Weekend Roundup – News & Views – 3/25/17


Catholic parents have an extremely hard time enlisting someone to be a “godparent” at their infant’s baptism because one of the requirements is that they attend mass every Sunday. That leaves out the vast majority of Catholics. This godparents business is meaningless ritual and few take it seriously. See my previous thoughts here. The Sicilian bishop in the above news report has announced Mafioso bosses can’t be selected as godparents anymore. Did you hear that Michael Corleone? But who is going to screen out the deviant priests?

It’s been fifteen years since the news reports broke out in a big way about pedophile priests. Why is the Catholic church still fumbling around with this?

The blunt truth is Catholic children (and adults) do not enjoy sitting through an hour of dreary liturgical ritual that doesn’t point anyone to the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

I think it’s interesting that Catholic journalists keep pointing to the nativist, anti-Catholicism of 19th and 20th century America. Let’s see, how did the Catholic church do in regards to religious freedom in the European and Latin American countries where it dominated? Given the enormity of the priest pedophile scandal and subsequent cover-up by the hierarchy, I wonder why this writer would choose to cast aspersions on the veracity of poor li’l Maria Monk.

It’s not much of a stretch to imagine the U.S. government persecuting evangelicals down the road for “hate speech.”

Catholics point to Thomas More as a champion of religious freedom because he chose death rather than support Henry VIII’s separation from Rome. But I recall reading that More enthusiastically persecuted Protestants while he was Lord High Chancellor. Sir More authorized Protestant “heretics” to be burnt at the stake. And you call that a champion of religious freedom?

Venerating statues is very important in the Catholic religion. The Our Lady of Fatima statue is making the rounds in anticipation of this year’s 100th anniversary of the alleged Fatima apparitions. This veneration of statues, so prevalent in Catholicism, is anti-Biblical.

Pope Francis is already greasing the skids for married priests. Women priests are going to take much longer. But God’s Word says the sacrificial priesthood was done away with by Christ’s once-for-all sacrifice on the cross.

Hey, the New York City diocese and the Peoria, Illinois diocese are STILL fighting over the corpse of former archbishop and television personality, Fulton Sheen. See my previous thoughts here. Can you imagine the apostles, Paul and Peter, fighting over a corpse? This has nothing to do with Jesus Christ.

9 thoughts on “Weekend Roundup – News & Views – 3/25/17

      1. You’re welcome, Maria, and thanks for reading and the comments! Yes, it’s ironic that More is touted as a champion of religious freedom. Tyndale was burned as a heretic after More’s execution but More had made Tyndale his #1 target while he was chancellor.

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  1. Tom, I read “Nativism, Violence, and the Origins of the Paranoid Style” aloud to my husband. It was so disheartening because, while some things are merely wrong-headed conspiracy theories run amuck, Americans had legitimate concerns about the large-scale immigration of Roman Catholics. The popes believe that ultimately all humans are under their “divine” authority. History demonstrates how this worked out in Europe. All so sad! Maranatha!

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    1. Yes, there’s no context in these self-serving stories. The Catholic church oppressed non-Catholics in countries where it held political sway right up into the mid-20th century. And popes had issued statements condemning democratic governments and freedom of religion. It’s understandable American Protestants were concerned. Of course the RCC is non-militant these days.

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