#193 Bernie Sanders’ Visit to the Vatican: Rome’s Economics Examined

What is the significance of Bernie Sanders’ recent visit to the Vatican? What views are shared by Bernie Sanders and Pope Francis? Are the economic views of the Roman Catholic Church and Bernie Sanders similar? Does the Vatican in its official documents support capitalism, socialism or fascism? Is an increase in number of supposed human rights a good thing or a bad thing for a free society?

#192 Joel Osteen and the Modern Watered-Down ‘Gospel’

In a recent interview with CBS Joel Osteen was asked: ‘“You’ve been criticized for church-lite, or a cotton candy message. Do you feel like you’re cheating people by not telling them about the Hell part? Or repentance part?” she asked. “No, I really don’t, because it’s a different approach,” Osteen replied. “You know, it’s not hellfire and brimstone. But I say most people are beaten down enough by life. They already feel guilty enough. They’re not doing what they should do raising their kids—we can all find reasons,” he said. “So I want them to come to Lakewood or our meetings and be lifted up, to say, ‘You know what? I may not be perfect, but I’m moving forward. I’m doing better.’ And I think that motivates you to do better.”’-Source

Does Joel Osteen preach the gospel? Is repentance necessary for salvation? Are these issues seen in other churches?