Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The United Religions Initiative and The Vatican

United Religions Initiative is a United Nations NGO that is focused on interfaithism and interreligious cooperation. William Swing a retired Episcopal bishop of California is it's director. Here is a video made by one of it's followers: remember what the Bible warns about the false peace of the antichrist "by peace he shall destroy many" warned of in the book of Daniel. [note that James Channan who I mention below appears]

The URI's purpose, according to its charter, is "to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation", to "end religiously motivated violence." and "create cultures of peace".

I do not share Lee Penn's {a Catholic writer who could be drawing different conclusions by this later date} 1998 assertion in this article that "Rome stands firm against it." ["it" being URI]. Many of his concerns are very valid, he has even warned of Benedict's encyclical that calls for world government with more comments on URI. There are some thinking Catholics who see some of which is going on. I pray for all Catholics {Trads, Sedes and others among them} who see some truth about these one world religion organizations that they see "infiltrating" into the Vatican, to be able to come into a biblical full-world view of the Vatican's centuries long role in setting up things for the one world religion and the harlot's leading of all the world's false religions to "unite together for peace" for the antichrist.

This link has since been removed, but one can find the title in the URI cache.

Here the URI, had mentioned their Vatican involvement and even audience with the Pope for one of their leaders.:

Executive Director's Reflections:

URI an Interfaith Presence at the Vatican

Written by Charles Gibbs
Thursday, 30 March 2006

Dear Friends, Greetings of love and peace.

I am writing this at 37,000 feet as I fly from Rome to London on the first leg of a long journey home to San Francisco. For the past week I have had the privilege to be in Rome representing the URI as part of an interfaith group from San Francisco. Others in the group included Iftekhar Hai, Doug Kahn, Rita Semel, and Bill and Mary Swing. We traveled to Rome at the invitation William Levada, with whom many of us had worked closely during his decade-plus as Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco.

Shortly after Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI, he appointed Archbishop Levada to replace him as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the number two position of authority in the Vatican after pope. Archbishop Levada, the highest ranking American Catholic ever, invited his interfaith colleagues to come to Rome at this time for a Consistory for the Creation of Cardinals, during which he would be elevated from Archbishop to Cardinal, joining the elite College of Cardinals, whose members, in Cardinal Levada's words, are "not only co-workers with [the Pope] in the mission of the unity of the Church, but also witnesses of her catholicity, called as we are from across the globe." The College of Cardinals is also the body responsible for electing a new pope.

During a week of extraordinary religious ceremonies, Pope Benedict created 15 new cardinals from many parts of the world, including Korea, Venezuela, Poland, Spain, Ghana, and the Philippines. Each of these new cardinals was supported by delegations from their home countries. But the delegation from San Francisco was the only interfaith delegation, including Episcopalians, Greek Orthodox, Jews, Lutherans, Muslims and, of course, Roman Catholics, with a strong URI presence at the core.

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Finally, on our last day in Rome, we had an audience with Pope Benedict. After so many solemn ceremonies in the previous days, this wonderful moment was more like a college graduation. The Pope greeted each of the cardinals and a few selected members of their delegations, to great cheers, chants and singing among the faithful. Along the way, we had the opportunity to deepen community during many celebratory meals, as well as some time to see some of the ancient and modern beauty of Rome.

We, the interfaith members of Cardinal Levada's delegation, have been privileged to experience and be a part of history in the making. Not only were we present to see the highest ranking American Roman Catholic in history - William Levada, former Archbishop of San Francisco and friend - installed in a position of high honor and great responsibility and authority, we were, from all we could learn, the first interfaith delegation to participate in a consistory........

William Levada's high ranking position in the Vatican [considered second behind the Pope in power] and support of URI, is an interesting convergence. There is just more then that however, URI leaders have been given awards by the Vatican such as in the case of "Father" James Channan, Catholic priest and URI trustee being given an interfaith award by Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald who heads the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue from the Vatican.

Channan also would be given a role as "Consulter" to the same Pontifical Council by Pope John Paul II. URI-Catholic involvement is immense with many parishes and Catholic leaders being involved in its works.

The MDI or Monastic Interreligious Dialogue organization which by the way is Pope supported openly supports United Religions Initiative.

With not only discussions about "interfaith sacred spaces" some at the behest of the URI, [it doesn't escape my attention that a Unitarian Universalist religions logo is pictured on this Catholic website] and from another nun at MDI, one can see how the one world universalism, is being pushed by the workers for the antichrist:

Is mystical—or even spiritual—experience identical for a Christian, a Buddhist or a Muslim? Does their reading of this experience differ only because they are rooted in another religious culture and bound to those cultural forms of expression? May we say that the mystery of God that dwells in us as Christians is the same mystery that fills the other?

She makes sure to tell us also:

"I participated in the encounters of local interreligious groups, such as a Christian/Muslim discussion group or a United Religious Initiatives Cooperation Circle.

Is there any wonder she is so confused about even Who God really is?

Deu 12:30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.

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