Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 6/20/20

“And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.” – Matthew 23:9. Roman Catholics look to their priests and prelates for salvation rather than to God the Father and the only way of salvation that He provided, through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Last weekend, I briefly commented on President Trump’s photo op in front of the statue of pope John Paul II at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. Progressive Catholic archbishop, Wilton Gregory, responded by criticizing the president, which led to angry denunciations of Gregory by conservative Catholics, including archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò. The former-papal nuncio to the United States gained fame among conservative Catholics in 2018 for accusing pope Francis of complicity in cover-ups for disgraced ex-cardinal and sexual predator, Ted McCarrick. In his June 7 letter, Viganò, praised the president for visiting the shrine and, among other things, claimed the restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 were part of a Masonic plot to establish a New World Order.

Roman Catholic dioceses restrict wedding ceremonies to Catholic churches with only a few exceptions. Dispensations for outdoor weddings were granted during the pandemic lockdown. Where there’s a crack in the dam, a flood usually follows.

Two weekends ago, we saw that Austrian Catholic bishops were promoting a book that propagated full acceptance of practicing LGBTers in the RCC. Now there’s this book published by Italian Catholics pushing the same agenda. Progressive RC crusaders are systematically turning the tide to full-acceptance of practicing LGBTers.

Catholic churches are gradually reopening and many Catholics are rejoicing at the “opportunity” to once again attend the “sacrifice of the mass” and receive the alleged Jesus wafer. Catholics love their religious rituals and ceremonies, but don’t know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. I consumed the Jesus wafer for twenty years (ages 7-27) as a Roman Catholic. It was not some kind of life-changing, mystical experience as fervent Catholics describe. It was simply stale bread in my mouth. Jesus Christ must be received as Savior by faith alone.

This news article is two weeks old, but I wanted to point out pope Francis’s prayers for George Floyd’s soul. Catholic prelates teach that most souls will go to purgatory after death for the expiation of venial (minor) sins and that prayers from the living will shorten their stay. Most Protestants no linger even blink at such un-Biblical statements.

21 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 6/20/20

    1. Pretty much a recovery-day today. Didn’t accomplish a lot. My highlight was our supper of steak on the grill and a dozen steamed clams. Recently finished the thick Am Rev book and almost done with a book about Jack Schaap, a popular IFB pastor who ended up in prison. How’s your day going? What are your pans for Father’s Day after church?

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      1. For Father’s day after church we are thinking about Thai food! My wife says that some place in LA are not open up for food indoors…we’ll see! Sounds like a good dinner you have!

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  1. 1.) Wow reading about Carlo Vigano reveals to me just how divided Romanism is within its own camp.
    2.) Catholic Wedding outside…seems like they are stuck with canon laws, etc.
    3.) Seems LGBT agenda is everywhere…

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    1. Thanks for the comments!

      1) RE: divided Romanism
      Yeah, the conservative RC priests and prelates really dislike Francis, but the rebellion has been relatively quiet the last 12 months. It was if they ran out of steam because of A) lack of leadership (Francis has neutralized his most vocal conservative opponents with forced retirements and reassignments) and B) Francis’s strategy to never confront his critics head-on.

      2) RE: outdoor weddings
      Yup, they would have to change canon law to accommodate outside weddings. So far only the dioceses of Montana and Baltimore are allowed to have outdoor weddings. I imagine the U.S. Catholic bishops are using the two dioceses as trial balloons and ice-breakers. There’s bound to be conservative opposition.

      3) RE: LGBT
      Francis and his progressive allies are preparing the church for the big change. There won’t be a big announcement with “We Welcome Everyone” rainbow streamers on church signs like mainline Protestant churches. The RCC will take more time so as to wear out/wait out conservative opposition.

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      1. I wonder too if the Conservative Catholics are quiet because they realize strategically they are undermining their own beliefs when they go against this pope; plus they hope in the long run a conservative pope will take over next

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      2. RE: Conservative Catholics undermining their own beliefs
        Good point! In criticizing Francis hey are at odds with one of their most cherished doctrines.

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    1. Thank you, Crissy!

      RE: dispensations
      The RC church was willing to dispensare the Kennedys and other wealthy and well-connected members from every rule. People are always searching for loopholes in a legalistic system.

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