Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 2/26/22

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began this past Thursday, February 24th, has obviously dwarfed all other news headlines this week. See my previous op-ed here. Russian forces have now laid siege to the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv.

American Roman Catholics are queueing up for a traveling exhibit of alleged relics (photo below), including purported shards of Jesus’ cross, a fragment of the crown of thorns, a piece of Mary’s veil, etc., etc. Catholics believe they will receive healings and blessings by touching or being near the relics. All of these objects attributed to Jesus and Mary are bogus. They are jujus, fetishes, talismans, and religious rabbits feet. This is as idolatrous as lining up to see a palm reader or necromancer. Catholicism is all about institutional religion and the physical/material. Catholics are encouraged to venerate and worship these bogus relics, but they never hear the genuine Good News! of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone from their churches’ pulpits.

Last week, I posted about Catholic priest, Andres Arango, of the diocese of Phoenix, Arizona who, it was determined, had “invalidly” baptized thousands of people over three decades by using the wrong pronoun in the baptismal incantation. See here. There’s been a lot of negative reaction from incredulous Catholics, like the writers of the first two articles above, who strongly doubt that salvation hinges on a pronoun. The third article follows-up with “invalid” priest, Matthew Hood (see my relevant 2020 post here), and the largely unsuccessful efforts to contact all those who Hood had “invalidly” baptized. What happens to them? This is an inane, legalistic rabbit hole that RC-ism has no answer for.

Catholicism runs according to its liturgical calendar. Seasonal holy days and feast days are its lifeblood. Sadly, evangelicalism is becoming more “Catholicized” as seasonal religious observances, like upcoming Lent, are seeping into worship services.

Pope Francis has set in place a long-range plan restricting the Latin mass with the goal of its eventual elimination. The Latin mass is a bastion of Catholic conservatism. Bishop Austin Vetter of Helena, Montana has become the target of angry conservative Catholics, nationwide, for jumping ahead and completely banning the Latin mass in his diocese.

Catholics make long and expensive pilgrimages to Lourdes, France, Fatima, Portugal, and other designated “holy shrines” in search of healings and blessings. As COVID-19 abates, the shrine at Lourdes is reopening. Lourdes, with a population of 14,000, has more hotel rooms than any other city in France, except for Paris, to accommodate the credulous pilgrims. See my review of a critical examination of the Lourdes hoax here.

16 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 2/26/22

  1. It saddens me that people flock to the relics and to the grottos and holy shrines for healings and such. There is no power there for them. They leave the same way the came. I don’t know what else to say than it’s sad. Because you have these people willing to believe in something. Willing and having faith that God would move on their behalf, but they’re going to the wrong source!

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    1. Thanks, Amy. Yes, sad to see these souls trusting in objects and “holy sites.” Also very sad that they’re trusting in their own merits to attain eternal life, as they’ve been instructed to do.

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      1. Amen to that I don’t obey the Ten Commandments for a single day let alone a lifetime. Praise God for the Savior, Jesus Christ, and His perfect righteousness.

        Have a good day, too!


  2. The picture that you have shared with us is so sad, Tom. The RCC is responsible for young and old alike trying to find hope in ancient relics. Even if they were real it would be tragic.

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    1. Thanks, Chris. Yes, very sad that wherever this traveling exhibit goes, Catholic souls will line up and wait hoping the relics deliver a healing or blessing. So much superstition like this in RC-ism.

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  3. 1. So sad what’s going on with Ukraine.
    2. Roman’s relics show once again its far from what’s Biblical Christianity.
    3. I hope those upset Catholics with invalid baptism would consider their theology and come to trust in the Gospel.
    4. A city with 14K hotel rooms for people checking out relicsand shrines shows howRomanism is big business. One can only pray for people to come to the Gospel and evangelize Catholics around us

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    1. Thanks for the good comments!

      Yeah, the Russian invasion is horrific and bizarre to the max. The “strong man” went too far this time. Strong sanctions could push him even further.

      Yes, the relics are a blatant example of the un-Scriptural nature of Rome.

      RE: invalid baptisms
      Yes, I hope these incredulous Catholics would continue to question their religion and read the Bible.

      The Lourdes shrine was a huge business for the RCC and the locals. Yes, Catholics need the genuine Gospel instead of this pseudo christianity.

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