As the Catholic Church (RCC) continues to grow around the world, there are regions where it has faced some challenges due in part to corruption within the church, especially when it comes to sexual assaults of children that are then covered up. One of the main areas where it has slightly slipped in numbers and influence is throughout Latin America, thanks to the efforts of evangelicals proclaiming the gospel.
However, determined not to be outdone by evangelicals in order to keep people under Vatican control, it appears the RCC has upped the ante with what may be a marketing blitz using the Mariolatry of weeping Virgin Mary images in a number of places. Those places, at least from 2016 on, have included Bolivia, Colombia, Macedonia, Honduras, Fresno (California), Vijayawada (India), Mexico, Chicago (at a Greek Orthodox Church that submits to the Vatican), and most recently in Cebu (Philippines) and Argentina. At the beginning of 2017, Pope Francis I gave a sermon proclaiming such occurrences and their venerations (i.e. idolatrous shrine worship) were signs of new hope for more influence from the RCC with Mary as the “mother of believers.”
Considering Mary as “mother of believers” is a veiled reference to the blasphemous belief that their false Christ is so weak he needs Mary to be his co-redemptrix. Given the fact that the statistics show the RCC is increasing (if their numbers aren’t inflated), this means that just as Jesus and his disciples prophesied, people in these last days love to be deceived. The good news is that there are plenty of us who recognize we don’t have to be in that number, nor do we have to give in to spiritual compromises to placate those who choose to be among the deceived.
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. Mark 13:22
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; Ephesians 4:14