Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 10/2/21

Last weekend, we had an article about some remarks pope Francis made while on a recent trip to Slovakia that were critical of conservative Catholics. He had quipped that conservatives had “wanted (him) dead” as an outcome of his July surgery, but it was his remarks about the EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) conservative Catholic media conglomerate that is critical of progressive pope Francis in some of its reporting and commentary that really roiled conservative Catholics this past week. In his remarks, pope Francis charged that EWTN is in league with the devil: “There is, for example, a large Catholic television channel that has no hesitation in continually speaking ill of the pope. I personally deserve attacks and insults because I am a sinner, but the church does not deserve them. They are the work of the devil. I have also said this to some of them.” I could not have dreamed up this “conservative Catholics vs. the pope” drama six years ago when I began this blog.

Zealous Catholics are protesting the recent release of “Benedetta,” a film depicting lesbianism within an Italian convent in the 17th-century. I’m not recommending that anyone see this film, which I’m sure is salacious beyond measure, but it’s ironic that Catholics take offense to this movie when their religious institution has been overrun by a scandal tsunami of abuse (by priests and nuns) and cover-up for the last twenty years. Catholic convents, seminaries, and rectories have been magnets and incubators of deviancy for centuries. For a very unsalacious examination of scandal within an 19th-century Italian convent, read “The Nuns of Sant’Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent in Scandal” by historian, Hubert Wolf. See my review, here.

Reports of the abuse and murder of indigenous children at Catholic-run residential schools in Canada go back decades, but the entire country was outraged to the core when hundreds of unmarked graves were discovered in early June. An additional one-thousand unmarked graves were subsequently identified via radar survey. This week, the Canadian bishops finally offered an official apology. Why did it take almost four months? Pope Francis has yet to apologize for the latest chapter in this genocide.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the most outspoken critics of pope Francis within the RCC and a former anti-vaxxer, is out of the hospital, but still recovering from his near-fatal battle with COVID-19.

Last weekend I reported that an altar tabernacle containing Jesus wafers was stolen at a Denver RC church, along with other items. The thief was apprehended and some of the stolen articles were recovered, but not the missing Jesus wafers, causing the Catholic parishioners great sorrow and anguish. Not to worry, Catholic friends! The real Jesus is currently seated on His throne at the right hand of God the Father. What you need to worry about is some day He will return to judge all those who have not accepted Him as Savior by faith alone.

TBN booted these two carnival hucksters from their lineup in an effort to transition to Furtick-style, ultra-cool guys. Who gives these charlatans money?

18 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 10/2/21

  1. I can imagine how you would NOT have imagined RCC Conservatives vs Pope Francis. I do find this interesting. It is a disgrace that the RCC will not deal with their sexual abuse scandals. In today’s cancel culture world it amazes me how they never truly get called to the carpet for their crimes. I am praying for the folks who are sucked in by Copeland and company.

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    1. RE: It is a disgrace that the RCC will not deal with their sexual abuse scandals.

      Yes, I have made the same observation many times. Any freshman-level Communications/Public Relations student would have advised the RCC to hit the “problem” HARD, HARD, HARD back when the Spotlight series on priest predators and cover-up was first published by the Boston Globe in 2002, but the RCC has appeared as if handcuffed and unable to act with any measure of decisiveness. The strangest thing.

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! Yes, I cringe thinking about the millions of unbelievers who casually tuned into “Christian television” over the years only to see hucksters like those two.

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  2. My Saturday has been busy! After yesterday’s couple’s meeting I was exhausted and behind working on prep for youth group; finished that and then taught the kids on Mark 2:13-17 and now I’m prepping for Sunday! Behind this weekend! Hope you feel better today….

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    1. Sounds busy! Hope you’re able to get all of your prep done.
      Thanks! I’m feeling better than I did earlier in the week, but if the diarrhea doesn’t stop by tomorrow AM I’ll be going to urgent care.

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  3. 1. “I could not have dreamed up this “conservative Catholics vs. the pope” drama six years ago when I began this blog.” Same. Also its interesting to see the Pope play the virtue signaling card of humility…while claiming to speak for Christ! SIgh…

    2. Reading about the apology given in Canada reminds me of the international scope of these abuses.

    3. Amen! ” Not to worry, Catholic friends! The real Jesus is currently seated on His throne at the right hand of God the Father. What you need to worry about is some day He will return to judge all those who have not accepted Him as Savior by faith alone.” You preached the Gospel!!!

    4. Another truth bomb: ” it’s ironic that Catholics take offense to this movie when their religious institution has been overrun by a scandal tsunami of abuse (by priests and nuns) and cover-up for the last twenty years. “

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    1. Thanks for the comments!

      RE: pope & virtue signaling
      Good observation!

      RE: international scope of scandal
      Yeah, the discovery of the mass graves in Canada mirrors the mass graves found in Ireland.

      RE: Catholics and Gospel
      So silly to be frazzled by religious details – the circumstances of stolen Jesus wafers – while genuine salvation in Christ is overlooked.

      RE: movie and irony
      I’m sure everyone who passed these protestors thought, “You and your church don’t have a moral leg to stand on.”

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