Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 10/7/17

Catholic belief runs the entire gamut, from hyper-traditionalists who still rail against Martin Luther the “heretic,” to Catholic-Hindu syncretists. Pope Francis definitely leans more toward the syncretists than the Catholic fundamentalists.

The bitter fight between Catholic conservatives and liberals over pope Francis’ guileful lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees continues to heat up. In the first article, Dave Armstrong, one Catholicism’s most condescending apologists, who has often boasted that a pope could never lead his beloved church into error, pleads with Francis not to make him a liar.

This is an excellent article on the ecclesiastical politics and arm-twisting that takes place behind the scenes at Medjugorje and at other “miraculous” manifestations. It’s all a sham.

An interesting commentary on the differences in “evangelicalism” from the viewpoint of a United Methodist, mainline unbeliever.

“The faithful Catholic who never picks up his Bible outside the Mass is still a more biblical Christian than his Evangelical friends who know the text inside out.” – from “The Bible’s Not Enough.”

The believing church has done amazingly well without a central authoritarian body like the Vatican, which has formulated many doctrines contrary to the Word of God over the centuries.  All credit and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit! The Catholic church has always boasted of its magisterium, which was supposedly incapable of leading the church into error, yet the current pope is doing precisely that according to most church conservatives.

Liberal and progressive Catholics, like this writer, celebrate the growing ecumenicity between Catholics and Protestants. There are many Protestants…and even evangelicals…who share this attitude. Doctrine? Specifically HOW a person receives salvation? Ach! Minor details meant only for theologians. “Just love Jesus and do your best,” they say.

Where there’s smoke there’s fire. Francis will move forward on female deacons after the dust from “Amoris Laetitia” settles.

8 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 10/7/17

  1. Interesting to see Catholicism using the same old tired argument against Protestants about the authority of interpretation…without accounting for the fact that Scripture has the authority to interpret itself.

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    1. It’s truly miraculous that millions all over the world divided by geography, language, and culture believe in the one Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone. As far as their vaunted apostolic authority goes, Catholic conservatives are without a rudder now that Francis has shown himself to be a heretic. I’m surprised these articles were even published in light of the current controversy.

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      1. Good point; I also think the argument they give about authoritative source of interpretation can also be applied to Romanism itself; among all its traditions, the question rises whose authority should we believe in interpreting canon law, especially since these canon law are even more complicated than Scripture’s clear writing itself

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      2. Yes! Great point about canon law! The church has created so many rabbit holes in its interpretations that it needs a stable of church lawyers to try to keep it all straight, a losing battle because someone can always ask another “what if…?” or a “what about…?” question, which I try to do as often as possible.

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