Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 5/1/21

In Roman Catholicism, the month of May is dedicated to Mary. Every May at my Catholic grammar school, we students participated in a procession which culminated in the crowning of the statue of Mary as the “Queen of Heaven” at the adjoining church (see here). Pope Francis is now encouraging Catholics to join him in praying the rosary to Mary throughout this month for her intercession in ending the coronavirus pandemic. Half of Catholic piety is focused on Mary and when Catholics do speak about Jesus it’s as a victim who is allegedly sacrificed on their altars and eaten in the form of a bread wafer.

Contrary to the psychological band-aids mentioned in this article, genuine spiritual peace and joy cannot be found in Roman Catholicism with its system of merited salvation.

The “wafer wars” continue as conservative Catholic prelates wring their hands ruminating how they’re going to deal with pro-abortion president, Joe Biden.

I’m Polish American and have a special interest in Poland. Perhaps more than any other European national/ethnic group, Polish identity is intertwined with Roman Catholicism. To be a Pole is to be Catholic. But that is now changing as secularization is creeping into the country. Much of that change is precipitated by young Poles who resent the government’s close ties with the Polish Catholic church. It’s estimated that only 0.2% (80,000) of Poland’s population of 38 million identify as evangelical Christian. 90% of Poland’s counties (voivodeships) do not have an evangelical church.

Speaking of Poles, Polish Catholic immigrants to America in the late-19th century built their churches within their ethnic enclaves with their hard earned dimes and quarters only to see the Irish-American hierarchy claim control of the properties. Dissenting Poles formed the Polish National Catholic church in 1897. Here in Rochester, in the old “Polishtown” neighborhood, St. Casimir church (PNCC) was just a few blocks from St. Stanislaus (RCC). The RCC taught that the PNCCers were schismatics and heretics and would all burn in hell. That condemnatory attitude was relaxed after the Second Vatican Council. The PNCC has about 26,000 members across the U.S. and Canada. The genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone is not preached in either RCC or PNCC churches.

As outcry grows, it’s not a question of “if” the RCC will change its official catechism, which currently labels homosexuality as “intrinsically disordered” (CCC 2357), it’s a matter of when.

Evangelicals are beginning to cave to the LGBT paradigm, and the accommodation is beginning at schools and seminaries.

As local courts continue to sort through the pedophile priest abuse miasma, the diocese of Rochester continues to try to cover-up.

John Stott was actually an enthusiastic supporter of ecumenism with Rome and discouraged outreach to Roman Catholics. Stott led the movement to reconcile with Rome in the U.K, just as Billy Graham did in the United States. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones broke ties with Stott because of his accommodation and compromise with error. “Seeing ourselves and Roman Catholics as fellow-Christians, we repent of attitudes that have seemed to deny it.” – John Stott.

28 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 5/1/21

    1. Yup, lots of messes on several fronts. Thanks! Yesterday was pretty good. The boss pulled me off my job to “help” the young guys who stand around all day, but I was able to get back to my own job after a few hours. Hope you’re having a nice weekend!

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  1. Good roundup Tom. Re John Stott, I read the references article and have to wonder, how does such a man, described as devout and humble, given wholly to prayer and scripture, become ecumenical? I think the more you know Jesus and the scriptures, the more the road narrows.
    Btw, have you seen the movie Indian Horse? A true story about a native American in Canada (1950’s) during an era where tribal children were abducted and forced into Catholic residential schools. I don’t want to be a spoiler, but after seeing it I wonder, how much evil can be excused and stifled?
    I pray for those who were so crushed by a despicable facsimile of Christianity.
    Not easy to brighten up after that thought but I do wish you a sunny, green thumb weekend 😎 Press on brother.

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    1. Thank you for the good comments, Lisa Beth! Yes, men like Stott, J.I. Packer, and Billy Graham are highly lauded but they did so much harm by propagating ecumenism with Rome. I’ve heard of those Catholic schools for Native American youth but hadn’t heard of that movie. Thank you for the title! I will look for it.
      Thanks, Lisa Beth, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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    2. Looking it up, Indian Horse wasn’t a true story. It was based on a fictional novel. Now, it is true that Native American children in Canada were forced into the residential schools (it seems a little more than half of the schools were run by Roman Catholics), and that some pretty messed up stuff could happen in those schools, but the film itself was fictional.

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  2. 1.) Indeed true peace is in Christ and Gospel, not RC.
    2. ) Wow only 80,000 Poles are Evangelicals. I just prayed for more Born Again Poles.
    3.) Crazy how many are caving in to the *GBT agenda…
    4.) I think it is sad John Stott compromised; I think I learned about that from you.

    Good round up!

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    1. Thanks for the good comments, brother!

      RE: Peace

      Nope, absolutely no genuine peace on any works-righteousness religious treadmill.

      RE: Only 80,000 Polish evangelical Christians

      I was thoroughly aware that Poland was a solidly Catholic country, but those statistics are still sobering, including 90% of Polish counties don’t have one single evangelical church.

      RE: evangelical institutions caving to L*** agenda

      The rising tide of compromise and accommodation will be sad to watch if the Lord delays.

      RE: Stott

      Just as Stott leap-frogged the irreconcilable differences separating Catholicism and Gospel Christianity, believers who laud Stott (and Graham, Packer, etc.) must leap-frog his dalliance with Rome.

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  3. Tom…I was interested in your article: “Are Poles Catholics?” And the fact that this is your background. Many Polish people now live in Ireland. We needed some work done to our roof recently and it was two Polish men who came out to do it (along with their unscrupulous Irish “overseer” – but that’s another story!) I discovered I had just two Polish John’s Gospels and gave them one each for which they thanked me. One of them proceeded to pull open his jacket to reveal numerous rosary beads and crosses all strung around his neck, indicating that these protected him while up on heights! He assumed I was R.C. and their overseer said… “no, she’s a born again Christian.” I don’t like this term as it gives the impression that there are other types of Christian. Anyway, I pray that the Lord will speak to these men through his word despite the language barrier. Many are R.C. but many are also secular – and some too are seeking, I believe.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing your experience. I know close to 1 million Poles immigrated to the U.K. when Poland joined the EU and some of course made it to Ireland, too. Some of the Poles are returning to Poland because of the uncertainty over Brexit.

      I’m glad you were able to give these men the Gospel of John. I said a prayer for them as well. Yes, in more traditional Catholic countries/societies, the superstitious aspects of Catholicism are much more blatant.

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  4. Thank you Tom for sharing these informative articles.
    If the Roman Catholic Church new the Prince of Peace they wouldn’t need to teach their congregants 7 steps to peace.
    Is hard to understand those wanting to reconcile with Rome.
    The Lord continue to bless all you do Tom.

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    1. Thanks, Crissy! Yup, behavioral tricks may ease some temporal anxiety and overload, BUT they don’t answer the big question in the back of every Catholic’s head: Am I right with God?

      RE: Is hard to understand those wanting to reconcile with Rome.

      It boggles my mind that evangelical ecumenists largely concede that Rome is absolutely wrong on the doctrine of justification, yet leapfrog that foundational issue and embrace the RCC as a Christian entity.

      Thank you, Crissy, and Lord bless your ministries!

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      1. Thanks, Crissy! I’m actually somewhat enjoying my job now. Did I actually write that? Well, I’m no longer training. I just go in and do my job without anyone looking over my shoulder. The way it was going (constant training for the first three months) it seemed like I would never get to this point. And only 19 months to retirement!
        I hope things are going well for you down under.

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    1. The only reason I liked the procession was it got us students out of the classroom. For some strange reason, I never identified with Marian devotion. I reasoned, why go to Mary when I could go right to God? Of course, I didn’t go right to God, either, until fourteen years after grammar school when I accepted Jesus Christ as Savior!

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! Every week the RCC never fails to disappoint with some interesting news for “Vatican watchers.” When a worldwide catastrophe hits, there’s only one man they will turn to for spiritual guidance and it won’t be the Dalai Lama. Pope Francis has carried on the work of his predecessor, JPII, in elevating the papacy in the eyes of the world.

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