Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 6/25/22

It’s been four months since Vladimir Putin, ordered the invasion of Ukraine. Untold thousands of Ukrainian civilians have been killed, injured, or displaced and cities and towns decimated by the Russian dictator, although pope Francis has still not condemned Putin by name. This interesting article examines Francis’ “Jesuitical casuistry” in the face of systematic mass-murder.

Last Sunday, Catholic parishes across the U.S. held Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) processions, in which priests paraded through local neighborhoods holding large Jesus wafers. The Catholic church teaches its priests turn bread wafers into the actual body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ. Last Sunday kicked off a three-year “eucharistic revival” by which the U.S. Catholic bishops will attempt to revitalize the very low regard the majority of Catholics have for the alleged Jesus wafer.

Back in April, I reported that bishop Robert J. McManus of the Catholic diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts formally requested that the Nativity Jesuit Middle School remove its BLM and Gay Pride flags. The administrators refused to comply, so McManus has ruled the school may no longer identify as “Catholic.” This drama will be played out in Catholic schools all over the country.

A special collection is taken up at Catholic parishes on the last Sunday of every June called “Peter’s Pence.” The funds go directly to the RCC’s central administration coffers at the Vatican in Rome, Italy. I wonder if Catholic contributors ever question how much of their money has been diverted to compensating survivors of priest sexual abuse and cover-up.

Leonardo De Chirico has done fantastic work with his Reformanda Initiative and the Rome Scholars and Leaders Network (RSLN).

Catholics are generally stereotyped as opposing abortion, but a recent AP poll found that 64 percent of U.S. Catholics (and 40 percent of Catholic Republicans) agreed that abortion should be legal in most or all cases, almost identical to the 65 percent of all adult Americans who held that view.

Evangelicals shouldn’t consult any Catholic theologians, but there’s a temptation in some egghead evangelical circles to engage in ecumenical intellectual snobbery. Catholic theologians all propagate the RCC’s false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit.

Pope Francis has taken many swipes at conservative U.S. Catholics who pine for pre-conciliar militantism. When a Catholic disparages Protestantism for its multi-fold denominations, remind the person that conservative Catholic talking heads advise their followers to ignore the progressive pope Francis.

I heard Vice President Kamala Harris identifies as “Baptist.” Hmm. A google check revealed she is a member of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, which is affiliated with the “social gospel” American Baptist Churches USA. The ABC USA (once known as the Northern Baptist Convention) went apostate generations ago.

Great news!

Tom’s retirement countdown: 18 more weekends to go!

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 6/18/22

I don’t need to tell you that it’s “Gay Pride Month” since we are all being subjected to the L*** propaganda steamroller ad nauseam via the media and elsewhere. When I log in my time on my computer at work, the first thing I see on my company’s website is a large colorful article endorsing and promulgating Gay Pride Month. We note that the Bible teaches against both homosexuality and pridefulness.

The first article above provides an informative summary of how pope Francis, James Martin, SJ, and other progressives are greasing the skids for full acceptance of practicing L***ers within the RCC. The second article mentions the ongoing efforts of progressive Catholics to canonize Franciscan priest, Mychal Judge, a former NYC firefighters’ chaplain and the first individual to die in the 9/11 attack, as the first openly homosexual saint. Popular Catholic theologian, John Henry Cardinal Newman’s (1801-1891), canonisation was delayed for 130 years due to his controversial relationship with priest, Ambrose St. John, but pope Francis pushed it through in 2019.

No one should be pressured to support the L*** propaganda machine. Society will increasingly demand that Bible Christians acquiesce.

Pseudo-Christian pro-L***ers often use the argument that Jesus Christ never specifically condemned homosexuality, as Catholic Ted Lieu recently pointed out on the floor of the U.S. Capital. This is an argument from the absurd.

“3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” 4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” – Matthew 19:3-6

Jesus taught a man/male and woman/female becoming one, not a man and a man or a woman and a woman. Jesus upheld all of Scripture, and the Old Testament (and New Testament) unequivocally identifies homosexuality as sin.

The RCC spends years revising its formulaic incantations. Only God can forgive sins.

Some liberal Catholics are saying “sayonara” to the RCC and encouraging others to do the same after San Francisco archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, barred abortion supporter, Nancy Pelosi, from receiving the Jesus wafer in her home diocese.

Tomorrow is the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi (“the Body of Christ”), in which Catholics celebrate the alleged transformation of bread wafers into the actual body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ. Eating the Jesus wafer supposedly imparts graces that helps the partaker to resist sin in order to merit salvation at the moment of death. The U.S. Catholic bishops ordained a three-year eucharistic revival beginning tomorrow. The aim of the revival is to educate Catholics on proper Jesus wafer doctrine, etiquette, and protocols. A 2019 Pew Research poll showed that only 30% of Catholics believe the consecrated wafer is actually Jesus. A very recent survey revealed that only 34% of Catholics believe the Jesus wafer should be withheld from Catholic politicians like Pelosi and Joe Biden who disagree with church teaching on abortion. Tomorrow, Rochester Catholic bishop, Salvatore R. Matano, will be carrying a large Jesus wafer in a monstrance (gold container with see-through glass) in a procession around Corpus Christi Church at 864 E. Main St. Catholics will line the streets (well, certainly not as many as in years gone by) and bow in worship to the Jesus wafer as it passes by (example photo below).

The alternative to all of the falsities and wranglings within the RCC referred to in the articles above is the genuine Good News! of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.

Tom’s retirement countdown: 19 more weekends to go!

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 6/11/22

Catholics have long-defended pope Pius XII’s absolute silence in the face Nazi-German fascist aggression and especially in regards to the genocide of six-million European Jews in the Holocaust. Historian David I. Kertzer examined the Vatican’s only-recently unsealed archives to discover that Pius XII conducted secret negotiations with Adolf Hitler and a “dirty deal” accord was reached. Kertzer concludes from the archival evidence that Pius XII, the alleged “Vicar of Christ,” pragmatically colluded with Hitler to preserve the church for a future with Nazi Germany as the dominant power in Europe.

There’s a lot of speculation in Catholic media that 85-year-old pope Francis may be considering retirement. Fueling the rumors is Francis’ increasing loss of mobility (he now gets around in a wheelchair due to knee pain), his recent appointment of 21 (mostly progressive) cardinals in order to “stack the deck” in the election of his successor, and his upcoming visit in August to the Basilica of Santa Maria de Collemaggio in the central Italian city of L’Aquila, which hosts the tomb of Celestine V, a hermit pope who resigned after five months in 1294 because he was overwhelmed by the job. The papacy is anti-Biblical on multiple levels and history unflinchingly records its shameful record of avarice, corruption, tyranny, and endorsed bloodshed.

A new chapter in the “wafer wars” was written when San Francisco archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, barred abortion supporter, Nancy Pelosi, from receiving the Jesus wafer in her home diocese. But a recent survey reveals a preponderance of Roman Catholics disagree with Cordileone and the other conservative bishops. The majority of Catholics believe abortion should be legal, favor greater inclusion of LGBT people, and oppose the denial of Jesus wafers for politicians who support abortion rights,

These so-called “Reformed” liberal denominations no longer hold to the genuine Gospel and easily embrace Roman Catholicism as a (c)hristian entity.

Los Angeles auxiliary bishop, Robert Barron, is one of the most recognizable U.S. Catholic clerics with his “Word on Fire” proselytization ministry. Pope Francis recently “promoted” Barron to the office of bishop of out-of-the-way Winona-Rochester in Minnesota. Who did Barron offend? Is the transfer the result of the recent sexual scandal at “Word on Fire”? We recall when evangelical apologist and ecumenical compromiser, William Lane Craig, appeared with Barron as fellow “brothers in Christ” (see here).

This article has some interesting information on how Catholic media conglomerate EWTN has become the bastion of anti-Francis Catholic conservatives.

The term, “evangelical,” has largely lost its meaning.

Rick Warren adopted the church-growth methods of marketing guru, Peter Drucker, and along with Bill Hybels launched the multi-campus, seeker mega-church movement. Lots of shallow preaching at Saddleback and other seeker mega-churches. Warren, known as “America’s Pastor” back in his “purpose driven” heyday, is an enthusiastic friend of Roman Catholicism. Warren has given seminars at many RC dioceses across the country, advising bishops and priests with their false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit on how to retain and grow their congregations.

Tom’s retirement countdown – 20 more weekends to go!

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 6/4/22

House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, responded to San Francisco Catholic archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s decision to bar her from receiving the Jesus wafer. In a television interview, Pelosi said that in contrast to conservative, anti-abortion activists, she follows the exhortations of Matthew 25:34-46 of feeding the hungry, giving water to the thirsty, clothing the poor, etc. Pelosi also questioned why Cordileone doesn’t bar conservative Catholic politicians who support capital punishment from receiving the Jesus wafer since the revised Catholic catechism now strictly forbids the death penalty in all cases. See the 9-minute interview here. Nowhere to be found in this Catholic internecine “wafer wars” squabbling is the genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.

The Roman Catholic church teaches its priests turn bread wafers into the actual body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ and that eating the consecrated wafers helps a person merit their salvation. Surplus Jesus wafers wafers are stored in an altar “tabernacle.” Catholics believe that the mistreatment of Jesus wafers is the ultimate desecration. The thieves in this robbery didn’t take the worthless Jesus wafers, but strew them haphazardly about the altar. Priests, altars, and Jesus wafers are all anti-Biblical. Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven. He’s not locked up in a $2M gold tabernacle box.

Since he was elected pope in 2013, Francis has been strategically appointing like-minded progressives to the college of cardinals. Case in point was Bergoglio’s recent appointment of 21 cardinals, including San Diego bishop, Robert McElroy. McElroy has been a vocal and enthusiastic supporter of all of Francis’ progressive reforms. Unlike archbishop Cordileone, McElroy doesn’t support barring pro-abortion Catholic politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden from the Jesus wafer. Eighty-five-year-old pope Francis is pragmatically “stacking the deck” to ensure the next papal conclave elects a progressive like himself.

Prior to 1972, Jack Chick illustrated his own tracts and the drawings looked decidedly amateurish. In 72, Chick hired artist Fred Carter who brought a professional quality to the graphics. Regrettably, Chick and Carter became obsessed with outlandish Jesuit conspiracy theories in which every calamity besetting Western civilization was blamed on the religious order.

The Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., is sponsored by the evangelical Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby. The Greens and their Museum of the Bible fully embrace Roman Catholicism with its false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit as a Christian entity. From May 27 to August 28, visitors to the museum will be able to see this “Basilica Sancti Petri: The Transformation of Saint Peter’s Basilica” temporary exhibit as well as the long-term exhibit, “Treasures from the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Library.” Both displays were coordinated with the Vatican’s close assistance. There is little discernment within big tent evangelicalism these days.

Pastors and “worship leaders” open up their congregants to all types of dangerous “spirituality” by using music from Hillsong, Bethel, and Elevation. Read about my own experience from four years ago here.

This is one-year-old news that I just stumbled upon, but for a contribution of at least $1000, convicted shyster Jim Bakker will send you a “miracle blanket,” which has been “prayed over and anointed” and is guaranteed to rid you of all sorts of ailments. It’s sad that gullible souls still fall for Bakker’s deceit.

Tom’s retirement countdown – 21 more weekends to go!

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 5/28/22

San Francisco Catholic archbishop, Salvatore J. Cordileone (above photo, right), issued a statement on Friday, May 20th saying that he had barred U.S. Congressional House Speaker and self-described “devout” Catholic, Nancy Pelosi, from receiving the Jesus wafer in her home-diocese because of her enthusiastic support for pro-abortion legislation. Catholics are instructed in their catechism that eating the Jesus wafer is the “source and summit of Christian spirituality.” The wafer wars began in early-2020 after pro-abortion Catholic, Joe Biden, was elected POTUS and conservative Catholic prelates began proposing that all pro-abortion Catholic politicians be barred from communion. Pope Francis quelled the uproar by publicly affirming both Biden and Pelosi. The bishops quietly countered by planning a three-year “eucharistic revival campaign” aimed at educating Catholics about proper Jesus wafer etiquette/reverence, including the requirement of being in a sinless “state of grace” (impossible!) when consuming the wafer. Although he denies it, it’s highly probable that the recent news of the leaked SCOTUS draft indicating the forthcoming overturning of Roe vs. Wade, and Biden’s and Pelosi’s passionate vows to defend “reproductive rights,” emboldened Cordileone to defy Francis and bar Pelosi. The Speaker will be allowed to consume the Jesus wafer in Washington, D.C. where the liberal archbishop, Wilton Gregory, has jurisdiction. The wafer wars continue, no genuine Gospel in sight.

It’s been three months since mass murderer, Vladimir Putin, ordered the Russian military to invade Ukraine and yet pragmatic pope Francis has still not condemned Putin by name. Francis has even shifted some of the onus for the invasion from Putin to NATO, accusing the strictly-defensive alliance of “barking…at Russia’s door.”

Last week, the bankrupt Rochester Catholic diocese offered $148 million to the 475 survivors of priest sexual abuse and diocesan cover-up. A lawyer representing many of the claimants said the proposed settlement was woefully insufficient. A judge will rule on the offer.

Sweeping sexual abuse under the rug to protect the “reputation” of an institution at the expense of the victims was standard procedure throughout society. The SBC must now face up to past failures in this regard. It’s ironic that at the same time that safeguards/protocols are being increasingly mandated to protect children from sexual abuse, the L*** steamroller increasingly recruits children to its agenda via public school and popular entertainment with society’s approval.

Dallas Jenkins, the alleged evangelical steering “The Chosen” trainwreck, has defended Mormon involvement in the production, saying, why, of course he doesn’t believe “all” LDS are genuine Christians, just like he doesn’t believe all evangelicals are Christians or all Catholics are Christians. Huh? There’s little discernment within big tent evangelicalism these days.

Pope Francis has named 20th-century Filipino archbishop Teofilo Bastida Camomot “venerable”—the third of the required eleven steps in canonizing a “saint.” Catholics claim Camomot was able to levitate and bilocate (be in two places at one time), like several of the Catholic saints. I don’t know if it’s myth or fact, but levitating and bilocating are witchcraft. Catholicism’s notion of sainthood, super-good people who merited salvation and now act as heavenly intercessors/mediators, is blatantly anti-Biblical on several levels.

Josh Duggar was raised in a loving and strict Christian family. The Duggars are members of the independent fundamental Baptist movement. What went wrong? In some cases, the outside of the cup may appear clean, but the inside is filthy.

Why is it that in this country a very troubled 18-year-old is able to walk into a gun store and easily purchase two military-style AR-15 semi-automatic rifles? There have been 27 school shootings so far this year. The culture has descended into blatant sin and violence.

Tom’s retirement countdown – 22 more weekends to go!

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 5/22/22

In 2018, Pope Francis co-orchestrated the Vatican-Beijing accord, which granted the Chinese communist government partial control of the Chinese Catholic church. Francis saw the accord as a pragmatic compromise to ensure the church’s survival and growth in China, however, conservative Chinese Catholics view the accord as a betrayal. Six-million Chinese Catholics are registered with the communist government while another six-million are defiantly unregistered. Cardinal Joseph Zen, a leader of the conservative Catholics and the biggest critic of the accord, was recently arrested by the communist regime on charges of “collusion with foreign forces.” The Vatican had no comment.

Pope Francis will be visiting Canada in July to apologize for the abuse of indigenous children in Catholic-run residential schools. Papal apologies for past historical atrocities, persecutions, and abuses linked to the Roman Catholic church began with John Paul II and Benedict XVI and now continue with Francis. If RCC popes and prelates of the past were led by the Holy Spirit as Catholicism claims, why do contemporary popes spend so much time apologizing on their behalf?

Last Sunday, a shooter killed 10 shoppers at a Tops grocery store in nearby Buffalo. On the same day on the opposite coast, a gunman opened fire on members of the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Laguna Woods, California. The culture is becoming increasingly violent.

It’s hard to believe that some American Christian nationalists venerate mass murderer, Vladimir Putin.

I’m seeing more and more manifestations of this traditionalist-Catholic radicalism.

This article is a good example of how Catholics are totally focused on Mary.

Tom’s retirement countdown – 23 more weekends to go!

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 5/14/22

Pro-abortion activists are riled over the leaked Supreme Court draft indicating the majority of justices favor overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and are looking for someone to blame. The pro-abortion group, Ruth (Ginsburg) Sent Us, is encouraging activists to target Catholic churches, even though a 2019 Pew Research survey revealed 56% of Catholics support legalized abortion at some level. Last Sunday, pro-abortion protestors dressed in red costumes inspired by “The Handmaid’s Tale” disrupted Sunday mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles (photo above). POTUS Joe Biden’s outspoken support of “abortion rights” in reaction to the leaked document will rekindle demands from conservative Catholics that Joe be banned from receiving the Jesus wafer. Catholics believe their church buildings are holy and consider vandalism and disruption of the mass as sacrilege and grievous desecration. It actually is the Catholic mass that is sacrilegious with its many anti-Scriptural elements, including the perpetual sacrifice for sin, the worship of the faux Jesus wafer, and the teaching of the false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit.

Jack Schaap, former pastor of First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana (FBCH), got an early release from federal prison on May 4th. In 2013, Schaap was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for taking a 16-year-old girl across state lines for sex. Schaap had succeeded his father-in-law, the controversial Jack Hyles, as pastor of FBCH in 2001. Under Hyles, the First Baptist Church of Hammond was one of the most influential churches in the independent fundamental Baptist (IFB) movement. Schaap’s wife, Cindy Hyles Schaap, filed for divorce from her husband in 2014. See my 2020 post on Jack Schaap here.

Jesuit James Martin continues to work with pope Francis to grease the skids for the eventual full-acceptance of practicing LGBTers within RC-ism.

Progressive pope Francis continues to publicly scold conservative and traditionalist Catholics who defiantly cling to the Latin Mass.

The SCOTUS recently ruled that Boston City Hall must fly the ecumenical Christian flag (adopted by the Federal Council of Churches in 1942). Satanists are predictably demanding their flag be displayed as well. Unlike many evangelicals, I don’t believe tax-supported government institutions should sponsor religious displays or activities of any kind. Let the church be the church and let the government be the government.

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 5/7/22

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s statement that the Roman Catholic church is controlled by Satan due to its soft stand on immigration and its enablement of pedophile priests has caused some turmoil within the conservative faction of U.S. Catholicism. Traditionalist Catholics (like Michael Voris who interviewed Greene – photo above) share Greene’s views, while conservatives, although critical of the progressive pope and like-minded prelates, take a less-radical view.

I’d like to say I agree with Francis on this one, BUT both Francis and Kirill propagate spiritually deadly false gospels.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine ten weeks ago, pope Francis has condemned the aggression many times, although without naming Vladimir Putin directly. On March 25th, Francis “consecrated” Russia and Ukraine to the “immaculate heart of the virgin Mary” to no apparent effect. Catholics and non-Catholics have appealed to Francis to visit Ukraine to show his support for the Ukrainian people, but Francis does not want to offend Patriarch Vladimir Kirill and his Russian Orthodox followers.

The Roman Catholic church teaches consuming the consecrated Jesus wafer provides graces that help the Catholic to resist sin in order to merit salvation at the moment of death. On a subjective level, some Catholics claim a degree of transformative euphoria after consuming the Jesus wafer. Really? Recall the case of Matthew Hood who was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 2017, but three years later was found to have been “invalidly baptized” as an infant. For three years, Hood officiated at 1000 masses without actually changing bread wafers into Jesus Christ (according to Catholic requirements). Yet, over the course of those three years, not one of Hood’s parishioners noticed that they were consuming an un-transubtantiated bread wafer rather than a transubstantiated Jesus wafer. See my 2020 post on Hood here.

I’ve been observing Catholic news stories closely for six years for the purpose of these weekend news roundups and it’s interesting to see how “wokeness” is currently prompting an inordinate amount of focus on Black Catholics. Black Catholics comprise 4% of the U.S. Catholic population. Expect a Black American Catholic to be canonized as a saint very soon.

The month of May is dedicated to Mary in Roman Catholicism. In Catholic churches all over the world, statues of Mary will be crowned as the “Queen of Heaven.” See my 2018 post on Mary May crownings here.

Four seven years I’ve been posting stories on the persecution of evangelicals in Catholic Southern Mexico. When will it stop? When will Catholic prelates and priests constrain their followers? Militant Catholic hegemony was once the rule throughout Latin America. The times they are a-changin’ but Catholic militancy is still alive and well in Southern Mexico.

There’s a true saying that “you can’t legislate morality” (or salvation), but what Christian would not celebrate the overturning of Roe vs. Wade?

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 4/30/22

Pseudo-Christian mass murderer, Vladimir Putin, attended the Russian Orthodox Easter service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow on Sunday, April 24th (photo above). See the one-minute video here. Putin can be seen piously “blessing himself” by making the “sign of the cross” with one hand as he sanctimoniously holds a candle with the other. Irony? The loss of life, misery, and destruction in Ukraine since Putin ordered Russian troops to invade nine weeks ago is incalculable.

Pope Francis invoked the promises of the supposed Marian apparition at Fatima in 1917 when he consecrated Ukraine and Russia to the “immaculate heart of the blessed virgin Mary” on March 25th. Many Catholics joyfully assumed a peace would miraculously transpire following the consecration, but one month later the Russians continue with their bloody invasion of Ukraine.

Roman Catholics are required to consume the consecrated Jesus wafer at least once per year under threat of acquiring a mortal sin. Catholics who opt for the once-per-year minimum are encouraged to “discharge their obligation” at Easter mass, hence the phrase, “Easter duty.”

“The Chosen” streaming show aimed to present the story of Jesus and the apostles in a “hip,” contemporary way. A few misguided bloggers encouraged me to watch, but a quick google search showed that the LDS/Mormon church was involved in the production. The show’s creator, Dallas Jenkins, recently opted to utilize an “edgy” reverse-marketing campaign using billboards appearing to be vandalized by anti-(c)hristian haters and orchestrated by Satan. The entire “The Chosen” project is demonic.

Last Sunday, Roman Catholics celebrated “Divine Mercy Sunday.” What’s that? A Polish nun, Maria Faustyna Kowalska (d. 1938), claimed to have been visited by Jesus regularly. The ersatz-Jesus allegedly gave Maria Faustyna instructions on a cultish “divine mercy” painting and a “divine mercy” collection of rote prayers to be recited with the rosary beads. All of this as part of meriting salvation. Fellow-Pole, Karol Wojtyla aka pope John Paul II, had Kowalska canonized as a saint in 2000 and the cult within a cult continues to grow.

It’s surprising that the “hate speech” charges against Finnish parliamentarian, Päivi Räsänen, were withdrawn. Räsänen spoke out against same-sex marriage as contrary to Biblical teaching. This is only a short respite. The L*** steamroller steadily advances.

Conservative Catholic prelates around the world have been nervously observing the German Catholic church’s Synodal Path initiative (2019-2023), which is discussing multiple radical reforms. The possibility of schism within the RCC stemming from the synod is very real.

Controversial U.S. representative, Marjorie Taylor Greene, raised the ire of Roman Catholics this week when she stated “Satan (is) controlling the (Catholic) church” because it’s soft on illegal immigration. Greene qualified her remarks afterwards, saying they were directed at the American Catholic bishops, not the rank-and-file Catholic laity/voters. Actually, the Roman Catholic church is demonic because it propagates a false gospel of salvation by sacramental faux-grace and merit.

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 4/23/22

Last Sunday, all major news sources reported on the “celebration” of Easter mass by pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, the first time since 2019 because of the pandemic. The Vatican estimated 100,000 people were in attendance. Roman Catholics and others take solace in this Easter mass, alleged to mark the anniversary of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, but the theology of the Catholic mass contradicts the Good News! of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone on many levels, i.e., the sacerdotal priesthood, transubstantiation, perpetual sacrifice for sin, source of graces, etc. The Roman Catholic church “celebrates” Christ’s resurrection, but usurps Christ’s offices as Redeemer and Mediator and insists people must merit their salvation.

The “wafer wars” reached fever pitch after the 2020 election of Joe Biden to POTUS. Many conservative American Catholic prelates and laypersons called for Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and all other Catholic Democrat politicians who support pro-abortion legislation to be banned from receiving the Jesus wafer and the other sacraments. Pope Francis stepped in and vouched for Biden and Pelosi and warned conservative prelates not to turn the Jesus wafer into a political weapon. The conservative bishops backed down and have concentrated their efforts on the upcoming three-year-long “eucharistic revival” campaign.

The above is an interesting article on Roman Catholicism’s infatuation with relic veneration/worship.

Some conservative Catholics have been whispering schism since 2016 when pope Francis guilefully lifted the ban on sacraments for remarried divorcees and co-habitators in the footnotes of his Amoris Laetitia encyclical. Conservatives are handcuffed by their own ultramontanist belief in absolute fealty to the papacy, but another major “reform” could force their hand.

Evangelical pastor and street preacher, John Sherwood, was charged with hate speech in April 2021 after preaching against same-sex marriage near a London subway station. The charges against 71YO Sherwood have been dropped, but the L*** steamroller continues to advance.

I’ve previously read that people were buying Bibles in record numbers during the distressful pandemic. Now we’re reading about a huge drop in Bible reading. Which is it? Perhaps people buy Bibles with “good intentions,” but end up watching Netflix.

Marky Mark Whalberg’s pro-priest propaganda piece, “Father Stu,” earned an estimated $8 million in its first five days in theaters, but it’s a bit too worldly and too pro-conservative/traditionalist for the taste of the parish-priest writer of this article. Whalberg conceived of this project as an effort to rehabilitate the tarnished image of priests following twenty years of pedophilia scandals. The sacerdotal priesthood was done away with by Jesus Christ.

In counter-point to Marky Mark’s “Father Stu” propaganda piece is this news headline out of New Jersey. Here in Western New York, the survivors of priest sexual abuse are still waiting for reparations from the dioceses of Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse. All three dioceses declared bankruptcy to minimize forthcoming payouts to the former victims.