Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 7/21/18

The Catholic church loves its relics and few have been as celebrated and publicized as the Shroud of Turin. Despite the proof that it’s a 14th century forgery, credulous Catholics will still flock to it and continue to put their faith in their works-righteousness institution with its emphasis on religious objects and ritualism rather than trusting in Jesus Christ as their Savior by faith alone.

There was a glut of local news stories this week, including coverage of a memorial to a priest and nun who tragically died in a church fire trying to rescue consecrated Jesus wafers (see my related post here); news that Rochester will join the “inclusive” band wagon and outlaw gay conversion therapy; an update on one of the first, big breakaway Catholic groups in the city that ordains women as priests and “affirms” everyone; and the angry reaction from Catholics in nearby Buffalo as they come face-to-face with the pedophile priests and cover-up scandal in their community

I’m certainly not a fan of the prosperity gospelers, but I find it gallingly hypocritical for the Vatican to take pot shots at the Osteens, Copelands, Myers, and Dollars when Catholic prelates have been living like kings and princes for 1500 years.

Jesus reincarnated? This new show is no surprise given the rising popularity of neo-Hinduism in the West.

The raging controversy over Francis’ lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees in his “Amoris Laetitia” document has run out of steam if the number of news articles are any gauge. Conservatives continue to wring their hands, but have been steam-rolled because they lack the fortitude to mount any kind of meaningful opposition. In the meantime, liberal bishops are busy implementing the new guidelines.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae encyclical, which banned all forms of birth control, even non-abortifacient contraceptives. Result? The church hierarchy lost a massive amount of credibility in the eyes of its membership, the vast majority of which have defiantly used or are using birth control. Pope Francis and his progressive allies would love to reform the church’s teaching on contraceptives, but it’s a question of how and when. It would not be surprising to see the church’s teaching overturned via a guileful, semi-ambiguous method, as Francis did by lifting the ban on communion for remarried divorcees in a footnote in his Amoris Laetitia encyclical.

Fundamentalist publisher, Jack Chick, hatched some absolutely outrageous conspiracy theories involving the Vatican and the Jesuits and ultimately helped to undermine credible Gospel witness to Roman Catholics. A couple of times, I’ve commented that Chick, in his wildest dreams, could not have come up with a papacy like that of Francis, which has created so much Sturm und Drang within Catholicism. I’m definitely not a fan of TBN huckster and ecumenist par excellence, James Robison, but I got a chuckle when I saw this article (written by a Catholic) in Robison’s virtual news rag, which makes the same observation.

26 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 7/21/18

  1. I use to be so obsessed with that shroud before God saved me! I remember maybe a year ago my husband (who spends almost all his time at home finding ways to be a blessing to me, including to search out any type of show that we can watch without there being any blasphemy, cursing, or the likes) found a documentary on it. I think he almost had a heart attack when I said I’d rather watch MLB. Those things that seemed so important before salvation fade in comparison to Gods completed Word, prayer and fellowship!
    It’s terribly sad about the priest and nun, I can’t imagine valuing bread over human life. How is the eucharist made, is there a factory and they order it or is it made by hand?

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    1. Thanks, sister! Yes, those religious objects that are so extremely valuable to the religious unsaved become inconsequential after trusting in Christ. Regarding the nun and priest who died, such a needless tragedy, but it speaks to how all Catholics are prisoners of manmade traditions and godless superstition.
      RE: the wafers
      Good question! I would have assumed they were made by nuns in a monastery, but the article below reveals a family business in Rhode Island makes 80% of the wafers in the U.S.

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      1. Wow! 80% is a lot. The church we’re at now does communion once a month, always asking those who are unsaved to please refrain, although they do offer to talk to anyone afterwards that has questions. I don’t understand enough about the Lords table…it’s on a long list of things I want to research. How is it that the RCC came to the conclusion of that Jesus is actually in the bread? Is that a long standing tradition or a more recent one? Sorry for all the questions, you’re answers are always such a blessing!

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      2. Always happy to answer questions! Catholics mainly cite John 6 in conjunction with the Last Supper passages as proof of transubstantiation. They sadly interpret John 6 literally, that eternal life comes from physically eating Jesus. It’s not surprising the church drifted that way because it gave the clergy tremendous powers over the laity. When Christianity was adopted as the state religion, it was under tremendous pressure to create standardized rituals and found some pagan beliefs and practices useful. Here’s a short article about how the early church evolved into Catholicism. Item #2 has some interesting thoughts on the origin of the mass.

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    1. Thanks BG. Selling alleged relics to the church was big business in Medieval times and a skilled 14th artist was totally capable of creating the fake shroud. Many other such bogus relics were sold to the church.

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      1. Your welcome as a non Catholic I heard about the shroud thought it was real maybe I don’t remember exactly but it’s fake. That’s horrible they create those things to deceive people but then again we are dealing with a counterfeit Church that worships Mary, Saints Angels and other things.

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  2. Took a little longer to get to this post after a long day with a special family trip!

    1. Shroud of Turin seems to be problematic for a long time already.

    2. Seems like a lot is going on locally for you at Rochester! By the way I noticed that the “woman priest” is an African American woman; is there a heavy population of African American Catholics at your place? Most of the African American where I live are cultural protestants.

    3. Jack Chick is still intriguing even after his death. He would probably say “I told you so!” with Romanism today but he’s way too whacky and conspiratorial.

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    1. We also had a loooong day with friends coming over for dinner.

      1. Despite this new evidence, Catholics will still insist the shroud is real.

      2. No, there isn’t a large population of African American Catholics in Rochester. At one time there was a single, small parish in the city that was predominently Black but I think it’s closed now.

      3. Chick would have loved the current controversies with Francis and would have spun all kinds of wacky conspiracies in connection to them, especially with the fact that Francis is a Jesuit. I think Chick was influenced by demons, hatching all of those blatantly ridiculous theories, but fundamentalist Christians still buy his materials.

      Have a great Lord’s Day!

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      1. Thanks for the answer concerning Rochester. In the end of the day with the level of slander and lies Chick spewed against Catholicism he undermined the Protestant effort to reach Catholics and was definitely used by Satan in that regards. May you too have a good Lord’s Day!

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      2. Thanks, Jimmy! Grateful for a blessed worship time this a.m. Visited with a good friend this afternoon. He’s going through a divorce and is very depressed. Has had thoughts of suicide. Could you please say a prayer for Bill? I’ve witnessed to him before and will again.

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    1. Thanks, Cassey, and thanks for the article! I did see the headline in passing. Australia is getting rocked hard by the pedophile scandal between cardinal Pell and now archbishop Wilson.


  3. Shroud: Everyone forgets that Jesus Christ is human and divine, and we do not understand or know the supernatural effects which may have been occurring in and around his body at the time which may have created effects which are unusual. Whatever the case, the shroud doesn’t matter from a faith perspective, and a real “debunking” is less probable than the proving.


    1. RE: Whatever the case, the shroud doesn’t matter from a faith perspective,

      I agree with you that the shroud and other alleged relics are of no consequence although many Catholics would not agree.

      You mention “faith” but faith in what? Catholics and Bible Christians both talk about “faith” but they mean totally different things. Catholics mean by faith as trusting in their institutional church with its system of sacramental grace and merit while Bible Christians refer by faith as trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior by faith alone.


      1. No, the faith in sacramental grace and church direction is based in Christ’s promise that He would send the Holy Spirit to guide us truth and that He would always be with us and that the Church would never fall.


      2. RE: Christ’s promise that He would send the Holy Spirit to guide us truth

        The apostles Peter and Paul would have passionately rebuked your institution for teaching that even atheists can merit Heaven if they are “good” and follow their conscience.


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