The Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 9/22/18

Pope Francis is once again being pragmatic by throwing his Vatican-appointed, “underground” Chinese bishops under the bus and recognizing bishops appointed by the communist Chinese government. Pope John Paul II would have been aghast, but Francis sees the concession as taking one step backward in order to take two forward. This compromise with China is another reason why conservative Catholics eagerly anticipate the end of Francis’ tenure.

Millennial Christians are big on social justice and definitely don’t go for the Christian nationalism of Jerry Falwell, Jr., Robert Jeffress, and Franklin Graham.

Amidst the current pedophile priest and cover-up tsunami, there has been little discussion in the media as to WHY so many priests have preyed upon mostly male children and young men. Studies suggest that 30-50 percent of Catholic priests are homosexual and a significant number of them are ephebophiles, a term for homosexuals who are attracted to adolescent males, generally ages 15 to 19. Catholic seminaries, with their all-male populations and rule of mandatory celibacy, were magnets and incubators of deviancy for centuries.

This article from a liberal Catholic rag speculates that further progressive reforms by pope Francis and his allies may push conservatives to schism. The EWTN-types are feeling like their backs are against the wall at this point. What would prompt them to finally say, “Enough!”?

This is an interesting article on Moore, the ecumenical and doctrine-lite female preacher whose rising celebrity speaks volumes about the sorry state of today’s evangelicalism.

The U.S. bishops’ installation of a sex abuse hotline is akin to Al Capone setting up a hotline for businesses to complain about mobster racketeering.

This satire reminds me that many of today’s hipster evangelicals would see incompatibility in entertainment choices as far more problematic than if their spouse was a Roman Catholic and faithful to their church’s gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit.

11 thoughts on “The Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 9/22/18

  1. 1.) CHINA: Its interesting to see how this pope caves into all kinds of evils and forces, whether popular leftist opinions or certain governments…

    2.) I lament that Millennials are so into SOCIAL JUSTICE…

    3.) The sexual abuses of Roman Catholic Priests isn’t going away anytime soon from these headlines

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    1. Thanks for the comments! I hope we see Francis overturn another cherished doctrine/practice just to see if that will be the last straw for conservative Catholics. Several other states have initiated investigations of the RCC following the Pennsylvania report so, yes, the headlines will continue for a long time. The church was already hemorrhaging members and this is going to motivate even more to leave.

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  2. Behind schedule in my posts reading. Finally caught up with another great weekend round up. Thank you Tom. Was wondering when popes are elected is it for life or a term?

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    1. Crissy, thanks for the encouragement in the Lord! Popes are normally elected for life. Benedict XVI shocked Catholics by resigning in 2013 – there’s much speculation as to the reasons why – but he was the first pope to resign since Gregory XII did in 1415.

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