Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 3/17/18

The “Wonder Woman” actress offended the disabled community with her non-PC comment about the recently deceased Hawking now being “free from physical constraints.” But it’s totally irrational for people to use these tritely sympathetic sayings in regards to Hawking because he was a crusading atheist who preached complete non-existence after death.

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.” – Stephen Hawking

I believe that at this moment Hawking is fully convinced of God’s existence.

Catholicism still talks about “evangelization” but it has a hard time putting it into practice because the church teaches every “good” person – Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, New Ager, and atheist – is able to merit Heaven.

Pell is the Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy (Vatican Finance Minister) and the highest ranking prelate to be accused of sexual abuse.

Some people are enamored with Catholicism’s art and grandiose architecture (like my former SBC pastor), but these things are not indications of genuine Biblical spirituality. Instead of drawing people to Christ, I would argue that such gaudy worldliness is an idol.

Universalism is creeping into the evangelical church. Billy Graham was an advocate (unbeknownst to many fawning admirers) and we also saw it taught in the wildly popular “The Shack” novel and movie.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of pope Paul VI’s controversial “Humanae Vitae” encyclical letter, which banned all forms of birth control (including non-abortifacients) under pain of mortal sin. The vast majority of Catholics flout this rule with absolutely no pangs of conscience.

Catholics talk about “spreading the faith” and “sharing the gospel,” but what faith and gospel do they propagate? What they offer is a complicated system of works-righteousness legalism based on sacramental grace and merit.

This article is a good summary of pope Francis’ very controversial papacy at the five year mark.

No, no, no, this isn’t a satirical piece from the Babylon Bee! Jeffress carries the Falwellian torch of conflating Christianity with political conservatism and fervent national patriotism and gives evangelicalism a bad name in the minds of many of the unsaved.

Okay, NOW we have some actual satire from the Babylon Bee!

I usually try to limit the Weekend Roundup to ten stories, but I had to make an exception for this Babylon Bee satirical piece.


Update: How a “church” became a dark stain on the Gospel witness in my city

Way back in September, I posted the story far below about the arrest of a local pastor, Paul B., on charges of forcibly touching three women who were attending his church. My wife and I were members of the church in question for eight years back in the 80s and early 90s when Paul’s father was pastor. But we could see signs of spiritual unhealthiness at that church twenty-seven years ago, which precipitated our leaving. These charges against Paul stemmed from abuses in 2016 and 2017, but there had also been allegations of abuse in 2013 and 2014.

What has happened since the arrest in September? Our justice system does not work quickly and sometimes that is by design. Paul appeared in town court with his lawyer on October 26th, November 27th, January 18th, and February 26th and each time the trial was postponed. But on Paul’s next court date, this past Wednesday, March 14th, the town prosecutor announced that a plea deal had been struck. Paul pleaded guilty to only one of the four counts of sexual abuse and in exchange he will be sentenced in two months to one year of probation and will be listed as a sex offender. What? Probation? Not even one week in jail? My, some people have to spend a month in jail for much less than Paul’s “offense.”

Once again the local media focused on the news of Paul’s guilty plea and his upcoming sentencing and once again the Gospel witness in our town received a black eye, not to mention all of the emotional pain suffered by the victims of this serial abuser and the deep betrayal felt by the church’s members.

Former Henrietta pastor pleads guilty to sexual abuse (article from local newspaper)

Former Henrietta pastor pleads guilty to sexual abuse (video from local television news)

A few things came to mind after the news of Paul’s guilty plea:

  • Some people are just not fit for ministry. Nepotism got Paul his initial position on staff at the church despite admitted scandalous conduct, which caused a split. Spirit-filled members sensed the danger, but Paul’s father steamrolled all opposition.
  • Paul became pastor of the church in 2011 after his father had suffered a small stroke. He obviously had to study the Bible frequently in order to preach all of those sermons he delivered in the six years prior to his arrest. But what was his private prayer life like? No Christian is perfect, but how could a man walk closely with the Lord in daily prayer and also regularly prey on victims? Was Paul even saved? We all need to stay close to the Lord in daily prayerful communion and we need to regularly lift up our pastors in prayer. There’s no doubt that Satan especially targets pastors.
  • I can’t tell a church I am not a member of how to operate, but the new pastor that’s now in place should ask for the resignation of every deacon who unequivocally supported Paul from 2011 to 2017 in the face of many allegations of impropriety. I was an outsider, but even I could see the flashing warning signs regarding Paul’s lifestyle. Many church boards are comprised of “yes men.”
  • If you are a member of a church in which the pastor exerts unhealthy control over the membership and there appears to be no oversight regarding the pastor, find a spiritually healthy church.

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8

via How a “church” became a dark stain on the Gospel witness in my city

Sunday Potpourri

The topics below may not necessarily be uplifting, but they’re important for discerning followers of Christ:

“Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History” premiers on CNN tonight

Tonight at 10 p.m. EST is the premier of “Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History,” a six-part docudrama on CNN. I’ve learned over the past not to trust CNN to accurately present Biblical Christianity and I’m confident they won’t begin tonight. Catholic pundits have already weighed in on the series and seem to like it quite a bit except for some qualifications regarding the nastier historical details. See here. The papal office, with all of its worldly pomp and regalia and all of its ignominious history, is actually one of the most convincing arguments against Catholicism being a Christian entity. I’ll be watching the series via on-demand, but I’m not sure at this point if I’ll be reviewing each episode or writing one comprehensive review. Yes, the bishop of Rome morphed into the powerful leader of the increasingly imperialistic church beginning around 500 AD and I believe the pope will play an extremely important role in endtime events, but not in a good way. For a view of the dark side of the papacy, see here.

Vatican releases “Easter” postage stamp of “buff Jesus.”


Conservative Catholics are wagging their tongues over this very strange new stamp released by the Vatican just in time for “Easter” depicting the risen Jesus as a buff gym dude who “causes women’s hearts to beat faster.” See the article here. This is offensive to Bible Christians on multiple levels and I report it here strictly for information sake. There are many strange things going on behind closed doors at the Vatican, and I would suggest this disturbing stamp is another indication. See a previous post on this topic here.

Living Biblically, Episode 2, “False Idols”


A couple of weeks ago, I posted about CBS’s new comedy show, “Living Biblically,” in which the main character, Chip, attempts to live his life strictly according to Biblical Law. There was absolutely no mention of the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. See here.

I recently watched the second episode via on-demand. In this installment, Chip is disgusted by his wife’s idolization of pop singer, Beyonce, but his “god squad” advisors, a priest and a rabbi, suggest that he practices idolatry as well with his preoccupation with his smart phone. Chip immediately destroys the device, replacing it with “old school” technology (calculator, wristwatch, camera, beeper, paper maps, etc.) leading to all kinds mayhem. But all ends well as Chip is able to procure tickets to a Beyonce concert for his wife using his new “old fashioned” methods. As in the first episode, Chip sees himself as a “good” person trying to be a better person by living according to Biblical laws. His viewpoint aligns nicely with the Catholic system of merited salvation. For committed Catholics, their institutional church is their idol, which comes between them and the free gift of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Tomorrow night, Chip struggles to love his neighbor.

Florida shooter asks for a Bible


News sources report that 19-year-old mass murderer, Nikolas Cruz, has requested a Bible to read. Praise God! My prayer is that Cruz someday repents of his sins and accepts Jesus Christ as his Savior by faith alone. Yes, the Lord can save even troubled mass murderers. There is none righteous, no not one.

Nikolas Cruz, Florida School Shooter, Asks to Read the Bible in Jail

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 3/10/18

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup of this week’s news, along with just a little added commentary from yours truly! I’m grateful that you took some time in your busy weekend schedule to drop by and visit. So, cozy up in your favorite chair with a hot cup of java and let’s begin…

Taking center stage in the news this week is the rising controversy in the Catholic church over “Amoris Laetitia” and the lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees by pope Francis. The debate over “Amoris Laetitia” continues to rip the Catholic church apart.

The three stories above favorably report on how pope Francis and his progressive allies are implementing the lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees as well as discussion of other “reforms.”

The four stories above from conservative Catholic sources disapprovingly report on how “Amoris Laetitia” and other liberal reforms are dividing the church.

As tensions between church progressives and conservatives escalate, what is ahead for the Roman Catholic church? My prayer is that many Catholics will come out of Roman legalism as a result of this controversy and come to salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

A few days ago, I posted on the revealing new book, “Lost Shepherd: How Francis is Misleading His Flock,” which is an extremely critical examination of pope Francis from a conservative Catholic viewpoint (see here). In an embedded video in the article above, the author, Philip Lawler (photo above), appears on the EWTN show, “World Over with Raymond Arroyo,” and talks about the book and his great disappointment with pope Francis beginning at the 23:09 mark and ending at the 38:30 mark. Who could have ever imagined loyal and dedicated Catholics openly railing against their pope on EWTN? Spiritual forces are at work.

In the Catholic liturgical calendar, Mary ALREADY HAD ELEVEN DAYS dedicated to her either as solemnities, feast days, or memorials, with an additional six days designated as optional memorials (see here). Francis has now added another day, with the Monday after Pentecost being designated as the memorial to “the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.” While Catholics continue to insist they only “venerate” Mary, in practice she is unabashedly worshiped.

When Jorge Bergoglio ascended to the “throne of Peter” (the apostle Peter had no throne and never would have accepted one) as pope Francis in 2013, Catholics were giddy that the affable Argentinian, with his impromptu, off-the-cuff, jetliner interview remarks, would generate great interest in the Roman Catholic church. Five years later, the actual results have been less than was hoped for (excepting for Judas evangelicals), with conservative Catholics even praying for a quick end to Francis’ reign.

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 3/3/18

I don’t normally seek out books, articles, or sermons by popular evangelical pastor, John Piper, because I differ with him on a few secondaries, but I do appreciate that he’s one of the last nationally known pastors who hasn’t capitulated to the rising tide of ecumenism with Rome. In this short Q&A about Catholicism, Piper’s not as forthright as I would like, but he does express that Catholics will not be saved by following their church’s standard theology. For my views on the same question, see here.

The Catholic church dictates that only members with no “mortal” sin on their soul may come forward at mass to receive and consume the consecrated Jesus wafer, which they teach is the literal body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ. Bishop Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois has just put U.S. Senator and Roman Catholic, Dick Durbin, on notice that he is barred from receiving communion because of his consistent support of abortion. I can guarantee from God’s Word that not one person who comes forward to receive communion at mass is free of “mortal” sin, and that includes bishop Paprocki.

In the article above, ecumenist extraordinaire, Rick Warren, pays homage to Billy Graham. Warren states, “(Billy Graham) put Catholics and Protestants, Calvinists and Charismatics, Fundamentalist and Evangelicals, Liberals and Conservatives, all on the platform together. He was criticized for it, but he knew that God blesses unity and harmony.” My Bible says God commands believers not to unite with religious unbelievers like Roman Catholics because it leads to the kind of compromise and betrayal of the Gospel that’s part and parcel of Warren’s church. Yes, Warren correctly credits Graham for much of the ecumenical compromise we see today.

The RCC started allowing priests in the U.S. to put the consecrated Jesus wafer into people’s hands instead of directly into their mouths in 1977. I wasn’t a part of that change because I generally stayed away from mass throughout the 70s. Conservatives were always appalled by what they saw as an irreverent practice and have been grinding the axe ever since. In the mouth? In the hand? It’s actually much ado about nothing like all of Catholicism’s ritualism. That round bread wafer is NOT Jesus Christ.

And speaking of communion, the liberal Catholic bishops in Germany are paving the way for intercommunion with Lutherans in that country, but conservative Catholics in the U.S. and elsewhere are having none of it. Pope Francis has shown again and again that he’s all for sacrificing infallible Catholic doctrine in the cause of worldwide ecumenism (with him in the driver’s seat) while conservatives are perplexed about how Catholicism will survive without its infallible doctrines.

And speaking of pope Francis, conservative Catholics are now coming out boldly against their pope. In the second article is an audio in which Philip F. Lawler, editor of conservative Catholic World News (EWTN), pumps his new book, “Lost Shepherd: How Francis is Misleading His Flock.” I just received my copy in the mail and I’m looking forward to reading it very soon. It’s extraordinary times we live in when pious Catholics write books railing against their heretical pope.

Catholicism boasts about its new churches opening in the South, but those new churches don’t come close to offsetting the hundreds of Catholic churches being padlocked up here in the Rust Belt. Sure, some Catholics are moving South, but the main reason for church closings up here is membership apathy.

Quite a contrast. Catholics bring out the bells and whistles when an “evangelical” converts to Romanism, but when a Catholic accepts Christ as Savior and leaves Catholicism for an evangelical church, it’s heavily downplayed by evangelicals because, after all, we don’t want to appear divisive or uncharitable. Pew research data shows that only 2 percent of “evangelicals” convert to Catholicism, but 10 percent of Catholics accept Christ and switch to evangelical churches. See here. I’m not one to worship numbers. I praise God for every soul that is freed from the chains of religious legalism and accepts Christ. But it’s important to point out how, in the battle for souls, Catholicism aggressively distorts reality while evangelicals roll over and play dead.

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 2/24/18

At our church small group meeting this week, a member enthusiastically mentioned this upcoming television show, “Living Biblically,” about a character “who drastically changes his life to live strictly by the Bible.” Don’t get your hopes up, believers. The main character decides to become a “better” Catholic by living out his life according to all the commandments in Bible, in close consultation with his parish priest. The producer states that an actual Catholic priest and Jewish rabbi are the show’s expert consultants. I don’t expect to see anything resembling the Gospel, but I do expect to see a lot of religious legalism.

The Catholic church insists that myself and others who have left aren’t “truly” ex-Catholics. They claim, “Once baptized a Catholic, always a Catholic.” But Almighty God had other plans. When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior by faith alone, I was born again and washed clean and I now count all of my old connections with Roman Catholicism as rubbish (Philippians 3:7-8).

This year, Catholic conservatives are celebrating the 50th anniversary of pope Paul VI’s “Humanae Vitae” encyclical, which banned all forms of contraception under threat of mortal sin, even non-abortifacient methods. When it was published in 1968, church liberals and many moderates thought “Humanae Vitae” was insane. Recent polling research shows 82 percent of American Catholics believe birth control is “morally acceptable,” and 98 percent of U.S. Catholic women of childbearing age have used contraception at some point while they’ve been sexually active. Meanwhile, conservatives continue to march to the official drumbeat, with doctrinaire priests even advising married couples in which one partner has an STD to forgo condoms.

German cardinal, Reinhard Marx, continues to push the envelope. Be assured that Marx has pope Francis’ full approval.

Hillsong, like most entities on the TBN network, is pushing ecumenism with Rome. Many megachurches borrow Hillsong’s music. I’ve watched Hillsong’s prosperity gospeler, Brian Houston, “preach” a few times on TBN and on each occasion I had the sense that he didn’t believe a word he was saying.

The above article is a good overview of Francis’ first five years. Many Catholic conservatives hope for a quick end to his tenure.

What? Benny Hinn is admitting he went a bit too far with the “name it and claim it” false prosperity gospel? Why now? After selling snake oil for 35 years, it’s beginning to set in that he’s never going to garner the adulation accorded to Billy Graham.

Living in a world of unbelief can be a challenge, but being yoked to an unbeliever in marriage has to be really tough. My prayers for everyone with an unbelieving spouse.

Interesting article. The biggest takeaway for me is that members of nondenominational churches apparently have feelings of rootlessness. No surprise there. Nondenominational pastors are often negligent in teaching church/Reformation history and the Five Solas.

Those of you who attend more traditional churches might not get this, but ripped skinny jeans are de rigueur at “progressive” churches. Jacket and tie? Forget about it. Khakis and a polo shirt? You’ve got to be kidding! That’s strictly frumpy “old school.”

Observations on two current news items

A couple of topics come to mind on this lovely Monday morning that I would like to discuss:

As most of you know, the 2018 Winter Olympics are currently underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Olympics will conclude this coming Sunday, February 25th. I must admit that I’ve watched very little of the competitions up to this point. But some of the athletic skill that’s on display is absolutely amazing. These Olympic athletes train incredibly hard for four long years in order to qualify and compete in contests that are sometimes decided by a margin of nanoseconds. One must admire the athletes’ complete dedication to their goal.

The striving for an Olympic medal reminds us of the apostle Paul’s words in First Corinthians:

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Paul’s Christian walk was disciplined and purposeful. What about us? Is our Christian walk even one-tenth as disciplined as those Olympic athletes who compete for a temporal medal? How much time do we spend in God’s Word. How often do we commune with the Lord in prayer? How often do we seek opportunities to share the Gospel and build up other believers? It’s a matter of the heart and desire. These Olympic athletes put us to shame, brothers and sisters.

This past Wednesday, a troubled teenager killed 17 people and injured another 14 in a shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. I chose not to include this tragic story in the last Weekend Roundup. Why not? We live in a fallen world and it’s reported that 150,000 people around the world die every single day, many from tragic circumstances. I believe we should focus on spreading the Gospel rather than constantly reacting to the circumstances around us.

But I don’t have a heart of stone. I’m saddened for the victims of the Parkland shooting and for their families and friends and for all the children at the school who survived the mayhem. A nineteen-year-old with a well-documented, troubled past should never have been allowed to purchase a semiautomatic AR-15 assault rifle. It’s my opinion that no one needs to own a semiautomatic assault rifle, but the freedom to buy any type of firearm is so sacrosanct in this country that we’ll even allow an extremely troubled teen with a checkered record access to them.

When we board an airplane, we expect all proper precautions have been taken to ensure none of the other passengers have brought aboard a firearm or explosive device. We’re rightly concerned about our personal safety. Something also needs to be done to curtail these ongoing school massacres. Some type of restrictive measure needs to be in place to deny very troubled people like Parkland shooter, Nikolas Cruz (photo right), and Adam Lanza a basic firearm let alone an assault rifle! This is a difficult issue but this latest catastrophe demonstrates once again that politics trumps rational precautions at the expense of children. Guns should not be absolutely sacrosanct.


That said, let’s get back to the only thing that will save any soul, the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup – News & Views – 2/17/18

It’s more than a little ironic that THE false prophet warns of other false prophets.

There’s been a ton of headlines this week on this “Yalta-like” betrayal, folks. Francis, always a pragmatist, no doubt rationalizes that the RCC can have a bigger impact in China if it recognizes the Beijing-controlled bishops. This is just one more reason for church conservatives to hope for a quick end to Francis’ reign.

It appears that liberal cardinal, Blase Cupich, is going to be Francis’ point man in the U.S. in rolling out the lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees and unmarried cohabitors.

Traditionalist Catholic virtual rag, The Vortex, bemoans that only a tiny percentage of RCC members actually take their religion seriously.

Hey, here’s some local Catholic news! First story – Denise Donato presides over Mary Magdalene church just a mile away in East Rochester. More and more of these breakaway “inclusive” Catholic churches are popping up. Second story – Just seven years ago, the bishop of the next-door Syracuse RC diocese, Robert Cunningham, referred to an underage abuse victim as “culpable” in a courtroom deposition. Finally convinced that the “jig is up,” he’s ready to begin doling out parishioners’ cash. The Rochester diocese where I live still has not compensated victims. A spokesperson for the DoR said it’s “finalizing details” of its compensation program and will be announcing it soon. I was an altar boy for four years and, thankfully, none of the parish priests made advances towards me, but I could tell, even as a child, that they were strange men. My Catholic high school guidance counselor, an Irish Christian brother, did make subtle advances, but I just laughed in his face. The Irish Christian Brothers declared bankruptcy in 2011 after paying out $17 million to 400 victims.

Catholics are taught the consecrated communion bread wafer is literally Jesus Christ, so they bow down and kneel before it in worship. So sad.

This meeting of “evangelical leaders” with Ivanka (not Donald?) included Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress, Paula White, and Greg Laurie, ALL TBN regulars. I don’t often comment on politics, but this stuff nauseates me.

RCC conservatives have noted with dismay that Francis’ Vatican is quite friendly towards pro-abortion folks. Here’s another example. Thanks to Maria at Pilgrim’s Progress revisited – Christiana on the narrow way for this story.

There’s no Cracker Barrel on our side of town, so we have to make do with other options for Sunday post-church brunch.

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 2/10/18

Such ridiculous and dangerous nonsense! Gloria Copeland (photo above) and her husband and their “name it and claim it” kool-aid have nothing to do with Biblical Christianity.

Question: What exactly would the Catholic evangelization message be? Answer: If you attend RCIA classes for a year, get baptized, attend mass and receive the sacraments dutifully, hope, pray, and obey the Ten Commandments (impossible!), then maybe at the very end you MIGHT have a chance at meriting purgatory. Folks, that’s hardly Good News!

Pope Francis’s lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees has opened the door for people in other “irregular” situations. German cardinal, Reinhard Marx, suggests that Catholic priests should now consider blessing same-sex relationships liturgically. I suspect liberal priests are already marrying gay couples on the QT.

Conservative Polish Catholics have been deeply resentful that Polish Gentiles are never mentioned as victims of Hitler’s concentration camps. It is estimated that the Germans killed at least 1.9 million non-Jewish Polish civilians during World War II. They are also deeply resentful of claims (many substantiated) that some Catholic Poles were complicit in assisting the Nazis in their efforts to exterminate Jews. The Polish parliament has just passed a law criminalizing accusations of Polish complicity in the Holocaust, even in the face of historical evidence. In Poland, history isn’t history unless it’s hagiography. For an interesting book on how the Catholic church underwrote anti-Semitism in interwar Poland see “The Catholic Church and Antisemitism: Poland, 1933-1939” by Ronald Modras here.

The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, founded in 1843, is a Jesuit institution and an Atlantic Conference opponent of our local Rochester Institute of Technology Division 1 hockey team. Go Tigers! The increasingly politically incorrect nickname and mascot of the college hearken back to Catholicism’s more militant days. Only traditionalist priests still look back upon the murderous Catholic Crusades with unapologetic glowing approval. The purpose of some of the papal-approved crusades was to suppress Protestant “heresy.”

Oy vey! The liberal ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) has nothing to do with the Gospel.

This makes perfect sense. Catholicism is a syncretic mix of paganism and Christ-less (c)hristianity.

This is a slippery slope for conservative priests like Longenecker. Half of all Catholics support abortion, 80% don’t attend obligatory mass on Sunday, and 90% don’t go to mandatory yearly confession. After Longenecker got done excommunicating all the miscreants, there’d be no one left.

This article’s headline is misleading because certainly not ALL younger evangelicals are fascinated by Roman Catholicism. But, sadly, some people definitely are attracted to the temporal grandeur of the Roman church in comparison to evangelicalism’s simplicity. Some of that falls on the shoulders of evangelical pastors who no longer mention the history of the church, the Reformation, or the Five Solas. But it’s not about worldly grandeur, folks, it’s all about the Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. The Catholic church has its impressive architecture, ritual, pomp, and ceremony, but the Lord Jesus Christ had no place to lay His head in this world.

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News and Views – 2/3/18

A release date has not yet been set for Mel Gibson’s upcoming “Resurrection,” the sequel to 2004’s “The Passion of the Christ.” Gibson, like his father, is an ultra-Catholic “sedevacantist,” meaning he believes the Catholic church was led into apostasy at the Second Vatican Council and that all of the popes who followed after the death of Pius XII in 1958 are imposters. I would not wish that anyone get their theology from Gibson.

Conservative Catholics continue to rattle their sabers in response to pope Francis’s lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees. It’s quite notable that the conservative blogger priest mentioned in the second article has advised his readers that praying for the end of Francis’s reign – by one way or another – is absolutely fine.

Compromising Judases are all over the world.

Since Francis has lifted the ban on communion for remarried divorcees, one could argue that Catholicism’s convoluted marriage annulment and convalidation processes are now obsolete and unnecessary.

When a Christian school steps away (or slinks away) from Biblical inerrancy, it’s time to shutter the windows and padlock the doors.

In this article, Francis reminds Catholics they’re going to die, but the best he can offer them is to hope that they can possibly merit Heaven. That won’t work. Bible Christians who mistakenly believe Catholicism is Christian should read the article, “Pope: Conversion is for believers and non-believers alike,” in which Francis declared “No one can say…I am already saved.” See here.

Conservative Catholics are balking at the determined efforts of church liberals to recognize and condone same-sex relationships, but liberal Catholic theologians are now arguing that Francis’s lifting of the ban on communion for heterosexual couples in “irregular situations” (i.e., remarried divorcees and unmarried cohabitors) should also apply to same-sex couples.

Poland is the last bastion of fervent Romanism in Europe, but young Polish Catholics are increasingly alienated by their church’s symbiotic relationship with the Polish government, which is controlled by the ultra-conservative, ultra-Catholic, populist Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (Law and Justice) party.

While this is a comical satire piece, it’s not all that far-fetched in today’s world.