Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 10/29/22

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.

Above: A cemetery in Poland is aglow with candlelight on Dzień Zaduszny, “All Souls’ Day.” Hundreds of millions of souls are blinded by the RCC’s false gospel.

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.

Above: Conservative media pundit,
Candace Owens and Kanye sporting
pope JPII shirts. Owens is married to
convert to RC-ism, George Farmer.
Above: Details of the JP II photos and slogan design
worn by Owens and Kanye

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.

20 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 10/29/22

    1. Thank you, Bruce! BTW, I appreciate your thorough Gospel follow-through with regards to that faith+works=justification post. Also, I will respond to your latest email tomorrow after get through this last work weekend.

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    1. RE: Looking forward to celebration of Reformation Day!

      Thanks, Michael! Yes, I’m grateful to the men and women of the Reformation era who bravely and faithfully took a stand for the Gospel.

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  1. The Kanye train wreck is painful to hear about. Never thought he was saved, so misguided and Christian “yes” people are an affront to God. Antisemitism is such an abomination and it really irks me. All Saints Day, All Souls Day have never made sense to me. I am thankful that my church and denomination at large give credence to the Reformation. One of the pastors at our old church used to come dressed up as Luther. I have wondered if you would post on the Padres. So glad this is your last Saturday! I look forward to hearing stories. Praying for God to direct you and Corinne to a church where you can get plugged in that will bless y’all and that y’all can be a blessing.

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    1. Mandy, thanks for the comments! Yup, “train wreck” is appropriate for Kanye. His initial close affiliation with Joel Osteen was a major red flag. Glad your church refers to the Reformation. Many pastors misguidedly avoid it as “divisive” history that should now be overlooked in the quest for ecumenical “unity.” So wrong. I was happy the Padres got as far as they did, but the Phils were clearly the better team. Thank you for your prayers regarding church. Corinne is not eager to plug into a church again after our experiences, but I want to pursue it.

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  2. “a secret accord with the Chinese communist government in Beijing” …. Very interesting.

    “Sadly, relatively few evangelical pastors will mention the Reformation in their sermons tomorrow.” … Few, if any. Incredibly sad.

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    1. Thanks, Cathy. Bergoglio’s ongoing sellout of the non-CCPA Chinese Catholics is quite a scandal, but conservative Catholics have no strong leadership to rally opposition. It’s an amazing thing to witness. CCPA bishops and priests make sure the communist government is touted as much as the Jesus wafer at CCPA masses.
      All the years we attended church, the Reformation was spoken of. Pastors are so sickly ecumenical these days that they view the Reformation as “divisive” history that needs to be glossed over or ignored completely.

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  3. “The Reformation continues!” It is good news!

    As long as the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone is preached, there will be reformers. I am grateful for what brave men of God did to get the scriptures into the hands and minds of the average person.

    The rest of the news you’ve shared this week are typical Catholic problems that persist and will continue to persist until true reformation takes place in that monstrosity of traditions. They are important things, things that we should all be aware of. Thanks once again for sharing, Tom.

    The other good news here is that you will officially be retired by the end of tomorrow. I wish you a wonderful retirement.

    I can’t keep up with all of the good posts you are writing now but I will continue to attempt to read your Weekend Roundups. They have helped me greatly in keeping up in the strange world of Catholicism.

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    1. Chris, thanks for all of the good comments and for the retirement wishes! The Reformation must surely continue. I had a short exchange recently with a blogger who identifies as evangelical who insists we are justified before God by faith plus works.

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