The BIG story this past week was obviously the U.S. presidential election, featuring former Vice-President, Joe Biden, versus President Donald Trump. With the votes of a few swing states still being counted as of this morning, a winner has not yet been officially declared, although a Biden victory now appears inevitable. Exit polls reveal around 75% of voters who identified as “evangelical” voted for Trump, a drop from 81% in 2016. Personally, I could not, in good conscience, vote for either gentleman. I could never vote for a Democrat and Donald Trump has demonstrated time and time again over the past four years that he is “ill-suited” (I’m being diplomatic) for the office. All that said, I’m striving to distance myself from politics. Christianity in America took a wrong turn, beginning with the Puritans, by conflating faith, politics, and nationalism, a paradigm that still remains quite popular.
Catholic conservatives, like columnist Phil Lawler in the article above, continue to wring their hands over pope Francis’ radical allowance for civil unions for same-sex couples. But they don’t know what to do next because absolute fidelity to the papacy is one of their most beloved, foundational doctrines.
In the first article, Southern Baptist Convention leaders, J.D. Greear, Russell Moore, and Ronnie Floyd voice their displeasure with pope Francis’ recent endorsement of same-sex civil unions. In the second article, another popular and influential SBC leader, seminary president, Al Mohler, also expresses his deep concern about Francis’ radical stance. However, all four men embrace the Roman Catholic church as a legitimate Christian entity. Run, don’t walk, from the SBC.
We were waiting for this. On October 30th, the Vatican issued a letter to papal nuncios which attempted to ease anxieties about pope Francis’ radical remarks allowing for civil unions of same-sex couples. Spin doctoring aside, Francis absolutely did and does endorse same-sex civil unions.
It’s reported that Jerry Falwell Jr. has already received a severance package amounting to two-years’ salary after being forced to resign as chancellor of Liberty University due to scandal. Jerry Jr. should just go away and be quiet.
The Catholic archbishops of Portland and San Francisco recently paraded through the streets of their respective cities, allegedly exorcizing the demonic powers behind the violence associated with the BLM protests. I would posit that demonism is behind the false gospel of sacramental grace and merit that’s propagated by the two archbishops.
On October 31st, former Catholic priest, Michael McGivney (d. 1890), was “beatified,” the last major hurdle in the RCC’s canonization process prior to being declared a saint. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic alternative to Freemasonry, replete with its own secret initiation, oaths, and handshake. The K of C was once highly active in efforts to convert U.S. Protestants via advertisements in newspapers and magazines. Rather than honoring him, we note that McGivney lured millions of souls to Catholicism’s spiritually deadly false gospel.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spike in many regions of the country and Catholic bishops are responding by continuing or reissuing “dispensations” allowing parishioners to stay home from mandatory Sunday mass. Consuming the consecrated Jesus wafer is considered the “high-point” of Catholic spirituality and some priests are once again advising the shut-ins to receive “spiritual communion;” the notion that desiring and meditating on the Jesus wafer is just as beneficial as physically consuming it. Hmm.