Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 10/1/22

The American Catholic church is split not only by politics, but by opposing views on abortion, S&G-ism, the ordination of women, the progressive reforms of pope Francis, etc. The RCC is definitely not the united monolith presented by Catholic apologists. It must be noted that missing amidst all of this Catholic disharmony is the genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.

This is a first and definitely a sign of things to come. The Catholic bishops of Belgium are the first national conference of bishops to officially approve a liturgical blessing for S&G same-sex unions, although they refrain from calling it a “wedding blessing.” This is a significant “crack in the dam” in the eventual full acceptance of practicing S&G-ers in the RCC.

…and pope Francis continues to do his part to pave the way for full acceptance of practicing S&G-ers.

After the historical bloody tensions between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland, many suppose the country’s demographic shift to a Catholic majority will lead to eventual unification with Ireland. It can correctly be said that the vast majority of Catholics and Protestants living in Ulster and Ireland are nominal members of their respective religions at best.

Although Brazil still has the world’s largest Catholic population, so-called “evangelicals” are quickly gaining. The majority of these “evangelicals” are disciples of the health-and-wealth, word-of-faith, prosperity false gospel.

Seven long and nightmarishly bloody months after the initial invasion of Ukraine, frustrated Russian despot, Vladimir Putin is rattling his nuclear sabre and conscripting Russian men. Prior to the invasion, some misguided American evangelicals hailed Putin as a champion of “traditional Christian values.”

It’s “interesting” to see a Catholic conservative ascend to the office of Prime Minister in Italy, a country where liberal politics has ruled for 75-years. Why this turn to political conservatism in Italy and elsewhere in Europe? There’s no doubt that a large part of it is a reaction to unbridled immigration. It’s no coincidence that pope Francis gave a speech encouraging support of immigrants on Italy’s election day (see here). Suffice to say there will be no evidence of the Gospel in the future tug-of-war between Giorgia and Francis.

President Joe Biden claims that his Roman Catholic church doesn’t go so far as to ban all abortions with no exceptions for rape, incest, and age. Actually, it does, Joe, and I know that without even being a Catholic. A June 2022 AP poll found that 64% of Catholics agreed that abortion should be legal in most or all cases in contrast to 25% of those who identified as evangelical Protestant. Although pope Francis has called abortion “murder,” he’s gone out of his way to publicly support pro-abortion Catholic politicians, Biden and Nancy Pelosi,

26 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 10/1/22

    1. S&G means Sodom and Gomorrah. I believe the social media sites are doing a lot of filtering so I’m using that as an alternative to L***.
      Just found out my sister’s house in Naples and her car were not damaged. Pretty amazing seeing that she’s only three blocks from the Gulf.

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      1. Thanks for getting me up to speed on S&G, Tom. And great news about your sister’s house. I’ve been through 3 or 4 hurricanes since moving here in 2001, and am always amazed how one home can suffer damage, and the home right next to it goes untouched. Glad your sister’s home is in the latter category!

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  1. Answering your question: Been busy with youth group and then meeting up with a new visitor to our church for late lunch and had long talk! Home now to prep a bit late than usual for a Saturday!

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  2. 1. I use the term “S&G” I too am using ever changing terms to beat the search engine discriminations.
    2. Crazy how RC is like all demoninations: its sliding to S&G stuff.
    3. I see on the social media Gab that there are still American evangelicals speaking glowingly of Putin as a champion of “traditional Christian values.”
    4 Catholics outnumber Protestants in Northern Ireland? I knew a pastor from NI and he tells me a lot of cultural christianity is the case there with the Protestants

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    1. Thanks for the comments!

      RE: search engine filtering
      I’m heading towards about 35K views in 2022 compared to 45K in 2021 and 70K in 2020.

      RE: Slide towards embracing S&G-ism
      It’s sadly fascinating to observe the incremental steps within RC-ism towards full acceptance.

      RE: some evangelicals still praising Putin
      Hard to believe.

      RE: Northern Ireland
      Some day I’d like to read a good book about “the troubles” in NI of the late 60s to late 90s. Former NI First Minister, Ian Paisley, was frequently warning about RC-ism. Some of it was bluster, but there was also some truth to it.

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      1. Concerning search engines; My blog is lower this year compared to the last two years; I think search engines is lowering the priority for blogs in their search results or something…

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      2. It would be very interesting to know the cause behind my steep decline in views the last two years. I know the EU is clamping down on social media to filter out all “hate speech.”

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      3. I saw somewhere that since reopening from Covid reading whether it’s blogs or online websites are having decreased reader traffic and decreased searches. I definitely think that censorship is happening, so not negating that. I am thankful for the ministries you both have!!!! Blessings to you both!!!

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      4. Thanks, Mandy! I don’t wish to get bogged down in a conspiracy mindset, but I know the EU has been very active in curbing “hate speech” on social media sites and the US will be following suit. My drastic drop in views began previous to COVID and continued through the pandemic, which is strange because people had more time for googling. There’s probably several factors at play, but I’m guessing social media targeting “hate speech” is significant. Blessings to you!

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  3. I find the situation in Italy fascinating. In recent weeks, I have become somewhat familiar with Georgia Meloni as I have heard speeches of hers from three years ago that are good. The article that you shared here, Tom, about her view of the pope at isn’t surprising. Francis seems to put the immigration issue above other things that I would think he would be more focused on. The differing views on the immigration issue will probably continue to keep Meloni scratching her hear for years to come.

    Although Meloni campaigned and became Italy’s prime minister with the slogan “God, country and family” and is a supporter of traditional marriage and against the mutilation of young people who want sex changes, she lives unmarried with her partner Andrea Giambruno.

    So both Francis and Meloni seem to disregard important traditional positions of their own church. I couldn’t help but notice the post you entitled: “Italian S&G advocates meet Pope Francis, discuss church ‘that excludes no one.'” Francis is playing with fire.

    In the Meloni article, it mentions Francis returning from Kazakhstan. His meeting there was also very interesting. This video shows him being wheelchaired into the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Nur-Sultan (Astana), Kazakhstan:

    https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2022-09/pope-religions-key-to-building-world-peace-and-understanding.html

    I find that conference intriguing and a bit daunting.

    Your comment about “no evidence of the Gospel in the future tug-of-war between Giorgia and Francis” is accurate in my opinion unless Georgia comes to believe in the true Gospel and wants to share it with the Pope. It is hard to believe that the pope would ever come to the knowledge of the truth.

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    1. Chris, thanks for the interesting information regarding Giorgia. Looks like she will be at odds with Francis’ progressive Catholicism excepting her unmarried live-in arrangement.
      Thanks for the article on the interreligious meeting in Kazakhstan during which pope Francis attacked “fundamentalists,” meaning those who don’t support interreligious kumbaya gatherings. He’s definitely laying the pavement for a one-world religion.

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      1. You’re welcome, Tom. I thought the same about the pope when I saw him at the meeting in Kazakhstan. A one world religion here we come and the group that met sure seems like it will advance that cause.

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      2. My lead-off post for the next weekend roundup is going to be in regards to the pope at the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Kazakhstan. Thanks for the heads up!

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      3. You’re welcome, Tom. I look forward to seeing your take on it. All I know is that he was there. I didn’t listen to his speech but I’m guessing it was pretty typical.
        The city they meet in for that event has some very strange architecture. I looked for a good YouTube video about it and I can’t find the ones that I’ve seen in the past.

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      4. It is a fascinating place but in a very strange way. I have seen the buildings discussed in the video I’m sharing with you and you can easily see them if you look up “Astana Architecture” on YouTube. This video I found may help people understand how odd Astana is. That said, neither the interviewer or interviewee are Christians. The interviewer seems to be into Hermeticism. I would have no problem if you erase this because you do not feel comfortable having this on your blog, Tom. The section where Astana is discussed is between the 29 minute and 59 minute marks. I have known about the oddities there for about a decade and I would not be surprised if a one world religious center becomes based in Astana.

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      5. Wow! Thanks, Chris. Interesting and revealing interview. I had no idea. It now “makes sense” why the Congress of World and Traditional Religions is held there. I googled Astana and was amazed by the grandiose architecture. In my ignorance I had presumed everyone in Kazakhstan was sheepherders.

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      6. I put a comment here that may have gone to moderation, Tom. No problem if you end up not approving it. It had to do with Astana and anyone who is interested in the strange architecture there only need go to YouTube and type in “Astana Architecture.”

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      7. Thanks, Chris. I found the information on Astana very interesting. Believers shouldn’t bury their heads in the sand when it comes to false religiosity. I read (and review) Catholic authors quite often to learn more about their false gospel. I wouldn’t recommend that activity for new Christians, but exposing false gospels is sorely needed in this era of plurality and inclusivity.

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  4. “Prior to the invasion, some misguided American evangelicals hailed Putin as a champion of “traditional Christian
    values.” And after the invasion too. Hard to believe!

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