Friday, June 24, 2011

South Africa to bail out failed dictatorship to tune of 10 billion without democratic reforms, amid crackdowns on decent?

Article by Marc Aupiais

One need not repeat the headline, what the SACBC Cardinal Wilfred Napier has asked is that South Africa demand Swaziland reforms before granting the bail out to the mismanaged land!

"Pretoria

24 June 2011

For Immediate release.

Statement by Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, Spokesman of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC).

 The Catholic Bishops of Southern Africa wish to register their concern at the financial bailout by the South African Treasury of the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland.

It is understood that an amount of R10 Billion is needed to keep the Swazi Government afloat and the administration from collapsing.

 

 Swaziland is currently in the throes of an unprecedented financial and societal crisis.  It has

• the highest HIV & AIDS infection rate in the world (26%);• the lowest life expectancy in the world (32 years);• an unemployment rate of 40% and rising;• and extreme poverty with 70% of its population living below the poverty line of less than US$6  a day.• A State of emergency that has curtailed freedom of expression, association and dissent for the last 37 years.  

We believe that the Swaziland Government must abandon or at least reform the "Tinkhundla" system of governance of royal favour and alliance which is a breeding place for corruption and greed.  Monies intended for alleviating the people's suffering are diverted to support the lavish lifestyle of the monarchy.

The People of Swaziland love their King and Country, but the conditions that have created this crisis must not be disregarded by South Africa in considering a bailout.

 

We therefore call on the South African Government to make the loan CONDITIONAL on the following:

∙         the recognition and implementation the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Swaziland;∙         the revocation by King Mswati III of the royal decree of 12 April 1973 which established a state of emergency;∙         that King Mswati III enter into meaningful dialogue with his people in order to facilitate movement  towards true democracy his country;∙         the establishment of a democratic process for writing a new constitution in which all Swazi's have a part;∙         that the current Swazi Constitution be amended to reinstate the full range of human rights;∙         And that none of the bailout money go directly or indirectly to fund the Monarchy. 

In the same way that the South African Government has laudable process examining the sale of Arms to other countries, the same type of process should be employed when it comes to financial support for ailing regional economies.

 

 

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier

Archbishop of Durban

Spokesman for the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference

(The SACBC is constituted by the Catholic Bishops of Botswana, Swaziland and South Africa)

"

That quoted, South Africa sold arms to Libya, North Korea, just saying etc. I don't think it will be conditional!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Rorate Caeli blog calls SSPX publisher "the best overall Catholic publisher and bookseller in the English-speaking world"! And a "gift to the world"

(Tridentine and Faith)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Rorate Caeli which covers special interests relating to the Latin Mass, and to the FSSP and SSPX, has written an article which would suggest their sympathies are closer to the SSPX than to the church, here is an extract:

"We thank the best overall Catholic publisher and bookseller in the English-speaking world, Angelus Press, for their generous support of our contest [...] Angelus Press never fails to print and/or offer excellent publications. Visit their website frequently and watch out for their latest announcements. (This is certainly not an ad, but a sincere acknowledgment of the gift that Angelus Press is to the world.)"
Rorate Caeli (relabelled SSPX sympathisers; SSPX special interests news; American; possible affiliation with SSPX)
We quote "New Catholic"
Article link: "New design" : 12 / June / 2011


So, who are these "never fails to print and/or offer 'excellent' publications" people? But the unofficial voice of the SSPX, the schismatic group of priests who split from Rome under former Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre:


It's own website says:

"Angelus Press was founded in 1978 in Dickinson, Texas by Fr. Carl Pulvermacher, OFM.  It began as an apostolate of the Society of St. Pius X to promote Catholic literature.  Since its conception, Angelus Press has published a monthly magazine – The Angelus -- "A Journal of Roman Catholic Tradition.” [...]

In time, Angelus Press began to publish and print its own books on rudimentary presses.  Collation was done completely by hand – a most time-consuming process.
From the confines of our humble Texas shack, we moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1992, occupying the basement and the first floor of the SSPX’s St. Vincent’s Priory (formerly known as the Regina Coeli House)."
Angelus Press (SSPX Publisher)
About Page
2011


Says Catholic Answers' This Rock Magazine, the Angelus Press published the following title, which on its own even if you don't read the open affiliation to the sspx, you will see is pro-sspx:

"The Collected Works of His Excellency Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, vol. 1 [The Angelus Press]"
As quoted by Catholic Answers Apolostate: This Rock Magazine (Catholic Special Interests and church issues; Independent; American)
We quote "Brian O’Neel"

Article Link: How Rejection of Vatican II Led Lefebvre into Schism : April 2003


Thursday, June 2, 2011

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