Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 8/17/19

This past Thursday, Roman Catholics celebrated the Feast of the Assumption, the dogma that Mary was assumed bodily up into Heaven either at the moment of her death or immediately prior to her impending death. This belief was defined as an infallible dogma by pope Pius XII in 1950, meaning any Catholic who refuses to believe the teaching commits a soul-damning mortal sin. The feast or “solemnity” is a holy day of obligation (HDO), meaning all Catholics were required to attend mass last Thursday under threat of mortal sin. How many actually did attend mass on Thursday? RCC statistics reveal that only 12% of Catholics attend all HDOs as required.

There is nothing in the Bible to support the notion of Mary being assumed into Heaven and there is no extant mention of it until the writings of “saint” John Damascene in the 8th century. So how did the belief come about? Catholic theologians who favored worship/veneration of Mary extrapolated the doctrine using the “fitness” principle. Their argument was as follows: A) since Mary was supposedly sinless (immaculately conceived and without sin after her birth), then B) it was only “fitting” that God would not allow her body to experience the ravages and corruption of death, and so C) God assumed her into Heaven. This “fitness” principle that underlies many un-Biblical Catholic traditions was later popularized by medieval theologian, Thomas Aquinas. See here. On Thursday, pope Francis proclaimed that Mary is the “Gate of Heaven.” The RCC has taught for a millennia that all of God’s graces first flow through Mary and that she is therefore the co-mediator, along with Jesus, between God the Father and mankind. However, Mary was a sinner saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone and she would be sorely grieved to know any worship (aka veneration) was being directed towards her.

Somehow, I missed this story when it first came out on July 3rd. This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks.

It was initially reported at the end of July that 50% of U.S. Catholics don’t believe the consecrated eucharistic elements are the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ as their church teaches. Follow-up articles report that the percentage is actually much higher; 69%! Transubstantiation, the doctrine that Catholic priests change bread wafers and wine into the actual body and blood of Jesus, to be ingested as a conveyance of grace, is one of the prime teachings of Catholicism. Catholics generally have sparse knowledge of their church’s teachings and are even less knowledgeable about the Bible.

As this article states, the Catholic church “was the first and largest corporate slaveholder in the Americas.” As I’ve read elsewhere, the largest slave owners in antebellum Maryland were the Jesuits. How could the alleged Holy Spirit-led “vicar of Christ,” have allowed his subordinates to buy, sell, and subjugate slaves? But in light of the murderous papal-approved Inquisitions, the buying, owning, and selling of slaves by Catholic religious orders was just more of the same.

This past Wednesday, August 14th, was the commencement of the one-year window created by the 2019 Child Victim Act of New York State whereby survivors of priest sexual abuse are able to sue the Catholic church with no limitation statutes. As of this posting, 37 lawsuits have been filed in Rochester and 105 were filed in nearby Buffalo along with hundreds more throughout the state.

Last week, I posted about the ongoing persecution of evangelicals by Catholics in rural Mexico. This article fills in some of the details. Why doesn’t pope Francis summon the Mexican cardinals and bishops to the Vatican and put an end to the ongoing persecution?

My wife and I participated in one of our church’s small groups for two years, but we had several ongoing disagreements with some of the other group members regarding such topics as the syncretism of Christianity and nationalism that’s popular among American believers, ecumenism with the Catholic church, and the credibility of TBN hoaxsters, er, I mean, “televangelists.” Two of the group’s members stated that their only daily Bible reading was from a Joyce Meyer “devotional.” Many pastors aren’t willing to take a stand these days and the sheep drift into error.

50 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 8/17/19

  1. What a round up, brother! The bodily assumption of Mary has always been one of the weirdest things to me. But where did they get the idea that she was immaculately conceived? Whew that California bill does not bode well for brothers and sisters there!
    One thing that really confuses me about NY allowing this one year window is that University elites are pushing pedophilia as just a “sickness” that deserves sympathy. There’s been several disgusting Ted talks about it. And yet, when it comes to the RCC, they don’t feel that way. Very odd to see them silent on it.

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    1. Thanks, sister! Yup, there was a lot of noteworthy stuff going on this past week.

      RE: Immaculate Conception

      Catholic theologians relied upon the “fitness” argument for that one as well, but also extrapolated Mary’s sinlessness from Luke 1:28, “Hail Mary, FULL of grace.” They argue that Mary HAD to be sinless in order to be the spotless vessel that carried and bore the sinless Savior, but according to that rationale, Mary’s mother, Ann (identified by that name in apocryphal writings), would have also had to have been sinless, and on and on.

      RE: New York and the Child Victim Act

      New York State gets so many other things wrong in its push to be “the most progressive state in the country” as the governor boasts, but I heartily applaud the passage of the CVA. The bill was hanging around for a long time, but couldn’t get past the opposition from the RCC lobbyists until the #MeToo movement gave it fresh legs and no one but the church dared oppose it.

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      1. Re: Luke 1:28

        That translation is based on the Latin Vulgate, which itself is a translation of the Greek.

        Joseph Fitzmyer in his commentary on Luke, like Protestants/Evangelicals, translates the Greek to English as “Hail, favored woman”.

        But I’m sure David Anders will dismiss Fitzmyer as a “liberal” LOL.

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      2. Thanks! I have seen several refutations of the “full of grace” mistranslation. Yeah, Anders toes the conservative Catholic party line but with EWTN moving farther and farther towards traditionalism, pretty soon Anders is going to be the “liberal.”


      3. Re: immaculate conception

        Augustine: This being the case, ever since the time when by one man sin thus entered into this world and death by sin, and so it passed through to all men, up to the end of this carnal generation and perishing world, the children of which beget and are begotten, there never has existed, nor ever will exist, a human being of whom, placed in this life of ours, it could be said that he had no sin at all, with the exception of the one Mediator, who reconciles us to our Maker through the forgiveness of sins. NPNF1: Vol. V, On the Merits and Forgiveness of Sins, and on the Baptism of Infants, Book II, Chapter 47.

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  2. “Pope at Angelus on feast of the Assumption: Mary is the “Gate of Heaven”… 😭😭😭😭 SUCH DARKNESS! SUCH LIES!!!!

    “Many pastors aren’t willing to take a stand these days and the sheep drift.”~ EXACTLY!!! Again …😭😭😭😭

    Great post shared with love of God’s truth !!! Thanks, Tom! Lots of meat here!!!

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    1. Thank you, Beth! I know that you agree that as ex-Catholic believers, we are much more aware of the anti-Biblical nature of soooooo many Catholic doctrines that other believers are often blind to. All praise to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for freeing us from that darkness!…

      p.s. …and I praise Him for the abundant rain that we’re currently getting in ROC.

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      1. Yes, Amen, Tom ! I have found myself to be very skeptical … checking everything out after being brought out of RC !

        Amen! We just had ours too- passed it on over your way!! 💕🙏🏻👍🏻

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  3. Reblogged this on I ONCE WAS LOST and commented:
    Such darkness and lies 😭😭😭😭 Thanks for lovingly sharing the truth, Tom, so that others may be brought out of the lie of Roman Catholicism that is flooding into the “Evangelical “ churches!!

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    1. Thanks for the re-blog, sister! We have a GREAT HOPE to share, and we will continue to share Jesus and His Gospel of Grace, even though many around us bend the knee to accommodation and compromise with apostasy.

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      1. Well, I would like to read about Patton but that will probably never happen. Just too many other subjects ahead of him. And it would be tough to beat George C. Scott’s portrayal.

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  4. Re: The Assumption

    Epiphanius of Salamis : And there have been many such things to mislead the deluded, though the saints are not responsible for anyone’s stumbling; the human mind finds no rest, but is perverted to evils. The holy virgin may have died and been buried””her falling asleep was with honor, her death in purity, her crown in virginity. Or she may have been put to death””as the Scripture says, “œAnd a sword shall pierce her soul””” her fame is among the martyrs and her holy body, by which light rose on the world, [rests] amid blessings. Or she may have remained alive, for God is not incapable of doing whatever he wills. No one knows her end. But we must not honor the saints to excess; we must honor their Master. Frank Williams, trans., The Panarion of Epiphanius of Salamis: Book II and III (Sects 47-80, De Fide) 78. Against Antidicomarians, 78. 23 (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1994), p. 619.

    Epiphanius (310/320-403): Let no one eat of the error which has arisen on St. Mary´s account. Even though “˜The tree is lovely´ it is not for food; and even though Mary is all fair, and is holy and held in honor, she is not to be worshiped. . . . They must not say, “˜We honor the queen of heaven.´Frank Williams, trans., The Panarion of Epiphanius of Salamis: Book II and III (Sects 47-80, De Fide) 79. Against Collyridians, 7,7; 8,2 (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1994), p. 627.

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  5. 1.) “This past Thursday, Roman Catholics celebrated the Feast of the Assumption, the dogma that Mary was assumed bodily up into Heaven either at the moment of her death or immediately prior to her impending death. ”
    Response: A doctrine with a whole lot of assumption, pun intended.

    2.) “Calif. Bill Would Limit What Pastors Can Say about Homosexuality”
    Response: Frightening…the Left can be quite tryannical against Christianity while those on the Right can water it down for ecumenicalism.

    3.) ” 50% of U.S. Catholics don’t believe the consecrated eucharistic elements are the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ”
    Response; Wow lots of cultural Catholics…

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    1. Thanks!

      1 – LOL! Another good wordplay. Totally bogus like a three-dollar bill.

      2 – The LGBT crowd won’t relent.

      3 – Yeah, and come to find out the stat is actually 69%!

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  6. 4.) That slavery article is interesting. It said “the first and largest corporate slaveholder in the Americas.” Added to it are the Native Americans the Catholic Church use to control and enslave in missions.

    5.) “In the Rochester N.Y. area, almost 40 lawsuits were filed against the Rochester Catholic diocese”
    Wow that’s a lot.

    6.) Seems there’s Catholic persecutions of Evangelicals that the Pope won’t want to bring up from his native continent/sphere…

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    1. 4 – Yeah, Catholicism, which adopted the Roman imperial model, was all about subjugating and exploiting people.

      5 – Yes, for a small city that’s actually quite a few and more to follow.

      6 – The persecution would be curtailed if the bishops required their subordinate priests to read a statement during mass, but that won’t happen. I’m sure the evangelicals in rural areas are viewed as dangerous traitors.

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  7. Another very informative weekend Roundup Tom. Keep up the great work. I pray the Holy Spirit will convict many and open eyes to the Truth of God’s Word.

    I was told once that Mary was assumed into heaven and the proof is the woman in Revelation 12. As you know Tom, RCC teaches is the Virgin Mary. Very sad and misleading. So many lies and deception.

    I didn’t know priests and nuns owned slaves.


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    1. Thank you, Crissy! Yes, the Catholic church naturally interprets the woman in Rev. 12 as Mary while believers know the woman is symbolic of Israel. The context of the entire chapter makes the Mary interpretation ridiculous. Satan’s counterfeit.

      Yes, I was surprised as well that Catholic religious orders in the Americas owned slaves.

      Blessings to you this evening and this new week!

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      1. Re: Rev 12

        Not anymore. Maybe David Anders will dismiss his magisterium as “liberal” LOL.

        “*[12:1–6] The woman adorned with the sun, the moon, and the stars (images taken from Gn 37:9–10) symbolizes God’s people in the Old and the New Testament. The Israel of old gave birth to the Messiah (Rev 12:5) and then became the new Israel, the church, which suffers persecution by the dragon (Rev 12:6, 13–17); cf. Is 50:1; 66:7; Jer 50:12. This corresponds to a widespread myth throughout the ancient world that a goddess pregnant with a savior was pursued by a horrible monster; by miraculous intervention, she bore a son who then killed the monster.”

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      2. LOL! That’s hilarious. Thanks. Just last week I listened to Anders parrot the “classic” RC interpretation of Rev. 12 with the woman being Mary.


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