Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 4/21/18

The nearby Catholic diocese of Buffalo, New York is preparing to settle with the victims of its pedophile priests. What goes through the minds of parishioners knowing they are personally subsidizing such a corrupt system? Several Catholic dioceses across the country have filed for bankruptcy after payouts to victims. Could Buffalo be next? In an unabashed public relations move, the bishop of Buffalo has put his 11,000 square-foot palatial mansion ($1.3-$1.9 million dollar value) up for sale to help defray the cost.

Pope Francis recently comforted a young boy by telling him that his deceased atheist father was in Heaven. This is hardly a new development. Francis has said on previous occasions that atheists can merit Heaven if they are “good” and follow their conscience. Rome used to teach that only baptized Catholics in good standing could merit Heaven, but Catholicism has steadily drifted toward “all good people go to Heaven” Universalism.

Many evangelical churches and Christians are drifting farther and farther from Biblical orthodoxy and becoming less and less tolerant of anyone who exposes a false gospel.

The Catholic church likes to blow the trumpets whenever a new parish opens in the South to accommodate transplants from the Rust Belt, but they hardly offset the hundreds of churches closing up here in the Northeast.

Catholic conservatives continue to mobilize against the heterodoxy of pope Francis. What will be the outcome of this increasing polarization within Catholicism?

I thought the liberal German bishops’ plan for Catholic-Lutheran intercommunion was a done deal, but evidently Francis is temporarily putting the brakes on further reforms because conservatives are still in a tizzy over his lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees.

This really isn’t much of a satire. You could attend Joel Osteen’s church or many hip mega-churches for a year without hearing “sin” or “hell” mentioned once.

5 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 4/21/18

  1. That was a tough round up, the Babylon Bee at the end really helped. Any time we see abuse of children it hurts my heart so deeply. How could anyone see these things happening and still deny the wretchedness of the human heart? Thank you for all the information, brother!

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    1. Thanks, sister! Yes, abuse of children is heartbreaking. Many Roman Catholics turned their back on their religion after these scandals broke because of the overwhelming disconnect between the works righteousness salvation propagated by the clergy and their systematic abuse of children and cover-up.

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