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Priest embroiled in ivory smuggling controversy
September 27th, 2012
05:14 AM ET

Priest embroiled in ivory smuggling controversy

By Madison Park, CNN

(CNN) - A priest known for his collection of religious art is under investigation for possible involvement in the illegal ivory trade, according to a Philippine law enforcement agency.

Monsignor Critobal Garcia was quoted in the October issue of National Geographic directing a reporter to ivory carvers and traders, and also dispensing advice on how to smuggle the banned item into the United States.

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- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Philippines

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  1. Joan

    tdfisk on August 30, 2011 @TheGoodalpha Geo-domes built just for them? That's a bit fanciful. They don't want to siplmy survive. Actually they have several values and money is not at the top. Most important is their social standing and the power they wield. They can't have that in a Geo-dome. They need civilization to survive. They may allow quite a bit of destruction, but they are also very careful not to cause a collapse. I foresee the eventual elimination of oil, but I don't see oil as threatening our existence.Thomas

    October 8, 2012 at 5:08 am |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    September 28, 2012 at 5:22 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society
      .

      September 28, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  3. AvdBerg

    The above mentioned article is a good example how distorted things have become in society with the media industry as the main culprit.

    The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:15).

    In order for anyone to be able to understand the Word of God they must repent and turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God (Acts 26:18).

    The Word of God is not to be interpreted (2 Peter 1:20) and it is the discerner of every thought and intent of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).

    The local media, including CNN, Fox and your local TV stations and newspapers are a very important element of social and political behavior, as society is shaped by what it sees, hears and reads and it is conditioned by the events that influence the mind of every person. You reap what you sow.

    To allow anyone to be directed by public opinion is dangerous because most public opinion is the view of the media. If the media does not like something, their bias taints information getting to the public, and this forms public opinion. Public opinion is never based on research and facts. The public uses the media for its sole source of information and for this reason social behavior will continue to deteriorate and wax worse and worse (2 Timothy 3:13).

    The media does not provide accurate information on ‘Religion’ as it continues to ignore the truth and the history of deceptions (John 14:17). They only report how they want you to hear things. They have created the big chasm that now exists without offering any solutions.

    For a better understanding of the role of the media we invite you to read the articles ‘Influence of the Media’ and ‘CNN Belief Blog – Sign of the Times’, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    Consider the truth about Catholicism, Islam, Mormonism, Judaism, Evangelicals and Christianity and all other religions and ask yourself the following question.

    Are so-called Catholics, Muslims, Mormons, Israelites and Evangelicals and all those that call themselves ‘Christians’ followers of the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God, or do they follow after an image of a false god and a false Christ (Matthew 24:24; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Gal. 4:8)?

    For a better understanding of the history of Catholicism, Islam, Mormonism, Christianity, and Judaism and its spread throughout the world, we invite you to read the articles ‘The Mystery Babylon’, ‘Can Christianity or Any Other Religion Save You?’, ‘World History and Developments in the Middle East’ and ‘Clash of Civilizations’, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how and by whom this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9.

    Seek, and ye shall find (Matthew 7:7).

    September 27, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • TROLL ALERT

      AvdBerg is a lying TROLL on this site so don't bother going to theirs it's full of lies too to support their cult. Click the report abuse link instead.

      September 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • mama kindless

      Revelation?? Everyone knows whoever wrote that mess was high as a kite. St. John the Dope Addict, evidently..

      September 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  4. True Story

    All priests are lying parasites (at best) and should be immediately thrown into an active volcano.

    September 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • truth be told

      A few lying ho mo se xuals lied their way into the priesthood to ply their unnatural habits on the innocent and unsuspecting. To apply their filthy standard to all priests is like blaming a bank for bank robbers.

      September 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • Get a life, herbie

      You fail at the internet.

      September 27, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • nope

      @get a...
      nope

      September 28, 2012 at 5:19 am |
    • nope

      @get a life...
      nope

      September 28, 2012 at 5:19 am |
    • nope

      @get...
      nope

      September 28, 2012 at 5:20 am |
  5. Theen Allah Fat Mullah (the original hinduism source.....)

    Ha Ha ha what a bunch of clowns visiting this board? few are talking s exual abuses in the churches and other half are talking prayer changes everything vs prayer does nothing, and if I am not forgetting a racist Hindu whatever dumbvk, he should arrive shortly too. Everyone comes her with hidden agenda, NO ONE REALLY CARES POOR ANIMALS ARE BEING SLAUGHTERED OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH. SHAME ON ALL RELIGIOUS AND ATHEIST PUNDITS, CORRUPTION OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE.

    September 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  6. AvdBerg

    For a better understanding of the history and s.exual abuse in the Catholic Church and the spirit it serves (Luke 9:55) we invite you to read the articles ‘The Mystery Babylon’, ‘Popes and the Princes of This World’, ‘S.exual Abuse in the Churches’ and ‘S.exual Abuse – Vatican Involvement’ listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how and by whom this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9.

    September 27, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • mama kindless

      Revelation?? St. John the Dopey Dope was high as a kite when he wrote that mess. My goodness.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • TROLL ALERT

      AvdBerg is a TROLL on this blog, they have been proven to be liars and are only here to sell their site to support their cult. Don't bother viewing their site, click the report abuse link instead.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  7. hippypoet

    belief itself isn't a bad thing. i can say that honestly and believe those words. any belief that makes one want to be a better person is a grand belief to be sure! however, the belief in something unpovable full heartedly is what i find to be disconcerting. the real issue with religion is when those that believe full heartedly run a country or when the majority of the cizitens are religious. For as we all know, the majority make the rule. wether it be thru having more votes or greater numbers in your army the idea is the same, strength in numbers! But when this is the case what you get is oppession.

    any religiously ran government is an oppressive one. All religions state what people should, should not, can, and can not do and even at times religions state when one should do these things. it is in its most basic function a form of social control that warps the mind of the creature being controlled so that the end result is a person who willin
    gly acts in accordance to that very same oppressive government thereby making the government appear to be not controlling at all.

    it is a very nice trick, but aren't tricks for children?
    should we not grow up?
    are dreams really worth giving reality up?
    how is a hope greater then knowledge?
    why aren't other things taken at face value with the same "faith"?
    if anything then at least shouldn't the tenets of your faith be adhered to and be upheld?
    should you stone your own children because they were dissrespectful to you?
    should you kill those of differing cultures or beliefs because they have differing cultures and beliefs?
    would you allow those that survive YOUR jihad to be enslaved and turned into property?
    should women be viewed as property and treated as such?
    how many commandments do you follow and how many do you think there are?
    shouldn't the followers of the abrahamic faith know the answers to these questions?
    was hope greater then knowledge?
    did the dream live up to its reality?

    food for thought.

    September 27, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  8. ME II

    ... meh

    September 27, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  9. Amniculi

    I am of the opinion that pedophile priests should be hunted into extinction.

    September 27, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  10. midwest rail

    If a priest is " known for his collection of religious art " rather than service to his parishioners, where was his superior ?

    September 27, 2012 at 10:49 am |
  11. hippypoet

    WOW – now this is old fashioned!

    September 27, 2012 at 10:32 am |
  12. Claire

    Yet again here we see that church is big business, closely coupled with crime just as it is in so many other places. Christianity itself is fraud and false advertising, as well as being a front and smokescreen for various crimes including many against children.

    September 27, 2012 at 10:25 am |
  13. Ting

    From pedophilia to poaching, the priests certainly keep the justice systems busy. Those aren't mentioned in the Bible though, so it's all good in God's eyes.

    September 27, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • Emilano

      Just admit it! Just pleasing! Your ponstig manner is charming and the way you dealt the topic with grace is valued. I92m intrigued, I assume you are an expert on this subject. I am subscribing to your upcoming updates from now on.

      October 8, 2012 at 8:51 am |
  14. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    September 27, 2012 at 6:02 am |
    • sam stone

      Apparently, it's made you stupid

      September 27, 2012 at 7:10 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      September 27, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      September 27, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • Veritas

      So pray for some imagination.

      September 27, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • TheDonna

      I read theses same posts every single time I visit this blog...why?

      September 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • just sayin

      That should be obvious to you , atheism is still useless and prayer still changes things. God bless

      September 27, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • Get a life, herbie

      You are a total fail at internets

      September 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • nope

      @get ...
      nope.

      September 28, 2012 at 5:21 am |

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