Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 5/5/18

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.

Latebreaking:

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.

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

  1. Seems the common thread is the lack of being led to repentance. Experience without the Holy Spirit leads to spiritism and into the worship of “another jesus”. We are truly living in the last days.

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    1. Thanks, Hope. Yes, I agree. I subscribe to the local Catholic diocesan monthly newspaper strictly for informational purposes and it’s also filled with the same kind of religious bee hive buzzings, but nothing about Jesus Christ. The institution becomes the focus rather than Christ and the Gospel of grace.

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  2. Glad to see our little corner of the vineyard featured in the round-up! Rev McIntyre has attracted a lot of criticism here in Ulster, as no doubt he knew he would when he wrote it, which makes his actions all the more commendable. Well said Tom, the Mass is indeed evil and supposed Protestant ministers who turn a blind eye to this are failing in their duty.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback! Praise the Lord for Peter McIntyre and other Protestant ministers who would rather incur the wrath of ecumenists than misguide their flocks. A poll done here in the USA prior to the pope’s visit in 2015 revealed 58% of “evangelical” pastors believed the pope was their “brother in Christ” while 19% were “not sure” whether the pope was a true Christian, leaving only 23% who were sure the pope was not a true Christian. That doesn’t speak well for the state of evangelicalism here in the US.

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    1. I just bookmarked a couple of articles from conservative Catholic sources for the next roundup that come down very hard on Francis for his nondecision regarding intercommunion in Germany. I think conservatives might seriously consider schism if Francis’ successor is cut from the same cloth.

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      1. That would be so ironic for the conservatives to argue against Protestants for not having magistrates only for them to rebel against the magistrates themselves

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      2. I couldn’t have scripted a sweeter irony. Catholics who write in won’t address the Francis dilemma when I ask them about it. Conservative Catholics are in such a quandary.

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      3. Painful for them. But we’re now seeing open criticism of Francis on conservative venues like Raymond Arroyo’s EWTN television show and the National Catholic Register. That was unthinkable only a year ago.

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