Newsmax: Revelations that one of the most respected U.S. cardinals allegedly sexually abused both boys and adult seminarians have raised questions about who in the Catholic Church hierarchy knew — and what Pope Francis is going to do about it.
If the accusations against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick bear out — including a new case reported Friday involving an 11-year-old boy — will Francis revoke his title as cardinal? Sanction him to a lifetime of penance and prayer? Or even defrock him, the expected sanction if McCarrick were a mere priest?
And on Friday, Francis accepted the resignation of the Honduran deputy to Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, who is one of Francis’ top advisers. Auxiliary Bishop Juan José Pineda Fasquelle, 57, was accused of sexual misconduct with seminarians and lavish spending on his lovers that was so obvious to Honduras’ poverty-wracked faithful that Maradiaga is now under pressure to reveal what he knew of Pineda’s misdeeds and why he tolerated a sexually active gay bishop in his ranks. more …
Opinion: After having been taught from childhood that the only way to heaven is through membership in the Catholic church, my question now is, can a person be saved and still remain in the Catholic church?
The fourth church of Revelation 2:18-29, Thyatira, is most associated with the Catholic church and provides clues:
Thyatira (4th-5th century) means continual sacrifice that keeps Christ on the cross, corresponding to the Catholic Mass. It is the first church whose members are divided into two categories: the saved and the unsaved.
In the case of Thyatira, part of the church is accused by Jesus of following Jezebel who began the first inquisition in 1 Kings (unsaved, Rev. 2:20-22), and part are called overcomers (saved, Rev. 2:24-26) giving hope for those in the Catholic system:
“But hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations” Rev. 2:25-26.
Many of us have family and friends in the Catholic denomination, and many of them refuse to hear that grace + faith + nothing else (Ephesians 2:8-9) is the good news of salvation. Pray that the current scandals will lead them to the Gospel:
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:31
(See more on the 7 Churches of Revelation here)