Wednesday, 28 January 2015

RESPONSE TO BLOG ON ISLAM

In the name of God, the Beneficent the Merciful

To the Youth in Europe and North America,

The recent events in France and similar ones in some other Western countries have convinced me to directly talk to you about them. I am addressing you, [the youth], not because I overlook your parents, rather it is because the future of your nations and countries will be in your hands; and also I find that the sense of quest for truth is more vigorous and attentive in your hearts.
I don’t address your politicians and statesmen either in this writing because I believe that they have consciously separated the route of politics from the path of righteousness and truth.
I would like to talk to you about Islam, particularly the image that is presented to you as Islam. Many attempts have been made over the past two decades, almost since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, to place this great religion in the seat of a horrifying enemy. The provocation of a feeling of horror and hatred and its utilization has unfortunately a long record in the political history of the West.
Here, I don’t want to deal with the different phobias with which the Western nations have thus far been indoctrinated. A cursory review of recent critical studies of history would bring home to you the fact that the Western governments’ insincere and hypocritical treatment of other nations and cultures has been censured in new historiographies.
The histories of the United States and Europe are ashamed of slavery, embarrassed by the colonial period and chagrined at the oppression of people of color and non-Christians. Your researchers and historians are deeply ashamed of the bloodsheds wrought in the name of religion between the Catholics and Protestants or in the name of nationality and ethnicity during the First and Second World Wars. This approach is admirable.
By mentioning a fraction of this long list, I don’t want to reproach history; rather I would like you to ask your intellectuals as to why the public conscience in the West awakens and comes to its senses after a delay of several decades or centuries. Why should the revision of collective conscience apply to the distant past and not to the current problems? Why is it that attempts are made to prevent public awareness regarding an important issue such as the treatment of Islamic culture and thought?
You know well that humiliation and spreading hatred and illusionary fear of the “other” have been the common base of all those oppressive profiteers. Now, I would like you to ask yourself why the old policy of spreading “phobia” and hatred has targeted Islam and Muslims with an unprecedented intensity. Why does the power structure in the world want Islamic thought to be marginalized and remain latent? What concepts and values in Islam disturb the programs of the super powers and what interests are safeguarded in the shadow of distorting the image of Islam? Hence, my first request is: Study and research the incentives behind this widespread tarnishing of the image of Islam.
My second request is that in reaction to the flood of prejudgments and disinformation campaigns, try to gain a direct and firsthand knowledge of this religion. The right logic requires that you understand the nature and essence of what they are frightening you about and want you to keep away from.
I don’t insist that you accept my reading or any other reading of Islam. What I want to say is: Don’t allow this dynamic and effective reality in today’s world to be introduced to you through resentments and prejudices. Don’t allow them to hypocritically introduce their own recruited terrorists as representatives of Islam.
Receive knowledge of Islam from its primary and original sources. Gain information about Islam through the Qur’an and the life of its great Prophet. I would like to ask you whether you have directly read the Qur’an of the Muslims. Have you studied the teachings of the Prophet of Islam and his humane, ethical doctrines? Have you ever received the message of Islam from any sources other than the media?
Have you ever asked yourself how and on the basis of which values has Islam established the greatest scientific and intellectual civilization of the world and raised the most distinguished scientists and intellectuals throughout several centuries?
I would like you not to allow the derogatory and offensive image-buildings to create an emotional gulf between you and the reality, taking away the possibility of an impartial judgment from you. Today, the communication media have removed the geographical borders. Hence, don’t allow them to besiege you within fabricated and mental borders.
Although no one can individually fill the created gaps, each one of you can construct a bridge of thought and fairness over the gaps to illuminate yourself and your surrounding environment. While this preplanned challenge between Islam and you, the youth, is undesirable, it can raise new questions in your curious and inquiring minds. Attempts to find answers to these questions will provide you with an appropriate opportunity to discover new truths.
Therefore, don’t miss the opportunity to gain proper, correct and unbiased understanding of Islam so that hopefully, due to your sense of responsibility toward the truth, future generations would write the history of this current interaction between Islam and the West with a clearer conscience and lesser resentment.
Seyyed Ali Khamenei
21st Jan. 2015

IS ISLAM A THREAT?

Is ISLAM a threat to the world? Is it PC to even ask such a question?

I am a great believer in the saying: “It is by their fruits that you shall know them”.
When we look around the world what are the “fruits” of Islam? The attack in Paris? The attack in Belgium? The attacks in London? The kidnapping of locals and foreigners in various places including Africa? Syria? 
How can we be criticised for thinking that the most common fruits of Islam are strife, division, fundamentalism, hatred, fighting and killing?
They tell us that the vast majority of truly religious Muslims do not agree with all these horrible things. I am open to that argument. But I want to know where all these Muslims are. Why are they not more vocal? Why are they not banning and expelling the”fundamentalists” from their mosques and communities?
Is it just a coincidence that you cannot build a Christian church in Saudi Arabia but you can build all the mosques you want in Ireland, the UK, the USA and Europe?
Is it just a coincidence that women are not allowed to drive cars in Saudi and in other “Muslim” countries?
GAY MEN BEING THROWN FROM THE ROOF OF THE MOSQUE IN NINEVEH

Is it a coincidence that gay people are tortured and killed in “Muslim” countries?

I’m sorry if I am not being PC. But I am coming to the conclusion that Islam is a fundamentally flawed religion – a religion that is not moderated by rationality and a religion where the vast majority of its adherents are uneducated and are manipulated by a relatively small number of religious leaders who are fundamentalist at heart and who enjoy the power they have over their masses.
I was shocked to learn yesterday that 70% of those in prison in Denmark are from the Muslim community!
I do believe that Islam wants to dominate the world. I do believe that such domination would be dangerous and that it would lead to democratic regimes being replaced by Sharia Law!
I want the country I live in to be a modern, pluralist and secular democracy. I do not want my country to be run by any religion – the Muslim religion or the religion of the Vatican.
Maybe in our trojan efforts to be PC we are ignoring the threat that Islam poses to democracy.

At the very least we should think deeply about this issue – before it is too late!
+Pat Buckley 

Friday, 23 January 2015

STEPHEN FRY'S WEDDING


SEE BISHOP PAT'S OTHER BLOG: christianityasap.blogspot.com

STEPHEN FRY AND HIS WEDDING





I had the pleasure and privilege of spending a few hours in the company of Stephen Fry in Dublin one evening some years ago - at the Dublin premiere of the film WILDE.

We watched the film together in Dublin's Savoy Cinema and then went to the Dublin Gallery of Modern Art for a drinks reception.

On that evening I found Stephen Fry to be a thoroughly nice man - courteous, unassuming and very pleasant company.

I had always taken an interest in him and his work but since that meeting I took a special interest in him and his career.

A his current age of 57 - like all of us - his outward beauty is of course not what it was but when it comes to real beauty - INNER BEAUTY - I think that Stephen Fry has aged very finely indeed. 

The younger Stephen


In one sense he has taken over from the late, great Quinter Crisp as Britain's "finest stately homo" :-)

He is highly intelligent. He is greatly cultured. He is amazingly funny and is a very rational thinker and debater. 

He also has other very important qualities that come from the fact that he has suffered. For many years he has had to battle with a bipolar condition and with depression. This makes him a very sensitive person and hugely compassionate to others who have suffered. 

If YOU had been given his hand could you have achieved so much with it? I think I could have not!

This past week or so Stephen has been criticised in parts of the press because he married a man 30 years his junior.



What is this nonsense about? His new partner - Elliott Spencer is 27 years old - hardly a child?

They have known and loved each other for 2 years.

Elliott's parents are more than happy with the situation.

The most important thing is that two consenting adults have found special love in each other.

We all have different attractions - emotional, physical and sexual. Some younger women and men are attracted to more mature men or women. Some more mature women and men are attracted to younger women and men. So what?

I think that a lot of the negative mumblings about Stephen and Elliott's wedding come from people who resent their love or resent Stephen Fry's greatness and success. In Ireland we call these people "begrudgers". 

Other negative comments are coming from people who are openly or secretly homophobic. 

These people need to be told: "Get a life"!

Personally I wish Stephen Fry every possible happiness, good health and strength.

I hope he lives for many years and continues to favour us with his profound insights, his humour and his obvious talent.

+Pat Buckley
  

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

DOWN AND CONNOR - THE FINAL SOLUTION"

NACH UNTEN und CONNOR - DIE ENDLOSUNG

(Down and Connor - The Final Solution)

The new symbol for the Gottes Reich shows how Christianity can be remodeled and reshaped for the purpose of The Final Solution

A priest member of the Down and Connor Resistance Movement (DCRM) has leaked information to this Blog about the plans that are currently being made at Gottes Reich (God's Realm) headquarters at Somerton Strass 73, Belfast, that will be imposed on all Roman Catholics - practising and lapsed - on April 1st 2015.   


Herr BishofFuhrer


The first leaked piece of information is that the name of the headquarters is to changed, from that date, to "Bishofbunker". The city of Belfast will be changed to Noelburg.

The second leak is that the "bishop" is - from April 1st - to be called: "BishofFuhrer". All correspondence to him should be addressed as follows:

Seine Excellenz Herr BishofFuhrer
Somerton Strass 73,
Noelburg.
NG14 4DJ.

The Diocese - Diozese von Nach Unten und Connor - is to introduce its own currency called the "Gottes Mark" (God's Mark) or GM. One GM will be worth Sterling £1 or Euro 1.30.




The current 87 parish councils will have their name changed to "Gemendie".

In time these Gemendie will be disbanded and one member from each Gemendie will join the newly created "Moderatorat" or Moderator's Council. A priest in good standing will be appointed by the BishofFuhrer to be the leader of the Moderatorat and he will be called the "moderatorent". There will be 15 Moderatorats and 15 Moderatorents. Each Moderatorent will be responsible for 25,000 lay people and whatever number of assistants the BishopFuhrer appoints to each Moderatorat. 

The first task of each Moderatorat will be to reduce the number of Masses that are celebrated on Sundays and weekdays in the territory covered by the Moderatorat. They will infiltrate the laity and through carefully prepared propaganda persuade them that these reductions and changes are God's will (Gottes Willen)  and the will of the BishofFuhrer. 


Gottes Willen


Having achieved that first goal the Moderatorat will begin its second great task - the closure of as many churches as possible in it's territory. 

This will be achieved in three phases:

PHASE 1: 



The removal of canonically impure priests to a new holding camp on Rathlin Island called the PRIESTER KAMPF. This camp will be commanded by EmeritusFuhrer von Valshman. The deputy camp commander will Hoch Moderator ( High Moderator) Johan Roganstrut. 



Badge for homosexual priests (75%)


In this camp homosexual priests (who will be the majority) will sport a pink triangle on their uniform; active heterosexual priests will wear a black triangle; and heterosexual celibate priests will wear a white triangle. 


Active heterosexual priests (5%_


Trouble maker priests will wear a red triangle. 

Mentally ill priests will wear glow in the dark triangles in case they escape and are knocked down by marauding goats, passing ferries or low flying aircraft. 


Glow In The Dark triangles for mentally ill priests


Alcoholic priests will wear a brown triangle and priests addicted to gambling will wear a green triangle.  


Kampf Commandant von Valshman


Commandant von Valshman and Deputy Commandant Roganstrut will have the permission of the BishofFuhrer to carry out any experiment on any priest that will benefit the Gottes Reich.  


Kampf Deputy Commandant Rogenstrut


PHASE 11:

Each Moderatorat will pursue the closing down of as many churches as possible in their area and sell these buildings off and send all proceeds to the BishofFuhrer for the furtherance of the aims of the Gottes Reich. 

PHASE 111:

In the vicinity of each closed church the Moderatorat will erect secure structures known as GG's (Gottes Geldautomat) (God's ATM's) measuring 10 feet by 6 feet. Entry to these secure units will be by specially prepared plastic cards issued by Gotes Reich headquarters in Noelburg. Using these card a a 4 digit pin each practising Catholic can enter the GG. Inside the GG they will find the Geldautomat. 



They place their cards in the machine and will be asked for their pin. If successful the Geldautomat will offer them options:

Option A: A consecrated Host for Holy Communion - 5 GM (Gottes Mark)
Option B: A consecrated Capsule of Precious Blood - 5 GM.



Option C: A voucher for the forgiveness of a Venial Sin - 5GM.
Option D: A voucher for the forgiveness of a Mortal Sin - 20 GM.
Option E: A voucher for a sin reserved to the BishofFuhrer - 100 GM.
Option F: A voucher for a sin reserved to the Holy See - 500 GM.
Option G: A home use Baptism Kit - 50 GM.



Option H: A home use Confirmation Kit - 60 GM.
Option I: A Home use Last Rites Kit - 100 GM.



Option J: A voucher for a Marriage Centre - 300 GM.
Option K: A voucher for a Funeral Centre - 500 GM.

The GG machine will take Sterling / Euro notes, Debit and Credit Cards. 10 GM will applied for the use of a Credit Card.

The diocese is also introducing the role of "HOCH MODERATOR" or High Moderator. These Hoch Moderators will be senior to Moderators and will work from the Gottes Reich headquarters. Hoch Moderators will use the letters HM after their names to signal their rank. Current Hoch Moderators are:

HM Eugen Haganer - Gottes Reich Chancellor (ad interim).


Hoch Moderator Eugen Haganer

HM Timo Barker - HM for Education and Public Affairs.

HM Anton Devlinburg - HM for Control of the Reich's Schools, School Principals and Teachers.


HM Anton Devlinburg - HM for Control of Schools, School Principals and Teachers


HM Lieber Peter Owensmann - HM for the Reich's Kinder.

HM Michel Spencburher - HM for the Reich's priests and spiritual director to the Priester Kampf.

This is all the information released so far by the DCRM to this Blog. But further information is expected and will be published upon receipt.











Monday, 19 January 2015

THE DESTRUCTION OF A DIOCESE FROM WITHIN

THE DESTRUCTION OF A DIOCESE FROM WITHIN

DOWN AND CONNOR IN MELTDOWN

Treanor's "Creating Pastoral Communities"



The Roman Catholic Bishop of Down & Connor - Noel Treanor - is planning and executing the destruction of the ancient Diocese of Down and Connor and no one is raising a voice against him!

Noel Treanor
Treanor, a European bureaucrat, who shows little or no emotion, is sitting in his recently renovated palace (which cost millions to renovate) on Belfast's Somerton Road and planning the destruction of the ancient parish system which goes back hundreds if not a thousand years.

He is achieving his goal by producing expensive colourful reports and studies full of statistics and information. His latest document can be seen on the Down and Connor web site under the misleading heading: CREATING PASTORAL COMMUNITIES.

He is planning to turn the diocese of 87 ancient parishes into 15 pastoral areas - each area being run by a priest "moderator" and a number of assistant priests.




These "moderatorships" (a presbyterian term) will contain 25,000 Catholics.

He gives two main reasons for his historic "reshuffle":

1. The fact that by 2024 there will only be 91 priests in the diocese under 75. But that means that even in 10 years time there will be more priests than parishes!

2. The fact that some 80 - 84 % of Catholics are no longer attending Sunday Mass.

Mind you, one wonders if it has not more to do with the fact that he, as bishop, will only have to celebrate Confirmation ceremonies on 15 days per annum instead of 87?

He is not famous for being an enthusiastic "confirmer".

He appears to be happier at his antique desk or indeed travelling abroad at every available opportunity. 

His plans do not make spiritual or pastoral sense. 



1. Currently he has 199 priests in the Diocese between diocesan, religious and retired priests. That is more than 2 priests for every existing parish!

2. He is ignoring that fact that for hundreds of years many thousands of parishioners around the diocese have saved and scrimped to build churches, maintain churches and provide an income for priests.

3. If he begins to destroy parishes - which have the devotion and allegiance of parishioners - he is going to cause great hurt and resentment and those attending Sunday Mass will drop from the current 16 - 20 % to the low single figures.

4. The relationship between the people and their parish priest (when it is good) is the foundation rock of people's faith practice and having a remote priest "moderator" several parishes away will destroy the hard won pastoral relationship.

5. The introduction of these large areas with many churches in them is going to lead to the closure of churches that people love and where they have worship for decades if not centuries. These closures are going to cause great anger and resentment.


Saint Macnissi


OTHER ALTERNATIVES:

There are many other alternatives to this proposed destruction of the diocese and parish structure.

1. All diocesan priests who are involved in non parish / pastoral work like teaching, canon law etc can be replaced by properly trained lay people and leave priests free to do the basic thing they were ordained for - be pastors of the flock. Good, believing and properly trained lay people can be secretaries, administrators, teachers, lectures and canon lawyers. They do not have to be priests to do these jobs. In Rome for instance there are many qualified lay canon lawyers.

2. The Church is Down and Connor can advance the training of Catholics ordained to the Permanent Diaconate and they can preside at Communion Services, Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals if priests are in short supply.

3. Universally the Catholic Church is going to have to address  the ordination of married men to the priesthood. This is happening in other ways with the admission of married Anglican priests in England to the priesthood. This practice can become more a rule than an exception.

4. The Catholic Church is going to have to seriously address the role of women in ministry. Noel Treanor's own report makes it clear that 56% of those attending Sunday Mass in the diocese are female. Here we have a whole untapped resource.

5. Since Vatican 11 some 250,000 priests have left active ministry to marry. Many of these priests are waiting on the sidelines and would be more than happy to return to ministry on a volunteer basis - a bit like the Anglican "Non Stipendiary Priest". These good men are waiting and all we need is a small change in man made Church law - not any God given rule. 

So there are many solutions before we even think of destruction or demolition.

There is a story told about one occasion when the Emperor Napoleon met a cardinal and said to him:

"Your Eminence, I am going to destroy the Church of Rome".

The cardinal smiled and replied: "You have no chance - we priests have been trying to destroy it for centuries".



FRANCE:

A few years ago I went to rural France to celebrate a wedding and a baptism in a small village. I used the 14th century parish church there which now belongs to the commune and the mayor.

The parish priest there is a "moderator" of 14 parishes and the parishioners have Mass once every three months!

It has led to the death of the parish and a near total lack of interest in the faith.

Is Ireland to become like France?




I hope that SOMEONE - or SOMETHING - will stop the Eurocrat - Noel Treanor - from destroying the ancient diocese of Saint Malachy and Saint Macnissi.


Saint Malachy


+Pat Buckley
19.1.2015. 





Saturday, 17 January 2015

WITCHES, CHRISTIANS AND BISHOP PAT BUCKLEY

While surfing the Net yesterday I cam across the piece below from 

houndofhecate.blogspot.com

I found the piece interesting - not only because it refers to me - but because it makes a connection between all spiritual things - from witches to Christianity.

The writer is a very good thinker. All spirituality comes from ONE SOURCE.

We Christians call that GOD and JESUS.

Others have different names.

But as Jesus said: "He who is not against us is with us".



Witches & Christians, with reference to Bishop Pat Buckley



"The picture is actually of Pope St Pius X celebrating Low Mass. I have commented before that he was plainly a man who knew how to dress for church, but he was plainly also a man who knew the value of subtle.

I have a confession to make. It's something that is perhaps unusual among witches, it may even be surprising to anyone who knows me & my history, but I don't actually have a problem with Christianity, myself. I have a problem with certain Christians, their beliefs & actions, obviously, but my opinion is the Christianity is not *that* incompatible with a magical worldview or even a witchcraft milieu.

They don't like to talk about it, but the real reason Christians tend to in-fighting is that there have been two distinct strands to Christianity from the beginning. One I will call the charismatic one, which is (to over-simplify for the purpose of the argument) more spontaneous, inspired, seeks its authority within, & so on. The other is the authoritative strand, which is broadly more conservative, ordered, & seeks its authority outside itself, whether in scripture or church tradition.

What does this have to do with witchcraft? On the surface, nothing. However, when you translate the charismatics as hedgewitches, & the authoritarians as lineaged (or BTW, as they're called in the States), the similarity becomes apparent. The similarity to a magical world-view also becomes apparent when you consider that the two world views can rarely be clearly separated out, as I have above, one form often calls itself the other, & extremes at either end tend to flip over into the opposite, this situation will become familiar to any magical person reading this. In the interests of balance & upsetting everyone equally, the thing that Gardnerian witches don't talk about is that Gardner was also a Christian priest, or even bishop in a rather unusual independent Christian church!
Just in case there are Christians reading this who have not been exposed to a magical world view (welcome, whoever you are), we call this polarity. The entire aim of all magical systems everywhere & at all times has been the reconciliation of all opposites to the pursuit of balance. The nub here (where Christians will part company) is that actually the whole Judaeo-Christian tradition can be understood in magical terms. The best book on this is Morton Smith's Jesus the Magician; Islam has its own magical world that I don't know enough about to write on.

One of the tags on this blog that I find myself using the most often is 'the witch figure'; the fact that I find myself repeatedly chewing this over indicates the ambivalence & multi-faceted nature of the witch figure that we model ourselves on. Some of the characteristics of this figure carry heavy Christian theological ramifications, such as prophet, scapegoat, gathering, time (kairos). The only element which is almost completely missing from witchcraft is sin & redemption. The God of the Christians is plainly Y*hw*h, G*d of Israel, & Jesus is their messiah. We, if we don't have duotheistic views, have often several divinities or a henotheistic God and/or Goddess. I would recognise multiple Jesus figures (downplaying his divinity for Christians) as semi human/divine figures, including each witch herself. I've ignored the Holy Spirit so far, but I would equate the Spirit to any of the entities involved in witchcraft cosmology or even the reality that some witches recognise behind God & Goddess.

This is a roundabout way of saying that since we magical people understand thing happening on several planes of existence (the way things manifest for us represents patterns & systems of reality that we can't physically see on this plane) the way witches would understand this also to Christians, & the way things play out here are part of a cosmic drama representing the realities behind what we see.

St Patrick the "Druid"


Which brings me nicely to the subject of Bishop Pat Buckley (http://www.bishoppatbuckley.co.uk/), who is the bishop of what's called an Independent Catholic Church. He was ordained a Catholic priest in his twenties: up to there his career superficially embodies the authoritative side of Christianity. However when in the 1980s his bishop tried to suppress his views about the ordination of women & homosexuality, he felt he had no option to embark on an independent ministry, & ultimately sought consecration as a Bishop in the line of Archbishop Thuc, a bishop who performed many consecrations without the blessing of Rome. His status therefore, as far as Rome is concerned, is 'valid but irregular': no doubt they wouldn't want to regularise him given his history, but he is a bishop. Why I'm going into all this is that his career here tries to reconcile the two sides - charismatic & authoritative - of Christianity, a reconciliation of opposites that is exactly the aim of most magical practitioners.

St Patrick's Chair


I find it interesting also how his prophetic role may manifest energies that are unseen. His blog (http://wisecatholic.blogspot.co.uk - to which I subscribe, makes for interesting reading, not least for the prophetic criticism he makes of the church life which surrounds him, even attracting anonymous  comments from local priests. This may seem like a disaffected former priest attracting other malcontents but I don't think that's quite what's happening, in fact on a higher level it more manifests a) an ongoing argument in the religious world more generally, & b) when a culture of disaffection is fostered by heavy-handed authoritarianism, it actually creates its opposite (in a polarity philosophy), in this case clusters of people actively resisting the authority. In this case I have no doubt that the local 'proper' Catholic bishop considers him a thorn in his side, but if one were merely to call him a malcontent, in an attempt to make his existence insignificant, it is to ignore a whole layer of meaning, that we humans ignore at our peril.

And he certainly does seem to be filling the roles that are often reflected in the witch figure. Prophet, by his ongoing criticism of the Catholic church as it is. Sanctuary for those nobody else will care for, by his gay marriages & ordination of women. Confidant, in listening to those who also have an unwelcome story to tell. Scapegoat, by his existence as an object of blame for the local Catholic community & others. I feel he was also scapegoated when a local judge decided to divulge his HIV+ status in court (do privacy laws not count in Northern Ireland?). Incidentally he was in court for allegedly conducting sham marriages to enable foreigners to stay in the country. In fact he almost exactly embodies all the aspects of the witch figure despite being a Christian...



Or perhaps because of it. My point here is that if Christians follow where genuine discipleship leads them they will step on toes & upset apple carts. That's the point.

The other point is that from a witch point of view the things they do will have a broader, more cosmic vibrational aspect. In fact, they may have more in common with us than either of us likes to think, just another of those surprises that the universe likes to give us"!


Friday, 16 January 2015

MANILA STREET CHILDREN JAILED FOR POPE'S VISIT !!

MANILA STREET CHILDREN JAILED FOR POPES VISIT !!!!!!!





EXCLUSIVE - Children CAGED to keep the streets clean for the Pope: 

Police round up orphans and chain them in filth during pontiff's visit to Philippines

  • Street children in Manila are being rounded up before the Pope's arrival 

Hundreds of boys and girls have been rounded up from doorways and roadsides by police and officials and put behind bars in recent weeks to make the poverty-racked city more presentable when Pope Francis arrives tomorrow, a MailOnline investigation has found.
In a blatant abuse of the country's own child protection laws, the terrified children are locked up in filthy detention centres where they sleep on concrete floors and where many of them are beaten or abused by older inmates and adult prisoners and, in some cases, starved and chained to pillars.
Six million people are expected to attend an open air mass conducted by Pope Francis in Manila's Rizal Park on Sunday, which will watched by a global TV audience and officials appear determined to ensure that urchins are hidden from view.
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Angel, a 13 year old little girl,clad only in a flimsy dress, was chained toa post in the RAC detention centre late last year and left there crying while the other children were allegedl yencouraged to throw pebbles at her as she screamed in pain and fear 
Angel, a 13 year old little girl clad only in a flimsy dress, was chained to a post in the RAC detention centre and left there crying
Other children were allegedly encouraged to throw pebbles at her as she screamed in pain and fear in the detention late last year. Youngsters living in the city's doorways and roadsides are being rounded up despite many having committed no crime
Other children were allegedly encouraged to throw pebbles at her as she screamed in pain and fear in the detention late last year. Youngsters living in the city's doorways and roadsides are being rounded up despite many having committed no crime
A MailOnline investigation has uncovered the horrendous conditions the children are kept in, with many of them beaten, or tied to poles. This picture of a starving 11-year-old led to protests against the centres - but nothing has changed
A MailOnline investigation has uncovered the horrendous conditions the children are kept in, with many of them beaten, or tied to poles. This picture of a starving 11-year-old led to protests against the centres - but nothing has changed
The youngsters, who can be kept in the centres for months, are exposed to abuse and exploitation by older children and adults
The youngsters, who can be kept in the centres for months, are exposed to abuse and exploitation by older children and adults
Father Shay Cullen, who works to rescue the children, says the detention centres where the young street children are kept are 'a shame on the nation' 
Father Shay Cullen, who works to rescue the children, says the detention centres where the young street children are kept are 'a shame on the nation' 
MailOnline found dozens of street children locked up in appalling conditions alongside adult criminals in Manila, where a senior official admitted there had been an intensive round-up by police and government workers to make sure they are not seen by Pope Francis.
We gained rare access to a detention centre by accompanying Nobel Peace Prize-nominated Irish missionary Father Shay Cullen, 71, as he freed a boy aged around seven and took him to his Preda Foundation shelter for children 100 miles away in Subic Bay.
Mak-Mak, whose legs and body were riddled with scabies, was picked up three weeks ago and spent Christmas and the New Year in a concrete pen at the centre hidden away in the slums of Manila's Paranaque district which –with grotesque irony – is named House of Hope.
There, guiltless children are kept behind bars, made to go to the toilet in buckets and fed leftovers which they eat from the floor. There is no schooling or entertainment for the youngsters who are held sometimes for months before being freed.
Adult convicts are kept in a pen next to separate compounds holding boys and girls and freely pass between the pens at certain times of the day, inmates and regular visitors to the centre told us, while officials either ignore or fail to spot abuse and attacks.
In poignant scenes, Mak-Mak – an abandoned child with no ID – at first seen frightened but then beamed with delight as charity workers told him he was being taken from his caged pen to children's home in the countryside. 'Are there toys there?' was his first question.
'Rescued' child Mak-Mak's legs and body were covered in scabies, caused by mites burrowing into the skin, when MailOnline first met him at a centre
'Rescued' child Mak-Mak's legs and body were covered in scabies, caused by mites burrowing into the skin, when MailOnline first met him at a centre
Mak-Mak, who had no ID, was living on the streets after apparently being abandoned by his parents
Mak-Mak, who had no ID, was living on the streets after apparently being abandoned by his parents
The boy, who is thought to be around seven, was initially frightened when charity workers arrived at the centre, ironically called 'House of Hope'
The boy, who is thought to be around seven, was initially frightened when charity workers arrived at the centre, ironically called 'House of Hope'
But he beamed with joy after they said they were taking him away to a new home - asking: 'Will there be toys?' 
But he beamed with joy after they said they were taking him away to a new home - asking: 'Will there be toys?' 
Father Shay, pictured, said the conditions Mak-Mak was being kept in were 'completely beneath human dignity'
Father Shay, pictured, said the conditions Mak-Mak was being kept in were 'completely beneath human dignity'
Mak-Mak is one of hundreds of children being kept in these dreadful conditions - but he is lucky, as he has been rescued by charity workers
Mak-Mak is one of hundreds of children being kept in these dreadful conditions - but he is lucky, as he has been rescued by charity workers
But, thanks to charity workers, he is now living in a children's home on the coast, 80 miles from the Philippine's capital Manila
But, thanks to charity workers, he is now living in a children's home on the coast, 80 miles from the Philippine's capital Manila
An adult prisoner held with other convicts in a cell directly opposite the pen holding Mak-Mak and the other children, 42-year-old Paulo, said: 'Lots of children have been brought here lately. We're told they're being picked up from under the road bridges where the Pope will travel.'
As a team of charity workers took Mak-Mak to his new home in Subic Bay, an exasperated Father Shay said: 'This boy is only about seven years old and he is behind bars. This is completely beneath human dignity and the rights of all the children here are being violated.
'They have no basic rights. There is no education. There is no entertainment. There is no proper human development. There is nowhere to eat and they sleep on a concrete floor. There is no proper judicial process.'These kids are totally without protection. They have no legal representation. They are just put in jail and left to fend for themselves.'
Pope Francis famously washed the feet of inmates in a youth detention centre in Rome in 2013 but Father Shay, who has run a mission to help children in the Philippines for 40 years, said: 'Sadly, there is no way the Pope will be visiting these detention centres in Manila.
'They are a shame on the nation. Officials here would be horrified at the prospect of the Pope seeing children treated in this way.'
The caging of street children ahead of the Pope's visit comes despite anger in the Philippines late last year over another notorious detention centre – the Manila Reception and Action Centre (RAC) – where a skeletal 11-year-old was pictured lying on the ground, apparently near death.
The boy, who shares the Pope's name Francisco, is now recovering at a children's home run by a charity - but protests over his case failed to halt the current round-up or improve conditions at the 17 detention centres across the city, where an estimated 20,000 children a year are detained.
The government has defended the policy in interviews with the local press in Manila
The government has defended the policy in interviews with the local press in Manila
Rosalinda Orobia, head of Social Welfare Department in Manila's central Pasay district, claimed the round-ups had been conducted to protect the Pope from being targeted by gangs of begging street children 
Rosalinda Orobia, head of Social Welfare Department in Manila's central Pasay district, claimed the round-ups had been conducted to protect the Pope from being targeted by gangs of begging street children 
Orobia told the Manila Standard newspaper the syndicates 'know the Pope cares about poor kids, and they will take advantage of that'
Orobia told the Manila Standard newspaper the syndicates 'know the Pope cares about poor kids, and they will take advantage of that'
But the Manila Standard hit back at Orobia, saying the decision to clear the streets of the children only helped officials trying to pretend all was well in the city 
But the Manila Standard hit back at Orobia, saying the decision to clear the streets of the children only helped officials trying to pretend all was well in the city 
 The noticeable rise in 'rescues' has happened before other big international visits, one charity head revealed - including before President Obama's visit last year
 The noticeable rise in 'rescues' has happened before other big international visits, one charity head revealed - including before President Obama's visit last year
Rosalinda Orobia, head of Social Welfare Department in Manila's central Pasay district, confirmed her officials had for weeks been detaining street children in the areas the Pope will visit and had taken in children as young as five.
Bizarrely, she claimed the operations were aimed at stopping begging syndicates targeting the Pope rather than tidying up the city. 'They (the syndicates) know the Pope cares about poor kids, and they will take advantage of that,' she told the Manila Standard newspaper.
In an editorial, the newspaper slammed the official's remarks, saying: 'We should all be scandalized by the government's artificial campaign to keep the streets free of poor children only for the duration of the papal visit.
The visit to Manila comes exactly 20 years after St. John Paul II's visit to the country, and there is great excitement to meet the first non-European Pope - seen here blessing a sick child - for more than 1,300 years
The visit to Manila comes exactly 20 years after St. John Paul II's visit to the country, and there is great excitement to meet the first non-European Pope - seen here blessing a sick child - for more than 1,300 years
Pope Francis - who arrived in Manila tomorrow - waves to the faithful upon his arrival to attend a canonisation mass for Joseph Vaz at Galle Face Green today, January 14, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
This is Pope Francis' second tour of Asia in six months, but the first time he has visited either Sri Lanka - the first stop on the trip, pictured - or the Philippines
Thousands welcomed the Pope to Columbo, Sri Lanka's capital, and similar scenes are expected in Manila
Thousands welcomed the Pope to Columbo, Sri Lanka's capital, and similar scenes are expected in Manila
The Pope arrives in the Philippines for a five day stay tomorrow, after a five-day tour of Sri Lanka
The Pope arrives in the Philippines for a five day stay tomorrow, after a five-day tour of Sri Lanka
'There is no question that children should be kept off the streets, but a campaign to do so just for the duration of a dignitary's visit helps nobody except the officials who want to put on a show and pretend all is well in our cities.'
Catherine Scerri, deputy director of street children charity Bahay Tuluyan, told MailOnline workers had remarked on a noticeable rise in the number of 'rescues' of street children by officials in recent weeks because of the Pope's visit.
'More children have been picked up in recent weeks and there has been a pattern of this happening before big international events in the past,' said Ms Scerri, an Australian who has worked for 11 years to improve the lives of Manila's legions of street children.
'It happened before President Obama's visit to the Philippines in April last year. When we tried to have them released we were told they couldn't come out until after Obama had gone and the children were very much given the impression that they were rescued because of this visit.'
The children can be kept with adult offenders, which leaves them vulnerable during their time in the centres  
The children can be kept with adult offenders, which leaves them vulnerable during their time in the centres  
 A study found the children are taken in for sleeping on the street, for begging, or for stealing food to relieve their hunger, with no proper judicial process
 A study found the children are taken in for sleeping on the street, for begging, or for stealing food to relieve their hunger, with no proper judicial process
A survey by Bahay Tuluyan found the so-called 'rescue' operations to round up street children are indiscriminate, targeting youngsters who have committed no offences and do not want to go to detention centres.
Children are taken in simply for sleeping on the street, for begging, or for stealing food to relieve their hunger, with no proper judicial process, and are exposed to abuse and exploitation by older children and adults, the study found.
'There is no reason the shelters (centres) should be like this and what I find soul-destroying is the apathy of the people who work in and around places like RAC and allow this brutality,' said Ms Scerri.
'I can understand a lack of resources, but what I find so frustrating is the violence, torture and apathy and the fact that people are standing by and letting this happen. I think that is completely inexcusable.'
Detained children complained of violence, abuse, poor or inadequate food and lack of sanitation. They are given buckets for toilets and deprived of any education or contact with family members, something Ms Scerri said they found 'incredibly distressing'.
The practice of locking up street children ahead of major international events in Manila dates back to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit of 1996, Ms Scerri said. Children are held for periods ranging from days to months and repeatedly rearrested.
Children are repeatedly 'rescued' from the streets - with one child revealing they had been rounded up 59 times
Children are repeatedly 'rescued' from the streets - with one child revealing they had been rounded up 59 times
However, being rescued had not helped the 13-year-old: the young teenager was still on the streets 
However, being rescued had not helped the 13-year-old: the young teenager was still on the streets 
There have been protests against the centres, but as yet it has failed to stop the policy 
There have been protests against the centres, but as yet it has failed to stop the policy 
 Huge preparations are taking place ahead of Pope Francis' visit. Here, a Filipino soldier plays with children as security forces get ready
 Huge preparations are taking place ahead of Pope Francis' visit. Here, a Filipino soldier plays with children as security forces get ready
A child and customer ride a pedi-cab past police as they rehearse security procedures on a road outside the Tacloban airport ahead of the visit
A child and customer ride a pedi-cab past police as they rehearse security procedures on a road outside the Tacloban airport ahead of the visit
'The RAC and other institutions call these children recidivists even though they have committed no crimes,' she said. 'One child of 13 we interviewed had been 'rescued' 59 times and was back on the street.'
Most people in Manila know nothing about the way children are treated in the detention centres. 'When they find out, they are outraged,' she said. 'People are horrified to find out what the government is doing in their name.'
Social workers and child psychologists help heal the psychological scars of the street children taken out of detention centres in the boys' and girls' homes run by Father Shay's Preda Foundation.
In a harrowing interview conducted for MailOnline by a trained child psychologist at a Preda home, a boy called Ben described how – aged just six – he was abandoned by his mother and then picked up by police last year as he slept on the street.
He woke up in a police station and then spent three months at the House of Hope detention centre where, in cold detail, he described how he was sexually abused by 10 different inmates. 'I was very unhappy there,' he said quietly. Ben is now seven.
Removing children from the streets is not the only measure being taken ahead of the visit - here a Filipino worker removes dirt next to a poster of Pope Francis in a street in Manila
Removing children from the streets is not the only measure being taken ahead of the visit - here a Filipino worker removes dirt next to a poster of Pope Francis in a street in Manila
Pope Francis is expected to ride in 'Jeepney', a popular and uniquely Filipino mode of mass transport (pictured), during the visit
Pope Francis is expected to ride in 'Jeepney', a popular and uniquely Filipino mode of mass transport (pictured), during the visit
Workers have been busy preparing for the Pope's arrival in the Philippines, the largest predominantly Catholic country in Asia
Workers have been busy preparing for the Pope's arrival in the Philippines, the largest predominantly Catholic country in Asia
These workers were spotted grabbing a nap in between getting Manila reading for Pope Francis
These workers were spotted grabbing a nap in between getting Manila reading for Pope Francis
Young boys dressed as Swiss Guards rehearse at the steps of the Manila Cathedral in preparation for the arrival of Pope Francis
Young boys dressed as Swiss Guards rehearse at the steps of the Manila Cathedral in preparation for the arrival of Pope Francis
Workers wrap a statue of Christ at Rizal Park during preparations
Workers wrap a statue of Christ at Rizal Park during preparations
Mak-Mak – who had never before been outside the city and was wide-eyed with wonder at the sight of a cow in a field – leapt out of the charity's van and sprinted across a lawn to a rusty set of swings and roundabouts as soon as he arrived at the children's home.
After playing happily with other boys for two hours, however, he quickly became tearful and withdrawn when questioned gently by the psychologist about his ordeal on the streets and then in the detention centre.
Like other children lucky enough to be saved from the detention centres where more and more children are being locked up this week, the road to recovery for Make-Mak will be a painfully long one. 'There's an awful lot of trauma there,' said Father Shay.
Father Shay is praying Pope Francis will speak out on children's rights during his five-day visit to the Philippines which ends on Sunday, perhaps pricking the conscience of officials in the devout country into taking more care of their unfortunate young.
Meanwhile, however, the only prospect of an escape from the hellish conditions behind bars for countless children will come when the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church – shielded from their suffering – flies back to Rome next Monday. (JAN 19th)

PAT SAYS:

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE DENYING THIS STORY AND SAYING THAT THE SITUATION IS NOT AS BAD AS THE DAILY MAIL SAYS - AND THAT SOME OF THE PICTURES ARE "OLD".

WHAT A MASSIVE CONTRADICTION IT WOULD BE FOR STREET CHILDREN IN MANILA TO BE TAKEN OFF THE STREETS AND JAILED IN ADULT PRISONS SO THAT THE POPE DOES NOT SEE THEM AS HE TRAVELS ABOUT.

I HOPE THAT THE FILIPINO CATHOLIC CHURCH HAD NO PART IN THIS - OR NO KNOWLEDGE OF IT.

CAN IT BE POSSIBLE THAT POPE FRANCIS HAS NOT BEEN TOLD ABOUT THIS?

HE SHOULD DO EITHER OF 2 THINGS:

1. GO TO THE PRISONS AND DEMAND THE RELEASE OF THESE CHILDREN IMMEDIATELY.

OR

2. LEAVE THE PHILIPPINES IMMEDIATELY IN PROTEST.

IMPRISONING THESE CHILDREN LIKE THIS IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY AND A TOTAL INSULT TO ANY NOTION OF GOD OR RELIGION.

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE PHILIPPINES SHOULD MAKE THE CARE OF STREET CHILDREN THEIR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY AFTER FRANCIS' VISIT.

THAT IS WHAT CHRIST WOULD WANT. IT IS WHAT CHRIST WOULD DO.



IF THE STORY - OR EVEN PART OF IT IS TRUE - IT MAKES THE PAPAL VISIT A DISGRACEFUL FARCE!!!!

ITS LIKE SOMETHING YOU WOULD READ FROM THE NAZI ERA !!!

+Pat Buckley
16.1.2015