- Pope Francis: As Revolutionary As Henry VIII
- Francis takes aim at Jonah for rigidity—and misses again.
In the ongoing dispute over communion for remarried divorcees, conservative Catholics are now really slinging mud by comparing the doctrine-defying pragmatism of pope Francis to that of Henry VIII.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) went the way of liberal apostasy around 90 years ago. See this article from Ligonier Ministries on J. Gresham Machen, the faithful theologian, who broke away from mainline Presbyterianism in the 1920s because of the ripe apostasy within the denomination.
This story deserves a separate post. In anticipation of Fulton J. Sheen’s certain canonization, the archdiocese of New York City (where Sheen was auxiliary bishop) and the diocese of Peoria, Illinois (where Sheen was raised) have fought in the U.S. court system for years over custody of his remains. Peoria won the first round, but NYC has appealed. This is the craziest thing but exemplifies Catholicism’s obsession with the material rather than the spiritual. See my post from a year ago here.
When the Hollywood guys are making a horror flick and need a clergy character, they usually use a Catholic priest. The notorious turnaround collar quickly identifies the character for movie audiences. But as I wrote recently, the priests with their false gospel are too be feared more than the stereotypical ghouls.
In the same month that Christians celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Catholics celebrated the 100th anniversary of the last of the alleged six Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal on October 13, 1917. Fatima is considered by many Catholics to be the most important of the Marian apparitions. Following the last supposed appearance of Mary to the three children, it’s alleged that the 70,000 people who had gathered witnessed the miracle of the “dancing of the sun.” Was it a miracle, crowd hysteria, or demonic activity? Defenders of the Catholic version of the event predictably don’t acknowledge that eyewitness accounts are contradictory. See here.
Abuse in the Legionaries of Christ has a long history. It was well known throughout the church that founder, Marcial Maciel, was a serial sexual predator, but he was allowed to continue as head of the organization even though the Vatican had reams of evidence documenting his abusive behavior. For the ABC Nightline 9-minute investigative segment on Maciel, which indicts popes “saint” John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla) and Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger), see here.
In the 1980s and 90s, many evangelicals followed the lead of Jerry Falwell, James Dobson, James Kennedy, Pat Robertson, et al., in mixing faith with conservative national patriotism, as if America was in a covenant relationship with God in the same way as was ancient Israel. Many American evangelicals still tend to think in terms of winning the culture battles in this country rather than spreading the Gospel. Perhaps nothing else has done more to turn young people off to the Gospel than this conflation of faith and conservative patriotism.
The Babylon Bee is always good for a chuckle.
Enjoy your weekend!