Welcome to the Weekend Roundup, my friends!
In predominately Catholic regions, such as New Orleans (photo above), which was founded by French-Catholic refugees from Acadia/Nova Scotia, people whoop it up on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. The day is known as “Fat Tuesday” or “Mardi Gras” in French. The idea is to overindulge prior to the rigors of Lenten abstentions. That’s just sheer religious hypocrisy, folks.
- Why Catholics wear ashes for Ash Wednesday and give up their favorite things for Lent
- Pope Francis asks followers to give up trolling for Lent
This past Wednesday, many Catholics got ashes on their forehead and proudly wore them throughout the day. God’s Word explicitly forbids such a thing. See Matthew 6:16-18. Pope Francis is tired of conservative Catholics trashing him on the internet and recommends that Catholics give up their iPhones and trolling for Lent.
- Chick-fil-A, Arby’s, Wendy’s, McDonald’s and more serve up fish sandwiches, specials for Lent
- Catholics question whether meatless ‘meat’ violates the spirit of Lent
American Catholics flout their church’s other mandatory rules, but for some strange reason they seriously take to heart the restriction forbidding meat on Fridays during Lent. All the fast-food outlets are ready to oblige. There’s a debate now going on within Catholicism whether eating vegetable burgers on Lenten Fridays, such as Burger King’s “Impossible Whooper,” violates the “spirit of Lent.” Oy vey. The exacting legalistic scrupulosity is painful to witness.
I imagine there’s some genuine, born-again believers attending churches in the old, mainline “Protestant” denominations, but it has to be so troubling and discouraging to sit under a Bible-denying “pastor.” Why stay? Find a church in your area that believes the Bible and preaches the Gospel.
Most Catholics still identify with their religion in some sense, but they rarely attend obligatory Sunday mass and never go to confession.
Despite their manifold pledges of sympathy and support for the survivors of priest abuse, the Catholic bishops just cannot “get it right.”
Pastors in America historically included a degree of national chauvinism in their sermons, however, the Gospel knows no borders. Sadly, many of those now identified as “evangelical Christians” throughout the world are actually prosperity gospelers.
Kanye West and Joel Osteen are teaming up for an appearance at Yankee Stadium on May 2nd. Osteen wears the mantle of Norman Vincent Peale and Robert Schuller who propagated the positivity and self-actualization false gospel before him.