Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 9/12/20

This month, we note the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim Separatists’ journey to the New World. The Pilgrims left Plymouth, England on September 16, 1620 and arrived in New England on November 11. The events that were planned to commemorate the anniversary will obviously be scaled-back because of the pandemic. Sadly, most will view this occasion as a secular event with few references to the Pilgrims’ Christian faith. It occurs to me that in the “new think” revisionism being promoted by BLM, the arrival of the Pilgrims will probably be viewed as an “invasion” rather than something to be commemorated.

Expect to see incidents such as this one multiply as Jesuit priest, James Martin, and other Vatican-backed progressives continue to push for acceptance of practicing LGBTers within the RCC.

The internal fight within the RCC over Catholic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, is heating up, with progressive members enthusiastically supporting him and conservatives disavowing Biden and warning that anyone who votes for him commits mortal sin.

Catholic progressives were shocked beyond belief when pope Francis didn’t push for married priests at the Vatican Amazon Synod last October as they expected him to. But Francis has already roiled church conservatives to fever pitch and is content to let his successor introduce this “reform.”

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, pope Francis had to postpone the anticipated “Loreto jubilee” until next year. Catholics assert that Jesus’s boyhood home in Nazareth was transported by angels to Loreto, Italy (see here). If pilgrims visit the “holy house” in Loreto, they will receive a “plenary indulgence,” which allegedly erases all punishment for venial sin and any remaining temporal punishment that would otherwise need to be expiated in fictional purgatory.

I was surprised by this article to see that ecumenical, Gospel-betraying ECT is still issuing declarations. This new statement exhorts politicians and public officials to defend life, protect freedom of religion, and support traditional marriage. The obvious underlying message to Catholic and evangelical voters is that they should only support political candidates who uphold these values. Ecumenical evangelicals deprive Catholics of the genuine Gospel by insinuating that the Catholic gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit is “close enough.” From the list of Gospel-betraying signers, I recognize Kevin J. Vanhoozer and longtime ECT supporter, Timothy George. Shame on them.

Catholics believe priests turn bread wafers into the actual body of Jesus Christ. Surplus Jesus wafers are then stored in the altar tabernacle. If a thief steals the tabernacle, as happened in this case, Catholics believe the Jesus wafers inside experience unthinkable desecration.

25 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 9/12/20

  1. Good Round up. Re ECT, while its very tempting to join in with collaborated righteous rallies, is that our calling? We may succeed and take pride in changing legislation but we’ve missed the mark of preaching the life changing Gospel.
    Of course, ECT cant preach the Gospel together…
    Press on brother! And have a good weekend.

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  2. “At the end of Tuesday’s Mass, López told the media she saw the invitation as a “historic moment” and regarded it as “very hopeful, because it will allow us to build a Church as human beings, where the life options of diverse families have always encountered many obstacles to living their spiritual life.”
    HUMANISM AT IT’S FINEST!

    Romans 1:24-25

    24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

    25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”

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      1. I pray it doesn’t get closer to you. We have such contrasting environments. In 64 years I don’t recall a large fire near ROC other than building fires. But there’s the cold and snow from Nov. to April.

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      2. What a contrast! By the way to explain further: we live about 2.5 miles away from the mountain where it stop having homes. The fire has reached the tip where homes are at but that’s 9 miles away to the east and they are fighting that fire there like crazy BUT the fire is the biggest in decades and that fire above the tip where it is touching homes is spreading very fast and the concern is that it comes down west direction which would be really bad as our area has a lot of homes packed together. The warning to evacuate perimeter is just a mile above us and yesterday when I went to 7/11 for a rare midnight snack the lady told me in the 90s which was the last major fire it did reach into the evacuated warning zone, which is crazy because its not a mountain resort home area, but really the city getting bigger and bigger and crawling up to the mountain base.

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      3. We have the “Finger Lakes” region south of us – eleven long, slender lakes nestled between hills with very quaint villages throughout, very scenic and picturesque – but we don’t visit nearly as much as I’d like to.

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  3. 1. Wow 400 years anniversary of the Pilgrims? I think for me the story of America has always been the story of people of low socioeconomic origin or people who were “outsiders” in their homeland whether for their religious faith or ethnic identity, coming to a land for liberty and economic hopes. I know slavery is a blight in our nation’s history. Still for me knowing how America wasn’t a country of origins by elites, in its early history, makes me see the providence of God. We can also see providence of God without nationalism as an idol.

    2. Had to read the one about the Trans in Catholic Mass; crazy its happening in South America as I thought that would get a big conservative Catholic backlash.

    3. Wow ECTers still around? I’m sadden to learn Vanhoozer is among them. I’ve been recommended by people to read his books on theological method and personally the things I have read from him haven’t been as profound as others make him out to be.

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    1. Thanks for the good comments!

      RE: Plymouth
      We can see God’s providence in the founding of this country. Of course, the Puritans took it too far by proclaiming it to be the “New Israel,” but there’s always a temptation for sinful man to meld the temporal and the spiritual. I really enjoyed that book I read last year about Anne Hutchinson and the Puritans and I would like to delve some more into Pilgrim and Puritan history.

      RE: Trans
      An “incident” like this would have been absolutely unimaginable just a year or two ago. It’s a significant beachhead.

      RE: ECT
      Yeah, I was surprised to see this new statement. I’m guessing ECT is nowhere near as organized as when Colson and Neuhaus were alive. No “need” for it now. The damage is done. Thanks for your insights on Vanhoozer. Sad to see him lending his name to cooperation with Romanism.

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      1. Responding to Vanhoozer: it seems some people might chase academia as the same way like some want to be pastors for national platforms. But then that open their hearts to compromise…sigh. We all gotta watch our own hearts

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      2. Yeah, I’m sure the vast majority of those in “evangelical academics” view ecumenical assent as absolutely essential to their career. Speaking against ecumenism is definitely NOT a good career move for Christian academics these days.

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  4. The city next to our has order a partial evacuation of the areas near the mountains; hoping this doesn’t spread! No walks for me until after this is better with the air, I think I sucked into many bad airs in my lungs from my Marine Corps days and general pollution all over Asia and Middle East while living in SoCal, thinking I need to watch out for when I’m older!

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