I don’t condone any unlawful destruction, but this news story strikes me as bitterly ironic because the Catholic church in Buffalo that’s mentioned, St. John Kanty’s, has done far worse damage of eternal consequence to all the trusting souls who’ve entered through its doors over the years.
Few Americans are aware of the history of the dreaded Ustasha, the Croatian Catholic fascist militia that collaborated closely with Nazi Germany during World War II. It’s estimated the Ustasha exterminated 30,000 Jews, 29,000 Gypsies, and 500,000 Serbs during the war. A couple of weeks ago in Bleiburg, Austria, Croatian bishops co-sponsored a memorial to Ustasha war dead. Fascist symbols and slogans were in evidence. The Catholic church is also pushing hard to canonize Croatian cardinal, Aloysius Stepinac (d. 1960), who strongly supported the Ustasha during the war. The Catholic church was closely associated with 20th century fascist regimes in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Vichy France, Austria, Belgium, and throughout Pan Latin America.
- Andy Stanley: Christians Must ‘Unhitch’ Old Testament From Their Faith
- Andy Stanley Responds to Concerns Over ‘Unhitch’ Comments, Says Critics Need to Understand Context
Once again, mega-church guru, Andy Stanley, demonstrates that he’s prone to heterodoxy. If you need to listen to a Stanley for preaching and spiritual teaching, stick with Andy’s father, Charles.
Pope Francis rendered a non-decision in the German bishops’ debate over intercommunion with Protestants due to the controversy still raging over his lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees. The bottom line is that the liberal German bishops will instruct their priests to administer communion to Protestants, which they’ve already been doing for decades anyway.
In light of the widespread sexual abuse of Catholic children by pedophile priests, this case of hysterical verbal abuse pales in comparison.
The U.S. embassy in Jerusalem opened this week with great pomp and ceremony, but there was no mention of it on Catholic blogs that I could see. I speak from experience when I say Catholics generally don’t place any importance on the Jews being God’s chosen people (although they are currently not in accord with God because they reject Jesus the Messiah) or of God’s promises towards Israel being fulfilled in the future. Unlike evangelicals, Israel’s not even on the radar scope of the average Catholic.
We are living in unusual times when every week another conservative Catholic leader comes forward advising church members to disobey the pope.
- Catholicism’s “Dirty Little Secret” – “50 percent of RCIA converts leave after the first year and as high as 75 percent have left after five years”
Quite often, disgruntled conservative Catholics like the ones at The Vortex-Church Militant do the heavy lifting for me as in the story above. People are attracted to Catholicism’s “smells and bells,” but once they’re inside, they realize it’s an empty shell.
Many progressive mega-church pastors and worship leaders are frustrated that Steven Furtick keeps raising the hip/swag bar.