondences between scientists debating climate change that were stolen and posted on the Internet last month.

The e-mails, some dating back to 1996, show researchers musing that they may withhold data from critics seeking to discredit their work. Skeptics of man’s contribution to global warming, including former Senate Environment and Public Works Committee staff member Marc Morano, are citing the e-mails as evidence of a conspiracy to manipulate findings about climate change.

“This is a victory for science,” Morano, who is now editor of a Web site on the climate change debate, said yesterday in a statement. “Jones was at the epicenter of the UN’s efforts to keep the grand narrative of man-made climate fears alive regardless of the data.”

The Climatic Research Unit has said the e-mails were taken out of context and allegations of data manipulation are unfounded. Jones said disclosure of the e-mails ahead of the climate-change summit that starts Dec. 7 in Copenhagen is an attempt to undermine measures to fight global warming."
Jim Efstathiou Jr. and Alex Morales for Bloomberg (Based in the United States of America; Independent of the Government; does support the same special interests of the Democratic Party at times)
02 / 12 | December / 2009: "U.K. Climate Scientist Steps Down After E-Mail Flap (Update4)" See Other articles on Bloomberg by Jim Efstathiou Jr. and Alex Morales

India gives dying Blackberry another deadline

Quote noted by Marc Aupiais

""The Home Ministry will review the security issue relating to Blackberry services within 60 days by which time the DoT (Department of Telecommunications) will submit its report," a government statement said.

India threatened earlier this month it would ban messages sent on the smartphones unless the company came up with a way for security agencies to decode the heavily encrypted traffic by August 31."
France 24 and AFP, section quoted is AFP (Based in France; State news service; secular/general interests coverage; French Bias)
30 / 08 | August / 2010

The Indian government, like other controversial governments where the state is able to intercept citizen communications, has warned RIM, that unless they can access users' emails, that the special features of the phone will be permanently shut down.

South Africa, where all emails and mobile phone text/instant messages, and recordings of every phone call must be kept by service providers for access by the state has not banned blackberry. It is uncertain whether the South African state can access e-communication over blackberry, given that a separate unique server is used to set up the service at least for Vodacom- affiliated with Vodaphone and the government of the Republic South Africa.

India, has special interests against alleged terror threats as one of the main reasons why the state has such access to citizen communication.

Frightening new statistics on doctors, released in the United Kingdom

Quote noted by Marc Aupiais

"Seale's study, published online today in the Journal of Medical Ethics, was based on a survey of doctors in specialisms likely to care for people at the end of life, such as neurology, elderly and palliative care but also general practice. More than 8,500 doctors were contacted and almost 4,000 responded.

The doctors were asked about the care of their last patient who died, if relevant – including whether they had provided continuous deep sedation until death and whether they had discussed decisions judged likely to shorten life with the patient.

They were also asked their religious beliefs, ethnicity, and their views on assisted dying/euthanasia. More than 3,000 described the death of a patient.

Specialists in the care of the elderly were somewhat more likely to be Hindu or Muslim, while palliative care doctors were somewhat more likely than other doctors to be Christian, white, and agree that they were "religious."

The chances of a doctor making an ethically controversial decision expected or partly intended to end life was largely unrelated to the doctor's ethnicity, but was strongly related to his or her specialisation. Specialised doctors in hospitals were almost 10 times as likely to report this than palliative care specialists.

But regardless of their speciality, doctors who described themselves as "extremely" or "very non-religious" were almost twice as likely to report having taken these kinds of decisions as those with a religious belief.

The most religious doctors were significantly less likely than other doctors to have discussed options at the end of life with their patient."
UK Guardian (British Based; Independent of the state; promotes anti-religious/atheist special interests; Secular/General interests coverage)
26 / 08 | August / 2010

Is law protecting priests from having to perform wedding ceremonies for homosexual couples really a sham?

Quote noted by Marc Aupiais

Firstly, the problematic quote:

Creative Minority Report, writes:

"This is a sham, a p.r. ploy designed to cut off debate. Passing a new law protecting churches is all well and good but wasn't there a federal law stating that marriage was between a man an a woman? Wasn't there a statewide referendum declaring marriage between a man and a woman? Those laws were simply overturned by judges who are the real law of the land. This "law" should be an offense to environmentalists because all the paper used for that bill was completely wasted because a judge will simply overturn it.

This "law" is simply a way to shut up those upholding traditional marriage. When proponents of traditional marriage (can you believe marriage needs an adjective now?) say that gay marriage leads to the recognition of polyamorous marriages, they're scoffed at. They're scoffed at because proponents of gay marriage have no other answer than to scoff and mock. But the gay marriage ruling isn't really a ruling about gay marriage. It's a legal redactor. It really erases the definition of marriage and says that anyone and everyone can have their own definition of marriage. Or to look at it the other way it makes marriage meaningless. Anarchi-marriage.

The judge says it's about the rights of the individual to decide what marriage is. But if it's a right how can a priest or clergy deny an individual their rights? So this law passed by the California legislature will be law until it's not. It will have served its purpose which is to cut off argument that churches will be punished for not performing gay marriages...until it's time to punish churches that don't perform gay marriage."
Matthew Archbold writing for Creative Minority Report (Catholic special interests coverage; Independent of the state; American Based; Republican special interests coverage)
27 / 08 | August / 2010

Our Response:

In South Africa Gay Civil Unions are a de jure right given by the state, and there is the accompanying Freedom of Religion and Expression right, to choose not to partake in the ceremony!

Granted, the judge clearly was making an activist decision, given his disregard of comity- openly attacking Vatican guidelines as "harmful" to homosexuals according to reports, and taking other views, which seem not to be application of law, but of some personal special interests, but activist decisions have a tendency to be overturned, at least in systems where the judiciary are respected. Further, many places with homosexual civil unions, also permit conscientious objections: allowing people to refuse to partake in ceremonies, which is their religious and freedom of expression right. Activism goes only so far.

Obama still supports Mosque by Ground Zero

Quote noted by Marc Aupiais

When our service claimed that the Democrats supported the Muslim cultural centre nearby the site of the 9/11 plane crash, some other services noted some Democrats opposed the Mosque at ground Zero: these Democrats are often those from areas, where they are in danger of losing their seat:

None the less, the Democratic party, lead by Obama, has taken the gamble of supporting the Mosque, as SACNS did in fact claim. Mr Obama's policies are certainly not those of a faithful Muslim, his support of Gay Civil Unions and a White House speech calling Gay Marital Special Interest promoters heroic show a very non-Muslim view of the world. A more likely reason for his support of the Mosque, lies in his support base. The Democratic Party, as a previous quotes analysis, quoting the online version of Time Magazine showed, has two Muslim lawmakers- and thus Muslim constituencies.

I firstly quote notation of American views made by Obama and NBC Nightly News, as quoted in Politico, and finally, I look into the fact that Obama does still support the Mosque. He does not simply support the legal right, but a societal right, even if he did simply support a legal right, his position as President of the United States of America, as someone who directs lawmaking, gives him the power to institute legislation to change laws. The Mosque, according to France 24, a French government station: has accompanied growing anti-Islamic special interests sentiments rising in America.

"Williams, sitting under a tent in a rain-soaked New Orleans, where the First Family commemorated the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, asked Obama why so many people were uncertain about something so fundamental as his faith.

“I can’t spend all of my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead,” quipped Obama, who took a deep breath to gather his thoughts when asked if the poll reflected his inability to communicate with voters.

“The facts are the facts. We went through some of this during the campaign — there is a mechanism, a network of misinformation that in a new media era can get churned out there constantly,” said a visibly annoyed Obama, referring to “birthers,” who have waged a guerrilla campaign questioning either the existence or the validity of his Hawaiian birth certificate.

“I will always put my money on the American people, and I’m not going to be worried too much about what rumors are floating around there.”

A stunning 18 percent of Americans identify Obama as Muslim, according to a Pew poll released earlier this month. Only a third identified Obama, who speaks passionately about his faith in his autobiography, as Christian. [Obama has disassociated himself from his controversial former pastor, whom some had claimed he was linked to for political reasons, and not due to any endorsement of the pastor's radical views, and does not reportedly attend any church regularly, the controversy about his being "Muslim", does in fact lie with birth, with it claimed on a major American news service's debate, that the origins of this, is the alleged belief that a man born of a Muslim father is genetically Muslim, with it additionally claimed by the speaker that Obama's father is Muslim]


Obama doubled down on his support for a mosque and community center planned for a site two blocks north of ground zero in lower Manhattan – and denied reports that he tried to back away from backing the controversial project.

“I didn’t walk it back it all,” he said. “I was very specific with my team… The core value and principle that every American is treated the same doesn’t change… At [a White House Ramadan celebration], I had Muslim Americans who had been in uniform fighting in Iraq… How can you say to them that their religious faith is less worthy of respect?... That’s something that I feel very strongly about.”"
GLENN THRUSH writing for Politico (American based; Secular; General Interests coverage with a focus on politics; Independent of the state)
29 / 08 | August / 2010

Politico's in-house bibliography of their author:

"Glenn Thrush covers Capitol Hill for Politico. Before that he spent five years with Newsday – the last three in Washington following Hillary Rodham Clinton’s highly entertaining presidential quest – with a little Rudy Giuliani, Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer thrown in.

For the preceding two years, he was ensconced in the basement of New York’s City Hall, where he annoyed Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He’s a veteran of Bloomberg News, former editor of City Limits, a monthly that covers low-income neighborhoods in New York, ex-editorial director of think tanks Child Welfare Watch and the Center for an Urban Future and one-time statehouse and education reporter for the late, great Birmingham (Ala.) Post-Herald.

Before his attention span was incinerated by daily journalism, he wrote lots of long stories for places like the New York Times Magazine, New York, the New York Observer, Spin, the Village Voice, Metropolis and Guitar World, where his work appeared under the byline “Glenn Thrash.”

He’s a native of Brooklyn and a graduate of Sheepshead Bay High School, Larry David’s alma mater. His mother attended Madison High School and was one of its few graduates never to run for the Senate."
Politico (American Based; Secular/General Special Interests coverage, especially looking into political issues; Independent of the government)
In-house bibliography

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Russian Broadcaster alleges "Merchant of Death" court bribed by America

Quote noted by Marc Aupiais

"Daniel Estulin: Bout a patsy like Lee Harvey Oswald"
"RussiaToday | August 24, 2010
An alleged Russian arms dealer, dubbed by the West, the 'Merchant of death', may be extradited to the U.S. within hours. Viktor Boot's lawyer says a special plane has arrived in Bangkok, where he's currently being held. It comes after Washington asked Thailand to discard fresh charges brought against him. Daniel Estulin - author and investigative journalist - says the whole process has been orchestrated to disguise American involvement..."
RT Russia Today (Russian special interests news; Linked to Russian state; accused of being a propaganda channel- seen as useful by SACNS to judge Russian foreign policy moves; General/Secular interests News; state bias)
24 / 08 | August / 2010

Victor Boot was born in Russia's larger USSR during the cold war, which may explain the statements aired by the Russian state linked broadcaster aimed at an American market. A man presented as an investigative journalist, who "always got ten for logic in school", says that he spoke to Thai intelligence officials, and alleges a conspiracy to have the first court find the alleged arms dealer should not be extradited to allay allegedly expected suspicions of alleged American bribery, and then for the second and final court to agree to extradite the alleged "merchant of death". The so-called journalist claims that the man is in his view innocent of arms dealing, but that on American turf, he has no chance of winning.

Note from SACNS: American courts have in the past been accused of activism in many cases, however this has been limited to specific judges, and not to their courts in general. Such activism in court cases is not unusual in countries such as America which use the jury system.

It is not uncommon for Russia Today to broadcast programs and news bits alleging socially unacceptable behaviour on the half of old Cold War enemy America.

'Mother' Russia, is slightly less pro-abortion than before!

"The independent, non-governmental polling and sociological research agency, Levada Analytical Center, reported that a recent survey of 1,600 Russians found 41 percent of those polled support introducing nationwide restrictions on abortion.

The number of those in favor of a complete ban on abortions has grown from 8 percent in 1998 to 16 percent in 2010, the report said.

Another 25 percent only approved of therapeutic, non-elective abortions, up from 13 percent earlier.

Forty-eight percent disapprove of a ban, down from 59 percent, while 11 percent were undecided, compared with 20 percent earlier.

Current law in the Russian Federation allows abortion on demand up to 12 weeks gestation, up to 22 weeks for social reasons, and at any point during the pregnancy for “medical necessity” and upon the woman’s consent, and is offered free of charge at all state clinics.

Russian Health Ministry figures show 1.2 million abortions last year compared to 1.7 million live births, with upwards of a quarter million women per year left infertile from abortion complications.

A leader in the Russian Orthodox Church said in June this year that Russia must enact pro-life laws or face demographic collapse."
Thaddeus M. Baklinski writing for LifeSiteNews (Catholic and "pro-life" special interests coverage; Canadian based; Independent of government and of the Catholic Church hierarchy)
23 / 08 | August / 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

DNA tests confirm Hitler was a Jew?

"Adolf Hitler may have had Jewish and African roots, DNA tests have shown
Saliva samples taken from 39 relatives of the Nazi leader show he may have had biological links to the “subhuman” races that he tried to exterminate during the Holocaust.
Jean-Paul Mulders, a Belgian journalist, and Marc Vermeeren, a historian, tracked down the Fuhrer’s relatives, including an Austrian farmer who was his cousin, earlier this year.

A chromosome called Haplogroup E1b1b1 which showed up in their samples is rare in Western Europe and is most commonly found in the Berbers of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, as well as among Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews.
"One can from this postulate that Hitler was related to people whom he despised," Mr Mulders wrote in the Belgian magazine, Knack.
Haplogroup E1b1b1, which accounts for approximately 18 to 20 per cent of Ashkenazi and 8.6 per cent to 30 per cent of Sephardic Y-chromosomes, appears to be one of the major founding lineages of the Jewish population.
Knack, which published the findings, says the DNA was tested under stringent laboratory conditions.
"This is a surprising result," said Ronny Decorte, a genetic specialist at the Catholic University of Leuven.
"The affair is fascinating if one compares it with the conception of the world of the Nazis, in which race and blood was central.
“Hitler's concern over his descent was not unjustified. He was apparently not "pure" or ‘Ayran’.”"
Heidi Blake writing for the UK Telegraph (British service; Independent of the state; has been accused of promoting Tory special interests in the past; General/secular interests news coverage; no religious affiliation)
24 / 08 | August / 2010

South African Bishops claim that state doctors', teachers' strike contravenes the public interest

"Bishops register their horror at violence and intimidation during public service strikes

The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference wishes to register its horror at the incidences of violence and intimidation perpetrated by participants in the Public Servants Strike. In particular we abhor the inhuman conduct of denying doctors and patients access to hospitals and teachers and pupils access to their schools. We are horrified that care is being denied to the weakest and most vulnerable.

We call on all Educators and Healthcare Workers especially those who are Catholics, to examine their own conscience and action seriously. While we uphold and support your right to strike, we call on you to recognise the rights of others to choose freely what they want to do. In particular we call on you to give serious consideration to the poor, the vulnerable, the sick and the young people who are desperately striving for a better life by completing their education.

Finally we plead with the Public Service Commission and Ministry of Education to ensure that in future negotiations about Educators’ remuneration are scheduled for the beginning of the year so as to avoid Educators’ strikes at this time when the Matric Students are preparing for their final examinations.

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier
Archbishop of Durban
Spokesman of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference"
Former President of the SACBC Cardinal Wilfred Napier writing for the SACBC (Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference)
email verified as from their media list using our internal methods

Cardinal Wilfred Napier of Archdiocese of Durban

"Franciscan friar and Roman Catholic Archbishop of Durban in South Africa

Calling for the Vatican to relax its policies on divorced and remarried Catholics, at first glance Cardinal Napier might seem like a "progressive" Catholic leader.

Well known in Africa both for his leadership and forthright condemnation of the Zimbabwean government's recent behaviour, he is also known for his determined opposition to the use of condoms to prevent HIV/AIDS, and promotion of sexual abstinence and chastity. The Cardinal presents an enigmatic figure.

Brother Wilfrid charmed Australians on his recent speaking tour, and left locals struck by his easygoing manner and approachablness.

Wilfrid Fox Napier was born in Matatiele in Transkei, in the Diocese of Kokstad South Africa, on March 8, 1941, the son of Thomas Dominic and Mary Davey. He grew up on the family farm with his seven brothers and sisters, amid the injustices brought about by the apartheid regime of the country at that time. The family knew the Franciscans from Ireland who ministered in the area, and Wilfrid's older brother Peter was encouraged by the friars to travel to Ireland to discern whether he had a Franciscan vocation in the Irish Province's novitiate in Killarney.

After first profession on September 8, 1961, Wilfrid studied in the Faculty of Arts in the National University of Ireland, Galway. He took a B.A. degree in Latin and English, graduating in 1964. He excelled at sports - and is still prone to using sporting metaphors when preaching.

Having made solemn profession in St Anthony's College, Galway, on October 4, 1964, Wilfrid went to the Irish Franciscan College at Leuven, Belgium, where in succession he took degrees in Philosophy and in Theology. He returned to his native South Africa and was ordained in Kokstad Cathedral on July 25, 1970, by local Bishop John Evangelist McBride, OFM, a former Provincial Minister of Ireland. Wilfrid worked in Kokstad diocese for ten years before succeeding Bishop McBride first as Apostolic Administrator in 1978 and then as bishop of the diocese on February 28, 1981, just before his fortieth birthday.

The then Mgr. Napier was elected President of the South African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) in 1987.

On June 22, 1992, Wilfrid was translated to the Archdiocese of Durban, and took possession of the See on the Feast of Saint Francis, October 4, of that year. In July 1998 he was appointed Consultor to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. He is a member of the Special Council for Africa of the General Secretariate of the Synod of Bishops and Consultant to the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church.

On January 28, 2001, Pope John Paul added seven names to the list of cardinals already announced for the Consistory of February 21, 2001. Among those names was that of Wilfrid Fox Napier, ofm (order of friars minor).

Producer: Noel Debien, Dan Driscoll "
ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Australian; Government service; secular interests coverage)
18 / 09 | September / 2005

"Cardinal-Priest of S. Francesco d’Assisi ad Acilia


Date Age Event Title
8 Mar 1941 69.46 Born Swartberg
25 Jul 1970 29.4 Ordained Priest Priest of Order of Friars Minor
29 Nov 1980 39.7 Appointed Bishop of Kokstad, South Africa
28 Feb 1981 40.0 Ordained Bishop Bishop of Kokstad, South Africa
29 Mar 1992 51.1 Appointed Archbishop of Durban, South Africa
21 Feb 2001 60.0 Elevated to Cardinal
21 Feb 2001 60.0 Appointed Cardinal-Priest of S. Francesco d’Assisi ad Acilia
Consistory - 2001: Created Cardinal
Conclave - 2005: Participated
Please contact the Cardinal through the Archdiocese of Durban.
a priest for 40.08 years
a bishop for 29.49 years
a cardinal for 9.51 years
Ordained Priest by:
Bishop John Evangelist McBride, O.F.M. †
Principal Consecrator:
Archbishop Denis Eugene Hurley, O.M.I. †
Principal Co-Consecrators:
Bishop Dominic Joseph Chwane Khumalo, O.M.I. †
Bishop Andrew Zolile T. Brook
Episcopal Lineage / Apostolic Succession:
Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier, O.F.M. (1981)
Archbishop Denis Eugene Hurley, O.M.I. † (1947)
Archbishop Martin Lucas, S.V.D. † (1945)
Pietro Cardinal Fumasoni Biondi † (1916)
Domenico Cardinal Serafini, O.S.B. † (1900)
Serafino Cardinal Vannutelli † (1869)
Costantino Cardinal Patrizi Naro † (1828)
Father Carlo Odescalchi, S.J. † (1823)
Giulio Maria Cardinal della Somaglia † (1788)
Hyacinthe-Sigismond Cardinal Gerdil, B. † (1777)
Marcantonio Cardinal Colonna (Jr.) † (1762)
Pope Carlo della Torre Rezzonico † (1743)
Pope Prospero Lorenzo Lambertini † (1724)
Pope Pietro Francesco (Vincenzo Maria) Orsini de Gravina, O.P. † (1675)
Paluzzo Cardinal Paluzzi Altieri Degli Albertoni † (1666)
Ulderico Cardinal Carpegna † (1630)
Luigi Cardinal Caetani † (1622)
Ludovico Cardinal Ludovisi † (1621)
Archbishop Galeazzo Sanvitale † (1604)
Girolamo Cardinal Bernerio, O.P. † (1586)
Giulio Antonio Cardinal Santorio † (1566)
Scipione Cardinal Rebiba †
Principal Consecrator of:
Bishop Michael Vincent Paschal Rowland, O.F.M.
Bishop Fritz Lobinger
Bishop William Slattery, O.F.M.
Bishop Oswald Georg Hirmer
Archbishop Paul Mandla Khumalo, C.M.M.
Archbishop Jabulani Adatus Nxumalo, O.M.I.
Bishop Barry Wood, O.M.I.
Bishop Thomas Graham Rose
Bishop Stanislaw Jan Dziuba, O.S.P.P.E.
Principal Co-Consecrator of:
Bishop Paul Themba Mngoma †
Bishop Louis Ncamiso Ndlovu, O.S.M.
Bishop Gerard Sithunywa Ndlovu
Bishop Pius Mlungisi Dlungwana
Bishop Xolelo Thaddaeus Kumalo"
David M. Cheney writing for Catholic Hierarchy (Catholic hierarchy special interests coverage- mostly statistics and profiles and facts coverage; Independent it seems; American)
Index on Cardinal Wilfeed Fox Napier O.F.M

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Murmurs of a separatist - SSPX Bishop alleges that Rome will accept their schism back

Quote noted by Marc Aupiais

Rumours, murmurs and lies- is how some may view the letter by the holocaust reductionist, Williamson, of the SSPX. Some thought his holocaust denials were intentional, to prevent union with Rome, they were released in a timely manner, as though to frustrate the Vatican, it would seem the man is running scared again. Rorate Caeli: a Latin Mass Special Interests coverage news service, which does not in any official sense: endorse any schismatic persons, has posted a letter of his online, is the holocaust reductionist running scared? Union with Rome would hardly benefit him:


While the Rome-Society of St Pius X discussions are, by accounts from both sides, running into a doctrinal brick wall, reports from France and Germany together with a rumour from Rome spell danger for Catholics. That danger is a political deal which would simply go round the side of the doctrinal blockage. Politics threaten to circumvent doctrine.

From France and Germany, I was told me a few weeks ago that a large proportion of Catholics attending SSPX Mass centres are only hoping and waiting for some agreement to come out of the discussions. If - repeat, if -- this is true, it is very serious. Such Catholics may get full marks for wishing not to be cut off from what appears to be Rome, but they get low marks for not grasping that as long as the discussions remain doctrinal, there is no way in which the neo-modernist teaching of Vatican II can be reconciled with the Catholic doctrine of the true Church. Such Catholics may venerate and love Archbishop Lefebvre as they see him, but they have not understood what he was all about. They had best wake up if they are not in one way or another to fall into the arms of the neo-modernist Romans.

Agreement in front of doctrine means politics before religion, unity before truth, man before God. God before man means truth before unity, religion before politics and doctrine being more important than any non-doctrinal agreement. Only dreamers could not foresee the Rome-SSPX discussions running into a doctrinal brick wall. Only politicians can wish for any non-doctrinal agreement to come out of them.

Alas, to all appearances Benedict XVI sincerely believes in the Newchurch of Vatican II which is to unite in its bosom all men absolutely, regardless of whether they believe or not in the one true doctrine of the Faith. Therefore he sincerely wishes to gather in the SSPX as well - and he does not normally have too much longer to live ! So the blockage of doctrinal discussions should not unduly worry him. He must be looking to cut a political deal with the SSPX, in order to unite it with the rest of the Newchurch. It follows that he must ask of the SSPX neither too much, or it would refuse the deal, nor too little, because then the rest of the Newchurch would rise up in protest.

The rumour from Rome is precisely that he is thinking of a "Motu Proprio" which would accept the SSPX "back into the Church" once and for all, yet require from the SSPX no explicit acceptance of Vatican II or the New Mass, but only, for instance, the acceptance of John-Paul II's 1992 "Catechism of the Catholic Church", which is substantially modernist but in a quiet way. Thus the SSPX would not appear to its followers to be accepting the Council or the New Mass, yet it would be softly, softly, beginning to go along with the substance of neo-modernism.

Thus all seekers of unity would be content. Only not believers in Catholic doctrine.


Kyrie eleison."
Bishop Richard Williamson a holocaust denier anti-Semitic individual, who form part of the original SSPX schism quoted by Rorate Caeli (Catholic Latin Mass Special Interest Coverage; Independent; American; does not endorse or reject the SSPX schism)
22 / 08 | August / 2010

Interior Minister from federalist party, not that of Berlusconi - Italy

Quote noted by Marc Aupiais

He is a member of the Lega Nord Padania political party. He joined the party from its very beginning and began his political career in 1979 working alongside his Party leader Umberto Bossi. He was District Secretary of the Lega Nord party in Varese and a member of the National Council of the Lega Lombarda party.


During the 15th legislature (2006-2008), he was elected President of the Lega Nord Padania parliamentary group at the Chamber of Deputies. He then became a member of the following parliamentary bodies: 3rd Standing Committee (Foreign and Community Affairs); Parliamentary Committee on the Security of the Republic of Italy; Parliamentary Delegation to the Assembly of the Council of Europe; Parliamentary Delegation to the Assembly of the Western European Union.

During the 16th legislature - the current one - he was re-elected member of the Chamber of Deputies on the ticket of the Lega Nord Padania parliamentary group and appointed as Minister of Interior."
Italian Ministry of the Interior
Personal CV of the minister

Tory's fear Republicans will bomb their conference- Northern Ireland

"Dissident republicans are targeting the Conservative Party conference, a Tory MP has claimed.

Patrick Mercer, a former Army officer, claimed his information came from his sources in Northern Ireland.

"One of the aspirations undoubtedly is to attack the Tory party conference," he said.


"I don't think they have that capability but they're talking about it," he said.

A recent upsurge in attacks by dissident republican groups has included attempts to kill police officers in under-car booby-trap bombs and a 200lb bomb which exploded outside a police station in Londonderry.

Mr Mercer said: "Over the last three or four weeks there have been several very determined efforts to kill in Northern Ireland.

"There are three groups in Northern Ireland which are planning to do something to catapult themselves into the headlines before the party conference season."

This year's Conservative Party conference takes place in Birmingham in October."
Staff Writer for BBC World News (British; An Arm of the British Government- though claimed to be somewhat independent; Secular interests News)
22 / 08 | August / 2010

Italian Bishops oppose throwing out EU immigrants who rely on benefits- Italy

"A proposal by a member of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s ruling coalition to expel EU nationals living off state handouts has drawn a stinging rebuke from Catholic bishops in Italy.

A group of Italian clergymen criticised Interior Minister Roberto Marconi’s comments for stoking the fires of nationalist sentiment.

Giancarlo Perego of the Italian Episcopal Conference, an assembly of Catholic bishops, said the free movement of people is “one of the fundamental principles of tomorrow’s Europe.”

“To restrict the movement of people would put to that Europe of tomorrow in jeopardy and create an immigration policy that would reignite nationalist feelings,” Perego told Italian television."
EuroNews (Secular interests coverage; Independent but connected with multiple state broadcasters, and an official European Union affiliated broadcaster; European; anti-traditional European values special interests coverage)
22 / 08 | August / 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Catholic head of bishops, says bishops must speak faith, not a politically altered version either

Quote noted by Marc Aupiais

"Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who has encountered fierce political opposition during his tenure as Archbishop of Quebec City, spoke about the duties of bishops before leaving for Rome to take up his new duties. His remarks were a counterpoint to the criticism aired by Bishop Martin Veillette, who had suggested that the cardinal was rash in his public pronouncements and said that sometimes it is “more important to keep silent than to speak.”

Cardinal Ouellet offered a very different perspective, saying that a bishops should speak with conviction and not be deterred by the likelihood of opposition. He argued that if a Catholic leader refrains from public comment “because you don’t believe that it is possible that people accept it, you are in trouble.”"
Catholic World News / Catholic Culture (Catholic Special Interests Coverage; Independent; Possibly Favours Republican Party; American)
20 / 08 | August / 2010

Catholic human special interests services reportedly save lives in Russian fires tragedy

Quote noted by Marc Aupiais

"Moscow (AsiaNews) - The Catholic Church in Russia is at the forefront of helping victims of the summer fires that have brought the country to its knees. On 13 August, representatives of the Mother of God in Moscow visited Melenkovsky district in Vladimir region (350 km east of Moscow), one of the areas hardest hit by the disaster. The greatest damage reported is in the village of Yuzhny - 38 out of 68 homes destroyed - and that of Kamenka – where 29 out of 38 homes went up in smoke. The delegation met with the local population, as well as leaders and local government official."
Staff Writer for AsiaNews (Catholic special interests coverage; Independent- though linked to the Vatican; Italian)
21 / 08 | August / 2010

Marriage reduces stress- study

Quote noted by Marc Aupiais

"Chicago, Ill., Aug 21, 2010 / 01:01 am (CNA/Europa Press).- Being married or in a relationship reduces the level of cortisol, known as the stress hormone, according to a study by the Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. The research tested more than 500 master’s degree students and was published in the journal, Stress.

The study surveyed 348 men and 153 women with an average age of 27 at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. About 40 percent of the men and 53 percent of the women students were married or in a relationship.

During the study, the subjects played a series of computer tests that measured their economic potential, while saliva samples were taken to check levels of cortisol. In order to make the test even more “stressful,” each business student was told their score would have “a very huge impact on their professional future,” the authors of the study explained."
Catholic News Agency a.k.a. CNA (Catholic special interests coverage; Independent; American; a division of a Latin American service)
21 / 08 | August / 2010

Was America behind "baseless" attempt to arrest wikileaks founder?

"STOCKHOLM — Swedish prosecutors on Saturday withdrew an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, saying a rape allegation it was based on is unfounded.
The accusation was labeled a dirty trick by Julian Assange and his group, who are preparing to release a fresh batch of classified U.S. documents from the Afghan war.
Swedish prosecutors had urged Assange — a nomadic 39-year-old Australian whose whereabouts were unclear — to turn himself in to police to face questioning in one case involving suspicions of rape and another based on an accusation of molestation.
"I don't think there is reason to suspect that he has committed rape," chief prosecutor Eva Finne said, in announcing the withdrawal of the warrant. She did not address the status of the molestation case, a less serious charge that would not lead to an arrest warrant.
But Karin Rosander, a spokeswoman for the Swedish Prosecution Authority, told NBC News that the allegation of molestation remains. However, Rosander said that after a new prosecutor looked at the allegations, the arrest warrant was withdrawn because the severity of the case does not require an arrest at this stage."
Staff writer for NBC (American; Independent; Secular special interests coverage; has been accused of supporting Democrat special interests) (American
21 / 08 | August / 2010

Immigrant being starved to death in Canada, against family's, friends' will

Quote by Marc Aupiais

In South Africa, a pregnant unconscious woman's child may be aborted by doctors against her and her family's wishes, in Canada, a man can have his life sustaining medication withdrawn, against his wishes and those of his friends and family:

"e) Recognizing that disability is an evolving concept and that disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinders their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others,

f) Recognizing the importance of the principles and policy guidelines contained in the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons and in the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in influencing the promotion, formulation and evaluation of the policies, plans, programmes and actions at the national, regional and international levels to further equalize opportunities for persons with disabilities,

g) Emphasizing the importance of mainstreaming disability issues as an integral part of relevant strategies of sustainable development,

f)Recognizing also that discrimination against any person on the basis of disability is a violation of the inherent dignity and worth of the human person,"
United Nations
Preamble : CONVENTION on the RIGHTS of PERSONS with DISABILITIES Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Alex Schadenberg, of an anti-Euthanasia group, writes for a local Canadian service:

"To pressure a person to agree to intentionally dehydrate a person to death (euthanasia by omission) based on the cost of continuing the legal battle to defend the values of a person, is unconstitutional and inconsistent with Ontario law.

Everyone needs to strongly respond by sending letters and emails to:

Brampton Civic Hospital - email: communications@oslerhc.org or call the Communications Hotline at: 905-494-2120, ext. 22505.
Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario - email: ccb@ontario.ca, Phone: 416-327-4142, Fax: 416-924-8873

The letter should state something to the effect of:

I am disgusted with the decision by the Brampton Civic Hospital, its lawyer, and the physician for (Joshua) Kulendran Mayandi, to intentionally cause his death by removing his IV hydration and nutrition even though he is not otherwise dying (euthanasia by omission). If this decision is not reversed, it will create fear among the citizens of Brampton that if they experience a disability that they too would be killed by dehydration and starvation.

For the sake of justice and equality, I demand that you change your policy and once again continue feeding.

The following is the letter from Bernard Stephenson:

Joshua is a 48-year-old pastor of a small Brampton Church. He was admitted to the Brampton Civic Hospital (William Osler Health Centre), after collapsing in front of the ER on May 29, 2010.

He was revived but not before sustaining a significant cognitive disability.

He remained in the ICU, but after regaining the ability to breathe on his own, he was transferred to the respirology ward, where he remains.

He has regained some ability to communicate despite the fact that he has a significant cognitive disability.

He has progressed from being in a deep coma with signs of decerebration and decortication to almost full movement of his arms and legs and coherent use of mostly one-word answers and occasionally multi-word sentences with his sister over the phone.

He recognizes the family he was living with for the past 10 years, who have been at his bedside from morning to evening, 7 days a week.

From the beginning of his stay in the ICU until now, the doctors have repeatedly asserted that there is no hope of recovery, from a medical point of view, and they have strongly suggested that all life-sustaining treatment be removed.

His family, who live in Sri Lanka, and his supporters here have rejected these suggestions.

Nevertheless, the fact is that he had assigned no Substitute Decision Maker (SDM), and he has no immediate family living in Canada.

His first physician in the ward, removed his feeding tube, without consent, leaving him only IV fluids.

He was in this situation for over three weeks until his supporters appealed to the Ethics Committee adn the Consent and Capacity Board through a lawyer and forced the hospital to restart feeding through a nasogastric (NG) tube. Even though he was entitled to a long term gastric (G) tube the physicians refused the latter option, even though they had initially suggested it, citing that it is 'artificial' and possibly 'harmful'.

Currently, the only option the hospital and his current physician is offering is to withhold all life-sustaining treatment and care including IV fluids, food and medication.

The court first rejected Joshua's sister, Mallika Arumugan, as his (SDM) because they did not consider her capable of making medical decisions for Joshua, but she also did not agree to the demands of the hospital.

After the court rejected Joshua's sister as his SDM, a friend for 25 years became the next option. We were told that this friend would only be accepted as the SDM if he agreed to the preconditions – palliative care with the removal of all medications, IV hydration and nutrition. The alternative was a continuation of the costly legal battle before the Consent and Capacity Board or allowing the Public Guardian to take over. Since we were not able to sustain the costly legal battle and the family did not want Joshua to fall into the hands of the Public Guardian, this friend decided to accept the terms. He was subsequently granted SDM status with those limiting conditions.

Personally, I disagreed with the decision as it was immoral, unethical, inappropriate and wrong besides being totally useless.

Brampton Civic hospital on August 17 withdrew all life-sustaining treatment and care, including fluids and food, based on the forced agreement between the hospital and the SDM.

I deplore what the hospital and doctors are doing. They have a duty to inform people about quality of life and treatment options in a given situation, such as Joshua's, but they do not have the right to impose their preference for death or to assume that Joshua would not want to live the rest of his life in this condition. The Hospital and doctor's actions are both unethical and inappropriate.

Bernard Stephenson, M.D., M.Div.
Email: bernard@mcbc.on.ca "
Alex Schadenberg, Chairman, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition writing a commentary for LifeSiteNews (Catholic and Pro-life special interest coverage; Independent; Read in the Vatican, and influential in policy-making there; Canadian)
20 / 08 | August / 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Catholic Culture references dissident service to cover Australian national election?

Quote noted by Marc Aupiais

Catholic Culture reports:

"On the eve of elections in Australia, the National Catholic Education Commission has released a warning that the proposed policies of the Opposition coalition would harm poor children.

The Opposition, which is striving to unseat the incumbent Labor government, has proposed $1.5 billion in education cuts. Therese Temby of the National Catholic Education Commission said that the funding is needed “to serve disadvantaged communities and to address the learning needs of students and families.”"
Catholic World News (Catholic Special Interests Coverage; Independent; American; Conservative)
20 / 08 | August / 2010

CathNews is their source, known for their interesting coverage of the church and of conservatives. CathNews, has often aired views of those promoting anti-Vatican, anti-Catholic-beliefs and policies special interest articles. Their focus has often been on dissident Catholic special interest stories.

The business friendly Coalition, being lead by the conservative Liberals, also plans to cut funding for adaptation to climate in other countries, along with other general cuts, which are being instituted globally. The Labour government, which recently replaced its Prime Minister, due to his deep unpopularity among the people, has increasingly been offering spending increases in many areas, offering to use government power for various often noble special interests, in exchange for votes.

The Coalition leader, former seminarian, Abott, has stated, he shall not attempt to overturn legalized abortion in Australia, and that he is a Christian in politics, not a Christian politician. Both he, and Gillard have ruled out federal recognition of homosexual marital special interests. While individual regions, give all the de jure privileges of marriage to homosexual couples, Australia, like nearby South Africa, calls these coups for homosexual marital special interests promoters: Civil Unions, not "marriages".

Pro-Obama dissident Catholic groups, oppose honouring Mother Theresa

quote noted by Marc Aupiais

"August 20, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Catholic League has for months been on a campaign to have the Empire State Building light its towers to honor the centenary of the late Mother Teresa on August 26. While the owners of the Building have done so for other anniversaries, including the 60th anniversary of the Chinese communist regime, they have refused to honor Mother Teresa by lighting its towers. Several pro-abortion groups which refer to themselves as Catholic have signed on to a statement affirming the decision by officials from the Empire State Building.

The organizations include:

Catholics for Choice
Call to Action
Chicago Women-Choice
National Coalition of American Nuns
New Ways Ministry
Roman Catholic Womenpriests—USA
Take Back Our Church
Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual
Women's Ordination Conference

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded saying, “these ex-Catholics are so pro-abortion that they are now on record of wanting to deny Mother Teresa a tribute on the 100th anniversary of her birthday.”"
LifeSiteNews (Catholic and pro-life special interests coverage service; Independent; Canadian)
20 / 08 | August / 2010

Homosexual marriage definition special interest campaigns not of interest to Australian Party Leaders

Quote noted by Marc Aupiais

"SYDNEY — Gay marriage has popped up as the surprise question in the Australian election campaign, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her right-leaning opponent Tony Abbott repeatedly challenged on the issue.

Gillard, an unmarried atheist who lives with her partner, and staunch Catholic family man Abbott both say that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

On Friday, Labor leader Gillard told The Australian newspaper she rejected same-sex weddings because "the marriage act has a special status in our culture", adding that she appreciated "our heritage as a Christian country".

Abbott also faced questioning, with one voter asking him when he would "overcome your fear and ignorance of gay people and give them the dignity and respect that you'd happily give to all other Australians".

The former trainee priest said that while he did not support same-sex marriage, he hoped he would "always find it in my heart to treat people the way everyone should be treated -- with dignity and respect".

Civil unions, which provide the same legal rights as marriage, are available in some parts of Australia but the country which boasts one of the largest gay and lesbian Mardi Gras parades in the world does not allow same-sex marriage."
AFP (French; Governmental; Secular; Promotes Homosexual Marital Special Interests)
20 / 08 | August / 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Mosque that divides America

As Europe debates banning Islamic symbols, for the sake of women's, and feminist special interest campaigns, and cultural special interests, America is considering the placement of a Mosque by the September 11 site. The Democratic party, with Islamic constituencies, is taking the gamble of supporting the mosque by what to many Americans is something that has largely seemed to have been seen as a sacred site- a memorial of sorts. A memorial so strong, that it has been the basis of war after war, and the cause of many American deaths, as American special interests are pursued against Islamic special interests group Al Qaeda, and those accused by America of being their allies. Wars on a loose group of alleged allies whom the West has accused of using terror tactics.

Whether the mosque will increase the position of those opposing Islamic special interests, or increase the position of those supporting Islamic special interests, is at the heart of the position of the Catholic archbishop of the area of which it's concerned. In his view, building a mosque by the site, may harm Islamic special interests. He sites a Catholic example, where a Catholic building was not kept, but abandoned nearby a German concentration camp, this out of a view that it was most prudent at the time not to keep the given nearby site for religious purposes. This given the sensibilities, especially due to the positions of some of those promoting Jewish, and other special interests, after the Second World War, which had extended right into 1993, when Pope John Paul II, had the site abandoned.

The New York Times writes on this story:

"N.Y. Archbishop Seeks to Help on Islamic Center
Published: August 18, 2010

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in New York, said Wednesday that he would gladly help mediate between the proponents and critics of an Islamic center and mosque planned for a site two blocks from ground zero.

[contains image by Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times of : "Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, New York's Roman Catholic leader."]

The archbishop said that it was his “major prayer” that a compromise could be reached, and that while he had no strong feelings about the project, he might support finding a new location for the center.

Speaking during an impromptu news conference at Covenant House, a Catholic shelter in Manhattan for homeless youth, Archbishop Dolan invoked the example of Pope John Paul II, who in 1993 ordered Catholic nuns to move from their convent at the former Auschwitz death camp after protests from Jewish leaders.

“He’s the one who said, ‘Let’s keep the idea, and maybe move the address,’ ” the archbishop said. “It worked there; might work here.”

Archbishop Dolan is the most prominent New York religious leader to weigh in on the Islamic center, which has spurred a fierce national debate over freedom of religion and the legacy of 9/11 that has even drawn in President Obama [his support of the mosque may have something to do with 2 lawmakers].

Since the controversy began in the spring, the archbishop has condemned prejudice against Muslims. But in July, the church backed away from a plan to sell a vacant convent on Staten Island to a Muslim group that planned to turn it into a mosque. A Catholic parish there had agreed to sell the building, but after strong local protests, the pastor decided to pull out of the deal and the parish board — which includes Archbishop Dolan — agreed. [Not out of bigotry, it was a local decision, and was possibly contravening Canon Law, as a parish is sacred ground- procedure, not bigotry.]

The planners of the Islamic center in Manhattan, to be called Park51, did not return calls or answer e-mail seeking reaction to the archbishop’s comments. After Gov. David A. Paterson last week suggested finding state-owned land distant from ground zero for the planned center, the developers issued a statement saying they did not intend to build the center somewhere else.


“Those who wonder about the wisdom of the situation of the mosque, near such a wounded site, ask what I think are some legitimate questions that I think deserve attention,” he [Dolan] said.

At Covenant House, Archbishop Dolan said he welcomed Mr. Paterson’s offer to help the developers find an alternative site. The archbishop also said he was proud of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for his staunch defense of religious liberty.

The center continues to divide Americans. A poll released Wednesday by Siena College showed that 63 percent of New York State voters surveyed opposed the project. The poll, which questioned 788 registered voters from Aug. 9 through Monday, has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.


[...] Mr. Bloomberg this month when the mayor defended Muslims’ right to build the center[... they simply quote a catholic prist who believes the church has hurt Muslims in its stance, the important part is that Bloomberg suports the mosque]"
JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ, writing for the New York Times (secular; Independent; American; Promotes Democratic party special interests, and is alleged to have promoted anti-Catholic special interests)
18 / 08 | August / 2010

Time Magazine, online version provides what our service was looking for: why the Democrats are actually supporting the mosque: their voters:

"[...] voters have, actually, elected to [sic: two] Muslims to Congress since the 9/11 attacks. Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Andre Carson of Indiana, both Democrats [...]

1. Should the mosque be moved?

Ellison: No absolutely not. I fact I think that if it were to be moved that religious liberty would suffer. I think much, much more than this situation with American Muslims, what's at stake here is the right to practice one's faith. Because this could happen to any minority religion in which hysteria and fear crop up. In fact, they have already: the history of anti-Catholic sentiment in our country, anti-Jewish sentiment, the fear and suspicion of our Mormons. So, the mosque project needs to move right ahead, clearly, where it is. The mayor supports it, several members of Congress support it and I think a plurality of New Yorkers support it. It's been through every community board. I think that it's the constitutional right to build this facility of the owners and the organizers and nothing should be moved. They should do it where it's being done. And for all the talk about insensitivity, how come their people aren't upset by the strip joints or the off track betting. I mean that doesn't honor anyone. And there's been a mosque in the vicinity for years. That mosque itself has been there for a long time. And there's another mosque within four blocks of the Ground Zero site. Nothing should be moved. The project should move forward and it should be a place where religious tolerance is celebrated.

Carson: That's certainly a question that my friends in New York will have to hash out. I'm certainly carrying the banner for religious freedoms, be it for Muslims, Christian, Jewish brothers and sisters here, Hindus, atheists and others. You can go into any community across this the country and see several religious houses of the same denomination or differing denominations under the same religion. People certainly have a right to build as they please on private property. But that is kind of like saying that you have a quota for a certain group of people. It deals with tolerance and not necessarily acceptance: critical differences. I think that we're at a time where we're at a critical cross roads in this country where we're really going to have to deal with the issues that are of importance. On the other side of the aisle, the Republicans, as much as they hail the constitution they seem to have a selective memory in terms of what the founding fathers intended. When it comes to gun rights they want to talk about the constitution and how the constitution and how the constitution is impeccable but when it comes to religious freedom they seem to have a selective memory."
Jay Newton-Small, writing for Time magazine online version (Secular; Independent; bsupports Democratic party special interests, allegedly has promoted special interests against the Catholic church)
18 /08 | August / 2010

Who's writing:

"About Jay Newton-Small

Jay Newton-Small is the congressional correspondent for TIME. Born in New York, she spent time growing up in Asia, Australia and Europe following her vagabond United Nations parents. A graduate of Tufts University and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, Jay previously covered politics for Bloomberg News. And, yes, despite the misleading name SHE is a she."
Time magazine online version
quoted 19 / 08 | August / 2010

Catholic Pope Benedict XVI once again appeals the international community for aid for Pakistan’s flood affected inhabitants - says state broadcaster: Vatican Radio

Note by Marc Aupiais

August was to be a holiday in the Vatican, but Old Man Benedict- has clearly been affected by the Pakistani floods- appealing for help, from his holiday home in the Italian Alps:

"Pope Renews Appeal for Help for Pakistan's Flood Victims (18 Aug 10 – RV)

The unfolding tragedy of Pakistan's flood victims was the focus of a renewed appeal by Pope Benedict XVI to the International community this Wednesday. Speaking from his hill top summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Pope said:

"My thoughts go at this time to the dear people of Pakistan, recently hit by severe flooding, which has caused many victims and left many families homeless".

He went on to say: "As I entrust to the merciful goodness of God all those who are tragically gone, I express my spiritual closeness to their families and all who suffer because of this disaster. Our solidarity and the concrete support of the international community must not be lacking to these our sorely tried brothers and sisters!".

The Holy Father's appeal came at the end of his catechesis, this week dedicated to the figure of Pope Saint Pius X "

Radio Vaticana / Vatican Radio (Catholic; governmental: officially has editorial independence; Vatican based)

18 / 08 | August / 2010


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Massive Overhaul of Vatican site online: to include many more documents: team of about 20, who bring pope's message to the "extreme ends of the earth"

Quote compilation by Marc Aupiais

Before we make our quotations, please note that our service does provide extensive Vatican search services at http://vaticansearch.scripturelink.net/, a site created specifically in order to search the Holy See, with over 20 custom search engines. We hope to update this engine, as the Vatican updates their site.

"Vatican webmaster: Site undergoing significant redesign
August 11, 2010

Vatican webmaster Msgr. Lucio Adrian Ruiz, an Argentine priest who has taught computer science in Bogota and Rome, offered an overview of the Holy See’s web site in an August 11 L’Osservatore Romano interview.

Msgr. Ruiz, who supervises a staff of 21, says that the site will be undergoing a significant redesign-- a task made challenging by the presence of 500,000 pages at vatican.va. The redesigned site will include documents from pre-20th century popes and pages on the Holy See’s diplomatic activity, as well as a page of videos of Pope Benedict’s talks.

More visitors to the web site come from the United States than from any other nation, said Msgr. Ruiz; next in popularity, in order, are Italy, Spain, Germany, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, France, and China. Msgr. Ruiz noted that numerous Chinese-language pages are being added to the site.

The site’s traffic is heaviest from 3:00 PM to midnight (Rome time); popular search engine terms that lead to the site are Vatican, Catholic, Roman, Osservatore, Church, and saint.

A staff report by Catholic World News for Catholic Culture / Trinity Communications (Catholic; Independent; American; Reports on issues influencing Catholic Special Interests; Conservative)
11 / 08 | August / 2010

Next we shall present the original Italian as appeared on the Vatican's internet compilation from: L'Osservator Romano, followed by an automatic English tranlation, using the Google Translate engine:

"A colloquio con monsignor Ruiz, responsabile del servizio internet del Vaticano
Un clic per entrare
nella casa del Papa

di Gianluca Biccini
È il sito del Papa e della Santa Sede, il punto della rete in cui si rende presente e vivo il magistero petrino; "il braccio, le gambe, la voce virtuali del Pontefice", per arrivare "urbi et orbi" attraverso le autostrade digitali: è questa l'immagine che il responsabile del servizio internet del Governatorato, il monsignore argentino Lucio Adrian Ruiz, sceglie per parlare del dominio internet www.vatican.va che permette l'accesso alle informazioni riguardanti l'attività di Benedetto XVI e della Sede Apostolica. Nato nel 1965 a Santa Fe, dov'è stato ordinato sacerdote a venticinque anni, monsignor Ruiz è uno specialista del settore, avendo compiuto studi approfonditi in patria e in Spagna, e insegnando materie legate all'informatica in due atenei romani e a Bogotá.

Che cosa è www.vatican.va?

È l'asse fondamentale su cui si regge la presenza ufficiale in rete del Papa e della Sede Apostolica. Questo sito, possiamo dire, è la maniera virtuale della presenza del ministero petrino del Pontefice per la Chiesa universale in internet. Un "di più" rispetto ai media tradizionali - giornali, radio e televisione - perché grazie alla rete si può rileggere, riascoltare e rivedere permanentemente ovunque, "fino agli stremi confini della terra", qualsiasi contenuto lì presente. Chi vuole può attingere alla fonte ufficiale i testi e le parole complete degli insegnamenti pontifici senza passare per altri mezzi, spesso volentieri tagliati, nonché interpretati.

Il sito www.vatican.va è l'unico sito ufficiale del Vaticano?

Come sito "del Papa", sì. Ma c'è tutta la famiglia ".va" che fa presente le diverse realtà della Sede Apostolica ufficialmente, per esempio: www.vaticastaate.va e www.resources.va e ancora www.operatorisanitari.va eccetera. Da quest'anno cominceranno a vedere la luce tanti altri siti dei diversi Dicasteri romani che faranno parte della famiglia ".va", cioè, una rappresentazione e presenza virtuale di ciò che uno trova nella realtà reale quando si visita a Roma la Sede Apostolica. Vatican.va noi lo consideriamo una sorta di finestra virtuale del Papa nella rete, come quella dell'Angelus, che permette al Pontefice di "affacciarsi in internet", di mostrarsi e di far sentire la propria voce e la propria presenza in tutto il mondo. Una finestra che consente, in certo qual modo, l'esercizio del ministero petrino, di padre e maestro universale, nella rete internet. Per questo, come negli Angelus di piazza San Pietro non ci sono spazi di dialogo con chi viene a incontrare e ad ascoltare il Papa, così anche nel nostro sito non è prevista interattività con gli utenti: non è una chat line, né un social network, né è attiva una casella di posta elettronica per scrivergli.

Per quale motivo?

Ci sono ragioni pratiche e teologiche insieme. Per quanto riguarda le prime, basti pensare quanta gente vorrebbe interagire con il Papa, il che renderebbe impossibile la gestione di una mole di lavoro del genere; per quanto riguarda le seconde, va tenuto presente che al Pontefice spetta la missione universale, mentre per quella personale, per il contatto con ogni singolo individuo, ci sono i sacerdoti e i vescovi, il cui ruolo va valorizzato per non rischiare di sopprimere la ricchezza della Chiesa, che ha tutta una gerarchia di ministeri e di carismi. Tuttavia ciò non significa che non ci rendiamo conto della necessità di attualizzare il linguaggio, di renderlo comprensibile ai fruitori di internet di oggi, che è tanto cambiato da quando il sito ha visto la luce per la prima volta. Perciò stiamo studiando un rinnovamento non solo grafico ma anche strutturale che permetta di usufruire del contenuto, anzi della presenza virtuale del Papa, in una maniera migliore in internet.

Come state procedendo?

Prima di tutto va chiarito che sarà un processo lungo, vatican.va ha 500.000 pagine dentro, cioè mezzo milione. Ma comunque va fatto. Per iniziare questo percorso ci siamo posti due domande. La prima: come far vivere il Papa nella rete, cioè come fare presente il suo ministero petrino nell'era digitale. La seconda: come approfondire la conoscenza della rete, del suo linguaggio e della sua cultura, per dare risposte adeguate, come richiesto da Benedetto XVI nel messaggio per la Giornata mondiale delle comunicazioni sociali 2010. "Con la loro diffusione, la responsabilità dell'annuncio non solo aumenta, ma si fa più impellente e reclama un impegno più motivato ed efficace", e Giovanni Paolo ii aveva scritto: "L'impegno nei mass media, tuttavia, non ha solo lo scopo di moltiplicare l'annunzio: si tratta di un fatto più profondo, perché l'evangelizzazione stessa della cultura moderna dipende in gran parte dal loro influsso". Per questo è già presente in modo permanente a tutti i livelli - audio, video e testi - in diretta o in differita, e tutto il mondo può vederlo, ascoltarlo, conoscerne il pensiero, attingendo ufficialmente alla fonte. In definitiva www.vatican.va non è un semplice sito ma è "l'immagine missionaria del Papa" in formato digitale, in varie lingue e luoghi, grazie agli strumenti della tecnologia che lo permettono.

Da quanto tempo esiste il sito ufficiale?

La prima versione, una pagina con il messaggio di Giovanni Paolo ii, risale al Natale 1995. Il sito con le sezioni navigabili - Santo Padre, Curia romana, servizi di informazione, archivio - è stato pubblicato in occasione della Pasqua del 1997. Al mio modo di vedere, un vero evento storico, come tanti altri grandi eventi, marcato della lungimiranza di un Papa missionario che capiva che questo strumento gli permetteva di arrivare "fino agli stremi confini della terra". Oggi, con Benedetto, tutto ciò prende nuova vita perché con i suoi recenti messaggi colloca internet tra quei nuovi strumenti al servizio della Parola che non possono essere ignorati dalla Chiesa. Quel flusso di grazia e di vita che sgorga dall'Eucaristia ha un nuovo canale per arrivare agli uomini di tutto il mondo, e la Chiesa deve accettare questa sfida.

Può descriverci brevemente le voci principali?

L'area con la maggiore attività di aggiornamento quotidiano è quella dedicata al pontificato di Benedetto XVI. Il calendario delle attività riporta tutti gli impegni con relativa documentazione: video, testi, fotografie. I testi sono pubblicati sul sito in tempo reale, possibilmente in più lingue. Una sezione è dedicata al magistero dei pontefici dal 1900. Tutti i documenti sono raccolti secondo le specifiche tipologie: encicliche, motu proprio, lettere apostoliche, costituzioni apostoliche, messaggi, ai quali si affiancano le catechesi e tutti i pronunciamenti quotidiani, come discorsi, omelie, lettere, Angelus, preghiere. Per esempio nella schermata delle celebrazioni liturgiche si può consultare il calendario aggiornato degli impegni del Papa, corredato da indicazioni e fotografie.

Sono previste nuove voci?

Stiamo per ampliare la sezione dei Pontefici, includendo tutti i successori di Pietro cercando di mettere per ciascuno i documenti principali in maniera di poter avere il fil rouge del magistero pontificio on line. È di prossima pubblicazione la raccolta degli interventi legati all'attività diplomatica della Santa Sede. Sono pronti nuovi documenti nella sezione cinese. E stiamo lavorando all'archivio video del Papa: creeremo, cioè, una pagina con la raccolta di tutti i filmati attualmente presenti sul sito. Bisogna infatti ricordare che da agosto 2009 registriamo lo streaming trasmesso dal Centro Televisivo Vaticano per i singoli eventi legati all'attività del Pontefice e inseriamo i video negli indici di riferimento: per esempio Angelus, udienze, omelie, viaggi.

E la pagina Focus?

Questo settore della home page è dedicato al lancio delle nuove schermate. Nuove icone vengono realizzate di volta in volta per rendere nota una nuova area del sito.

Attualmente sono usate otto lingue. Ne sono previste altre?

Si progetta una possibile apertura al russo e l'arabo, ma in questioni di lingue il problema ci si pone con le possibilità del personale a disposizione.

Quanti contatti avvengono quotidianamente?

In media tre milioni di hits al giorno quando non ci sono eventi straordinari. Ma è opportuno precisare che si tratta di contatti, non di utenti. Perché è possibile che un utente acceda più volte al giorno. Solo con un nuovo sistema statistico - che stiamo in fase d'implementazione - potremo sapere il numero effettivo di persone che navigano nel sito.

Quali sono i Paesi che "cliccano" più spesso?

Nell'ordine i primi dieci con maggiori accessi sono gli Stati Uniti d'America, l'Italia, la Spagna, la Germania e il Brasile, seguiti da Corea del Sud, Messico, Canada, Francia e Cina.

Quali sono le ore di punta del traffico?

L'orario di maggiore attività è tra le 15 e le 24 (ora di Roma).

Quali le voci più ricercate?

I motori di ricerca registrano tra le parole più digitate: vatican o vaticano, catholic, romano, osservatore, church, santa.

È possibile tracciare l'identikit dell'internauta medio che si aggira nell'universo informatico della Santa Sede?

Dipende dal tempo e dalle occasioni. Per esempio, nella Settimana Santa c'è una presenza più spirituale; in caso di eventi speciali, come i viaggi del Papa, è invece più giornalistica e d'informazione generale. Quando morì Giovanni Paolo ii e per l'elezione di Benedetto XVI entrambi i flussi coincisero, sia il religioso che l'informativo.

Un tema affascinante è quello della sicurezza e degli attacchi hacker. Possiamo raccontarne qualcuno?

Ci sono stati vari episodi negli anni, per non parlare degli attacchi quotidiani di entità diversa, ma è bene non soffermarcisi per questioni di sicurezza. C'è sempre un buon rapporto con l'Interpol, la Polizia delle telecomunicazioni e l'intelligence italiana che ci aiutano nella nostra attenta analisi quotidiana e la protezione dei nostri sistemi. Abbiamo inoltre un grande aiuto delle aziende che producono i sistemi di sicurezza, oltre alla relazione fornitore-cliente, c'è un grande affetto per il Papa che raduna sforzi davvero importanti. Come tutti i grandi sistemi siamo soggetti all'appetito sia dello "smanettatore" sia del professionista. Dobbiamo sempre essere attenti e seguire lo sviluppo delle questioni di sicurezza informatica.

A questo punto parliamo del servizio internet.

È una realtà che ha un doppio compito: il servizio internet e i servizi internet, cioè, deve fornire, a tutta la Sede Apostolica, l'accesso a internet e tutti i servizi a esso collegato (web, mail, ecc.) per portare avanti da una parte la presenza digitale del Papa, della Santa Sede e della Città del Vaticano nell'universo internet, e dall'altra per portare il mondo verso il Papa e la Santa Sede nel percorso inverso, favorendo il flusso richiesto dalla Chiesa per una nuova evangelizzazione in una "nuova cultura". Questa realtà, istituzionalmente dipende dalla Direzione delle Telecomunicazioni dello Stato della Città del Vaticano, che raggruppa i diversi servizi di telecomunicazione con l'intenzione di offrire un servizio efficace ed efficiente in questo ambito.

Com'è organizzato?

Siamo ventuno persone in una struttura doppia, come un corpo che ha due polmoni: lo staff tecnico e quello documentale-grafico. Il primo cura gli aspetti tecnologici per le due finalità: dare l'accesso a internet e offrire i servizi internet; il secondo coordina e inserisce i contenuti che provengono dalla Santa Sede e dallo Stato della Città del Vaticano e hanno come destinazione il sito. Si tratta quindi anche di curare l'organizzazione e gli aspetti grafici di www.vatican.va. Lavoro analogo viene svolto per i siti correlati, che hanno vita autonoma perché particolarmente complessi, ma che nello stesso tempo interagiscono con noi. Tra i più grandi mi vengono in mente quelli di Radio Vaticana e della Congregazione per l'Evangelizzazione dei Popoli con la sua agenzia Fides, ma attualmente ne abbiamo undici in attesa di lancio, tra i quali anche quello de "L'Osservatore Romano". Ma l'aspetto da sottolineare è che questa doppia struttura, questi due polmoni, hanno la coscienza di essere parte di un solo corpo e quest'unità crea una forza sinergica non solo di aiuto reciproco ma, soprattutto, di studio e comprensione della grandissima missione da compiere per la Chiesa, quella di portare la persona, la presenza del Papa, nel mondo internet "fino agli stremi confini della terra"."
L'Osservatore Romano (Catholic; Independent [contrary to some claims- this paper is not an official paper of the Holy See, its views are its own]; Vatican based)
11 / 08 | August / 2010

The following is an unedited AUTOMATIC translation of the article via machine translation:

"A conversation with Bishop Ruiz, head of the Vatican Internet
Click to enter
the Pope's home

Gianluca Biccini
It is the site of the Pope and the Holy See, the point where the network is present and alive the Petrine teaching, "the arm, legs, voice virtual Pontiff," to get "urbi et orbi" through the digital highway : this is the image that the Internet service manager of the Governorate, the Monsignor Argentine Lucio Adrian Ruiz, chooses to speak www.vatican.va Internet domain that allows access to information about the activities of Benedict XVI and See See. Born in 1965 in Santa Fe, where he was ordained priest at twenty-five, Bishop Ruiz is a specialist in the field, having done extensive studies at home and in Spain, and teaching materials related to computers in two universities in Rome and Bogota.

What is www.vatican.va?

It is the cornerstone on which rests the official presence on the network of the Pope and the Apostolic See. This site, we can say, is a virtual presence of the Petrine ministry of Pope for the universal Church on the Internet. A "more" than the traditional media - newspapers, radio and television - thanks to the network because you can read, listen and review anywhere permanently, "to the extreme ends of the earth", any content that was there. Anyone who wants can draw from the official source texts and words full of papal teachings without going through other means, often willingly cut and interpreted.

The site www.vatican.va is the only official website of the Vatican?

Site as "the Pope", yes. But there is all the family. "Goes" that points out the realities of the Apostolic officially, for example, and yet www.operatorisanitari.va www.resources.va www.vaticastaate.va and so on. From this year will begin to see the light of many other Roman sites of the various departments that will be part of the family. "Goes", ie, a virtual presence and representation of what one finds in real reality when you visit the Apostolic See in Rome. Vatican.va we consider a kind of virtual window of the Pope in the network, such as the Angelus, which allows the Pope to "look out on the Internet", to appear and make their voices heard and their presence throughout the world . A window allows, to some extent, the exercise of the Petrine ministry of universal father and teacher, in internet. Therefore, as Angelus in St. Peter's Square there is no room for dialogue with those who come to meet and listen to the Pope, so our site does not provide interactivity with users: is not a chat line or a social network nor is an active e-mail to write.


There are practical and theological whole. Regarding the first, just think how many people would interact with the Pope, which would make it impossible to manage a workload like that, as regards the latter, it must be remembered that it is the universal mission of the Pope, while for the staff to contact each individual, there are priests and bishops, whose role should be enhanced to avoid the risk of deleting the wealth of the Church, which has a whole hierarchy of ministries and charisms. However, this does not mean that we do not realize the need to modernize the language, to make it understandable to users of the Internet today, which is much changed since the site has seen the light for the first time. So we are considering a renewal not only graphic but also structural changes that allow to use the content, even the virtual presence of the Pope, in a way better internet.

How are you doing?

First of all it should be clarified to be a long process vatican.va has 500,000 pages in, say half a million. But still to be done. To begin this process we have set ourselves two questions. The first: how to live the Pope in the network, ie how to present his Petrine ministry in the digital age. The second: how to deepen the knowledge of the network, its language and its culture, to give adequate answers, as requested by Benedict XVI in his message for World Communications Day 2010. "With their spread, the responsibility of the ad not only increases but becomes more urgent and demands a commitment to more motivated and effective," and John Paul II had written: "The commitment in the media, however, has not only in order to multiply the announcement: it is a fact deeper, because the very evangelization of modern culture depends largely on their influence. " That is already permanently at all levels - audio, video and text - live or delayed, and the whole world can see, hear, learn their thinking, drawing from official source. Ultimately www.vatican.va is not just a site but is "the missionary image of the Pope" in digital format, in various languages and locations, thanks to technology tools that allow it.

How long has the official site?

The first version, a page with the message of John Paul II, back to Christmas 1995. The site with sections waterways - the Holy Father, the Roman Curia, information services, archives - was published at Easter 1997. In my view, a real historical event, like many other major events marked the missionary vision of a Pope who understood that this tool allowed him to get "to the extreme ends of the earth." Today, with Frank, because everything gets new life with his recent messages placed between these new Internet tools in the service of the Word which can not be ignored by the Church. That flow of grace and life that flows from the Eucharist has a new channel to reach people all over the world and the Church must accept this challenge.

Can you briefly describe the main items?

The area with increased activity of daily update is dedicated to the papacy of Benedict XVI. The activity calendar lists all commitments with the relevant documentation: video, text and photographs. The texts are published on the website in real time, possibly in multiple languages. A section is devoted to the teaching of the popes since 1900. All documents are collected according to specific types: encyclicals, motu proprio, apostolic letters, apostolic constitutions, messages, which is combined with the reflections and all the daily pronouncements, such as speeches, sermons, letters, Angelus prayers. For example, in the liturgical celebrations of the screen you can see the updated calendar of commitments for the Pope, accompanied by information and photographs.

There are new entries?

We're going to expand the section of the Popes, including all successors of Peter trying to put each key documents so they can have the common thread of papal teaching online. It is forthcoming collection actions related diplomatic activity of the Holy See. New documents are prepared in the Chinese section. And we are working archive video of the Pope will create, ie, a page with the collection of all movies currently on site. It must be recalled that in August 2009 to record streaming broadcast by Vatican Television Center for individual events associated with the activity of the Pope and insert videos in the benchmarks, for example Angelus, hearings, sermons, travel.

And the Focus page?

This area of the home page is dedicated to the launch of the new screens. New icons are made from time to time to disclose a new area of the site.

Currently eight languages are used. More are expected?

Designing a possible opening to Russian and Arabic, but in matters of language problem there arises the possibility of staff available.

How many contacts occur daily?

On average three million hits a day when there are extraordinary events. But it should be noted that these contacts, not users. Why can a user log on several times a day. Only with a new statistical system - we are in the process of implementation - we know the actual number of people who surf the site.

What are the countries that "clicked" more often?

Order the top ten with more hits are the USA, Italy, Spain, Germany and Brazil, followed by South Korea, Mexico, Canada, France and China.

What rush hour traffic?

The busiest time is between 15 and 24 (Rome time).

What are the most wanted items?

Search engines record between the words typed: Vatican or the Vatican, Catholic, Roman observer, church, holy.

You can draw the identikit of the internist average computing universe that is around the Holy See?

Depends on the time and opportunities. For example, during Holy Week is a more spiritual in the case of special events such as the travels of the Pope, is more journalistic and general information. When he died, John Paul II and Benedict XVI's election coincided both streams, both the religious and the information.

A fascinating theme is security and hacker attacks. We can tell someone?

There have been several incidents over the years, not to mention the daily attacks of different entities, but do not soffermarcisi for security reasons. There is always a good relationship with Interpol, the police telecommunications and Italian intelligence to help us in our daily analysis and careful protection of our systems. We have also a great help companies producing safety systems, in addition to customer-supplier relationship, there is great affection for the Pope really important gathering efforts. Like all large systems are subjects of appetite and plays around with both the professional. We must always be careful and follow the development of information security issues.

At this point, we speak of the internet service.

It is a reality that has a double task: the internet services and internet services, namely, to provide, to all the Apostolic See, Internet access and all services connected to it (web, mail, etc..) To continue one hand, the digital presence of the Pope, the Holy See and Vatican City Internet universe, and the other to bring the world to the Pope and the Holy See in the opposite direction, stimulating the flow required by the Church for a new evangelizing a "new culture". This really depends on institutionally Telecommunications Directorate of the State of Vatican City, which brings together the various telecommunications services with the intention to offer an effective and efficient service in this area.

How is it organized?

We are twenty people in a double structure, as a body has two lungs: the technical staff and the documentary-feel. The first takes care of the technological aspects for two purposes: to give access to the Internet and provide Internet services, the second coordinates and places the contents coming from the Holy See and the State of Vatican City and have as their destination site. It is therefore to treat the organization and the graphical aspects of www.vatican.va. Similar work is done for related sites which have particularly complex for independent living, but at the same time interact with us. Among the biggest ones I can think of Vatican Radio and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples with his agency, Fides, but now we have eleven awaiting launch, including also the "L'Osservatore Romano." But the thing to emphasize is that this dual structure, the two lungs, have the consciousness of being part of one body and this unit not only creates a synergistic force of mutual aid and, above all, study and understanding of the great mission be made to the Church, to bring the person, the Pope's presence in the internet world "to the extreme ends of the earth."

(© L'Osservatore Romano, August 11, 2010)"
Translated using Google Translate