Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 12/29/18

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:

  1. The growing dissatisfaction and frustration with pope Francis among conservative Catholics and…
  2. 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.

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.

19 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 12/29/18

  1. Really? His cradle? I started to laugh but then pity for them that believe their nonsense came over me as I was quickly reminded-they worship a different Jesus…

    This question immediately came to me- in the Holy Bible as it is written -the only ones that came to see Jesus was the shepherds-they were the ones the angels told them to go see Jesus-no one else-who thought to grab the “cradle”?

    I have not a had a chance to read all you posted yet-but I will! Thanks be to God for the hard work He gets you through to post the lies of Roman Catholicism 🙏🏻❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Thank you, Beth! Yes, the bogus cradle is symptomatic of how Catholicism has strayed from God’s Word and spiritual truth and replaced it with worldly trappings and man-made traditions. Receiving Jesus Christ as Savior by faith alone is totally foreign to them. Thank you for your encouragement in the Lord!

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  2. Thank you Tom for another informative weekend roundup. I can’t get over the “crib of Jesus” , anything goes with the RCC but the Gospel. There are many false jesus being preached, the one that belongs to that crib is one of them. The real JESUS in only found in the pages of God’s Word, The Bible.
    Blessings Tom. Thank you for your perseverance to expose these lies!

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    1. Thank you, Crissy! Yes, the bogus crib is an excellent example of how Catholicism focuses on the temporal rather than the spiritual. Thank you for the encouragement in the Lord and blessings to you!

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  3. 1.) “The growing dissatisfaction and frustration with pope Francis among conservative Catholics”
    I think we really see this from the news round up on your blog

    2.) “Jesus’ cradle”
    Wow its 2018 and they still hold onto superstitious and unbiblical idea of relics…

    3.) “Francis’ prior unresponsiveness to the scandal says a lot more about his true priorities.”
    This pope is like a leftist politician. He speaks only what the mainstream left wants to hear on this and many other issues. Meanwhile like Nancy Pelosi he’s goes back to his expensive home each night…

    4.) Romanists and Papists needs to turn to Jesus for God’s grace alone in Christ alone by faith alone to be saved, not in the 4 wall instutition of Roman Catholic institutions

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    1. Thanks for the good comments!

      1. Thank you. I’ve been watching this conservative rebellion growing for around four years and it still absolutely amazes me. Such a contradiction of Catholic boasts re: the papacy.

      2. So preposterous.

      3. Good one! Francis and his liberal allies know that old-fashioned, traditional Catholicism that’s fixated on rules doesn’t resonate with the majority of the membership anymore so they’re pushing the progressive “pastoral” model aka rules were meant to be bent in order to put people back in the pews.

      4. Amen! For Catholics, it’s ALL about the institution. Catholics obviously talk about Jesus, but it’s an impersonal, ritualistic “faith.” It’s all about the institution, the clergy, and sacraments.

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      1. Scanning Google News using “Catholics” has become part of my routine. I used to do it daily but found I could get the same results by googling just 3 or 4 times a week.

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      2. I think this year will have more reasons to leave Catholicism; its like GOd is doing it make people who might be even a little rational will have more reasons to leave Catholicism, How sad that people don’t look to the Scriptures and test Catholicism by it!

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