Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 11/23/19

Back in May, a New York appeals court settled the decades-old tug-of-war between the Catholic dioceses of New York City and Peoria, Illinois (the winner) over the rights to the cadaver of former archbishop, Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979), allowing the Vatican to finally place the former apologist and media pioneer on the fast track to canonization. The Vatican canonizes popular candidates quickly in order to exploit their celebrity. In 1966, cardinal Francis Spellman ignominiously assigned Sheen to the bishopric of our humble city of Rochester, N.Y. as punishment for defying his authority. Sheen quit in disgust in 1969, but in those three years, pedophile priests were undoubtedly shuffled around from one parish to another within the diocese by the future “saint.”

Speaking of Rochester, the local Catholic diocese filed for bankruptcy back on September 12th due to the rising number of lawsuits filed by victims of pedophile priests in conjunction with New York State’s newly passed Child Victim Act. The diocese is now suing its insurers because they’re rightly balking at paying settlements to victims when the diocese knowingly covered-up for/enabled its abusive priests.

Down the Thruway, Buffalo’s Catholic bishop, Richard Malone, still retains his office thirteen months after being outed as a serial abuse-enabler by the investigative journalism television show, “60 Minutes.” Pope Francis tapped the bishop of Brooklyn, Nicholas DiMarzio, to make the perfunctory inquiries, but DiMarzio himself is now being accused of sexual abuse by a former altar boy. Pope Francis promised “concrete action” regarding clerical abuse and cover-up, but it’s still the good ol’ men-who-stalk-boys club.

Austrian, Alexander Tschugguel, is the current darling of conservative Catholics for stealing and attempting to destroy the Pacahamama fertility goddess idols that received great attention at the recent Vatican Amazon Synod, including being blessed by pope Francis. The irony is that conservative-traditional Catholicism is bursting at the seams with icon/idol worship.

I’m expecting this will be the last news item I’ll be posting about Kanye West. If you haven’t seen the 21-minute video clip of Kanye’s regrettable appearance at Osteen’s heretical prosperity gospel “church,” you can view it here.

Pope Francis certainly views all blood-bought, born-again Gospel Christians who know God’s Word and separate from deadly Roman error as “fundamentalists.” The irony is that in his remarks cited in this article, the pope was probably making reference to his own conservative and traditionalist Catholic members who, unlike him, take their religion’s thick catalog of rules and regulations very seriously.

Leonardo Di Chirico regularly writes informative articles on Catholicism for Evangelical Focus magazine. The bogus Assumption of Mary doctrine was defined as a dogma of the Roman church by pope Pius XII on 1 November 1950, meaning all Catholics are obliged to believe it under threat of mortal sin.

Did I say I wasn’t going to write anything more about Kanye? Blame it on the Babylon Bee!

26 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 11/23/19

      1. Yes, I believe that the Apostle Paul was very kind and compassionate when he said “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you?…”

        You see, he cared for the salvation of their souls enough to attempt to wake them up to the dangers of false teachers.

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      2. If not for someone showing me that kindness, brother, I would have also died in my sins. I would have rightly, justly, been sent to hell for all of eternity. I had sinned against my creator, a creature from the dust shaking my fist at the God of the Universe. Someone sent me the truth of the Gospel, and I am so very thankful that they did!

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      3. Thanks, sister! Yes, several people confronted me with the reality of my sinfulness and my absolute need for the Savior. I am so grateful for their blunt honesty which was/is the ultimate in love and kindness.

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  1. Answering your question: I just got back with a walk with my girls and they walk very slow, had lunch and now hitting the books again with my commentaries on Ruth! So its sermon prep all day

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  2. 1.) “Fulton J. Sheen”
    I’m grateful for you teaching me about him. Also strange that they are making elevated saints out of a man.

    2.) “The diocese is now suing its insurers because they’re rightly balking at paying settlements to victims when the diocese knowingly covered-up for/enabled its abusive priests.”
    Man put in those terms they are so evil…

    3.) “Buffalo’s Bishop Malone dodges protesters as he returns from meeting with the Pope”
    He will not dodge God’s justice if he doesn’t repent…

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    1. Thanks as always for the good comments!

      1) RE: Sheen

      The squabble between two dioceses over Sheen’s body is quite revealing. Catholicism’s doctrine on “saints” is so anti-Biblical, the teaching that a canonized person had reached such a high state of holiness in their lifetime that there is no doubt that they were able to merit Heaven. Sheen’s old boss, cardinal Spellman (d. 1967), would be enraged that Sheen is going to be made a saint. Spellman was once the most powerful Catholic clergyman in America as the archbishop of New York City, but his hushed-up homosexual relationships and predatory abuse have been coming to light over the decades.

      2) RE: insurers vs. diocese

      The insurance companies are absolutely right to refuse to pay because the diocese enabled and shielded the abusive priests.

      3) Buffalo Bishop

      He’s probably rationalizing, why should he take the fall when so many of his fellow bishops, including the pope, are equally as guilty?

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      1. I hope the insurance company would win. Crazy to learn that Spellman who is an old cardinal has already been covering up Catholic insitutional sins even decades ago. Crazy crazy. I’m trying to write up a review right now on Cortes that you might be interested in, hoping to have it up in an hour

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      2. Spellman was an abuser himself and I’m sure he covered up for a multitude of abusive priests. Ah, Cortes. Those Spanish conquistadors in league with the Catholic clergy were rough. Looking forward to it.

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      3. That’s a good step count! I’m going to have to add-on more neighborhood walks once the leaf work comes to an end in a couple of weeks.


  3. Hi Tom, thanks for another good Round up! I appreciate the easy clicks to ref articles, “Interreligious dialogue is an important way to counter fundamentalist groups…” Pulled this quote out, what ecumenical propaganda. Hope your weekend is going well!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa Beth! Yup, the article on Francis’ views on “fundamentalists” is quite interesting. The loosey-goosey ecumenical religion he propagates is as far away from the New Testament church as darkness is from light.
      I worked way too hard on leaves yesterday so today is going to be mostly R&R on the couch after church. Hope you have a good Sunday!

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