Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 6/8/19

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.

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, 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.

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).”

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42 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 6/8/19

    1. Glad you asked, Wally. Pope Francis is referring to Lutheran churches of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). The Roman church signed an accord with the LWF in 1999. Lutheran churches that belong to the LWF fell into modernism/liberalism long ago and teach that pretty much everyone can merit Heaven if they have “faith” and are “good.” The largest Lutheran denomination in the U.S. – the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – is a member of the LWF. We know that the Lutheran churches in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod still preach the Gospel.

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      1. Ah thanks for that Tom. We actually have a distant cousin who is a pastor in the ELCA. Gay too which is okay by them. He came to a reunion once with his partner.

        I have heard a saying that the Catholics think Lutherans are Baptist and that the Baptists think they are Catholic.

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  1. 1.) “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)”
    The Pope is a troll against the conservative Papists…

    2.) “U.S. Catholic Church spent $10.6 million in Northeast alone to lobby against legislation that would benefit victims of child sex abuse”
    This show their true agenda is about protecting money rather than righting wrongs…

    3.) “U.S. Catholic Church reports big rise in sex-abuse allegations in last twelve months”
    I hope for the sake of kids and victims, its a rise of it being exposed and not a rise of abuse, I hope the actual abuse of kids go down, again for the sake of kids…

    Will write up some more later…

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    1. I appreciate the good feedback, brother!

      1). “The Pope is a troll against the conservative Papists…”
      Yes, Francis is every conservative Catholic apologist’s worst nightmare!

      2) “This show their true agenda”
      The movie “All the Presidents Men” popularized the phrase, “Follow the money” and that applies here. The money trail proves what’s really important to the RCC.

      3) “rise of abuse”
      The bulk of survivors coming forward were abused decades ago. I believe the steep decline in the number of priests in this country is going to result in less reports of abuse down the road, although the celibacy rule still draws and fosters deviancy.

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      1. Good point: ” I believe the steep decline in the number of priests in this country is going to result in less reports of abuse down the road, although the celibacy rule still draws and fosters deviancy.”

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      2. Actually I didn’t write a comic book review but a regular nonfiction non-Christian book review but then thought about your week’s blogging didn’t have comics lol

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  2. This round-up was pretty jaw dropping, brother. It does seem, at times, that Francis is going out of his way to upset the conservatives. I actually am hopeful they allow marriage, though, as I think it will help stem the child abuse.

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    1. Thanks, sister! Yes, there was a lot of significant news this week.

      RE: Francis is going out of his way to upset the conservatives.

      The conflict between Francis and the Catholic conservatives is sooooo interesting. The U.S. Catholic church alone was losing members like a sieve, so liberal, pragmatic Francis is “bending the rules” in an effort to make the church more appealing, especially as society continues to become less religious. Conservatives rightly question how rules regarded as unchangeable and irrevocable by previous popes can be “bent” by this one. The conservatives are in a quandary because one of their cardinal rules is absolute loyalty to the papacy!

      RE: I actually am hopeful they allow marriage.

      The bad theology of the Catholic priesthood aside, yes, they need to change the mandatory celibacy rule yesterday. The misery that it has caused over the centuries is inestimable. I believe the RCC’s clerical celibacy rule is a prophetic mark foretold in 1 Timothy 4:3.

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  3. 4.) ” 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?”
    Just prayed for this person to come to Christ.

    5.) ” 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?”
    Ouch!

    This story I just saw broke my heart: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-48559590?SThisFB&fbclid=IwAR0z7SCc-vDzC8nBzbaIlXkKJLANT5T7nOxXmModU4P6i62kuQmhUbyEqKQ

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    1. 4) “Just prayed for this person to come to Christ.”
      Thank you for your prayers, brother. It is such a sad piece to read. The RCC was THE ROCK for these souls, as they were taught to believe, but no thinking person can justify following it in light of these ongoing scandals.

      5) This is hard to say but I would rather my child witness the LGBTQ parade than spend a weekend with a few other children at father Bob’s cottage. That was “normal” and very acceptable practice back in the day.

      RE: This story

      Sickening. The report mentions the institution in question was run by the Christian Brothers, the same order that ran my high school.

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      1. I am so grateful the several parish priests I had to work with for four years as an altar boy were mean, standoffish, and anti-social. Perhaps they were “fighting their demons” but at least they left me alone.

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      2. I’ll say. I have a memory of my mother that was very typical of her. It was about thirty years ago when articles about priest abuse first started making the headlines. She said that if she found out that a priest had abused me when I was an altar boy, she would have walked up the street to the rectory and put the person out of their misery, and she would have.

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      3. Good guess but my Mom was German and very proud of it. Germans have a reputation for being (sometimes painfully) blunt and forthright and that was her.

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      4. Funny. I was actually contemplating asking if you’ve encountered opposite personalities as a problem in marriages, but the question would have been inappropriate and I already know the answer.

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      5. Yup, I can see where problems could result both when the personalities are the same or opposite. Well, maybe if both personalities are quiet and demure there might be fewer clashes.

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