- Jerry Falwell Jr accused of hypocrisy after sharing photo of pants unzipped
- Jerry Falwell Jr. takes indefinite leave of absence from Liberty University
- How Jerry Falwell Jr. Lost His Liberty Flock
Back in the 1980s, I attended an independent fundamental Baptist (IFB) church in Rochester, New York that emulated Jerry Falwell Sr.’s particular brand of Baptist fundamentalism. If a young guy at our church was considering seminary, they usually chose Falwell’s Liberty Baptist College (later changed to Liberty University). Falwell Sr.’s notoriety grew as he gradually replaced his partisan Baptist fundamentalism with a hybrid that included ecumenism with like-minded political conservatives of all religious stripes in his crusade to fight the advance of secularism in America. For Falwell, nationalism took priority over faith in Christ. Jerry Falwell, Junior (above photo) succeeded his father as chancellor of Liberty University, and has carried on Senior’s legacy of crusading for a “Christian America.” Liberty University still holds to some of the old Baptist standards, like regulating the skirt length of female students, but Jerry Jr. recently got himself into some hot water by posting an ill-advised photo of himself on the internet that went viral. Privilege breeds arrogance and Jerry Jr. became a loose cannon that LU could no longer tolerate.
Roman Catholic radical traditionalists – “rad trads” – with their criticisms of pope Francis and the “reforms” of Vatican II, are becoming an increasing presence on the internet. Moderate Catholicism’s media darling, bishop Robert Barron, ponders how to neutralize the rad trads’ anti-Francis, anti-Vatican II vitriol.
- GOP Catholic congressman calls for DOJ investigation into anti-Catholic vandalism
- Conservative Catholics call on Biden to break ‘deafening silence’ on anti-Catholic vandalism, arson
It’s interesting how Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, regularly cites his strong, Catholic “faith,” but as of yet has made no reference to the spate of attacks against Catholic statues and monuments by the Black Lives Matter protesters.
Last week, we had the progressive Catholic rag, the National Catholic Reporter, saying that U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was the ideal Catholic. This past week, the conservative Catholic rag, the National Catholic Register, claims AOC is the antithesis of Catholicism. Which is it? Catholic apologists would have people believe their church is a united monolith, but there’s a broad spectrum of beliefs under the RCC umbrella, and not one of them includes the genuine Gospel.
Catholics are compelled to attend mass each and every Sunday under the threat of eternal damnation, UNLESS they receive a formal dispensation from their local bishop. Dispensations were issued at the start of the C-19 pandemic and will probably continue until a vaccine is in place. The reality is 70% of Catholics flout their Sunday mass obligation even under ideal circumstances.