Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 3/30/19


It’s sadly amusing to watch the long line of admirers in this video attempt to kiss Francis’ ring as he repeatedly pulls his hand away. We’ve seen previous examples of Francis’ strong distaste for slavish reverence directed towards him. This disdain for tradition and ceremony upsets Catholic conservatives to no end. It wasn’t all that long ago when visitors to the Vatican were required to kiss the pope’s toe. Francis may be toning down some of the blatant idolatry accorded to the pope, but the institution he heads still teaches a false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit.

Falwellian pastors, like Jeffress, do a tremendous disservice to the unpolitical Gospel of grace.

We’re seeing more and more of these mega-church hipster pastors and para-church leaders, like Chan, throwing doctrinal distinctives to the wind and associating with heterodox prosperity gospel and New Apostolic Reformation types. Chan also appeared at the ecumenical “Together 2016” event, which included a video from pope Francis.

Catholicism is a dichotomy. On the one hand it insists baptism and participation in its sacraments are essential in meriting salvation. On the other hand, it grants that those of other religions and even atheists can also merit Heaven if they “follow the light they are given” and are “good.” The Catholic layperson reasonably assumes they can safely stay home Sunday mornings rather than go to obligatory mass since their pope says even atheists have good a shot at Heaven. Catholicism is (c)hristianity without Christ.

This article provides some details on how the Catholic hierarchy covered up for abusive priests and the church’s “reputation” even when the predators died.

“Saint Death” is very popular throughout Latin America where superstitious paganism and superstitious Catholicism exist together, hand-in-hand.

My Lord, Jesus Christ, sits at the right hand of Father God, mediating for all those who trust in Him as Savior by faith alone. He is NOT a victim on Catholic altars or hanging from Catholic crucifixes. Hebrews 10: 12-14

I don’t have the statistics, but I think it’s safe to say that these days the VAST majority of Roman Catholic families choose not to have a “mass of Christian burial” as a part of the funeral services for their deceased loved one. Why not? They reason to themselves, “If even ‘good’ atheists are going to merit Heaven, as the pope has said, who needs to sit through all of that boring liturgical rigmarole?”

12 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 3/30/19

  1. I saw that Pope video earlier, and it’s hilarious. Could be an SNL skit.

    As to funeral masses, I come from a funeral home family and currently work there. At least where we’re at, most of the Catholic families do have a funeral mass as part of the funeral services.

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    1. Thanks, Caroline. Yes, the video is sadly comical. Conservative Catholics are abuzz over this, yet another example of Francis’ disrespect for honored and cherished traditions.

      Thanks for your feedback on Catholics having masses as part of funeral services. I was speaking from my own observations and experiences. I would like to see nationwide research statistics on this. From what I’ve seen many Catholic families are opting for just a priest speaking at the funeral home or burial site.



    1. Yes, Bonnie, it was obviously very jolting to those people. On the other hand, it pains me to see that kind of obeisance being offered to the pope as the “Vicar of Christ.” Popes claim to be the successor of Peter, but the apostle Peter was so different from the popes of Catholicism.
      “When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am a man.” – Acts 10:25-26

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  2. Anybody who says a good Christian must also be a Trump supporter is a perversion of grace. The case, in fact, is very strong that most of his personal behavior is not Christian all. While I agree with some of his policies no case can be made that any of them are Christian positions. They are legal and social ones. I maintain that the big one, abortion, he only took that position out of political expedience.

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    1. Thanks, Wally. I really cringe every time Jeffress and others try to link the Gospel to Trump. I agree with all of your comments. I try to stay out of politics in my posts because it’s a rabbit hole with no resolution. While I’m certainly not a fan of the Democratic Party and its platform, I’m not pleased with all aspects of the Republican Party either. At my advanced age, I have strong memories of ten former U.S. presidents – Democrats and Republicans – and I have never witnessed anything resembling the lack of decorum, civility, and statesmanship that this current president regularly displays. The statements he makes in his tweets and at his rallies constantly discredit the office. Whoever heard of a president repeatedly bashing a distinguished deceased U.S. senator and POW (McCain)? Publicly taking Putin’s word over the FBI and CIA. Criticizing his own cabinet members publicly. It’s all extremely bizarre behavior.

      Sorry, Wally, but I’m not sure which comments you want me to fix?


      1. Well I’m not sure what happened. I thought I hit enter on one comment. You could just add

        Anybody who says

        To the beginning.

        And don’t get me started on him and McCain. The instant maligned McCain way back when as not a hero because he had been captured I vowed then Trump would never get a vote from me. As a veteran that made me sick.

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      2. Comment fixed! Trump tweeted or said some pretty outrageous things prior to maligning McCain in 2015, but in my book, same as yours, I thought no one could get any lower by saying such a thing. He disqualified himself from the office just by that one single remark. I could not imagine anyone else saying such a thing and still garnering public support. One good thing about Trump (besides his pragmatic stand against abortion) is he has shaken people’s faith in government as a reliable foundation.

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