Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 8/24/19

Rochester Jesuit priest, William O’Malley, was the “toast of the town” after he appeared in the popular 1973 film, “The Exorcist.” O’Malley was teaching at McQuaid, the “prestigious” local Jesuit high school for boys, when he wrote a favorable review of the horror novel, “The Exorcist.” The book’s author, William Peter Blatty, took notice and a friendship ensued, which eventually led to O’Malley’s role in the film adaptation. A former McQuaid student has recently filed a lawsuit in conjunction with the Child Victim Act, charging that O’Malley, now 88, sexually abused him multiple times in 1985 and 1986, before the priest was unceremoniously whisked away to Jesuit-run Fordham University in New York City. Whenever I watch a movie or television show that includes an exorcism by a Catholic priest, I always quip to whoever’s listening that the priest character is actually more dangerous than the demon.

Cardinal George Pell, the former Vatican finance minister, lost his appeal in Australian court and must serve his 6-year prison sentence for sexually abusing children. Catholics are shaken by the recent revelations that even their bishops and cardinals were preying on children.

Pope Francis talks about cracking down on pedophile priests and their enablers, but Richard Malone is STILL the Catholic bishop of Buffalo, New York, ten-months after the investigative journalism television show, “60 Minutes,” outed him as a serial-enabler. Buffalo-area Catholics are dumbfounded.

In last weekend’s round up, I posted that a whopping 69% of Roman Catholics do not believe in their church’s transubstantiation doctrine, instead believing that the consecrated wafer and wine are merely symbolic. As might be expected, the reaction in the Catholic media this past week was one of anguish and despair. Catholics generally don’t go to obligatory Sunday mass, don’t go to obligatory confession, don’t believe in transubstantiation, and use banned contraceptives.

This is another article about American Protestants’ supposedly irrational paranoia in previous centuries in regards to Catholic immigrants, with no mention whatsoever of the larger context involving the severe persecution of Protestants in Catholic-dominated countries.

Catholics are famously known for being “anti-abortion,” yet surveys reveal the Catholic membership supports abortion to the same degree as the general public.

A large percentage of Catholic priests and prelates view the Bible as myth and allegory rather than God’s literal Word.

The pedophile priests and cover-up scandal tsunami has shaken the confidence of millions of U.S. Catholics in their institutional church. May many of them turn to Jesus Christ and the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone.

This past week, the blogger at “Triablogue” posted this informative article about Catholicism’s false doctrine of Purgatory.

It’s sadly comical how some evangelical churches play follow-the-leader and also put up shiplap behind the pulpit in an effort to appear as  non-traditional trendy and “edgy.” I’ve even seen dilapidated commercial wooden pallets secured to church interior walls as an economy version. Huh?

28 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 8/24/19

  1. I’m done reading this post BUT:
    “Whenever I watch a movie or television show that includes an exorcism by a Catholic priest, I always quip to whoever’s listening that the priest character is actually more dangerous than the demon.”
    YOU HIT THE NAIL RIGHT ON THE HEAD!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Beth! I think my wife is tired of hearing me drive home the same point over and over when she is the only other one in the room, but I have also said it to many others. People are naturally repulsed by a pea soup-spewing demon possessed character, but may be drawn in by a seemingly helpful priest spewing a false gospel. That’s the real danger.

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      1. I do that to my husband… 😔
        I think it’s just so unbelievable that this religion has done what it has and people STILL stay-
        Only our God can draw them out… most believe “their god” not THE TRUE GOD 😔

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      2. Yes, their god is the Jesus wafer god who is subject to the priest. They also have the crucifix Jesus who is still impaled on the cross rather than the Jesus of the Bible Who is seated at the right hand of the Father and offers the GIFT of salvation to all who trust in Him as Savior by faith alone.

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      1. We’ve obviously had a long “history” with our share of ups and downs, but memories of those first years are still very vivid. Last night we sat about 10 feet from where our wedding reception table was. At such a moment I think about how truly blessed I am to have her as my partner and that she is also saved.

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  2. Call no man Father, for there is ONLY one Father and He is in Heaven. If people had followed that command, to begin with, then this could have been avoided.:*(

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  3. 1.) “Celebrity Jesuit priest who starred in ‘The Exorcist’ accused of sexually abusing student in the 1980s”
    Response: Wow crazy! It goes to show how common these kind of abuses are. Also its crazy he’s from Rochester.

    2.) “Cardinal George Pell, the former Vatican finance minister, lost his appeal in Australian court and must serve his 6-year prison sentence for sexually abusing children”
    Response: 6 years is too short.

    3.) “Richard Malone is STILL the Catholic bishop of Buffalo, New York, ten-months after the investigative journalism television show, “60 Minutes,” outed him as a serial-enabler.”
    Do you know if there’s any legal push to try the bishop legally?

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    1. Thanks for the good comments!

      1 – O’Malley was quite the celebrity here in Rochester following the movie. This story has motivated me to write a post about local McQuaid High School. It’s esteemed as the top high school in the region and the Jesuits who taught there were thought to be morally a cut above the secular (not affiliated with a religious order) diocesan priests and their scandals.

      2 – Agreed.

      3 – Good question. I googled “richard malone bishop sued” and I see that several lawsuits have been filed by ex-victims via the CVA against Malone and the Buffalo diocese that name him as an enabler.

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      1. ” I googled “richard malone bishop sued” and I see that several lawsuits have been filed by ex-victims via the CVA against Malone and the Buffalo diocese that name him as an enabler.” Wow you are the Google Page on Romanism…lol

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  4. 4.) “This is another article about American Protestants’ supposedly irrational paranoia in previous centuries in regards to Catholic immigrants, with no mention whatsoever of the larger context involving the severe persecution of Protestants in Catholic-dominated countries.”
    REsponse: Sad when history is presented lopsided.

    5.) “Jesuit superior general: Satan is ‘symbolic’ not real”
    Wow the Jesuits are quite liberal….within Catholicism’s spectrum.

    6.) Nice to see you share Triablogue’s post!

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    1. 4 – I have seen MANY of these articles in the secular press that decry historical “anti-Catholicism” in the U.S. but not one has objectively referenced the wider context,

      5 – It’s absolutely incredible how the Jesuits have shifted over the last 100 years from being theologically conservative to one of the most liberal/progressive orders.

      6 – Thanks for the tip!

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    1. Thank you, sister! It would be an understatement to say that these priest abuse scandals have dominated the Catholic media since May 2018. It’s telling that I’ve seen very little commentary on the situation from evangelical sources.

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