The big news in the temporal world this past week was obviously Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th President of the United States. The inauguration followed unprecedented election and post-election turmoil, culminating in the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6th. Me? I’ll follow the Lord rather than politics, but Biden as president does present some interesting stories.
In his letter marking the inauguration of Joe Biden, the archbishop of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops, José Gomez, reprimanded the new president for supporting abortion. The word “abortion” was used eight times in the short letter. Conservative Catholic prelates and priests continue to wring their hands over Biden’s ascension to the presidency as an unabashed supporter of abortion and the LGBT agenda. Although Catholic laypersons are stereotypically known for being anti-abortion, polls reveal that 56% of Catholics believe abortion should be legal in most or all cases.
This article states that more than one-third of Joe Biden’s Cabinet are fellow Catholics. That would have been disturbing seventy years ago, when the RCC still pursued militant, church-state hegemony, but that’s not today’s reality.
Biden’s great-grandparents purchased his inauguration Bible (photo above) in 1893. Although the article doesn’t specify, I assume the Bible is the Douay–Rheims translation, which was the only English-language Bible authorized by the RCC until 1943. It’s a very weak and error-filled translation that even Catholic scholars now disavow. Being a Catholic Bible, it also includes the non-Scriptural seven books of the Apocrypha. It’s interesting that the Bible is still used as a ceremonial prop in political events. Biden swore his oath on the Bible, yet condones the ongoing genocide of the pre-born.
Years ago, I watched several seasons of the Duggars’ “17 Kids and Counting” reality-TV show, mainly to observe their strict, fundamentalist Baptist lifestyle, which I had much personal experience with. It’s great to see Ben Seewald on his way to becoming a pastor. He caused a bit of a controversy among Duggar fans in 2017 by revealing he was reading one of evangelical apologist James White’s critical examinations of Roman Catholicism. See that post here.
Nope, militant Catholic hegemony hasn’t completely disappeared. I’ve reported on the ongoing persecution of evangelicals by Catholics in rural Southern Mexico since I started this blog five years ago. Persecution of Protestants was once the norm throughout all of Latin America (especially in rural areas).
Don’t be fooled by “American civil religion’s” inclusiveness parlance. While 88% of Congressional representatives are members of various religious institutions that claim to be “Christian” (mainline Protestant, Catholic, LDS), the actual number of genuinely born-again Christians is probably a very small percentage.
This past Monday was Martin Luther King Day. Dr. King should be respected for confronting institutional bigotry and widely-held prejudices and advancing the civil rights of Black Americans at great personal sacrifice. However, by his own admission, he preached mainline Protestantism’s liberal social gospel rather than the genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. See here.
This is ironic. Franklin Graham, one of the primary prophets of American Christian nationalism, is calling the ten Republican congresspersons who voted for ex-President Trump’s impeachment, “Judases,” when he himself is actually the Judas. Why? Because Graham betrays the Gospel by blatantly embracing the false Roman Catholic church with its false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit. Graham’s father, Billy, was also deeply invested in American politics (touted as “adviser” to 12 U.S. presidents) and was the principal trailblazer of evangelical ecumenical compromise with Rome.