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

Gymnast-extraordinaire, Simone Biles, made headlines by pulling out of events at the recent Tokyo Olympics due to mental strain. Only a handful of American Catholic celebrities wear their religion on their sleeve. That group includes Stephen Colbert, Patricia Heaton, Mark Wahlberg, and Biles. Catholic media sources loved to brag on Biles, noting how she kept a rosary in her gym bag during competitions. But Biles caused a big stir within conservative Catholic circles after the Olympics by joining fellow Catholic, President Joe Bidden, in supporting abortion “rights.” Biles’ book, “Courage to Soar” (2016), was a bestseller at “Christian” bookstores.

Catholic internet sites are still abuzz over the outing of monsignor Jeffrey Burrill. Data illegally obtained from the cell phone of the secretary-general of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops revealed that the priest/administrator visited gay bathhouses and frequently used the “Grindr” gay-hookup app. A conservative Catholic internet site, The Pillar, outed Burrill as part of an offensive against the queer culture within the Roman Catholic clergy.

Catholic conservatives and traditionalists continue to fume over pope Francis’ restriction of the Latin mass via his Traditionis Custodes apostolic letter of July 16th. They will certainly defy the 84-year-old progressive pope and cling to the hope that his successor shares their philosophical bent.

Cardinal Raymond Burke is one of the leaders of Catholic conservatism and an outspoken critic of pope Francis. While he caused harm by discouraging his followers to get vaccinated, he caused even greater harm by propagating Roman Catholicism’s false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit.

I have made a note to eventually read the book mentioned in this article, “Mass Exodus: Catholic Disaffiliation in Britain and America Since Vatican II” by Stephen Bullivant. Unfortunately, the Rochester library system doesn’t have a copy.

Last Saturday was the deadline for filing claims against Roman Catholic dioceses for priest sexual abuse under New York State’s Child Victim Act. Here in Rochester, 475 former victims filed claims against the diocese, while in nearby Buffalo, 924 filed claims against the diocese. That number was double the largest number ever filed in the more than 20 prior diocese bankruptcy cases in the U.S., stretching back to 2004.

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

  1. Good Round Up Tom.
    I find ‘one issue’ religious campaigns to be troubling, whether its abortion, homosexuality, or political goals. I can’t see that focus in the Lord nor the Apostles.
    On all, the Catholic Church continues to fray away like an old cloth. Their efforts to keep it together only expose intrinsic flaws.
    I pray that the remaining followers see this and pursue a search for truth. I have no doubt the Lord is waiting to show Himself to them.
    Have a good weekend brother!

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    1. You’re right, Cathy. Very strange how people will go ballistic if they see a dog alone in a parked car on a hot day but view baby-murder abortion as a “right.”

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  2. 👍🏻🙏🏻
    A conversation I had with my mom in law before took her into a Mexican restaurant:

    -I told her that we would probably see Mr Wheeler (he is a priest that we’ve known through mass)
    She said Mr who?
    I repeated myself and she said she didn’t know him. I said the priest.
    She said Oh, you mean Father Wheeler?
    I said no Mr Wheeler-God is our Father- Mr. Wheeler is younger then you why would you call him father?”
    (She ended it there-we did see him- she made it a point and a show to call him “father” 💔

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  3. 1. Simon Biles is catholic? Never knew that! She needs Jesus. Sad to see her bring pro-murder of pre-borns.
    2. There’s so much sick activity of these homosexual priests…gay bath house? Yikes.
    3. Wow in ROC there’s 475 victims filed lawsuits against RC churches??? That’s such a Tsunami of abuses this is so horrific

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    1. Thanks for the good comments!

      Yup, conservative Catholics were all excited and proud of Biles because she talked about her Catholicism and brought a good luck rosary to all her events, but she silenced them with her pro-abortion post.

      RE: Priests and bath houses

      There’s talk of these conservative Catholics outing more gay priests via cell phone data.

      RE: 475 ROC victims

      Sad, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The vast majority of victims have since died or kept silent.

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      1. Hmm. I don’t think I know any of the ex-victims who have come forward publicly. But I know all of the several Irish Christian Brothers who were teachers at the Catholic high school I attended who have been accused of abuse. It was obvious to us students that some of the brothers were effeminate/homosexual and were “fishing” for student “proteges.” Brother Connor, was already notorious for querying male students about their sexuality before he became my guidance counselor so I wasn’t surprised when he asked if I had a boyfriend in one of our sessions. Six of the brothers at my high school were named in the recent lawsuits but I’m sure several more, like Connor, preyed upon students.


    1. Thanks, Beth! My hope is some souls may come to realize everything is not so shiny and bright beneath the official RCC veneer and start to ask questions.


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