When we think of Christian persecution, we typically think of a place in the world such as North Korea, Iran or China. But what about Europe? While the actions against Christianity in Europe do not rise to the level of institutional persecution that we see in China, there is a growing cultural hostility against the Church and all things Christian.



The Gatestone Institute did some very fine research in compiling about 3,000 separate incidents in 2019 that ranged from lack of respect to open hostility to active persecution. Most of the crimes were property crimes perpetrated against symbols of the Christian religion. The property crimes were not lway hostile toward the Church. In many cases, the motive was money. Many times they were stealing metal such as lead and copper from the church structure to sell for scrap. Still, this shows a lack of respect for the holy. And then there are crimes where the motive is clearly meant to show open hostility toward Christianity from those whose motives are political or religious. Some of these are not directed at property or religious symbols. Some of these have been assaults directed against individual Christians.


With rising secularism in the general population, a silent media and an uncaring government it is unlikely that hostility toward Christianity will abate any time soon. With many European governments actively promoting abortion and various types of sexual perversion, I think that many in positions of power would just as soon see the Christian Church muzzled.


From the Gatestone Institute:

Anti-Christian hostility is sweeping across Western Europe, where, during 2019, Christian churches and symbols were deliberately attacked day after day.


Gatestone Institute reviewed thousands of newspaper reports, police blotters, parliamentary inquiries, social media posts and specialized blogs from Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain. The research shows (see appendices below) that roughly 3,000 Christian churches, schools, cemeteries and monuments were vandalized, looted or defaced in Europe during 2019 — which is on track to becoming a record year for anti-Christian sacrilege on the continent.


Violence against Christian sites is most widespread in France, where churches, schools, cemeteries and monuments are being vandalized, desecrated and burned at an average rate of three per day, according to government statistics. In Germany, attacks against Christian churches are occurring at an average rate of two per day, according to police blotters.

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"Biometric" comes from the Greek words "bio" (life) and "metric" (to measure). Biometrics are technologies used for measuring and analyzing a person's unique characteristics. There are two types of biometrics: behavioral and physical. Behavioral biometrics are generally used for verification while physical biometrics can be used for either identification or verification.

What are biometric systems used for?


Biometrics are used for identification and verification:

Identification is determining who a person is. It involves trying to find a match for a person's biometric data in a database containing records of people and that characteristic. This method requires time and a large amount of processing power, especially if the database is very large.


Verification is determining if a person is who they say they are. It involves comparing a user's biometric data to the previously recorded data for that person to ensure that this is the same person. This method requires less processing power and time, and is used for access control (to buildings or data).


What are the main types of biometric systems?

The main physical biometric technologies include:

fingerprint

iris

retina

hand

palm vein

face

There are also a number of behavioral biometric technologies such as voice recognition (analyzing a speaker's vocal behavior), keystroke (measuring the time spacing of typed words), gait recognition (manner of walking), or signature (analyzing the way you sign).

Other biometric techniques, still in exploratory stages would include DNA biometrics, ear shape, fingernails or odor.

Almost three years ago in late 2016, Pope Francis is reported to have said “It is not to be excluded that I will enter history as the one who split the Catholic Church.” The Pope was talking about attacks from conservative Roman Catholics against his progressive ideas and policies. Since that time, the Pope has done little to make the situation better. His policies have drifted further to the left. He has been soft toward the Catholic's traditional dogmas while giving his views on climate change and open borders center stage. He ignited more controversy when he signed the "Document on Human Fraternity" stating that God wills a diversity of religions. And then there is the upcoming Amazon Synod. It has been said that it will replace some Catholic doctrines with Amazonian paganism.


Recently while talking to journalists while on a flight, one of the journalists handed the Pope a copy of a book that he had written called "How America Wants to Change the Pope." The book is about how conservative American Catholics have formed a conspiracy against the Pope. The Popes response to the gift of the book was to proclaim it "an honor if the Americans attack me."


The Pope likes to portray himself as the victim of the "evil" conservatives in the United States. It gives him a convenient scapegoat for the dire problems of the Roman Catholic Church. But while attention is diverted to the anti-pope conspirators in the United States, a group of bishops in Germany is causing a much more credible schism against the Vatican. In this case, the bishops are meeting in a “binding synodal assembly” which is a synod without calling it a synod. They are meeting because the Vatican under Francis is not moving quickly enough with its progressive agenda. So the Germans are going to meet to make their own binding doctrines on issues such as clerical celibacy and issues of sexual immorality. The Vatican has written to the bishops warning them not to do this. The bishops will have the meeting anyway.


And then there are money issues. The ongoing clerical sexual abuse lawsuits are starting to be a drain on the traditionally wealthy church. The diocese in Rochester, New York has filed for bankruptcy. And the Vatican itself drowning in red ink. The Pope has ordered belt-tightening. If there really is a schism, they are going to miss the money that flows in from the United States and Germany.


The Pope's response to this is to state that he is "not afraid of schisms." However, Archbishop Vigano, a critic of this Pope believes it is deeper than that. He believes that the Pope is provoking a schism by promoting the heterodox Amazon Synod. Read more about this at Lifesitenews.com below.



Vatican whistleblower Viganò: Pope Francis is the one ‘provoking’ schism

A veteran Vatican journalist has revealed that a Vatican whistleblower told him that Pope Francis is ‘provoking’ a schism in the Catholic Church.

Dr. Robert Moynihan, founder and editor-in-chief of Inside the Vatican magazine, recently published remarks he says Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò made to him in response to Pope Francis’ recent reflections on schism.

On his September 10 flight to Rome from a five-day trip to Madagascar and Mozambique, the Argentinian pontiff told reporters that he was “not afraid of schisms” and that a schism “is always an elitist separation stemming from an ideology detached from doctrine.”

“Pope Francis is saying that because he knows the Amazon Synod may provoke a schism,” Viganò allegedly told Moynihan.

“He is ready to say others are making the schism, but (by his actions in continuing to support the Amazon Synod) he is provoking it himself,” the Vatican whistleblower continued.

“Is this the attitude of a pastor who cares for the faithful? It is his own duty to prevent a schism.”

Moynihan published the remarks on September 11, saying that the Archbishop had made them to him in conversation that day.

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