The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England on September 6, 1620 with 102 Pilgrim Puritans and a crew of 30 aboard and arrived in New Plymouth Harbor in late-December, 1620 (the actual disembarkation date varies). The Pilgrim Puritans proclaimed Jesus Christ and the Gospel of grace. Will there be any trace of the Gospel in these mostly-secular celebrations in 2020? The word, “Puritan,” has become a pejorative in today’s culture. While the Puritans did attempt to set up a theocracy, which sometimes tended to religious excess, they did proclaim the Good News of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. It’s sad to consider that New England is now one of the most secularized regions of the country.
- Illinois Attorney General says Catholic Church failed to disclose abuse accusations against 500 priests and clergy
- LA bishop resigns 13 years after church learned of sex abuse claim
As the attorney generals of thirteen individual states and the F.B.I. continue their investigations into the celibate pedophile priests and cover-up scandal, many more predators will be revealed than the Catholic church had voluntarily divulged previously. This scandal is going to gnaw at Roman Catholicism for years to come.
The Catholic hierarchy’s plea for the laity to trust them to resolve the clerical sexual abuse and cover-up is akin to asking the chickens to trust the fox with the key to the hen house.
- Muslims and Christians meet in prayer at Catholic church
- Roman Catholic Bishop Tells Jewish Host Ben Shapiro: Those ‘Outside of the Explicit Christian Faith Can Be Saved’
Ecumenical evangelicals turn a blind eye to Catholicism’s unabashed teaching that everyone of all religions and even atheists can merit Heaven if they follow their conscience and are “good.”
Catholics must try to reconcile their infallible popes of the past who strongly approved of the death penalty and had Protestants burnt at the stake, with pope Francis who says those popes were wrong and that capital punishment is “inadmissible under any circumstances.”
Pope Francis’ crafty lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees was buried in a footnote in his 2016 Amoris Laetitia encyclical and is slowly trickling down into practice at parishes. Conservative Catholics are so bludgeoned by Francis’ “reforms” and the current scandal tsunami that they barely have the energy to protest.
- I don’t endorse beauty pageants, but I thought this article from the Babylon Bee was a good satire of the irrationality of trending secular liberalism.