- Pope Francis criticizes conservative and traditionalist Catholics who ‘safeguard the ashes’ of the past
- ‘Let’s not wait for the theologians,’ says pope Francis about sharing the Eucharist
- Full text of Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Romania
In a June 2nd, in-flight press conference, pope Francis once again encouraged Catholic bishops and priests not to wait for the approval of church theologians and to begin intercommunion with Protestants (Lutherans were named specifically). Last year, without fanfare, Francis ruled that individual German bishops could decide if Lutheran spouses of Catholics could receive communion in their diocese. This is a heretical teaching in the minds of conservative Catholics. Francis doubled-down on his conservative opponents by calling them pitiable “fundamentalists” who must be tolerated and prayed for. I have zero interest in participating in the Catholic mass or receiving the Catholic eucharist, both of which are blasphemous on several levels, but it’s very interesting to observe how the chasm is widening between Francis and his progressive allies and Catholic conservatives.
- U.S. Catholic Church spent $10.6 million in Northeast alone to lobby against legislation that would benefit victims of child sex abuse
There’s something very sinister about a religious institution that spent $11 million in the Northeast alone in attempts to limit its legal culpability for the gross misconduct of its employees. The Child Victims Act was finally passed into law by the New York State legislature this past February despite the $2.9 million spent by the Roman Catholic church to oppose the bill.
With many states introducing legislation and/or programs to assist victims of clerical abuse, survivors are coming forward in record numbers.
We can discuss the pedophile priests and cover-up scandal tsunami in abstract and clinical terms, but it has shaken the “faith” of individual Catholic pew-sitters to the core. The writer of this op-ed has lost all faith in her Catholic institution. Will she now turn to Jesus Christ and the Good News of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone?
- Catholic bishop says LGBTQ “Pride Month” activities are harmful to kids, faces huge international backlash
- Priest begs gays not to leave church over bishop’s tweet
Catholic bishop, Thomas Tobin, created a maelstrom this past week when he advised parents in his Rhode Island diocese to protect their children by staying away from LGBTQ “Pride Month” events. Catholic parents should be asking themselves, which of the two is potentially more dangerous for their children; exposing them to the LGBTQ snake pit or allowing them to participate in Catholic church youth activities supervised by celibate priests?
Speaking of Francis’ progressive allies, Walter Kasper, the progressive German cardinal who is Bergoglio’s mentor and who engineered his election in 2013, reveals one of the next goals on his protégé’s radar.
- No more ‘lead us not into temptation’ for Catholics as pope Francis approves change to the Lord’s Prayer
Some folks are upset that Francis has now “officially changed” Matthew 6:13 in English translations of Catholic Bibles from “Lead us not into temptation” to “Do not let us fall into temptation.” However, Catholic doctrine is so un-Biblical and even anti-Biblical on so many counts that getting wrapped around the axle over this specific offense is like amputating a toe when the entire leg is gangrene. Evangelical pastor, John MacArthur, comments on this verse, “God does not tempt us (James 1:13), but He will subject us to trials that may expose us to Satan’s assaults, as in the case of Job and Peter (Luke 22:31-32). This petition expresses the believer’s desire to avoid the dangers of sin altogether. God knows what a person’s need is before he asks, and He promises that no one will be subjected to testing beyond what can be endured. He also promises a way of escape – often through endurance (1 Cor. 10:13).”