Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 4/25/20

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.

70 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 4/25/20

  1. “ Bakker is now appealing to his supporters to mail in paper checks immediately or he’ll be forced to cease operations. Now there’s a positive thought.” Amen!!!

    “ This crisis will definitely force many parishes to further consolidate or lock their doors permanently. I’m not sad at all about that.” I’m not either!

    Sadly, their liking of the hard stuff I believe is due to loneliness and being lost. Too bad because if they knew he truth they would know it doesn’t have to be that way for them 😞 💔

    Great post, Tom! All glory to God that sits on THE THRONE OF GRACE AND MERCY!

    “When God Friended Me” I didn’t even bother simply because it was on CBS!

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    1. Thanks for all the good comments, sister! Yup, Catholic priests are sad and lonely men as we know from the testimonies of ex-priests who were born again. They drink in an attempt to ward off the loneliness and because they strongly suspect the false gospel they peddle is ineffectual; no joy, no peace.

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      1. Thank you for following God’s Holy Spirit with out backing down from man’s imaginations trying to justify this nonsense thus keeping priests in bondage by giving them “atta boys” 😞 yes that includes anyone not practicing RC that won’t get off the fence for the sake of worldly peace!
        Jesus said/says:

        Matthew 10:34
        34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

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      2. Thanks, Beth. I also appreciate your firm defense of God’s truth regarding ecumenism. Ecumenism does not help Catholics but contributes to keeping them in bondage.

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      3. You’re welcome!
        And thank you too! I see it a lot and it truly breaks my heart. That being said I will not let the joy the Lord gives me go sour because some can’t OR choose not to HEAR and SEE God’s truth because it’s uncomfortable for them 🙏🏻
        Our comfort is not in this world! Our comfort is knowing how truly blessed we are to be allowed to know what this world truly is about and Who the True God is 🙌

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    1. I love all Catholics but hate all false gospels like Roman Catholicism. My salvation is in Christ Jesus while your salvation is based upon your own merit, as your church teaches you, which is a death sentence.

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      1. I am like the publican in Luke 18:9-14 without one, single plea of my own. That is how you must come to Christ, but your institutional church binds you with its teaching of merited salvation.

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      2. That teaching does not bother me at all because I trust in the mercy and justice of the Lord. I don’t worry about anything, but enjoy the permissions He provides for us to follow Him in simple obedience.

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      3. Your impression is incorrect. We have rules to use as a guide, like training wheels are used as guides for a clumsy child to learn to ride a bike. At some point, we are able to glide freely while staying safely on the path.

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      4. Re: We have rules as a guide.

        One set of rules for Romanists, one set of rules for Muslims. LOL

        Vatican II: But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Moslems, these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day. Nor is God Himself remote from those who in shadows and images seek the unknown God, since he gives to all men life and breath and all things (cf. Acts 17:25–28), and since the Saviour wills all men to be saved (cf. 1 Tim. 2:4). Those who, who through no fault of their own, do not know the gospel of Christ or His Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience—those too may achieve eternal salvation. Vatican Council II The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, Austin Flannery, O.P., General Editor (Boston: St. Paul Editions, 1980), Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium II:16, p. 367.

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      5. Re: Exactly!

        As for the teachers and bishops of the Roman church, I am reminded of the words from Jesus to the Pharisees.

        Matt 23:13
        “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.

        Matt 23:15
        Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.

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      1. Hmm. I re-checked the story via multiple sources and couldn’t find anything about Francis flubbing his Italian, which is his primary language:

        ‘He was really down to earth with them all and when they handed him the bottle of Oban malt, instead of just handing it to his assistant as he normally would with a gift, he held it up and said: ‘Questa e la vera acqua santa,’ which means ‘this is the real holy water’.

        ‘He guffawed with laughter and it was a real ice-breaker with the students and put everyone at ease.
        https://www.obantimes.co.uk/2020/04/23/pope-praises-obans-holy-spirit/

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      2. RE: Reminds me of when slipped the F-word into a prayer a few years ago.

        Oh, I understand now! I thought you had meant that YOU had unintentionally slipped the word into a prayer! Sorry for my misinterpretation. The pronoun was missing and I took a wrong turn.

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      1. Here in Rochester, New York, at the height of the hoarding there was a run on particular snack/junk/comfort foods at the grocery, but I was amazed to see the ice cream freezers were always well-stocked.

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    1. Yeah, we’re on the same page on a lot of things although I can’t get you to listen to the Byrds’ Greatest Hits!
      RE: Mysteries
      It’s funny because I think I avoid mysteries because they strike me as too much work, but enjoy reading non-fiction chuck full of facts and figures.

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      1. Yeah, my list of favorite fiction novels is EXTREMELY short. One novel I’ll always remember is “A Prayer For Owen Meaney” which I read in the early-90s. The ending knocked my socks off. I was stunned.

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  2. 1.) Sad to see Jim Bakker up to his evil ways again

    2.) As more RC parish closes I hope evangelicals evangelize more with the sound Gospel.

    3.) Sad to see more abuses in ROC area popping up. Very very sad

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    1. Thanks for weighing in!

      1 – RE: Jim Bakker – He is such an unrepentant rascal. It amazes me that anyone would listen to him.

      2 – RE: RC parishes closing – Yeah, I pray many Catholics are shaken by this virus crisis and the upcoming closings and are open to the Gospel.

      3 – RE: Abuse in ROC diocese – It will be “interesting” to follow all of the litigation here in Rochester. This is going to take a long time and the bishop and his lawyers are going to drag their feet every step of the way. If I were still RC, this would really bother me. I’m sure many Catholics have dropped away because of this ongoing scandal.

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  3. “This crisis will definitely force many parishes to further consolidate or lock their doors permanently.” Surely their doors need to be locked because of the false gospel they promote, but I never understood these financial troubles that we often hear about even during “normal” times since the Vatican is so wealthy.

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    1. RE: Parish closings vs. Vatican wealth

      Thanks, Cathy. As I understand it, wealth flows largely from dioceses to the Vatican rather than vice versa, although the Vatican does fund selected charities. So dioceses must constantly evaluate the status of parishes that are not self-sustaining. Dioceses do subsidize some special-case parishes (e.g., inner-city parishes). The Vatican reports its annual revenues as $315 million and expenses as $350 million (2013) but there are obviously also tremendous investments, real estate holdings, and art collections that are estimated as totaling $10-15 billion. I imagine the last thing the “princes” of the church desire is to dismantle its “showpiece” holdings in order to bail out unsustainable parishes. It’s been awhile since I read a good (non-conspiratorial) book about the Vatican’s finances and I need to keep an eye out for one.

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