Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 9/25/21

The Notre Dame (“Our Lady”) cathedral in Paris, France caught fire back on April 15, 2019 and suffered major damage. Efforts are already underway to rebuild the structure and it’s scheduled to partially reopen in 2024, the same year that Paris hosts the Olympics. The full restoration will take more than a decade and cost over $1 billion dollars. In its entire 850-year history, the genuine Gospel was never once preached within the walls of Notre Dame.

The wafer wars continue as conservative Catholic clerics attempt to block pro-abortion Catholic politicians like Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi from receiving the Jesus wafer while pope Francis and his progressive allies strongly oppose the wafer police.

While many Catholic churches throughout the Rust Belt are permanently closing their doors due to lack of attendance, this new church being built in Visalia, California will be the largest Catholic church in the country with a seating capacity of 3200. Why so big? The region has a growing Catholic Latino population, but few priests. None of the attendees of the new church, scheduled to open in 2022, will hear the genuine Good News! of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.

Catholics believe their priests turn bread wafers into the actual body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ. They genuflect and bow down in reverent worship to the Jesus wafer. Catholics are distraught beyond measure in a case such as this where Jesus wafers were stolen out of an altar tabernacle. For Catholics, it is an unthinkable act of desecration. As God’s Word states, Jesus Christ is currently seated at the right hand of God the Father (Hebrews 10:11-13). There’s no one who can steal Jesus!

Pope Francis had major surgery back in July to remove a 13-inch segment of his large intestine. While visiting Slovakia this month, the 84-year-old Francis quipped to fellow Jesuits that some conservative Catholic prelates and priests were hoping the progressive pope didn’t make it out of surgery. In his talk, Francis also took swipes at the EWTN Catholic media conglomerate that frequently criticizes the pope. We live in unusual times when many conservative Catholic clerics consider the pope to be a near or outright heretic.

Evangelical pastor, theologian, and expert on Roman Catholicism, Leonardo De Chirico, examines the writings of a conservative Catholic who hopes the next pope is NOTHING like Francis. Whether he’s progressive or liberal, the next pope won’t be preaching the genuine Gospel.

In this article, Dr. Leonardo De Chirico speaks about his upcoming book about Catholicism, “Same Words, Different Worlds,” due out on October 21st. Pre-order your copy at Amazon here.

I’m all for everyone getting vaccinated, but I thought it was sadly comical when I heard N.Y. Governor, Kathy Hochul, cite the pope in her argument against religious exemptions. “I’m not aware of a sanctioned religious exemption from any organized religion, in fact, they are encouraging the opposite,” Hochul said. “Everybody from the pope on down is encouraging people to get vaccinated.” From the pope on down? Sheesh!

16 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 9/25/21

  1. 1. Crazy how some Catholics think the Pope is nearly heretical, some Evangelicals see the Pope as within orthodoxy…sigh. Crazy also some Catholics want the pope to die and some Evangelicals hope he has a long life

    2. Wow crazy they are going to build the biggest Catholic church in my state; I suspect many are immigrants who are going as we also see many Catholics lose their faith or become Evangelicals (mainly Charisamatics) among my generation…

    3. That “Same Word, Different Worlds” book looks interesting!

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    1. Thanks for the comments!

      Nope, there’s no a lot of discernment within big tent evangelicalism anymore regarding. Catholicism. Many/most evangelicals think Francis is a great man of God.

      Latinos are generally still avid Catholics (in almost a superstitious sense. Many Latinos are drawn to Pentecostalism and prosperity gospel because of the emotionalism/experientialism. Interesting to see the RCC is building larger churches due to less priests. Different approach in the Rust Belt where they’re closing churches because of less priests AND less attendees.

      I’m looking forward to De Chirico’s book. I received Allison’s new book and it’s sitting in my queue.

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      1. a. “Many/most evangelicals think Francis is a great man of God.”
        Its so crazy we arrive at this point in history.

        b. “Many Latinos are drawn to Pentecostalism and prosperity gospel because of the emotionalism/experientialism.”
        True. I see a small trickle of some that after crossing over to Charismatic churches some do discover sound teaching involving expository preaching, Reformed, theology, etc. My Saturday online study group in Systematic Theology have some who got saved from Roman Catholicism and slowly became more biblical Protestants. Tom, we must live out what you teach here on the blog, of not compromising with Roman Catholicism. As a pastor I sleep better with a conscience and also joyful to see some who are former Catholics fellowship with those who would hold to sound doctrines instead of cater to Romanism

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      2. RE: Its so crazy we arrive at this point in history

        Yup, as a saved ex-Catholic, the embracement of RC-ism by evangelical pastors, theologians, and para-church leaders is unfathomable.

        I truly appreciate your support over the years regarding ecumenism with Rome. Telling the truth about the RCC is very unpopular these days. Praise God for those you mentioned who came out of RC-ism!

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      3. Liberation theology did Latinos absolutely no favors. And Pope Francis week after week is leading people into hell with his false humility and piety. God’s patience amazes me.
        You may be glad to know I have Allison’s book as well and De Chirico’s book should be here this week as well. I haven’t forgotten about Kreeft!! I will be responding to those posts tomorrow!!! How was work?!

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      4. Conservative prelates found out Francis is a lot more sympathetic to Liberation Theology than originally thought.

        I think I need to bump up Allison’s book in my reading queue. I was surprised to see De Chirico’s book is being delivered Wednesday because the original publication date was three weeks away.I appreciate your participation in the Kreeft discussion. Such an odd apologetics book. I worked like crazy Friday and Saturday so I could somewhat “cruise” yesterday. Hope you had a good weekend!

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  2. Another good Round Up brother. Yes, Latinos, like my husband, all embraced Catholicism. Much like the Haitians and Voodoo, they too found it totally compatible with their witchcraft – Santoria and Espiritismo.
    But, like my husband, I pray that many break through and repent into true and saving faith.

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  3. Yes Tom, the embracing of RC by those leaders who claim to be born again is unfathomable. It is a grief to us who have come out of RC, and it has been a great hindrance to evangelizing our RC loved ones.

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