Culture

Man Spends Retirement Savings on May 21 Judgment Day Ads

A 60-year-old New York City man is so sure the world will end on May 21, he has spent his retirement savings to warn people about it.

According to a report from the New York Daily News, Robert Fitzpatrick spent $140,000 for an ad campaign for signs on subway cars and bus shelters around the city reading “Global Earthquake! The Greatest Ever – Judgment Day: May 21.”

“I’m trying to warn people about what’s coming,” Fitzpatrick. “People who have an understanding [of end times] have an obligation to warn everyone.”

Fitzpatrick told the newspaper how it will go down:

“It’ll start just before midnight, Jerusalem time: It’ll be instantaneous and global,” he said. “There are too many scriptures talking about ‘sudden destruction.'”

Fitzpatrick is obviously a big believer of evangelist Harold Camping, who claims to have calculated the date of Armageddon using clues from the Bible.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it didn’t think twice about accepting Fitzpatrick’s campaign.
“It’s an individual’s prerogative to spend their money as they see fit,” said MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz.

However an atheist group said the MTA should not have allowed the ad blitz.

“Doomsday cults are money-making enterprises,” said David Silverman, of the American Atheists. “I wonder what is going to happen on May 22 when people no longer have their possessions or their savings and we are all still here and they don’t have their rapture.”

But Fitzgerald is not worried about that. “It is the date,” he stubbornly said.

HT:  Sancte Pater

Deluded fellow… Should have read the Scriptures more diligently:

But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone (Matt 24:21).

I’ve mentioned this date on the blog before here.

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Church

Canterbury Votes Yes for Women Bishops

Well, that was a foregone conclusion now wasn’t it?

THE PROPOSED women bishops’ legislation provides “adequate provision” for those unable to accept the ministry of women, the Bishop of Dover has said.

Speaking to members of the Canterbury Diocesan Synod who voted in favour of the suggested legislation on women bishops at the weekend, Bishop Trevor Willmott said that for a long time God had been calling women to share in ordained ministry.

However, traditionalists in the Church say that Bishop Willmott has been steadfast in refusing to even listen to their objections.

At the meeting, the proposals were approved with a large majority across all three houses. In total, 42 members of the house of clergy voted in favour of the measure with just eight voting against. The house of laity also had a clear majority in favour of the legislation, with 52 voting in favour and six against (with two abstentions)…

Personally, I’ve always failed to see why the bishopess makes any difference if you’ve already embraced the Apostolic anomaly that is the priestess.

Church

Archbishop of Canterbury Allows Freemason to be Bishop

And why not? Everything seems to go in Canterbury Communion Anglicanism these days:

Dr Rowan Williams named the Rev Jonathan Baker as the next Bishop of Ebbsfleet despite knowing he was an active and senior mason.

The appointment, announced earlier this month, marked a significant U-turn by Dr Williams who had previously said that Freemasonry was “incompatible” with Christianity and had refused to promote Masons to senior posts.

Last week, as news of Fr Baker’s membership of the Masons began to circulate through the Church, it provoked growing concern and criticism from clergy and members of the General Synod.

When contacted by The Sunday Telegraph on Friday, Fr Baker defended his continued membership of the Masons and insisted it was compatible with his new role as a bishop.

Yet yesterday he said he had changed his mind was leaving the masons so he could concentrate on being a bishop, adding: “I wish nothing to distract from the inauguration of that ministry.”

Freemasonry, a secretive male-only organisation dating back 300 years, requires its members to declare a belief in a “supreme being” and to undergo elaborate rituals.

Fr Baker joined the Apollo University masonic lodge in Oxford while he was a student, in an initiation ceremony that involves promising to keep the “secrets of Freemasonry”.

This ritual is said to involve members being blindfolded, wearing a hangman’s noose, and being warned that those who break the oaths of allegiance will have their throat slit and their tongue torn out before being buried in the sand.

He remained a member of the lodge for more than 20 years until his resignation yesterday, rising in the organisation to serve a term as an assistant Grand Chaplain.

Fr Baker, who is currently principal at Pusey House in Oxford, said he had told Archbishop Williams he was a mason when they discussed his appointment to be the next Bishop of Ebbsfleet…

Rest here.

One can but wonder what’s next in that theological malaise.