It’s strange that the Trump campaign has tapped ultra-traditionalist, Taylor Marshall (photo above), in its attempt to garner the Catholic vote. I would guess that Marshall’s brand of hardcore, anti-pope Francis, anti-Vatican II conspiracy hysteria appeals to only a small percentage of U.S. Catholic voters. See my review of Marshall’s conspiracy paranoia book here.
Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, says his Catholic “faith” is very important to him, but he flouts his church’s “official” teaching with his support of abortion on demand and the LGBT agenda. He even officiated at a same-sex civil union in 2016. When Roman Catholics talk about their “faith,” they’re generally referring to their trust in their church’s sacramental system.
News sources are providing more sordid details about Catholic ex-cardinal, Ted McCarrick’s network of abuse, which we’re learning involved multiple co-predators. This article mentions Irish Christian Brother, Andrew Thomas Hewitt, who taught at Bishop Kearney High School in Irondequoit, New York while I was a student there from 1970 to 1973. Although Hewitt wasn’t one of my teachers, I was aware of him. Students at Kearney had to be constantly on their toes around the predatory Christian Brothers. We were like fish in a barrel. The Christian Brothers religious order filed for bankruptcy way back in 2011 because of the high number of abuse lawsuits.
- Violence against Catholic sites: US Bishops urge love in response to hatred
- The New, Anti-Catholic Iconoclasm
Catholics commit idolatry with their many statues of Jesus, Mary, and saints. They will vehemently insist that they don’t worship statues while doing exactly that. I don’t condone idolatrous statue worship, but I also don’t approve of mob violence and destruction of private property.
A Catholic priest in Italy has created a scandal by blessing the civil union of two lesbians. In the more progressive German and Austrian Catholic churches, that’s an everyday occurrence. You can also be sure progressive American Catholic priests are doing the same thing on the QT.
While the Catholic church mandates that all members go to confession at least once a year, it recommends more frequent participation. However, Catholic sources report that 75% of Catholics never go to confession, even though they allegedly pick up a soul-damning mortal sin each year for not complying with the RCC’s minimum requirement. Many of the Catholics who piously come forward to receive the Jesus wafer at Sunday mass are insubordinate because they flout the minimum yearly confession requirement.
Strange. An article a couple of months ago reported Bible sales were way up at the start of the pandemic.
Pastors are in a tough spot. Certainly, Christians desire to worship together, but people assembling in a crowded church sanctuary can be problematic during this pandemic (e.g., infected persons singing robustly and exhaling coronavirus-tinged micro-droplets into the air). Four and a half months into this pandemic, we’re seeing BIG spikes in hospitalizations and deaths in some states because disciplines regarding social distancing and the use of PPE were/are far too lax or non-existent.