Adventist and Catholic News & Views 018 – 28 Nov 2020

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News and commentary on Adventism:

Dr Ben Carson; photo by Gage Skidmore
Dr Ben Carson; photo by Gage Skidmore

Ben Carson, Seventh-day Adventist, tests positive for coronavirusReligion News Service
It sounds like he has recovered well. Now he would have made a far better US President than any of the others we’ve had run, successfully or not, in the last 15 years. I met him once when he visited South Africa to separate conjoined twins.

“Changing the Sabbath” and the AntichristJimmy Akin
A good apologetics piece debunking common Adventist arguments.

ADRA and Denomination Partner to Tackle COVID WorldwideAdventist Today
ADRA = Adventist Development and Relief Agency.
Am I in the wrong Catholic circles online? I see so much COVID denialism and pro-death politics on the part of the right wing. Maybe I was conservative and now a lot of conservatives have shifted to the right wing end of the spectrum, leaving me behind. In a massive contrast, I see Adventists taking COVID seriously, with very little conspiracy theory and deep state and great reset nonsense. Am I observing the wrong Adventist circles?

 

News and commentary on Catholicism:

FAKE Nuns Making And Selling Quackery, Promoting The Far-Right In The Wilds Of West CorkFiona O’Leary
Not authentic Catholicism at all, but rather Bishop Dick Williamson’s anti-Semitic cult. Quack history, quack theology, quack science – and now they have nuns making dangerous quack medicine (black salve) for the treatment of cancer. “SSPX Resistance” has adopted him as their pet bishop.

Mother of God of Vladimir, a 12th century icon
Mother of God of Vladimir, a 12th century icon

Theosis: God’s Plan for CreationHenry Karlson
I’ve always been a fan of the concept of Theosis, and of Duns Scotus’ idea that the incarnation would have happened even if man had not fallen.

ASK FATHER: I bought an icon at a “esoteric new age shop”Fr Z
I think this at least borders on superstition. See 1 Cor 8. You decide for yourself.

Martin Luther’s pandemic advice goes viral — 500 years laterReligion News Service
“Therefore I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. … See, this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”
— Martin Luther, 1527
Why are there so many Catholics who can’t see the sense in that? So sad.

COVID vaccines are moral to use, say ethicists, Catholic bishopsReligion News Service
A few extremists think otherwise, but there will always be those. Unfortunately the extremists are winning.
“‘We have seen the polls looking at how many people are willing to take the vaccines and we’re very concerned the number is much lower than it should be,’ said an ethicist at the Christian Medical & Dental Association.”

 

News and commentary on the SSPX:

50 years of the Society of Saint Pius X celebrated in JohannesburgSSPX News
Disgusting behaviour, but the norm in the SSPX judging by their similar behaviour in other countries and locally. At this point, I don’t think anything will change them, and I don’t think anything can be done to stop them. Apart from prayer. May their “Holy Hotspot” – by the grace of God – fail to kill anyone.

KBI is investigating priests in Kansas town that draws parishioners from across U.S.Kansas City Star
KBI = Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The town = St Marys in Kansas. Investigations – into sexual abuse.

SSPX and FascismChurch Militant
Part of a larger series about the SSPX and their misbehaviour, especially relating to sexual abuse. This article deals with their Nazi sympathising, and names Fr Ramon Angles, Fr Florian Abrahamowicz, and bishop Richard Williamson as problematic clergy. The SSPX had Nazi war criminal Paul Touvier hiding in one of their residences in France for years.

Church Militant’s Response to SSPXChurch Militant
Another part of a larger series about the SSPX and their misbehaviour, especially relating to sexual abuse.

This religious sect is steeped in racism and hatredAndrew Horn, The Guardian
Old, from 2009, but still a good read.

SSPX Econe 24 Sept 2020
SSPX Econe 24 Sept 2020

 

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