Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 8/28/21

Back in late-July, I first shared the story about the outing of gay priest and high-level USCCB administrator, Jeffrey Burrill, by a conservative Catholic website. At the time, I didn’t foresee the ripple-effect implications. We’ve since learned that MANY other Catholic priests utilize the Grindr gay-hookup app on their smart phones and fear being exposed as well. The takeaway from the scandals of the last twenty years is that the very Catholic priests who exhort their parishioners to merit their salvation (impossible!) are some of the biggest moral failures.

A percentage of conservative American Catholics have bought into the same the-pandemic-is-a-hoax, anti-vax, group-think that’s sadly rife within evangelicalism. They’ll passionately defy progressive pope Francis’ instruction to get vaccinated until they end up in the hospital ICU. While Bergoglio is right about getting vaccinated, he simultaneously propagates Roman Catholicism’s spiritually-deadly false gospel.

Speaking of Catholic anti-vaxxers, prominent conservative cardinal and anti-vaxxer, Raymond Burke, caught the C-19 virus and struggled for his life in an already-overburdened hospital ICU. Burke is now off of the ventilator, but remains hospitalized. I wonder if he’s still anti-vax?

The only remains of the first Roman Catholic church in New York City (and State), the church’s bell, has been put on display. The bell’s peal called unwary Catholics to the anti-Biblical “sacrifice of the mass” and the other particulars of the RCC’s false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit. The object deserves dishonor rather than veneration.

Pope Francis is a progressive anti-doctrinalist when it comes to many Catholic tenets, but he’s in lock-step with Catholic conservatives in his views on the Jesus wafer and Mary worship (aka “veneration”).

According to official Catholic policy, only Roman Catholics with no unconfessed mortal sin on their soul may receive the Jesus wafer, but liberal priests have been inviting non-Catholics to receive the Jesus wafer at funeral and wedding masses for decades.

Catholic priests have been trained to ask probing questions about embarrassing sexual sins of those who come to them for confession, supposedly in order to exact a “good” (thorough) confession. The scandals of the last twenty years exemplify how millions of Catholic children and women were exploited over the centuries by predatory priests, often beginning in the confessional booth.

The terms, “born-again Christian” and “evangelical Christian” have largely lost their meaning.

16 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 8/28/21

    1. Interesting round-up. I wonder, indeed, is this cardinal still anti vax after what he has been through… People who refuse to get vaccinated for no good reason (and I realise that some people can’t) should also refuse to take up badly needed hospital beds when they succumb to the virus. On the matter of confession… my youngest daughter’s R.C. friend went to confession and the priest asked her had she nothing more “interesting” to tell him than just this “ordinary” stuff. Terrible.

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      1. Thanks, Elizabeth. People have their reasons for not getting vaccinated but the spike we’re now seeing is largely because not enough people got vaccinated. Yes, so many stories of the unvaxxed in the ICU and regretting their decision.

        Very interesting story about your daughter’s friend. Reminds me of when I was ten. Hadn’t gone to confession in a long time but the priest and nuns scared me into going in preparation for confirmation. I made up a bogus list of sins (this x times and that y times) beforehand and nervously read it to the priest. He cut me off and said that I was wasting my time and his. Mind you I was ten. He gave me penance and I exited the booth with tears in my eyes. I vowed to God that I would never step in a confessional booth again and I never did.

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      2. Wow, what a story Tom! It’s sad and humorous at the same time. God heard your vow. Billy made up sins too. Praise God we all came out. I pray the Lord use us to lead others out of that evil system. Thanks for another good roundup!

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      3. Elizabeth, that’s awful about your daughter’s RC friend. I’m saddened to hear that happened to her. It’s good she has your daughter as a friend!

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  1. 1.”The takeaway from the scandals of the last twenty years is that the very Catholic priests who exhort their parishioners to merit their salvation (impossible!) are some of the biggest moral failures.”
    Wow so true.

    2. “1806 original mass bell of first Catholic church in New York to be put on display”
    More proof of it being nonChristian but superstitious

    3. “According to official Catholic policy, only Roman Catholics with no unconfessed mortal sin on their soul may receive the Jesus wafer, but liberal priests have been inviting non-Catholics to receive the Jesus wafer at funeral and wedding masses for decades.”
    Going tangent: I wonder if the Pope would ever correct these leftist priests for breaking Roman Catholic theology? Probably never since he’s such a worldly people pleaser…

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    1. Thanks for the good comments!

      RE: priests and moral failure

      We’re all sinners but RC seminaries attracted a lot of “misfits” over the last 70 years. As Catholicism declined, the priesthood was viewed less and less as a “viable option” by most.

      RE: bell

      Yes, the RCC is all about venerating objects.

      RE: Pope enforcing theology

      You’re right. Francis won’t correct the liberal priests who favor “intercommunion.” He probably leans that way, himself. I think it happens a lot in the U.S. At the funeral mass for my mother-in-law in 1984, the priests invited everyone in attendance to get the Jesus wafer.

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      1. I had to attend a catholic funeral few years ago and the priest got mad when my wife and I didn’t go up out of respect during communion time; he said something like you don’t have to take it if you are not Catholic but do come up with cross arm or something; but we felt that would be participating in the ceremony….

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      2. Wow. That priest was not following protocol. I’m not in the habit of defending priests, but the vast majority would be critical of attempting to shame attendees at funeral or wedding masses.

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