- Paula White Talks God Raising Up Trump, Christian Remnant on Jim Bakker Show
- Evangelicals squander their moral authority by sticking with Trump
Some evangelical commentators cite the 1980s and 1990s as the period when Christianity began to lose credibility in the eyes of many Americans due to the “perfect storm” of the Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart scandals and the miasma of Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority. It’s during that period that the number of religious unaffiliated, the “nones,” really began to skyrocket. Evangelicals’ close connection with President Trump weakens our Gospel witness even further. When will evangelicals learn that the Gospel and politics do not mix? It’s sad to see evangelical Christianity represented to the public by charlatan Paula White (photo right, on the Jim Bakker cable TV show), perhaps the most outspoken member of Trump’s “evangelical” advisory board.
- Amoris Laetitia is a ticking ‘atomic bomb’ set to obliterate all Catholic morality: Catholic philosopher
- Leading Catholic theologian: change canon law to correct papal errors
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- Papal confidante says ‘Amoris’ critics locked in ‘death-trap’ logic
The controversy over pope Francis’ granting of communion to divorced remarried in his “Amoris Laetitia” encyclical is not going away any time soon, and may even come to a head if conservative Catholics have their way. I never tire of this controversy because Francis, an allegedly infallible pope has surreptitiously abrogated the teaching of previous infallible popes by allowing communion for remarrieds. The sabres have been rattling for quite some time over this controversy and I’m waiting for one side to blink.
Francis has voiced a resounding “NO” to suggestions that priests return to the “Ad Orientem” posture during mass, giving conservative clerics another reason to fume.
The American Catholic church was hoping pope Francis’ visit to America in 2015 would spark an attendance increase at obligatory Sunday mass – the theoretical “Francis effect” – but it didn’t happen. Let’s be blunt. Many Catholics wonder why they should bother attending the tedious hour-long liturgical ritual when their pope says even atheists can merit Heaven if they follow their consciences.
I’m not a big fan of the ecumenical National Day of Prayer. Ronnie Floyd, past president of the Southern Baptist Convention and a member of President Trump’s “evangelical” advisory board, is a proponent of Falwellian “Reclaim America for Jesus” church-state symbiosis. It wasn’t tenable then and it’s even less tenable now. Floyd has also participated in several ecumenical projects with Catholic leadership.
The celibacy rule for Catholic priests has led to all kinds of abuse and suffering. We only see the tip of the iceberg.