After the FDA blocked teleshyster, Jim Bakker (photo above), from peddling his bogus COVID-19 antidote “silver solution,” the credit card companies made the decision not to process contributions or product orders to his “ministry.” Bakker is now appealing to his supporters to mail in paper check donations immediately or he’ll be forced to cease operations. Now there’s a positive thought.
Speaking of ceasing operations, many Catholic parishes in the U.S., especially up here in the Rust Belt, were already in major financial trouble prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis will definitely force many parishes to further consolidate or lock their doors permanently. I’m not sad at all about that. I contend that the RCC’s false gospel of sacramental grace and merit is a much more serious sham than Jim Bakker’s bogus “silver solution.”
Not only are many Catholic parishes and dioceses being pushed over the financial edge because of the COVID-19 lockdown, they’re also simultaneously facing unprecedented claims from abuse survivors due to the short-term liberalization of claims limitations. Here in Rochester, survivors are suing individual parishes to circumvent the diocese’s “safe harbor” bankruptcy filing, but the diocese’s lawyers have managed to temporarily put the kibosh on that. Stay tuned.
Conservative Catholics believe, as the RCC catechism states, that “the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life” (CCC 1324). Eating the consecrated Jesus wafer is the “ultimate” in Catholic spirituality. But progressive, social-gospel Catholics believe (g)od is everywhere (most especially among the poor) and see conservatives’ fixation on the consecrated Jesus wafer as a holdover fetish from pre-conciliar days.
For the last several weeks, we’ve watched the Roman Catholic church scramble to adapt its sacramental system during this pandemic. This article details how hospital nurses are holding smart phones up to critical patients while an off-location priest administers “last rites” via FaceTime or some other two-way video application. The sacrament of last rites/extreme unction/anointing of the sick, administered by Catholic priests to the critically ill, is alleged to cleanse away sins prior to death. A Catholic who dies without last rites, as many Catholic coronavirus victims have, is thought to have missed this “safety net.” This is all voodoo religious superstition, folks. Many of the critically ill Catholics who receive last rites aren’t even conscious.
When “God Friended Me” premiered back in October 2018, I intended to check in on the show every so often, but the pilot (reviewed here ) was so bad I bailed out immediately. I’m very surprised the show lasted this long. So un-Biblical.
Interesting. Under pressure from pope-emeritus, Benedict XVI, pope Francis vetoed the ordination of married men to the priesthood after the Amazon Synod, to the absolute horror of his progressive allies. He then stacked the new fact-finding committee looking into the ordination of women to the diaconate with conservatives. Progressives are pondering if 83-year-old Francis has lost his nerve and voluntarily put himself out to pasture?
It’s no secret that Catholic prelates and priests have a penchant for the hard stuff. We also know that progressive Francis is not a big fan of conservative Catholicism’s baubles and fetishes. There’s definitely a good degree of truth in most humor.