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.
- Rochester Catholic diocese expects abuse claims to outstrip its assets
- Rochester Catholic diocese pressed on use of donations
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!