In 2018, pope Francis struck a secret accord with the Chinese communist government in Beijing, which mandated that only quisling stooges affiliated with the puppet Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA) could be appointed bishops. Francis pragmatically threw cardinal Zen and all other non-CCPA Catholics under the bus by brokering the deal. The accord was renewed in 2020 and again this month. It’s estimated that there are 12 million Catholics in China; 6 million belong to the CPA and 6 million do not. There’s no genuine Gospel in sight in this religious-political quagmire, but we note the dastardliness of Bergoglio’s sellout.
Conservative Catholic prelates were roiled by the election of Joe Biden to the U.S. presidency in 2020. Democrat Biden touts his Catholic “faith,” but is an ardent supporter of pro-abortion genocide legislation. Catholic prelates took sides in the “wafer wars” following the election, with conservative bishops calling for Biden and other pro-abortion politicians to be banned from receiving the Jesus wafer and other sacraments. Progressive pope Francis quelled the debate by publicly endorsing both Biden and Nancy Pelosi, but some conservative prelates like Chaput continue to defy the pope.
Great Britain is slowly moving towards prosecuting Catholic priests who hear the confessions of child abusers and don’t notify law enforcement, in accordance with the Catholic “seal of confession,” i.e., everything admitted to in the confessional stays in the confessional. The Catholic sacrament of reconciliation is from the deepest recesses of the pit of hell. Only God can forgive sins. Catholic priests are trained to ask “probing questions” of their penitents in order to elicit a “good confession.” You can read between the lines, dear reader. Many predator priests initially groomed their young and mostly-male victims in the confessional. The RCC mandates that Catholics must go to confession at least once per year under threat of mortal sin, but church sources report only 26 percent of members comply. Who wants to discuss their sins with a deviant?
Conservative Catholics jaundicely view the 2021-2024 RC church-wide Synod on Synodality as an opportunity for pope Francis to introduce additional progressive reforms.
This upcoming Monday marks the 505th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Schlosskirche or Castle Church of Wittenberg, Germany, beginning a glorious reclamation of the New Testament Good News! Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Evangelical Christians certainly don’t put Luther on a pedestal. He along with the other Reformers, were sinners saved by God’s grace alone, but the Holy Spirit used these men mightily in the reclamation of the genuine Gospel. Sadly, relatively few evangelical pastors will mention the Reformation in their sermons tomorrow. Roman Catholicism has not changed any of its core doctrines since 1517. The Reformation continues!
On the Catholic liturgical calendar, this coming Tuesday, November 1st is All Saints Day in which all canonized Catholic saints are celebrated. The Catholic notion of “saints” – super-good people who propagated Rome’s false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit in their lifetime and can now be prayed to as heavenly intercessors – is contrary to the Biblical definition of saints as all born-again believers. All Saints Day is a holy day of obligation, meaning all Catholics must attend mass under threat of mortal sin, but relatively few will comply. All Soul’s Day is Wednesday, November 2nd, when Catholics offer up prayers and masses for the early release of loved ones allegedly suffering in Purgatory. In heavily Catholic portions of Europe, many will go to the local cemetery on Wednesday at dusk and light candles on their loved ones’ graves. The notion of Purgatory is pagan in origin and un-Biblical.
Some evangelicals were undiscerningly joyous when popular rapper, Kanye West, announced he was a born-again Christian. However, many telltale aberrations followed, including Kanye’s recent appearance at a fashion show wearing a t-shirt with multiple photos of pope John Paul II with the slogan, Seguiremos Tu Ejemplo (“We will follow your example”) emblazoned on the front and “White Lives Matter” on the back. Kanye also recently made some anti-Semitic remarks that are causing a huge stir. Anti-Semitism is popular among some so-called “evangelical Christians” who are enmeshed in far-right, Christian-nationalist conspiracy theories. I’ve seen examples here at WordPress.
Personal matters 1: The Philadelphia Phillies vanquished the San Diego Padres, 4 games to 1 in the National League Championship Series. I have no desire to publish a separate post to commemorate the Padres’ whooping, but congrats to the Phillies and their fans.
Personal matters 2: After almost 22 months at L3Harris, tomorrow will be my last work day, although my official last day will actually be Monday when I have to come in briefly for my exit interview. After 48 years of working, my retirement begins Tuesday! This is indeed fodder for a future post.