This week, many news-watchers were shocked by the above headline regarding pope emeritus, Benedict XVI (photo above), but not myself. Popes and Catholic prelates were directly involved in the cover-up of clerical sexual abuse for centuries. Pope John Paul II, canonized as a “saint” in 2014, is known to have enabled and covered-up for Mexican priest, Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legionaries of Christ religious order and voracious sexual predator, whose abuses were documented by the Vatican going back to the 1950s.
- Pope Francis Asks Catholics to Offer Their Sufferings for Christian Unity
- Pope: Search for Christian unity must be a journey together
This week is the Roman Catholic church’s traditional week on the calendar to pray for “Christian unity.” According to the Catholic definition, “Christian unity” means all Eastern Orthodox and Protestants placing themselves under the authority of the pope and the doctrines of the RCC. Unimaginable? Actually, ecumenism has made alarming strides over the past sixty years with many evangelical leaders now recognizing the pope as a “brother in Christ” and the world leader of “Christendom.” Some evangelical pastors now routinely incorporate Catholic practices like contemplative prayer, Lectio Divina, and Ignatian spiritual meditation and spiritual directors. Praise God I’m free from Rome’s spiritual shackles!
Latin America was once solidly Roman Catholic and intolerant of Gospel outreach, but “health and wealth” prosperity gospel churches have been experiencing huge growth there. The population is exchanging one false gospel (merited salvation) for another (religious lottery/emotionalism).
The RCC is sensitive to the popularity of potential “saints” as well as social causes and will undoubtedly push to canonize a Black candidate very soon.
This past Monday, the country celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. MLK did a tremendous amount of good by confronting the institutionalized racism that was rampant throughout this country, but the “minister” preached a social false gospel rather than the genuine Gospel. This article is from 2018, but still worth a read.
Pope Francis shocked and enraged conservative Catholics when he guilefully lifted the ban on sacraments for remarried divorcees and cohabitators in his 2016 Amoris Laetitia encyclical. Bergoglio has worn down the opposition via attrition, but every so often a conservative cleric will boldly speak out.
Half of Roman Catholicism’s devotion is directed to its wafer/crucifix Jesus and the other half to Mary. Founded in 1921, the Legion of Mary now has more than 10 million members, making it the largest lay organization in the Catholic Church.
The RCC has bestowed hundreds of titles upon Mary, and I’m familiar with many of them, but this über-quirky “Our Lady of the Milk” title was a new one on me. The increasingly institutionalized, nascent Catholic church adapted beliefs and practices of its pagan predecessors, including substituting Mary for the popular pagan mother goddess. In ancient pagan religions, the perceived loving and nurturing maternal mother goddess was much more attractive to “worshipers” than the angry and unpredictable male gods.
After prosperity-gospel televangelist-shyster and passionate anti-vaxxer, Marcus Lamb, died of COVID-19 on November 30th, I was curious to see if his wife, Joni, would soften her anti-vax stance. I stopped in at Daystar cable channel a few times and, nope, widow Joni still defines getting vaccinated as “drinking the Kool-Aid.” Kool-Aid? Want to talk about Kool-Aid, Joni?!?! Hospital ICUs are currently full of people like the Lambs and their credulous anti-vax Kool-Aid drinking followers.