It’s time to present all the news stories on Roman Catholicism that I came across over the week, with some commentary, of course.
Catholics all over the world continue to walk through the church’s designated “Holy Doors.” In this “Year of Mercy,” pope Francis has declared that all Catholics can receive a plenary (full) indulgence for the remaining temporal punishment for their sins, which would otherwise have to be meted out in purgatory, by walking through the “Holy Doors.”
This article is a good summary of how Francis has raised the ire of Catholic conservatives and traditionalists.
- Pope’s outreach to Protestants to hit new heights in Sweden
- Pope to attend ecumenical prayer service to commemorate Reformation
Francis intends to use the upcoming commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation as an ecumenical opportunity and a chance to further the recovery of the “Separated Brethren.”
These two articles define the major difference between evangelicals and Catholics and why the Reformation must continue.
- Around the world devotion to Our Lady is growing
- This year is a chance for Catholics to rediscover Our Lady of Perpetual Help
- 7 Times the Virgin Mary Has Visited Mankind
Like many elements of Catholicism, the rise of Mariolatry within the church was a concession to Greco-Roman paganism. The major Roman goddesses – Juno, Minerva, Vesta, Ceres, Diana, and Venus – played an important role in the religious life of the Empire.
Christian bookstore owners are caught in a struggle between fidelity to the Gospel, meeting the demands of the public, and greed.