the Rev Dr Michael John, Primus Inter Pares, Arian Catholic Primate Archbishop of York,
behalf of the Arian Catholic Church
Primate of the Arian Catholic Church
The Gospel According to Luke
2:10 – 11: But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; listen carefully,
for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people:
Today your Saviour is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord.”
Christmas is a time for
remembering the birth of our saviour, Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace
and our light of hope and guidance in good times and bad. This past year
has been one of fear, destruction and pain, yet also one of hope, courage
On St Stephen’s day 2004 the
world experienced one of the worst natural disasters ever recorded with
the devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean
that caused death and destruction on a massive scale. Then in the autumn a number of vicious
hurricanes across the Caribbean devastated the southern states of the USA
and hurricane Katrina inundated the city of
Threat of Pandemic Influenza
We are also living in fear of
an impending Pandemic of a strain of the Bird Flu virus H5N1 that can
leap from birds to humans, which if it mutates to pass from human to
human, threatens to spread across the world more prolifically than the
Spanish Flu outbreak in 1918 – 19. So far we have only witnessed
sporadic cases in the East but this is no reason to be complacent. In a
world where people are travelling from country to country within hours
a virus that would normally have only affected a small group of people
in one area can quickly be carried across the world and is an obvious
disadvantage of unnatural cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism.
July brought home to Britons
the reality of the threat of Terrorism among us in our so called
multicultural society, however
A frightening product of the heightened security in light of the terrorist threat was the terribly unfortunate shooting of a young Brazilian man whom was mistaken for a terrorist as he ran for a tube train.
We must take care not to become
a monster in order to defeat a monster.
Violence and Thuggery
2005 also had its share of
anti-social behaviour, violent attacks and murders. At the beginning of
the year a young mother of African origin was shot dead at a wedding
There have been numerous
accidents in 2005 that hit the news headlines including a passenger jet
aeroplane crash in
Environmental and Economic Turmoil
During 2005 Oil prices rose sharply causing further increases to Petrol & Diesel prices, which always puts more pressure on people who have to travel in their work and has a knock on effect on all goods that incorporate transit costs. There was rising concern over the availability of the world’s Coal, Gas and Oil supplies as alternative energy is either too dangerous or too expensive. Then we saw Gas Prices Rise sharply prompting more concern as about 40% of electricity produced in Britain is generated by Gas power stations. Further debate over the environment resulted in little progress to persuade the USA to commit to steps to reduce pollution to try to curb global warming, global dimming and climate change. Then the British government announced it was exploring Nuclear Energy again as a possible solution to the pending world fuel crisis, causing more concern for the safety of our present and future generations.
We saw the surprising actions
in its argument with the Ukraine
over payments for Gas supplies; where supplies were cut by 40% for
several days just after the New Year. These actions affected Europe
too, sparking more debate over
In spite of the looming environmental crises where everyone is under pressure to reduce their demands on the environment, for example by using public transport instead of travelling by car, in Britain rail prices have risen yet again above the inflation rate, although season ticket price rises are capped at the inflation rate. This is taking advantage of people who have to commute to work and travel across the country, where fuel prices are extremely high and the original price of the fuel is increased by 615% in various government taxes. It would seem that our dependence on oil is fuelling conflicts around the world and proving to be so expensive it is hurting the poor around the world and our environment.
Still fighting in
We were dismayed by
2005 will also be remembered
for two key political breakthroughs that will assist our future
prospects for world peace. The announcement by the IRA that they were actually going
to put their weapons beyond use in view of independent observers was a
significant step towards lasting peace. While these reports were
overshadowed with doubt and scepticism, however, independent
observers were invited to oversee a large stash of weapons and
ammunition being destroyed. Then the North Korean government agreed to abandon its nuclear
weapons policy. This was viewed as a major step forward in world peace
and an example to
Remembrance of Courage
2005 was the 60th
anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Remembering those who
died is an annual event, but those who survived should also be
remembered and commemorated. Our servicemen, past and present, found
courage, compassion and inner strength often in moments of greatest
trial. Those who returned from the world wars, having fought for our
freedom and won, often found themselves penniless, homeless and jobless
with little or no help from the state, while so many people profited at
their expense. Soldiers today are still risking their lives in the
struggle to maintain peace, and although we may not always agree with
the politics behind their mission, we should give them the support that
they depend on and deserve.
Heretical religions and sects are the route of evil!
The Roman Catholic Antipope Karol Jozef Wojtyla (John Paul II) passed away at Easter, shortly afterwards his Beatification was announced. We must remember not to become caught up in the sensational outpouring of emotion that was broadcasted and published by the world’s media. Remember the Roman Catholic Church left the Communion of Christ in the year 325 A.D. when it embraced heresy and became a Christopagan sect. The Great Commission of the Gospel According to Mathew 28:19 – 20 teaches us that there will always be disciples who will Baptize and teach Christianity as Jesus commanded; And therefore any Church, Minister or Follower that deviates from the original teachings of Jesus will fall outside the Communion with Christ and therefore face Purgatory or Hell. However the Roman Catholic Church seems to interpret the Great Commission as meaning that their Church and Pope are infallible and therefore have a licence to make whatever changes to the Church, its beliefs, its practices and its teachings that they see fit hoping that whatever they do will be the result of divine providence and will therefore always be right. This philosophy appears to attempt to explain away all the changes, additions, subtractions and blatant contradictions that the Roman church has made. Such are the heresies and corruptions within their own church they have long since rendered themselves a Protestant Sect according to their own Canon Laws. In the Gospel According to John 8:44 Jesus accuses his religious opponents, including non-Christian Jews, as being children of the Devil. The Arian Catholic Church adheres closely to Christ’s doctrines, which are applied with logic and reason, and therefore remains the only true worldwide original Catholic Church.
Beatification and Canonization of Arius of
On Friday 1st July 2005 the Beatification of the Venerable Arius was officially declared by the Arian Catholic Church. It was also recorded that this was a first step towards Canonization. Then on Monday 3rd October it was announced with great pleasure that two miracles had been identified and recognised as relevant, of a suitable class and both occurred within forty days of the Beatification, and thus fulfilled the requirements of Arius’ Canonization. The service of Canonization will take place on Friday 16th June 2006, which will become the annual Feast day of St Arius.
Coinciding with the announcement of Arius’ Canonization,
an Annular Eclipse of the Sun occurred producing a “Halo” in the sky. The path of the full annular eclipse was
visible along a narrow path which passed straight across the middle of
If God is good, then why do bad things happen to good people?
People often ask: “Why, if
god is good, does he allow bad things to happen to good people?” When
Moses asked God who he was, God replied “Yahweh”, meaning “I am what
I am”. Although today we use the term “God” to describe him, God’s
existence is so great and complex that it is beyond human comprehension
and so it is impossible and inappropriate to give a name that can truly
describe Him. God created the Universe, and for it to work there has to be
a balance of positive and negative forces. To some extent that is true for
humanity where there will always be good and bad people doing good and bad
things. God has a plan for us all. We all have a specific role to play in
life, whether that is only to live for two minutes, to die on a
battlefield, or to become a Surgeon or a Priest. We should not dwell on
why we think God has forsaken us, he hasn’t. Life is not a trial-run,
nor is there a second chance, this is the real thing and we are not
reincarnated! That is why we must make the most of our life, not leave any
loose ends in our wake and make our peace with God. A life that has passed
away should be celebrated, it is the essence of our love and experience
that we take with us and we are judged on our achievements during our
life. During our life God will test our faith and it is a great honour to
be tested by God, those who have suffered yet kept their faith will be
May God grant Peace, Courage and Healing
We pray that God gives comfort, courage and healing for all those who have suffered and lost loved ones as a result of crime, terrorism, war, poverty and natural disaster, especially in Britain, Asia, the Middle East, central Africa, and America.
May God bless all those
who work for the medical, emergency and rescue services around the world
who also face the horror and devastation in order to help and console
those victims of natural and man-made tragedies and their families.
May God strengthen and
bless all those in the world who work for peace and the protection of
those experiencing tragic humanitarian crises in regions of Asia, the
Middle East, central Africa, and
May God grant courage, strength and wisdom to people involved in the struggle to resolve difficult and dangerous political disputes in the Middle and Far East to find lasting peaceful resolutions to these problems.
And may God give wisdom to those responsible for political and economic decisions that affect our environment, societies and way of life.
2006 – The year of Faith and the Family
2005 was named the year of the Eucharist by many churches, which was announced to initiate a campaign to encourage more people to take Holy Communion more often. The Holy Communion is a sacrament of Christ’s sacrifice for our salvation, in which we seek the forgiveness of sins and the cleansing of our souls. This year I have declared 2006 to be the year of Faith and the Family, to bring to the fore the sense of family and the importance of family unity in our culture; And to encourage people to think about their faith in God and in their own Souls. Family and faith are two areas of great importance to Christ and the Arian Catholic Church. Christmas is a time for families around the world to come together in adoration of the Holy Family; and a time for love, friendship, giving, worship and payer, in celebration and song. It is a time for forgiveness and generosity, and to set aside our differences. And if we can do this at Christmastime then we can achieve so much more throughout the year. In this technological age, many people of today risk becoming victims of their own intellectual and technological achievements resulting in a lack of faith in God and in their own Soul, and an emptiness of their own heart. That is why it is so important for us to open our hearts and minds to true Christian Faith. May the people of today’s world not hesitate to let Christ enter their countries, communities, homes and their lives!
The Gospel According to John
Jesus said to him (Thomas), “Have you believed because you have seen me?
Blessed are the people who have not seen and yet have believed.”
the Gospel According to John, St Thomas the Apostle did not believe that Christ
had risen. Christ told Thomas to examine the wounds in his hands and in his
side, then having seen the evidence, he believed and was filled with awe! We do
not have direct proof of Christ’s existence other than the testimony of the
many people who knew him and had faith, God does not present everyone with
direct proof of his existence either, although evidence in various forms is all
around us. We should study the theological facts, but Christianity also requires
us to have faith.
This Christmas season,
may you be filled with the love of Mary and Joseph, the clarity of the angels,
the joy of the shepherds, the determination of the magi, the light and peace of
the Christ child, and the grace of God. At Christmas we contemplate the
spiritual Son of God, God’s glory hidden beneath the poverty of a Child
wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger; once we discover the Truth of
Christianity, we are set free and the Love transforms our lives. Let us take the
hand which He stretches out to us: it is a hand that seeks to take nothing from
us, but only to give.
hope you will all have a very happy Christmas and Feast of the Epiphany and that the New Year
will bring you love, happiness, confidence, inspiration and hope.
John Eboracum, Magna
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