Seeing as this is the last weekend news roundup for the year, I contemplated for a few brief seconds compiling the “Top Ten Stories of 2018,” but that would have been way too much work sifting through approximately 500 individual news stories that were posted over the last fifty-two weekends. However, off the top of my head, it’s extremely easy to identify the top two general stories of this past year:
- The growing dissatisfaction and frustration with pope Francis among conservative Catholics and…
- The crescendoing of the pedophile priests and cover-up scandal. The corruption has already reached up to the highest echelons of the Vatican and the investigations continue.
The article above and an earlier article that’s accessible through an embedded link therein, provide a good summary of the two crises of Catholicism in 2018.
News outlets are short-staffed during the holiday weeks, so this week’s roundup will be brief:
The claims of Catholic churches that they possess personal relics of Jesus, like His infant cradle (photo above), are so outrageously preposterous. Catholics are enamored with the material rather than the spiritual, venerating a bogus cradle rather than accepting Jesus Christ as Savior by faith alone.
- ‘Hand yourself over to human justice’: Pope Francis tells priests guilty of abuse the church won’t shield them
Pope Francis telling pedophile priests to turn themselves over to civil authorities at this point, eighteen years after the Boston Globe first uncovered the widespread clerical abuse and cover-up, smacks of PR disingenuity. Francis’ prior unresponsiveness to the scandal says a lot more about his true priorities.
The above article is a good summary of how Humanae Vitae, pope Paul VI’s 1968 ban on all forms of contraception, prompted the average Catholic in the pew to rethink their blind trust in the magisterium’s teaching.