- Bavaria’s mandate to display crosses in public buildings draws opposition from Protestants and Catholic bishops
Markus Söder (photo above), a Lutheran and the premier of the Catholic-dominated state of Bavaria in Germany, has ordered that all state government buildings display a cross at their main entrance as of June 1st. This is no doubt in reaction to the recent influx of Muslim refugees into Germany. Crosses are already mandatory in all public schools and courtrooms in Bavaria. Taxpayer-supported government institutions have no business endorsing one church or religion over another. Government, do your job. Church, do your job.
The latest edition of “The Ulster Bulwark,” a quarterly published by the Evangelical Protestant Society of Northern Ireland (see website here), featured an article, “The Protestant at the Mass,” which warns of the blasphemous nature of the Roman Catholic mass. The article is creating a bit of a stir in a country where ecumenically-minded Protestants and Catholics are trying to overcome decades of “sectarianism.” But, yes, the Roman Catholic sacrifice of the mass IS absolutely evil and blasphemous.
The New York Times article above and the following commentary from conservative Catholic pundit, Phil Lawler, provide a good summary of Francis’ troubled papacy.
Conservative Catholic clergy continue to chafe under Francis’ heterodoxy.
It’s initially heartening to read that so many Latin Americans are leaving Catholicism for “evangelicalism,” but, unfortunately, many of the churches involved teach a heretical word of faith/prosperity gospel.
Pope Francis created a controversy this past January during his visit to Chile when he accused victims of pedophile priests in that country of being “slanderers.” He’s been in damage-control mode ever since. The Catholic church just cannot find a way out of this scandal.
Yup, in mega-church culture, where flannels and skinny jeans with holes are de rigueur, a polo shirt tucked into khakis is the new avant garde. So silly.
I posted on Thursday that liberal German cardinal, Reinhard Marx, and other prelates from that country were meeting that day with the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to resolve a dispute regarding the first stages of a plan for intercommunion with Protestants. Pope Francis issued a statement to the petitioners advising the German bishops to find a solution to the disagreement themselves. With emotions still running high over Francis’ lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees in his 2016 “Amoris Laetitia” encyclical, the pope can’t afford another controversy so soon, but has de facto cleared the way for intercommunion with this nondecision. Marx will certainly interpret this papal nondecision as a green light to further pursue intercommunion. The reality is liberal priests have been offering open communion for decades, one example being at my mother-in-law’s funeral mass way back in 1984.