Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 10/19/19

Vain repetition of prayer and praying to a false semi-deity have now entered the digital age with the Vatican introducing the eRosary (see photo above). The wrist device and associated smartphone app keep track of how often a Catholic user prays the rosary to Mary. The full rosary “devotional” consists of 150 vain repetitions of the “Hail Mary” prayer and 15 vain repetitions of the “Our Father” prayer along with a few other associated prayers. A determined Catholic can “get through” the full string of rosary beads in about 30 minutes. The RCC grants a “plenary indulgence” to Catholics who recite at least five decades (50 “Hail Mary”s) of the rosary “in a church, a public oratory, a family group, a religious community, or pious association.” A plenary (full) indulgence expiates all temporal punishment that remains after confession of sins to a priest that otherwise would have to be satisfied in purgatory. Saying the rosary privately at home only earns a partial indulgence. This new eRosary is meant to appeal to young Catholics. All of the above is anti-Biblical on multiple levels. Thanks to Cassie for bringing this story to my attention.

At the Catholic church’s three-week Amazonian synod that’s currently underway, progressives have floated proposals for an “inculturated mass” with indigenous rituals, married priests, and female deacons. Progressive prelates, with the support of pope Francis, are using this regional synod to introduce reforms meant eventually for the entire church. Conservatives are grinding their teeth over this tradition-bending synod.

John Henry Newman was a 19th-century Anglican priest who famously “converted” to Roman Catholicism in 1845. Rome has been leveraging Newman as a “come on” to nominal Protestants ever since.

The local Rochester Catholic diocese declared bankruptcy back in early-September in order to limit payouts to victims of priest sexual abuse. The diocese is now in the middle of its annual Catholic Ministries Appeal fundraising campaign and has assured potential donors that none of the contributions will be used to pay off victims of priest abuse. However, in a private meeting with abuse survivors on October 10th, bishop Matano and his staff indicated CMA funds could possibly be used to compensate former victims. So, which is it?

I recently stumbled across this new book, “Meeting the Protestant Challenge: How to Answer 50 Biblical Objections to Catholic Beliefs” by Catholic Answers apologist, Karlo Broussard. I think I may have to begin a series refuting this book, point-by-point.

Poland is one of the few countries in Europe where Catholic church-state symbiosis is still in effect. In Poland, if you’re not Catholic, you’re not considered a “true” Pole by a large segment of the population.

We believers can do better than this!

39 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 10/19/19

    1. Not surprising to see Rome modernizing this religious treadmill. Devotees will sadly be checking their eRosary app to chart how many “laps” they’ve completed just like walkers chart their daily steps. Religion for them is do, do, do…

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      1. Re: Book by Roman apologist

        I’m willing to bet that the stuff they say is all rinse and repeat from previous books. It’s nothing new.

        For example, the issue of the Canon, they will claim that the LXX was authoritative and the 7 extra books were found in the codex of the LXX, therefore they are canonical. But when you show Romanists that not only did the LXX contain more than the extra 7 books, our EO friends have 3/4 Macc, Psalm 151 etc in their bible, and that modern EO theologians like Meyendorff and Kallistos Ware say that the EO now define doctrine using only the Hebrew canon, the Romanists are at a loss for words.

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      2. Thanks. Yup, I realize that I’ll be covering material I’ve already examined but I have a desire to tackle another project like this.

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  1. 1.) “Vatican launches $110 ‘click to pray’ wearable rosary”
    So is that a fitbit of how much self-righteousness works one pursue?

    2.) “. Progressive prelates, with the support of pope Francis, are using this regional synod to introduce reforms meant eventually for the entire church. Conservatives are grinding their teeth over this tradition-bending synod.”
    Their uniblical structure of authority is now haunting them.

    3.) “Pope canonizes John Henry Newman, 19th-century Catholic theologian”
    You know what’s sad? I first heard of Newman from Protestants speaking of him positively…

    4.) “Rochester Catholic diocese expects abuse claims to outstrip its assets”
    One gotta think how bad this is that they would be losing so much. So so sad

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    1. Thanks for the good comments!

      RE: eRosary fitbit

      Yes! This “spiritual” fitbit is a VERY revealing example of how Catholicism teaches its members that they must merit their salvation. I’ve mentioned the figurative “chains” of Romanism, but this is close to a literal chain around the wrist.

      RE: Amazonian synod and unbiblical structure of authority

      Yeah, because of their dogmatic reverence for the papacy, the conservatives have no choice but to sit in the back of the bus as Francis drives them to places they would otherwise be unwilling to go.

      RE: Newman

      C.S. Lewis was two generations removed from Newman but was a huge fan of the Catholic cardinal and puffed him up in his writings. Yeah, many evangelicals are besmitten by pro-Catholic Oxford intellectualism. Blatant vanity.

      RE: bankruptcy resulting from abuse claims

      Abuse obviously happens everywhere including in evangelical churches but in the Catholic Church, mandatory clerical celibacy attracted and fostered deviants and then they protected each other. Yeah, this was a HUGE “problem” within Romanism for centuries. All other issues aside, if I were still a Catholic and attending mass in my bankrupt diocese, I would have a hard time putting even a nickel into the offering bucket.

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      1. I had 11,963 yesterday! I was so tired and Sunday’s even if I don’t walk as much I burn a lot of calories according to my Fitbit watch which I believe since I’m so tired after preaching and teaching at two churches

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    2. Re: Newman

      Ironically, both Lord Acton and Manning didn’t think to highly of Newman.

      John Edward Cortenay Bodley: One night the Cardinal’s talk turned to the Oxford movement He repudiated all connection with it, and in the language of an old cricketer he said, ” I became a Catholic off my own bat.” Then he went on to talk of Newman, and so long as his allusions were to their personal relations there was no bitterness in his words. He lamented, with good feeling, that the other saw fit to slight him when he came to stay in London with Dean Church. Then the conversation moved to theological ground, and Manning’s tone changed. ” From an observation you made,” he said, ” I gather that you are under the impression that Doctor Newman is a good Catholic.” I replied that such was my vague belief. He retorted : ” Either you are ignorant of the Catholic doctrine, or of the works of Doctor Newman “—he always said ” Doctor Newman” in Oxford fashion, and never gave him the title of Cardinal. After asking me which of Newman’s books I had read, he proceeded to tick off on his tapering fingers, in his usual way, ten distinct heresies to be found in the most widely-read works of Dr. Newman. This seemed to me, at the time, on a par with Voltaire’s discovery of a series of heresies in the Lord’s Prayer. Yet at the present hour, when the Modernists have claimed Newman as their precursor, supporting their contention with many a passage from his writings, it would seem that Manning, as the exponent of orthodox doctrine, was justified in his appreciation of Newman’s teaching.

      His opinion on this subject was shared by another eminent Catholic, who on most ecclesiastical subjects held few ideas in common with Manning. Lord Acton, from his opposite point of view, came to the same conclusion, although in the contest between him and Manning concerning the definition of the dogma of Infallibility at the Vatican Council, Newman was on Acton’s side. In a letter written by Acton a few weeks before Manning’s death, after mentioning the ” personal aversion to Manning” displayed by Newman, he said, ” Many will wonder how anybody who saw much of him could remain a Catholic—assuming that Newman really was one.”

      Acton went much further than Manning in his strictures on his old ally. He described Newman as ” a sophist, the manipulator and not the servant of the truth.” It is a deplorable legacy of the Early Fathers that controversies cannot be conducted by pious people of intelligence, on subjects upon which no one has any positive knowledge, without mutual imputations of falsehood and bad faith. The worst of the bandying of such charges in the spiritual domain is that it leads to their being extended to the ordinary relations of life. John Edward Cortenay Bodley. Cardinal Manning. The decay of idealism in France. The Institute of France; three essays. London, New York, [etc.] : Longmans, Green and co., 1912, Pg 16-18

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      1. Re: a lot of info

        Reading this stuff is fun. You watch the entire Romanist narrative crumble before your eyes.

        Here’s more

        John Henry Newman: ‘My dear Lord, I thank your Lordship very heartily for your most interesting and seasonable letter. Such letters (if they could be circulated) would do much to re-assure the many minds which are at present disturbed when they look towards Rome. Rome ought to be a name to lighten the heart at all times, and a Council’s proper office is, when some great heresy or other evil impends, to inspire the faithful with hope and confidence. But now we have the greatest meeting which has ever been, and that in Rome, infusing into us by the accredited organs of Rome (such as the Civilta, the Armonia, the Univers, and the Tablet) little else than fear and dismay. Where we are all at rest and have no doubts, and, at least practically, not to say doctrinally, hold the Holy Father to be infallible, suddenly there is thunder in the clear sky, and we are told to prepare for something, we know not what, to try our faith, we know not how. No impending danger is to be averted, but a great difficulty is to be created. Is this the proper work for an Ecumenical Council? As to myself personally, please God, I do not expect any trial at all, but I cannot help suffering with the various souls that are suffering. I look with anxiety at the prospect of having to defend decisions which may not be difficult to my private judgment, but may be most difficult to defend logically in the face of historical facts. What have we done to be treated as the Faithful never were treated before? When has definition of doctrine de fide been a luxury of devotion and not a stern painful necessity? Why should an aggressive and insolent faction be allowed to make the hearts of the just to mourn whom the Lord hath not made sorrowful? Why can’t we be let alone when we have pursued peace and thought no evil? I assure you, my dear Lord, some of the truest minds are driven one way and another, and do not know where to rest their feet; one day determining to give up all theology as a bad job and recklessly to believe henceforth almost that the Pope is impeccable; at another tempted to believe all the worst that a book like Janus says; at another doubting about the capacity possessed by Bishops drawn from all corners of the earth to judge what is fitting for European society, and then again angry with the Holy See for listening to the flattery of a clique of Jesuits, Redemptorists and Converts. Then again think of the score of Pontifical scandals in the history of eighteen centuries which have partly been poured out, and partly are still to come out. What Murphy inflicted upon us in one way, M. Veuillot is indirectly bringing on us in another. And then again the blight which is falling upon the multitude of Anglican ritualists, who themselves perhaps, or at least their leaders, may never become Catholics, but who are leavening the various English parties and denominations (far beyond their own range) with principles and sentiments tending towards their ultimate adoption into the Catholic Church.

        ‘With these thoughts before me, I am continually asking myself whether I ought not to make my feelings public; but all I do is to pray those great early Doctors of the Church, whose intercession would decide the matter, Augustine and the rest, to avert so great a calamity. If it is God’s Will that the Pope’s Infallibility should be defined, then it is His Blessed Will to throw back the times and the moments of that triumph He has destined for His Kingdom; and I shall feel I have but to bow my head to His Adorable Inscrutable Providence. You have not touched on the subject yourself, but I think you will allow me to express to you feelings which for the most part I keep to myself. . . .

        ‘John H. Newman.’

        WILFRID WARD, Life of Cardinal Newman based on his private journals and correspondence, Vol II, Longmans, Gree and Co. 1913, Pg 287-289

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    1. Thanks, Crissy! The eRosary is a dressed-up shackle. I just completed a series this past April in which I thoroughly examined a Catholic apologetics book, but I’m led to do another series. We don’t often get JWs or Mormons coming to our door, maybe once per year.

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  2. “I recently stumbled across this new book, “Meeting the Protestant Challenge: How to Answer 50 Biblical Objections to Catholic Beliefs” by Catholic Answers apologist, Karlo Broussard. I think I may have to begin a series refuting this book, point-by-point.”

    I cannot wait to see you critique this Roman Catholic apologetics book…I once wrote an article response to Karlo Rroussard:

    https://rationalchristiandiscernment.blogspot.com/2018/10/dissection-of-1-corinthians-315-as.html

    I hope that all is well with you, Tom.

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