Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News and Views – 2/3/18

A release date has not yet been set for Mel Gibson’s upcoming “Resurrection,” the sequel to 2004’s “The Passion of the Christ.” Gibson, like his father, is an ultra-Catholic “sedevacantist,” meaning he believes the Catholic church was led into apostasy at the Second Vatican Council and that all of the popes who followed after the death of Pius XII in 1958 are imposters. I would not wish that anyone get their theology from Gibson.

Conservative Catholics continue to rattle their sabers in response to pope Francis’s lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees. It’s quite notable that the conservative blogger priest mentioned in the second article has advised his readers that praying for the end of Francis’s reign – by one way or another – is absolutely fine.

Compromising Judases are all over the world.

Since Francis has lifted the ban on communion for remarried divorcees, one could argue that Catholicism’s convoluted marriage annulment and convalidation processes are now obsolete and unnecessary.

When a Christian school steps away (or slinks away) from Biblical inerrancy, it’s time to shutter the windows and padlock the doors.

In this article, Francis reminds Catholics they’re going to die, but the best he can offer them is to hope that they can possibly merit Heaven. That won’t work. Bible Christians who mistakenly believe Catholicism is Christian should read the article, “Pope: Conversion is for believers and non-believers alike,” in which Francis declared “No one can say…I am already saved.” See here.

Conservative Catholics are balking at the determined efforts of church liberals to recognize and condone same-sex relationships, but liberal Catholic theologians are now arguing that Francis’s lifting of the ban on communion for heterosexual couples in “irregular situations” (i.e., remarried divorcees and unmarried cohabitors) should also apply to same-sex couples.

Poland is the last bastion of fervent Romanism in Europe, but young Polish Catholics are increasingly alienated by their church’s symbiotic relationship with the Polish government, which is controlled by the ultra-conservative, ultra-Catholic, populist Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (Law and Justice) party.

While this is a comical satire piece, it’s not all that far-fetched in today’s world.

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18 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News and Views – 2/3/18

  1. I CRINGED when I saw Mel Gibson is coming out with a sequel! Do you find the following quote scary “”You’re going all over the place,” Gibson added. “What happened in three days?… I’m not sure, but it’s worth thinking about. Get your imagination going.”

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      1. Agreed. I’m not a fan of Greg Laurie but I do catch segments of his radio show and he’s already pushing Gibson to his evangelical audience in various ways in anticipation of this upcoming sequel.

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    1. Yes!!! I’m so glad you brought that up. When I read that quote, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up! I can imagine he’s going to portray Jesus doing all kinds of strange, anti-Biblical things.

      Gibson is making a movie about the resurrection of Jesus, but like all Catholics, denies the power of it.

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  2. I feel so uncomfortable with Gibson’s lifestyle and his uber “Catholic” beliefs. They are like opposite side of the spectrum. Its sad to read of the problems with Moody too by the way. Thanks for the round up!

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    1. You’re welcome! Yeah, Gibson is seemingly a walking contradiction. One might expect a traditionalist hyper-Catholic to be like a strict monk, praying all the time and doing penance instead of getting mixed up in highly publicized misadventures like Gibson does. I’m going to make an off-the-cuff statement that may seem bigoted but it’s not. In Irish Catholicism (Gibson is Irish), intoxication is widely accepted and it often mixes with a super-piety. In the popular culture, in entertainment, and even from my own anecdotal observations (my wife’s family is Irish) heavy drinking in Irish families is not unusual along with a very high religious piety. The two go hand and hand in Irish and Irish-American culture for some reason.

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      1. Sadly I think Mel Gibson display the Irish Catholicism you have just described. By the way I’m glad to hear you guys have a good time with your granddaughter and seeing her school!

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