Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 12/30/17

Pope Francis used his “holiday” messages to chide his “rebellious” conservative Catholic opponents and to propagate his social gospel.

This is a very interesting article on the decline of the Catholic church in America. I can still remember pre-Vatican II militant Catholicism when bishops were widely revered as powerful princes.

Catholic entities are organizing these “pub theology” gatherings as an attempt to lure young people back to the church.

The deep political involvement of some evangelicals, including their strong support of Donald Trump and controversial conservative politicians like Roy Moore, is at odds with the teaching that Christians are to be ambassadors of their Lord and His Kingdom rather than deeply rooted citizens of this world. Young people are turned off to the Gospel because of this Falwellesque symbiosis of church and state.

This is an interesting article on how the prosperity gospel is quite at home within the Trump White House.

It’s the end of the year so we’re naturally seeing all kinds of Top Ten lists for 2017. Trying to determine a Top Ten list of news stories covered in Weekend Roundups this past year would require too much work on my part, but there’s no doubt in my mind that the #1 news story of 2017 was the mounting crisis within the Catholic church over pope Francis’ lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees. This is an untenable situation in which an increasing number of conservative Catholics consider their pope to be a heretic.

After my own very recent “Star Wars” escapade (see here), I couldn’t resist this satirical piece from the Babylon Bee.

Right on cue, the Babylon Bee presents their satirical list of the Top Ten Christian Books of 2017. What? Two satirical pieces from the Babylon Bee in one roundup? Yes, the news wires are  relatively quiet during the “holidays.”

Thanks for following the Weekend Roundup throughout 2017! Could 2018 be the year of our Lord’s return? Let’s get busy, brethren and sistren! Have a Happy and Blessed New Year!

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