News and commentary on Adventism:
Hermetically Sealed: Conspiracy Theories and Special Knowledge – Adventist Today
Adventism is rife with conspiracy theories. Its most foundational conspiracy theory is that they will be persecuted for keeping the sabbath on Saturday, and will be forced to worship on Sunday alongside Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and atheists. Naturally other conspiracy theories will abound. Discussion here.
Coronavirus Claims First Adventist – Adventist News Network
“Seventh-day Adventists are being asked to pray and show Christlike compassion as the new coronavirus claims its first church member in China and threatens to disrupt public mission work in various parts of the world.”
Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Anima eius et animae omnium fidelium defunctorum, per misericordiam Dei, requiescant in pace.
Lifted Up Games Welcomes You – Lifted Up Games [defunct link]
“Lifted Up Games was established at the end of 2019. Its primary goal is to provide an accurate and educational bible game.”
Will it be accurate, or as accurate as the corrupted “Clear Word Bible“?
A Seventh-day Adventist in the UK has come up with computer games with Christian (Adventist?) themes. Trailer here on YouTube. There doesn’t seem to be a level where Adventists defend themselves against Catholics trying to force them to worship on Sunday alongside Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and atheists. Maybe that’s still being developed.
News and commentary on Catholicism:
Disappointment, outrage over papal document on the Amazon – National Catholic Reporter
Querida Amazonia is the name of Pope Francis’ response to the Amazonian synod. I am happy with this if Pope Francis really thinks it’s not a good idea at this time. And, given the inability of many to adapt to such a situation, it really probably isn’t a good idea at this time. Things are very sensitive at this time with the anti-Francis crowd doing all the yelling they can.
It’s also true that this was about the needs of the Amazonians, not about celibacy. The celibacy issue – allowing married men to become priests to more quickly provide them with priests – was an important one, but not the only one.
But a warning: see our history in China – they weren’t “properly westernised”, the Dominicans and Franciscans didn’t like this and won the debate against the Jesuits, and by the time Pope Pius XII solved the problem a few centuries later, we’d lost China, which would otherwise be Catholic today. We risk losing the Amazon too. Not right now. Time will let this progress to fruition, I think. The wheels are in motion. It CAN change, and maybe it will. Married priests ARE possible. We know that.
In the mean time, the Amazonians need our prayers. I really doubt Pope Francis is saying “No married priests for you!” and then turning his back to do nothing else. Things will happen for them. Just not as fast and as spectacularly as allowing married priests in 2020 AD would have been.
Pope Francis Sets Aside Proposal on Married Priests – New York Times
“Pope Francis has for now rejected a landmark proposal by bishops to allow the ordination of married men in remote areas underserved by priests, a potentially momentous change that conservatives had warned could set the Roman Catholic Church on a path toward lifting priestly celibacy and weakening church traditions.”
See commentary above.
Pope shares with U.S. bishops his frustration with reaction to Amazon text – National Catholic Reporter
See commentary above.