Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 1/22/22

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.

Above: Serial abuser, Marcial Maciel, being embraced by pope John Paul II

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.

15 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 1/22/22

  1. Answering your question on my blog: My Saturday turned out well so far! Went over Mark 4:11-20 for youth group and now having lunch and later promote Veritas Domain links on various social media platforms then back to more translations of Ephesians 5 in sermon prep for Sunday! Will read this when I take a break from sermon prep!

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  2. “Christian” unity as described is a very scary thought!… “Protestants placing themselves under the authority of the pope and the doctrines of the RCC”

    Agreed re Matin Luther King. I always wondered if he were a true believer. Sad.

    More than 10 million members in the Legion of Mary. Multitudes deceived, and at one point in time I was part of that multitude. But God…

    Good Roundup Tom!

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    1. Thanks, Cathy!
      The way things are in big tent evangelicalism, there’s no need to officially convert to Catholicism because many pastors and para-church leaders and their followers recognize the pope as the leader of Christendom.

      Yes, sad about MLK. It’s jarring to read his quotes in which he attacks the veracity of Scripture.

      RE: Mary
      Just this morning I was thinking about my childhood parish church and how at masses the congregants would sing many hymns without much feeling, but would get very passionate when the song was “Immaculate Mary.”

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  3. 1.) “Pope Benedict XVI knew of abusive priests when he ran Munich archdiocese, investigators say”
    I don’t even know why Popes need to speak about other moral issues when they messed up so bad and need to clean their own front yard first…

    2.) ” population is exchanging one false gospel (merited salvation) for another (religious lottery/emotionalism).”

    3.) RC finding an African American saint is very Roman Catholic…

    4. ) Opus Dei members are nuts! Super zealous…and in need of Jesus

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    1. Thanks for the comments!

      RE: Papal hypocrisy
      Yup, all popes, cardinals, and bishops knew about priest sexual abuse but covered it up.

      RE: RC finding an African American saint is very Roman Catholic…
      Yeah, the RCC is pretty blatant about how it tries to capitalize on popular sentiment. Celebrity Catholics are put on the fast track to “sainthood” and promoting a Black Catholic to sainthood is an absolute must in this social environment.

      RE: Opus Dei
      There’s an evangelical blogger here at WordPress who touted a former Salvadorian bishop as a genuine Christian who allegedly “didn’t follow the precepts of the RCC.” Yeah, right. The bishop was a member of Opus Dei.

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  4. our lady of the milk, really??, I couldn’t read the whole article, too sickening. I noticed there was a prayer at the end.
    Thank you Tom for another informative weekend roundup.

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    1. Thank you, Crissy! Besides the blatant idolatry, there’s also a disturbing fetishness in the worship of Mary (e.g., the writings of Alphonsus Liguori and Louis de Montfort) and this “Our Lady of the Milk” really highlights that aspect.

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