In the late 1990s and into the 2000s there was a flood of movies and TV series glorifying witchcraft and the occult, resulting in an explosion of interest in the satanic dark arts. This has happened at various times in modern history. But the difference this time was that these stories presented even the most obviously evil themes and characters in a very good light, making them all the more attractive especially to young people. There was, of course, the Harry Potter series of books and the movies which followed, which depicted the young hero as a “good” wizard, with the books becoming the most popular book series in history, and the movies a phenomenal success globally. The TV series Charmed was about three young sisters who were depicted as “good” witches. It too became a massive success. And another TV series, Angel, actually depicted the hero as a vampire with a restored human soul, and therefore a “good” vampire. Continue reading
Priests and Academics Accuse the Pope of Rome of Heresy
It has happened before. And now it has happened again.
With the sweeping changes which the first-ever Jesuit pope, Francis I, has been seeking to make to both the doctrine and practice of the Roman Catholic religion, it was inevitable that conservative Roman Catholics, firmly committed to orthodox Popish doctrine, would accuse him of being a heretic. Continue reading
Francis I Announces the Opening of the Files on Pius XII
It was a long-awaited announcement. On 4 March 2019 the pope of Rome, Francis I, said:
“I have decided that the opening of the Vatican Archives for the Pontificate of Pius XII will take place on 2 March 2020, exactly one year after the eightieth anniversary of the election to the See of Peter of Eugenio Pacelli.” Continue reading
Some six months ago in September 2018, I wrote an article entitled Top-Ranking Vatican Insider Accuses Francis I of a Cover-Up, about the allegations made by retired Roman Catholic archbishop, Carlo Maria Viganò, against his pope, Francis I, in August 2018. Viganò, a former Vatican nuncio (ambassador) to the United States under popes Benedict and Francis, described as a top-ranking Vatican “insider”, released an open letter alleging that Francis had known, at least five years before, about the sexual molestation of seminarians (young male students for the priesthood) by a former cardinal named Theodore McCarrick, because he (Viganò) had told him about it in June 2013; and yet Francis had done nothing about it. Continue reading
Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.
This old children’s nursery rhyme sums up the recent Vatican summit on the sexual abuse of children by priests and bishops. Substitute “Francis, Pope of Rome” for the “grand old Duke of York”, and it says it all. Francis marched his cardinals, archbishops, bishops and priests up to the top of the seven hills of Rome (Rev. 17:3,9) – and then?
Then he marched them down again. Continue reading
In September 2018, after a long period of contact between the two, came the news that the Vatican and Red China had signed an agreement which would permit the Chinese Communist government to have the final say in the appointment of Roman Catholic bishops in China.
Expressing what millions of Roman Catholics felt, the signing was described as “a shocking development to many” by a Roman Catholic source. An understatement of note.
Just what was going on?
For many decades, the Chinese Communist government has claimed the right to control all religious activity in China, and has brutally clamped down on all who dissent: Protestants, Papists and others. This approach to religion is of course in accordance with old-style Communist principles, to which China subscribes wholeheartedly. The State must be all-powerful, according to Communist ideology; and in Communist countries like China and Russia (the old USSR), not to mention many others, the only religions permitted by the State to exist are State-sanctioned, State-controlled ones. In this way the Reds give the appearance of permitting religious freedom while simultaneously controlling religions with an iron fist.
Following its anti-religious policy, China claimed the right to appoint Chinese Roman Catholic bishops, as well as Protestant ministers and all other religious leaders. The Vatican strongly opposed the State appointment of bishops for all these years. As a consequence, two “Catholic Churches” existed in China: the official, State-controlled one, known as the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, the priests and bishops of which were not in subjection to the Vatican and were in fact Communist agents; and an underground, illegal one, the priests and bishops of which remained loyal to the Vatican. The latter, being orthodox Roman Catholics, suffered persecution at the hands of the Chinese government for many years.
But with the signing of this agreement, all future bishops of the Chinese Roman Catholic “Church” would first be approved by the Chinese government – with the blessing and co-operation of the Vatican!
The Grand Jury and Its Findings
In August 2018 a grand jury report revealed that over three hundred priests had abused over a thousand children in just six dioceses in Pennsylvania, over a number of decades – and that senior Roman Catholic officials did what they could to cover it up. This was the most damning, most comprehensive indictment to date of the massive scale of the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests. Continue reading
A Bombshell Allegation against the Roman Pope – from One of His Own
As the massive global scandal of thousands of Roman Catholic priests having sexually abused tens of thousands of children and adults continues to grow, a potential bombshell has been dropped by an archbishop against his pope, Francis I. On 25 August 2018, Carlo Maria Viganò, a retired 77-year-old archbishop who had been the Vatican nuncio (ambassador) to the United States under popes Benedict and Francis, a man who has been described as a top-ranking Vatican “insider”, released an open letter in which he alleged that Francis knew, five years ago already, about the sexual molestation of seminarians (young male students for the priesthood) by a former cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, because he himself (Viganò) had told him about it in June 2013. Continue reading
Ireland Legalises Abortion: Its Rejection of Roman Catholic Domination
In May 2018, Ireland voted – by a landslide – to legalise abortion, the murder of the unborn in their mothers’ wombs. 66.4%, or two thirds of the citizens, voted in favour of abortion, 33.6% voted against it.
How did it come to pass that a country which had been one of the most Roman Catholic countries in the world came to vote so overwhelmingly in favour of something contrary to official Roman Catholic doctrine? Continue reading
In 2018 Samson, the latest screen version of the biblical hero and judge of Israel, was released. It purports to bring the story of Samson to life for the big screen. But it fails miserably, because it does not stick to the biblical account. In typical filmmaking tradition, those who made this movie felt that they could improve on the Bible. Essentially this was saying, “The account in God’s Word is good, but we can do better. We can flesh it out, add lies to the truth, and basically re-tell the story in a more exciting and believable way.” Of course the filmmakers did not actually utter these very words or anything like them, but in essence this is what they did. Continue reading