Sunday, August 02, 2009

Preparation for the Reign of Antichrist: Airport Chapels removing Christian symbols

It is not without reason that Our Holy Father Benedict XVI addresses the supreme temptation of the Man of Sin in his book "Jesus of Nazareth" which was published in 2007. His Holiness explains that, "..the choice is between a Messiah who leads an armed struggle, promises freedom and a kingdom of one's own, and this mysterious Jesus who proclaims that losing oneself is the way to life...If we had to choose today, would Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Mary, the Son of the Father, have a chance? Do we understand him? Do we not perhaps have to make an effort, today as always, to get to know him all over again? The tempter is not so crude as to suggest to us directly that we should worship the Devil. He merely suggests that we opt for the reasonable decision, that we choose to give priority to a planned and thoroughly organized world, where God may have his place as a private concern but must not interfere in our essential purposes." (p. 41).

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Anonymous said...

Some Catholic chapels at airports are "on the chopping block":

Airport chapel under reconsideration

Religion News Service, June 13, 2008

CLEVELAND -- Most of the 30 or so chapels at U.S. airports are tucked in a corner or on a second floor that isn't well-traveled. And most are small and plain.

But the Regina Caeli Chapel at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is different, and what makes it unique might also make it endangered.

The chapel, run by the Cleveland diocese, is in a prominent place, past the security checkpoint and just steps from the food court. It's large, with room for 120 people in the gleaming oak pews with maroon cushions.

And it looks like the inside of a church--a Roman Catholic church, with statues of Mary, Jesus and several saints; the Stations of the Cross; papal flag; vigil light; and the Blessed Sacrament.

Airport officials recently met with a representative of the diocese to discuss the chapel's future. The problem, they said, is the chapel's single-faith orientation.

Todd Payne, chief of marketing and air service development at Hopkins, said the chapel's location and size were not an issue. Airport customers have said a "multifaith chapel" would better meet their needs, Payne said. The airport is beginning a 90,000 square foot reconfiguration of shops and restaurants and "the city is considering options," he said.

The chapel began in 1983 when the diocese signed a 20-year lease and spent more than $300,000 to renovate and furnish the space, said Deacon Charles Doerpers, who oversees Catholic programs at the chapel.

At least 15,000 people use the chapel a year, according to Doerpers. Their donations pay the $1,200-a-year rent to the airport; the utilities; and stipends for Doerpers, who works two weeknights and on weekends; and the priests who preside at Mass.

Boston's Logan International Airport opened the nation's first airport chapel in 1946 in a partnership with the Boston archdiocese. The Logan chapel retains its distinctive Catholic identity, and Fr. Richard Uftring, the chaplain, said most visitors and staff like it that way.

Uftring said he sees more chapels adopting an interfaith feel, but seemed sorry for the trend. "For some, it's just a hangout place ... and to me, that's not what a chapel is about."

Back in Cleveland, Doerpers says he's concerned that business, not bias, is behind the proposed move.

Derek said...

Sanitizing the public square. The name of Jesus and any reference to Him will be outlawed under Antichrist's reign.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what kind of chapel this airport has?

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