Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 6/27/20

As part of the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, we’re seeing the statues of slave-owning political leaders and Confederate military heroes being vandalized, torn down, or removed. Some Roman Catholic institutions and memorials are also coming under scrutiny. The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men’s fraternal organization is on the hot seat, first for its name (Christopher Columbus  enslaved and exploited Native Americans) and for historically “blackballing” African Americans from membership. Barred from the K of C, Black Catholic men started their own fraternal, the Knights of Peter Claver. Statues of Junipero Serra are also being targeted by Californian protesters. Serra led the Franciscan missionary effort in California, which was marked by mistreatment and abuse of Native Americans by the authoritarian friars. Putting it in a spiritual perspective, the Roman Catholic church has enslaved billions of souls over the centuries with it’s false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit.

This past month, the Roman Catholic dioceses of St. Cloud, Minnesota and Syracuse, New York became the 21st and 22nd dioceses respectively in the United States to file for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is used by dioceses to shield financial assets from survivors of priest sexual abuse.

Bishop Georg Bätzing has replaced retired, uber-progressive, cardinal Reinhard Marx, as head of the German Catholic bishops, but Bätzing has vowed to continue Marx’s agenda, including the demands for married priests and the ordination of women. German Catholicism’s current “synodal path” initiative will present its “conclusions” (not recommendations) to the Vatican in 2021.

In the previous two weekend roundups, we examined 1) President Trump’s staged photo op in front of the John Paul II statue at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., and 2) the contrasting reactions to the photo op from the liberal and conservative Catholic camps. Must notable were the pro-Trump sentiments of archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a vocal opponent of pope Francis. The controversy continued this past week with some conservative priests publishing Viganò’s remarks in their parish website bulletins.

The Catholic church has conferred a myriad of official titles on Mary. It would take a dedicated researcher to list them all (see here). Pope Francis has added to the catalog by conferring three new titles, including “Comfort of Migrants,” reflecting his own progressive agenda.

The Vatican Bank was involved in many dubious investments in the past, including shares in Istituto Farmacologico Serono, a pharmaceutical company that made birth control pills, and Udine, a military weapons manufacturer, along with possible investments in firearms manufacturer, Beretta, as well as in companies with activities in gambling and pornography (see here). The Vatican Bank is quite famous for its corruption.

Catholic authorities are wringing their hands over the theft of this altar tabernacle, which contained many consecrated Jesus wafers at the time it was stolen. The Roman church teaches that its priests change bread wafers into Jesus Christ during its masses, which are then consumed by communicants in order to allegedly receive graces. Excess Jesus wafers are stored in the altar tabernacle, to be administered later to shut-ins or to be recycled at the next mass. Catholics believe any mishandling or misappropriation of Jesus wafers, such as this theft, to be an unconscionable desecration.

33 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 6/27/20

  1. “ Putting it in a spiritual perspective, the Roman Catholic church has enslaved billions of souls over the centuries with it’s false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit.”
    YES! YES! YES! PREACH IT!!!! 🙏🏻

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    1. Thanks, sister! Yes, there’s temporal slavery, which was obviously very BAD, no denying it, and then there’s spiritual slavery, which is EVEN WORSE because it it is eternal. We praise God every day for breaking the RCC’s chains that held us!

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  2. Reblogged this on Born Again and commented:
    “Putting it in a spiritual perspective, the Roman Catholic church has enslaved billions of souls over the centuries with it’s false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit.”

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  3. 2Timothy 3:1-8
    1Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows KJB.

    All religions/organizations want to destroy Christendom. And yet all parties are divided.

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      1. It must have been a great relief. I can say, I can imagine, But to be honest I cannot because I have never been a catholic. Nonetheless, I am always interested to hear that former Catholics escaped from the snare. Because it makes me happy.
        And I think people like you have the expertise to warn Catholics that adhere to the false or rather evil doctrine of the rcc and their works of darkness.

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      2. Thanks for the encouragement, Jackie! It’s sad when naive and uniformed evangelicals embrace the RC church as Christian and will even argue with ex-Catholic believers about it.

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  4. Father Serra…I remember learning about him in school. I’m not fans of statues in general when it comes to faith but I think its also crazy mobs destroying things. Will read the rest later after service!

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    1. I’m definitely not a fan of mob violence and destruction. On the other hand I can understand Black folks’ frustration in regards to Confederate symbols and monuments continuing to be prominently displayed in this day and age. I think about how in Poland, as soon as the country regained independence and the Warsaw Pact forces withdrew, all of the statues of Lenin, Stalin, and the Polish quislings came crashing down. But I’m speaking like a temporalist. I’m not even in favor of defacing or tearing down the statues of Catholic clerics, like Serra. God will judge men like Serra and all who extol them.

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      1. I am no fan of Father Sierra; some of these public statutes are best taken down via election as I think the symbolic gesture is more powerful than a mob tearing things down

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    1. Hi Jesse. I’m doing good, thank you, and hope you are as well! Sorry it took me awhile to get to this article. You make an excellent point therein with Jesus’s reference “from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah” omitting the intertestamental Apocrypha.


    1. Crissy, Thank you for the support and encouragement! Yes, week after week it’s more of the same rotten fruit and yet, surprisingly, many evangelicals are blind to the corruptness.

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