Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 7/13/19

“God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel: How Truth Overwhelms a Life Built on Lies” by Benny Hinn’s (photo left) nephew, Costi Hinn (photo right), hit the bookstores this past Tuesday. My local library REALLY needs to purchase a copy of this. Order it from Amazon here. It grieves me that credulous souls hand over their money and their faith to these prosperity gospel shysters.

Speaking of “miracles,” now that the civil courts have settled the dispute between the Catholic dioceses of New York City and Peoria, Illinois over possession of the cadaver of Fulton J. Sheen, pope Francis has put the famous former media pioneer on the fast-track to canonization as predicted.

Last August, Catholic archbishop and former papal nuncio (Vatican ambassador) to the United States, Carlo Viganò, created a huge stir by accusing pope Francis of covering up for pedophile cardinal, Ted McCarrick. Now, Viganò is implicating Francis in the cover-up of another suspected predator, archbishop Peña Parra, the Vatican’s third most powerful prelate.

Members of the conservative Catholic media are caught in a Catch-22. One of their “prime directives” is absolute loyalty to the papacy, but many are convinced pope Francis is a heretic. So much for the age-old Catholic boast that popes are incapable of leading the RC church into error.

We’re seeing several of these wildcat, progressive “Catholic” churches springing up that ordain women as priests and boast of being “inclusive,” while at the same time conservative Catholics are reverting back to pre-conciliar militancy. The RCC is splitting right down the middle.

The Mormon church has announced that next year, 2020, will be the last for the Hill Cumorah Pageant, held annually in Palmyra, New York, about 23 miles east of Rochester. LDS leadership cites “time commitments, cost, security, and impact to church sites” as the reasons for shutting down the pageant. The Mormon church’s founder, Joseph Smith Jr., claimed God the Father and Jesus Christ visited him in Palmyra in 1820 when he was 14-years-old, which culminated in the incorporation of the LDS church in 1830. See my previous posts on Joseph Smith’s Mormonism scam here and here and here.

The JWs couldn’t get a price break from the new owners of the Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester, so they are relocating their regional summer conference to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, about 230 miles to the south. Pew Research reports that 1% of adults in New York State identify as Jehovah’s Witnesses and less than 1% identify as Mormons, but a whopping 31% identify as Roman Catholic. So why do the (c)hristian bookstore$ in the region carry materials warning of the dangers of Mormonism and the Watchtower, but nothing about the dangers of works-righteousness Roman Catholicism? Oh, that’s right, these alleged “evangelical Protestant” (c)hristian bookstore$ actually have “Catholic sections” stocked with rosaries, holy medals, prayer cards to saints, and religious statues!

Yet another satire from the Babylon Bee that’s not too far from reality.

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38 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 7/13/19

      1. Sounds like fun! Have a good time and I’m sure you all will. I’m going to cut the front lawn…not quite the same amount of fun as bowling and Burger King.

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    1. I’ve heard that the Watchtower is struggling with declining membership numbers and resulting financial problems. Of course, the same could be said of many religious institutions these days.

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  1. What a fascinating round up, brother! I’m excited about that Costi Hinn book as well, I hope to have an opportunity to read it soon. I’m surprised that the Mormon pageant is being shut down, I wonder if the success of the street preachers has anything to do with it?

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    1. Thanks, sister! Yes, I definitely will be reading Costi’s book at some point. I have read that in addition to Hill Cumorah, the Mormons are ending 3 more of their 7 outdoor pageants. No doubt the LDS leadership is not being totally upfront about all the reasons. I’m guessing that one of the reasons is the declining interest in “religion” in general throughout the country. They must be seeing less and less of a “return on their investment.”

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      1. lol not so much that as it is with other things. Have some counseling and people going through tough times. Also went to three churches yesterday, there’s two churches without a pastor. Struggling churches have a place in my heart. I rather preach at small struggling churches than big churches with a “national platform.” Gotta go where the need is…too many pastors who sees churches as stepping stones to bigger and more noticeable ministries.

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  2. 1.) I do want to read Costi Hinn’s book on Benny Hinn sometime…

    2.) I learned about Fulton J. Sheen from you on your blog.

    3.) “Archbishop Viganò: Pope Francis ignored ‘terrifying dossier’ on top Vatican official’s sex abuse”
    Response: More exposure that there’s corruption going to the top. Woe to them for the culture of enablement…

    4.) “Pew Research reports that 1% of adults in New York State identify as Jehovah’s Witnesses and less than 1% identify as Mormons, but a whopping 31% identify as Roman Catholic. So why do the (c)hristian bookstore$ in the region carry materials warning of the dangers of Mormonism and the Watchtower, but nothing about the dangers of works-righteousness Roman Catholicism? ”
    Response: Ouch!

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    1. 1 – I’m hoping Costi’s book makes it to the library. They have 4 of his uncle Benny’s books, which of course I have no desire to read.

      2 – Yeah, in the U.S. in the 50s and early-60s, Sheen was much more popular than the reigning popes. The Vatican will always leverage the popularity of celebrity clerics by canonizing them. The decades-long internal fight over possession of his corpse really spoke to what Catholicism really values.

      3 – Yeah, Francis talks about strongly clamping down on abuse as a PR gesture, but the whole system is corrupted.

      4 – Sometimes the irony is just ridiculous.

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      1. Hmm, good question. I did some searching and I see other county library systems in the country have a “suggest a purchase” process, but not our system.

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