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Indeed.

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Whenever something bad happens: either humans are to blame or the Lord works in mysterious ways...

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They never used force to convert people. I grew up in a Jesuit school. I was an atheist back then and told my teacher - Jesuit priest - I did not like the priest converting natives by force in the colonies. He told me that Jesuits missionaries like saint Francis-Xavier in China would first get to know their cultures and what they believed in and then try to bring them to Christianity only by arguments and persuasion ...
My favourite all time anecdote concerns the Catholic priests that were sent to convert the cannibals of southern Papua-New Guinea. These people live in small tribes along the various tributaries of the main river. Their greatest achievement , as they saw it, was to cunningly trick a member of an adjoining tribe into being captured and eaten, without actually having to risk their own lives.
Anyway, as part of the conversion process, the priests decided to put on a Passion play, to teach these savages about Christian values. The audience watched the play in fascination and when it was finished gave polite applause to the actors, including Jesus. But when Judas Iscariot took his bow the audience erupted into a prolonged standing ovation.

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Indeed.

Whenever something good happens: Godditit.

Whenever something bad happens: either humans are to blame or the Lord works in mysterious ways...
Have you ever seen Almagro or Del Potro wave their fists at the heavens after a bad loss?

I look forward to the day some victorious player blows kisses and points straight down.

But I'd settle for a bird shitting on Richard William's hat.

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Much like most religions, especially any Abrahamic religion, I find it many of the teachings and the followers to be hypocrites. Yes, there are many good people who are religious especially Catholics as I know many people from the Philippines who are devout Catholics and are very fantastic people. But in general, there is a lot of unanswered questions that get poor justifications from religions. So I guess what I am trying to say, Catholicism is no different than virtually other religions, and while most religions do teach great things (and often times the same things just described in a different way) I just think it is silly that many religious people feel you can't be just a good person without religion.

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Disgusting, if he doesn't want to act, then he should just shut the **** up. I guess he's not that different from his predecessors after all

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(CNN) -- Pope Francis made his strongest condemnation yet of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy on Friday, asking for forgiveness and pledging to impose penalties on "men of the church" who harm children.

"I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil which some priests -- quite a few in number, obviously not compared to the number of all the priests -- to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children," the Pope said in remarks quoted by Vatican Radio.

"The church is aware of this damage, it is personal, moral damage carried out by men of the church, and we will not take one step backward with regards to how we will deal with this problem, and the sanctions that must be imposed," Francis continued.

"On the contrary, we have to be even stronger. Because you cannot interfere with children."

The U.S.-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said it may be the first time a pope has spoken of sanctioning "complicit bishops."

"But that is all it is: talk," said Barbara Dorris, SNAP's outreach director.

"We beg the world's Catholics: Be impressed by deeds, not words. Until the Pope takes decisive action that protects kids, be skeptical and vigilant."

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In an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra in March, Francis struck a defensive tone, saying, "The Catholic Church is perhaps the only public institution that has moved with transparency and responsibility. No one has done more. And yet the church is the only one that has been attacked."

Advocates for victims of sexual abuse had slammed those remarks, calling them another example of the church prioritizing its reputation over the protection of children.

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http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/11/wo...html?hpt=hp_t1

“There’s so many athletes, tennis players around the world,” he continued, trying to put his life into some kind of perspective, “they want to be the best in what they do. They want to succeed. Many of them, they don’t succeed in the end. I’m fortunate to have this opportunity and succeed.”
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Did a good job in the Counter Reformation Period, the Pope lost much of his power on a International and Political level in 1648 thank god

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Disgusting, if he doesn't want to act, then he should just shut the **** up. I guess he's not that different from his predecessors after all



http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/11/wo...html?hpt=hp_t1
what, you bought the act? Just a nicer Benedict. And sure, he is #humble, but he's just as conservative as his predecessor in anything that matters (abortion, LGBT issues, contraception, and a quite long etc.)

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what, you bought the act? Just a nicer Benedict. And sure, he is #humble, but he's just as conservative as his predecessor in anything that matters (abortion, LGBT issues, contraception, and a quite long etc.)
Of course, I didn't expect he moves mountains, Catholic Church is a very old organization and nothing happens overnight there, but at least it seemed he could start some sort of change there. However, this "no one has done more, why are we attacked" is sickening, one would think they are the victim here.

“There’s so many athletes, tennis players around the world,” he continued, trying to put his life into some kind of perspective, “they want to be the best in what they do. They want to succeed. Many of them, they don’t succeed in the end. I’m fortunate to have this opportunity and succeed.”
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I love the aesthetics of the catholic church and I loathe the cult of ugly (or the merely functional) that rules modern culture. Many modern buildings, city areas or even entire cities are downright depressing. Nevermind the horrors of modern "art". Beauty is important because it lifts the human spirit, but there's seemingly no place for beauty in our modern civilization.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Catholic_art

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...c_sacred_music

I also like some of the church's economic and social doctrines, which if implemented would be a major improvement over the unholy fusion of international capitalism and state socialism that our current economic system is based on, and end the ever accelerating cultural race to the bottom.

Distributism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributism

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Evangelii Gaudium
http://www.amazon.com/The-Joy-Gospel...7252851&sr=8-1

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
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Of course, I didn't expect he moves mountains, Catholic Church is a very old organization and nothing happens overnight there, but at least it seemed he could start some sort of change there. However, this "no one has done more, why are we attacked" is sickening, one would think they are the victim here.
I boldened that. Feel free to google him, but his opinions on anything relevant are the same that ol' Benedict had. There was never any serious intention to change -anything-. It's been a year now.

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