Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 10/16/21

Since Joe Biden’s presidential election victory on November 3, 2020, the American Catholic bishops have contemplated how to react to Catholic politicians like Biden and Nancy Pelosi who support the abortion genocide, with many bishops saying they should be banned from receiving the alleged eternal life-giving Jesus wafer. The bishops met in June and voted to move forward with a process that might ultimately revoke the eligibility of politicians like Biden and Pelosi to receive the Jesus wafer. The upcoming meeting in November will continue the process. Recent actions by Pelosi’s archbishop and pope Francis symbolize the opposing views on this issue within the church hierarchy. Conservative archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, called upon the Catholics of the San Francisco diocese to pray for Pelosi’s conversion. In contrast, progressive pope Francis warmly welcomed Pelosi on her recent visit to the Vatican.

While the über progressive German Catholic church is in the midst of its own “Synodal Path” initiative to identify and implement reforms, pope Francis has launched a two-year, church-wide synodal initiative. Conservatives fear the process will erode the church’s hierarchical structure and dilute traditional doctrine, which is exactly what Francis has in mind.

The majority of U.S. Roman Catholics do not attend mandatory mass on Sunday and have little knowledge of or interest in the ongoing squabbles between pope Francis and his progressive supporters and church conservatives. In a recent Pew Research poll, 65% of U.S. Catholics said they have not heard of pope Francis’ recent clampdown on the Latin mass and 83% said they have a favorable view of the pope.

The Vatican is not a nation in the sense that we all understand, but rather is the administrative center of the Roman Catholic church. Vatican “City” covers only 110 acres and has only 800 residents. President Ronald Reagan blundered when he assigned the first U.S. ambassador to the Vatican in 1984.

France and Europe were shaken by a recent report that 200,000 French children were sexually abused by Catholic clerics since the 1950s. Pope Francis offered the obligatory apology, but the fact remains that popes and prelates never took concrete steps to address the abuse and cover-up.

As a young child, I enjoyed watching reruns of “The Adventures of Superman” TV series (1952-1958) featuring George Reeves as “The Man of Steel,” Noel Neill as Lois Lane, and Jack Larson as Jimmy Olsen. Reeves was paunchy and the plots were hokey, but there was always a good moral message. The LGBT+ steamroller is leaving no stone unturned.

29 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 10/16/21

    1. Thank you, Bruce! Yes, deception all around. I appreciate the support and encouragement and I am grateful for your blog ministry and your very thoughtful ponderings on issues controversial and not.

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  1. 1.) Wow its intersting to see the Catholic church has less fangs with Catholic abortionist politicans than in the past with Protestants…

    2. 2/3 of Catholics don’t know much…of theology and the RC system period.
    3. Sad to see what DC is doing…
    4.
    Wow didn’t know the idea of ambassadors to Pope is that recent with Regan…sigh.

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    1. Thanks for the good comments!

      RE: RCC and pro-abortion pols

      Seventy-years ago my mother-in-law was formally excommunicated (letter sent to home from diocesan office) for remarrying after divorcing. Now anything goes including abortion genocide.

      RE: Catholics and theology

      You’re absolutely right. Most Catholics know extremely little about the RC system and theology, but still strongly identify with being Catholic.

      RE: DC

      Every aspect of culture is caving.

      RE: U.S. Ambassador to Vatican

      The country was previously right to refrain from sending an ambassador to a religious entity. Reagan was tight with JPII and there was a lot of communication between the Vatican and Reagan regarding the Solidarity/church standoff vs. the Soviets in Poland

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      1. Wow your mother in law actually got ex-communicated? I imagine today if they did that it might make it to the local news. Regan’s religious instinct often was driven by religious ecumenical nationalism than Biblical Christiainity per se

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      2. The RCC stopped formally excommunicating members, like they did to my MIL, in the early 1970s. Either they couldn’t keep up at that point, or they realized it was bad PR, or both. I actually tried to get a formal excommunication after I was saved, not knowing the RCC had stopped doing it.
        Yup, I agree with you on Reagan.

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      3. The priest who responded “made nice” by quoting John 3:8, “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

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  2. Glad to hear “the vicar of Christ” has shame for the unconscionable sexual acts against children in France. What an evil, wicked, pagan institute. Even if evangelicals don’t have serious conviction to not denounce Romanism, they should conviction to denounce sexual predators. So, so wrong.

    When I read about Superman being gay I laughed. This LGBT madness won’t end until Jesus comes back.

    How’s work going?!

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    1. Thanks, Mandy. A major culprit of priest sexual abuse was the RCC’s mandatory celibacy rule for clergy, which both attracted and incubated deviancy. Catholic sociologist Richard Sipe wrote about it decades ago. But few people say anything about mandatory celibacy playing a part, especially of course the RCC. They would not want to admit that their mandatory celibacy rule was a “mistake.”

      Works going good, thanks. The workload is “normal” for a change. Hope you’re having a good weekend!

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      1. I have been calling out priestly celibacy since I was little. Never made sense and has no biblical support. Peter was clearly married! I wonder sometimes if it wouldn’t happen even if priests did marry. Jerry Sandusky was married and we all know that didn’t stop him from heinous crimes. I wonder how often priests had relations with nuns or other women in their parishes/churches?

        Glad you’re having a good work weekend, praise the Lord!!!

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      2. While the RC clergy certainly doesn’t have a monopoly on pedophiles, Sipe showed the percentage within the priest population was double that of the general population.

        Yup, priests also preyed on nuns and lay women. Priests were/are trained to ask probing questions in the confessional booth regarding sexual impurity in order to elicit a “good” full confession. If husbands and fathers only knew what was being asked of their wives and daughters in the “dark booth.”

        Thanks! It’s so great to have a normal workload. Our boss said this should continue for several more weekends.

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  3. Thanks for your comment on my post; answering your comment: I am well this Sunday, man I am super exhausted more than usual today for some reason…I taught less than last week but Im very sleepy

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      1. Hope you are having a restful day! I was mowing the grass and picking up leaves with the grass catcher earlier. The leaves will be coming down in earnest starting in about two weeks.

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