Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 9/7/19

With the increasing acceptability of tattoos in society, some younger Catholics are having images of sacramentals (medals, crucifixes, rosaries, illustrations of Mary, etc.) tattooed onto their bodies, figuring the image of a sacramental will impart the same “blessing” as the physical object. However, church spokespersons state that while physical sacramentals do impart blessings, images of sacramentals, like tattoos, do not. Oy vey. Where does it all end? Superstition through and through.

The Catholic diocese of Philadelphia is representative of all dioceses in the Northeast (and most elsewhere in the U.S.) with its recent “struggles” with the clerical sexual abuse scandal tsunami, financial quandaries, and parish closures. I don’t know about you, but when I read news reports about rats found in the kitchen of a particular restaurant, I won’t eat there. My Catholic friends, there is a way out of the institutional corruption of your church and His name is Jesus Christ. Trust in Him as Savior by faith alone and ask Him to lead you to an evangelical church in your area that preaches the genuine Gospel of grace and teaches God’s Word without compromise.

Speaking of troubled Catholic dioceses in the Northeast, the nearby diocese of Buffalo is in meltdown. Ten months ago, the investigative journalism television show, “60 Minutes,” outed Buffalo bishop, Richard Malone, as a serial abuse-enabler. Despite appeals by increasingly exasperated Buffalo-area Catholics, Malone won’t resign and pope Francis won’t fire him.

In another one of his impromptu airplane aisle press conferences, pope Francis recently took a backhanded swipe at his increasingly-vocal conservative American Catholic critics who are horrified by his doctrine-bending reforms. This is priceless theater that was unimaginable just seven short years ago, before Bergoglio was elected to the papacy.

Eighty-two-year-old pope Francis understands that he’s not going to be able to effect all of his reforms, so he’s “stacking the deck” by promoting like-minded progressives to the college of cardinals to ensure a successor sympathetic to his agenda.

What can we say when one of the iconic propagators of the prosperity gospel allegedly renounces the prosperity gospel?

We currently have one Chick-Fil-A in our area, but it’s about 16 miles from our house. Number two is slated to open a year from now and that one will be only 7 miles away.

30 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 9/7/19

  1. Tattoos are as old as the hills, religious ones are just another way of disavowing God’s word. It’s like saying, ‘I will display my faith in a way that displeases God’. 🤔
    Good post brother, God bless you.

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  2. Thanks, Tom!!
    That Benny Hinn thing.. wow! Just wow! I still say as much as Jimmy Swaggert ministries preaches against the prosperity gospel they actually PREACH IT!
    Thankful God opened my eyes to this nonsense too!!!
    I hope Benny Hinn is sincere….

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    1. Thanks, Beth! I still have my sincere doubts about Hinn and am wondering if he’s just going to be a bit less flagrant with his demands for seed faith $$$? His contributors gave, gave, gave for decades and nothing happened. After awhile, the pool dries up. Yeah, Donnie Swaggart famously labeled prosperity gospelers as “pimps” but he then turned around and did the same thing though more circumspectly.

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  3. Lots of links! Going to make my way through them. Concerning tattoos yeah you’re right where does it end the sacraments? Grace is by means of trusting in Christ. Good analogy of the rat in the kitchen…

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      1. Totally superstition. I also thought it is lamentable that the bishop from Buffalo won’t resign. The news of the Pope promoting progressives into the college of cardinals is quite interesting to see where Catholicism head towards in the next few decades.

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      2. RE: bishop won’t resign

        Despite the vows to “right the ship” following last year’s scandal tsunami, the hierarchy is still a “good ol’ boy network” and they seek first to protect their own. It’s preposterous that Malone is allowed to guide the diocese into a bankruptcy that he’s partially responsible for.

        RE: Pope promoting progressives

        It makes sense that Francis would stack the deck in the progressives’ favor. We’ll have to wait and see what will finally be the “straw that breaks the camel’s back” and pushes the conservatives/traditionalists into schism.

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  4. Re:pope Francis recently took a backhanded swipe at his increasingly-vocal conservative American Catholic critics who are horrified by his doctrine-bending reforms

    LOL, can’t wait to see how folks like David Anders spin this.

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    1. LOL! Anders is one of those perplexed conservatives who preaches loyalty to Francis out of one side of mouth while telling his listeners to ignore the progressive pope out of the other side.

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      1. Re: telling his listeners to ignore the progressive pope out of the other side.

        It would be funny if they end up in schism! I wonder which side Anders would choose lol.

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      2. RE: Anders

        Yes, he’s in an impossible bind. He very strongly disavows traditionalist websites like Lifesite and Church Militant with their openly anti-Francis rhetoric, yet cautions listeners to ignore Francis’ “prudential judgments.”


  5. Wow sounds like quite a weekend! Sorry to hear your dog got attacked by wasp. My weekend was good but was super busy; we had an usual amount of new visitors or returning temporary visitors to church and this weekend as the first weekend of the month is super busy with couple’s meeting on Friday, Potluck bible study on Saturday as special events on top of my normal evangelistic bible study to kids on Friday, and preaching at my church and another church on Sunday. Going to finally call it a night1

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      1. Beth, thanks much for the pointing out this article. I do receive the Rochester diocese newspaper but I’m going to have to stop because 95% of the contents are fluff and I get just about all of my news from the internet (including much more critical reports). However, I definitely have noticed that there is some semi-transparency in the Catholic media lately regarding the abuse scandals and the plummeting mass attendance. This article and the two I included this past weekend reflect that new semi-objectivity. But I think the Catholic bishops HAVE TO say something because silence would be outrageously inappropriate given the dire circumstances. This situation has to really be bothering many Catholics. May many turn to Jesus Christ.

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      2. When they send us a bil for this magazine-because they are starting to ask in this “magazine” I will lovingly call and tell them why I even receive it 💕

        Re: “May many turn to Jesus Christ.” AMEN!!!!!!!!

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