Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 5/8/21

It’s sobering to watch the news of India’s surging COVID-19 catastrophe. I wonder if anyone in that nation is calling the pandemic a “hoax.” India’s one-billion Hindus believe they will be reincarnated again and again until they achieve “moksha,” the release of the soul from the cycle of death and rebirth.

The “wafer wars” continue. It’s certain that pope Francis would not have appointed William Koenig as bishop of Wilmington if there was a possibility of Koenig denying the Jesus wafer to abortion-supporter, Joe Biden.

It’s interesting that Catholic priest and diocesan administrator, Georges de Laire, is suing ultra-traditionalist Catholic website personality, Michael Voris, for defamation. Voris has been critical of De Laire’s antagonistic handling of the renegade traditionalist Catholic sect, the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which I examined in a recent book review (see here).

Pope Francis has made a determined effort to strengthen Catholic-Muslim relations. The Catholic church declares that Muslims also worship the true God and may merit salvation according to their particular religious precepts. I might read the book mentioned in this article, “The Pope and the Grand Imam: A Thorny Path” by Mohamed Abdel Salam.

Many politically-conservative American Catholic prelates and priests were outspoken in their support of former-President Donald Trump during the last election, but only half of Catholic voters cast their ballot for Trump. Politically-liberal U.S. Catholics are now questioning whether they can remain in the American Catholic church. It should be noted that Pope Francis was an unabashed critic of Trump and MAGA-ism. The polarization of Roman Catholicism continues.

Josh Duggar, of the reality-TV Duggar clan, is an agonizing, slow-motion train wreck. Lord God, help us to walk the talk and not get derailed by Satan and our own sin.

27 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 5/8/21

    1. Thanks, Mandy! Yes, the stats out of India are horrific. One would think Josh D. would have learned his lesson after his previous scandals, but from the latest accusations he’s a very sick man. Thanks for your prayers! Having a lighter load than usual this weekend. Hope you and Nathan have a good weekend!

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      1. Thanks, Mandy! Yes, while C-19-related deaths have been decreasing in the U.S. for the past three months, these new strains are going to present ongoing challenges.

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  1. Such grievous Covid news, I could hardly press the “like” button except to say thank you for posting this. India needs our prayers, esp the brethren there.
    Not surprised that Muslims, Trump, or anything else can sway or manipulate church leadership and congregants. I guess it depends on where your faith is rooted, in this dark kingdom or the one to come.
    Good round up Tom, press on.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa Beth! Yes, the situation in India is horrific. Praying for the brethren there. As you mentioned, most of the other news involves people looking up to institutional religion rather than to Jesus Christ.


  2. What’s going on in India is horrible. There but for the grace of God go we. This virus is not to be taken lightly. Yet so many are still in denial, especially many who are Christians. There’s this cavalier attitude regarding the virus that boggles the mind!

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    1. RE: There’s this cavalier attitude regarding the virus that boggles the mind!

      Yes, Christians are the #1 pandemic-deniers. Such a bad reflection on Christianity.

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  3. 1. I”m praying a lot this week for India and neighboring country; wrote a post on that for this Sunday too.
    2. Wow Wafter wars are real!
    3. It is crazy to see Rome be friendly with Islam.
    4. Josh Duggar seems to have an ongoing problem with sexual perversion. He really needs Jesus

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    1. Thanks for the comments!

      Looking forward to reading your post on India.

      Abortion supporter and self-described “Catholic,” Joe Biden, is driving conservative Catholic prelates crazy, but they don’t know Jesus any more than Biden.

      Roman Catholicism shows its true colors by granting that Muslims (and any other religionist or atheist) can also merit salvation. Ecumenist evangelicals leapfrog over this embarrassing reality.

      Yup, it’s difficult to imagine Josh Duggar having a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.

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      1. Rome’s relationship with Islam is rather fascinating. It’s more proof that without a biblical Gospel there can be no discernment and right view of separation

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    2. Re #2

      Tom had previously posted a picture of JP II bowing down to the Quran.

      This too is blasphemous:

      Vatican II, Lumen Gentium: But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Moslems, these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day. Nor is God Himself remote from those who in shadows and images seek the unknown God, since he gives to all men life and breath and all things (cf. Acts 17:25–28), and since the Saviour wills all men to be saved (cf. 1 Tim. 2:4). Those who, who through no fault of their own, do not know the gospel of Christ or His Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience—those too may achieve eternal salvation.Vatican Council II The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, Austin Flannery, O.P., General Editor (Boston: St. Paul Editions, 1980), Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium II:16, p. 367.

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      1. Thanks, SB. That one passage should be enough to wake up any ecumenically-minded evangelical, but they aren’t interested.


  4. REplying to your comment: Wow that’s not an easy dynamic with that guy whom you replace and you using the computer that use to be his, etc. I just prayed for him to have a spirit of understanding.

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    1. Thanks, brother. I feel bad for him. The boss had to squeeze me somewhere so he give me AH’s job and sent AH back to an entry level position. What’s more, he announced the change at a group meeting, blind-siding AH and me. Every weekend we witness a live demonstration on how someone should not conduct themselves as a supervisor.

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