This past week, the pedophile priest abuse and cover-up scandal has continued to dominate all news headlines connected to the Catholic church.
Before we look at the rest of the news stories related to the scandal, I wanted to bring attention to the above story involving evangelical pastor, John Piper (photo left). To his credit, Piper hits the nail right on the proverbial head. News of this ongoing pedophile priest scandal and pope Francis’ (photo right) possible direct involvement in the cover-up are tragic, yet secondary compared to the scandal of the hundreds of millions of souls who have been misled by Roman Catholicism’s spiritually deadly false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit. Amen to brother Piper! I don’t normally go out of my way to mention Piper in my posts because I disagree with some of his views on secondary doctrines and his associations with some problematic pastors and conferences, but he has nailed this one! Very few “prominent” evangelical pastors or para-church leaders are willing to make such a comment publicly these days.
- As crisis envelops Catholic Church, is Pope Francis facing a ‘watershed moment’?
- Cardinal Burke: It is ‘licit’ to call for the resignation of Pope Francis
- Thousands of Catholic women ask Pope: Did you cover-up for McCarrick, as Viganò claims?
- Patricia Heaton Slams Pope Francis for Tone Deaf Response to Catholic Church Abuse Scandal
- Protester at church yells ‘Shame on you!’ as Cardinal Wuerl addresses sex abuse scandal
- $3.8 billion paid in lawsuits and claims over sex abuse allegations in Catholic Church since 1980s
- The Catholic Church has reached a tipping point
As was the case last week, I don’t need to provide any commentary for the articles above, the headlines speak for themselves.
- New York State’s attorney general subpoenas state’s Catholic dioceses in connection with sex abuse investigation
One of the main stories on Rochester’s local television news the past several days has been coverage of the New York State Attorney General, Barbara D. Underwood’s announcement that she has issued “civil subpoenas for all eight Catholic dioceses in the state as part of a civil investigation into how the dioceses and other parts of the church reviewed and potentially covered up allegations of the sexual abuse of minors.” Other states have announced or are considering similar investigations. I believe this relentless unmasking of the Catholic church that we’re currently witnessing is directed by the Holy Spirit.
- Atheists Fail to Remove ‘In God We Trust’ From Money After Court Defeat, Call It ‘Utterly Revolting’
I’m not an admirer of the quasi-(c)hristianity, civil religion that is so popular throughout the United States. The “In God We Trust” motto that’s printed or engraved on all U.S. currency is as hollow as a drum; a holdover from the “I Like Ike” era when many Americans confidently but erroneously believed that the United States was a “Christian nation.” I’m definitely not trusting in the same god/s that American Catholics, modernist Protestants, Muslims, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Buddhists, Hindus, etc., are trusting in. The secular government should do its job, and the church should do its job.
I really don’t need to see this documentary on the “Muslims and Christians worship the same God” controversy at Wheaton. I’m seeing that kind of accommodation, compromise, and betrayal of the Gospel throughout evangelicalism.