Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 8/20/22

The feast (or solemnity) of the assumption of Mary was this past Monday, August 15th. It is one of RC-ism’s most important celebrations on its official calendar and a “holy day of obligation,” a day in which Catholics are normally required to attend mass under threat of mortal sin. However, the U.S. Council of Catholic bishops declares, “When this Solemnity falls on a Monday or Saturday, the obligation to attend Mass is abrogated.” Hmm, how convenient. RC-ism declares as “binding dogma” (must be believed under threat of eternal damnation) that Mary was conceived as sinless (immaculate conception) and was necessarily assumed bodily into Heaven either before or immediately after her death (popes haven’t yet ruled which scenario is the correct one). All of the above is anti-Biblical hogwash.

Pope Francis is utilizing this two-year, church-wide “synodal” initiative to get input from the dissatisfied laity as a basis for future progressive “reforms.”

The unknowledgeable author of this article misguidedly assumes Catholics are Christians and proceeds to point out some of the secondary doctrinal differences dividing Catholics and Gospel Christians, but he misses the prime difference. Roman Catholicism teaches a false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit while Gospel Christianity proclaims the genuine Good News! Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.

The nuns at my Catholic parochial school presented Joan of Arc (1412-1431) to us children as an exemplary heroic saint. Evangelical ecumenist, Eric Metaxas, shamefully included Catholic Joan as an exemplary Christian woman in his book, “7 Women and the Secret of their Greatness.” It’s interesting that pro-English Catholic bishop, Pierre Cauchon, had Joan declared a heretic and burnt at the stake while pro-French bishops later rehabilitated her. Why the ecclesiastical discord? The Vatican claims its bishops “are the authentic teachers of the faith, endowed with the authority of Christ,” yet they were diametrically opposed in the case of Joan of Arc. It’s notable that Joan is now being presented as a “non-binary” hero by some.

RC-ism has adopted some evangelical parlance, like “having a personal relationship with Christ,” while continuing to teach its false gospel of salvation via sacramental grace and merit.

The RCC teaches its priests are absolutely essential to Catholics’ salvation as alter Christus (other Christs) and in persona Christi (in the place of Christ) in administering the sacraments. As the number of its priests continue to decline, the RCC will be forced to strategize as to how to respond to the challenge. Missing in all of this is genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.

I’m currently reading a book on the beginnings of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement in February 1967 and will offer a few thoughts on Pentecostalism/Charismaticism and glossolalia when I write the review.

22 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 8/20/22

  1. Catholicism is such a doctrinal mess and, as you wrote, Tom, filled with “anti-Biblical hogwash.” Over the years, however, both in New Mexico and Florida, I have known many Catholics who have come to true faith in Christ. May God open more and more eyes of Catholics and rescue them from this heretical religion!

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    1. Thanks, David. I agree there are those who genuinely accept Christ while still in the Catholic church. They respond to a Gospel message from TV, radio, a book, a friend, etc.) But the Holy Spirit will continue to prod them to leave because RC-ism’s false gospel of works is irreconcilable with the genuine Gospel.

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  2. The Roman Catholic Church gives Mary many of the attributes that belong to the Lord alone. They claim she is sinless like Jesus is sinless, and they claim she ascended into heaven like Jesus ascended. She is called co-redemptrix although I don’t believe that’s official RC teaching. Mary worship is so demonic!

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    1. Thanks for the accurate comments, Cathy. Pope JPII referred to Mary as co-redemptrix many times and seemed to be moving the RCC towards that dogma, although he never declared it as dogma officially. Francis has said a couple of times he will not declare it as dogma. Yes, anti-Biblical and demonic.

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  3. 1. Non-binary Joan of Arc? Peak woke and postmodernism right there.
    2. “. However, the U.S. Council of Catholic bishops declares, “When this Solemnity falls on a Monday or Saturday, the obligation to attend Mass is abrogated.” Hmm, how convenient.” Legalism always ends up having so many fine prints of exceptions…
    3. That Distractify article is definitely off about RC is Christian…
    4. I see RC adopt Evangelical personal terms which I think throws off many Evangelicals\
    5. Looking forward to your review of RC Charismatic history

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    1. Thanks for the good comments!

      RE: Joan of Arc
      Predictable that the S&G steamroller would make her a non-binary hero.

      RE: Legalism always ends up having so many fine prints of exceptions…

      So very true. A bottomless rabbit hole.

      RE: Distractify article

      I’ve even come across books by evangelicals that focus on the peripheral differences rather than on the main difference re: justification and salvation.

      RE: RC adopt Evangelical personal terms

      It’s a sign of its chameleonic nature and thus of its inauthenticity that it adapts to outside influences, although retaining its core false gospel.
      RE: RC charismatic history
      Thanks. The book, written by one of the participants at the Duquesne Weekend, is interesting and repulsive at the same time. Thankfully, I’m almost through it.

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      1. There’s usually so much crazy comment-worthy stuff going on weekly in Catholicism that I usually have to decide which stories to leave out to keep it around 7-9.

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  4. Another great Round up Tom, good points here. So the Catholic Church grew by 16 million but lacking in priests? This tells me that there’s a hunger for God, however misplaced. Maybe when men get close to true Catholic doctrine and politics they’re turned off by the religious facade, leaving lack on leadership.
    Stay well brother as the work countdown continues! 😀

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    1. Thanks, Lisa Beth. It’s somewhat surprising the RCC is growing in Africa and Asia. On the other hand, it has always done well with syncretizing pagan religions with its ritualism and religious superstition. I know many American parishes are importing priests from Africa and Asia because of the severe shortage of priests here.
      Thanks and stay well yourself. Only ten more weekends to go!


  5. “Our Mother takes us by the hand; she accompanies us to glory; she invites us to rejoice as we think of heaven,” he concluded. “Let us bless Mary with our prayer, and let us ask her to help us be capable of glimpsing heaven on earth.”

    If the first article you’ve shared here doesn’t prove how bad Catholic theology is, nothing will. All they need is a good dose of Bible reading to clear up all of these faulty beliefs and celebrations.
    Thanks for another good round-up, Tom. It will be interesting to see the results of bringing African and Asian priests here. Our Catholic friends certainly need our prayers.

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    1. Thanks, Chris. Although Catholics refer to “grace” and “faith,” their bottom line is merit-based salvation with the alleged assistance of Mary. Yes, they need our prayers!

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